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Shadowrise: Shadowmarch Quartet Book 3 Paperback – 20 Jan 2011

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  • Paperback: 688 pages
  • Publisher: Orbit (20 Jan. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841492965
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841492964
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 4.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This third book in the series is bursting with story and Williams skilfully spins the complex yarn (SFX)

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The third volume of master storyteller Tad Williams' long-awaited return to epic fantasy.

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By SonicQuack VINE VOICE on 18 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
As Williams moves in to the endgame of the Shadowmarch story (an ending so epic it's divided in to two volumes rather than one) the pace does not let up. The paths of the Prince Barrick and Princess Briony beome even more complex and thrilling as they both draw closer to their respective destinations. The Autach's story also ratchets up a gear, adding further tension as the mysterious elements from the previous books are revealed. Shadowrise is packed with well narrated action, below and above ground, as all the factions around the Shadowmarch castle continue to wage war. The story still holds plenty of surprises too, altogether creating a spellbinding page-turner, indicating that Willaims is at the top of his game. Absolutely rivetting fantasy fiction.
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Format: Hardcover
The review title says it all. Yes, I love this book, but in my opinion, it is not of the same quality as the first two.

I was still hooked, I had waited years for this book to be released after all, but I found myself drifting off to do other things rather than read this all the way through. The last two books, particularly Shadowplay, I could not put down.

There were situations in this book which resolved themselves too easily for my liking, and some of the "difficulties" for the characters were actually not that difficult. Some situations just made little sense to the actual plot. Some of the conflict seemed to be filler, nothing meaty to really get to grips with.

One of the main character's within this series, the guard captain Ferras Vansen, seems to become a completely different character from the previous books, but not in a development way, rather just for the sake of the story. This is a shame as he has always been one of the most likeable characters to read. Also, I kept having a sense of de ja vu with some of the other characters, particularly Chert and his "son" Flint. Flint was not as prominent in the second book, as if Williams had nothing for this character to do, so he just laid him up in bed in a feverish state until this point in the series, and boom all of a sudden Flint is back to his usual wanderings, just like in book 1.

However, it was still a good read. The mythology, the world, the mysteries etc were all engrossing and wonderfully intricate. I felt myself being pulled into the story, however jarring it was at times.

Still worth reading, but an inferior to it's sisters.
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The Shadow March trilogy has so far proved to be my favourite Tad Williams books (closely followed by otherland). I can't put them down! His descriptions are absolutely compelling, so that you can really visualise the scenes he is portraying. My single down-point is that the description did not make clear that this is not the final book in the "trilogy", this is actually part one of the final book. When I start reading a Tad Williams story I can't bear having to stop part way through and I have already been waiting over two years to finish Shadowmarch. When I realised the third of the trilogy had been published I re-read the first two so that I could really get the full enjoyment from the last one but then opened it to find that it is only the first part of the final book. I am happy that Tad is giving us more but I would have preferred to have been told before I ordered it that it was not the final book in the series. But still 5 stars for the next brilliant instalment! Can't wait for the "final" book!
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I loved the whole series. Well Written, interesting characters, facinating lands. On the whole each part of the journey through lands and peoples was a facinating exploration. I could not put it down.
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I picked up the first book in this series at a local book shop in the mistaken belief that it was a story complete in itself. I should have known better with Tad Williams! But, if you enjoy very long, involved, riveting fantasy in a world populated by fascinating characters including kings, soldiers, poets, fairies, actors and even gods, then you'll love the series.
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I really enjoyed this series of books they are worth a read for any fantacy buff. The story is good the telling is good and the plot really keeps you wondering about the end. Good page turner and kept me up a couple of nights trying to get to the end.
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I discovered the Shadowmarch sequence and Tad Williams at the library and was frustrated at the time when only volume one was available (I think the 2nd volume was still due). So this is a real treat for me to have the whole series to read in one go. Tad Williams is a great writer: the style and action is consistent throughout, you feel for all his characters and it is not difficult to keep up with the multiple strands of the story. I look forward to seeing how he tied all loose ends together in his final volume, as it can be very frustrating when you're left hanging wondering about the fate of your heroes (as I felt with George Martin's 'Song of Ice and Fire' series which had started so well).
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The Eddon family is divided and scattered. King Olin is a prisoner of the mad autarch of Xis, whilst Prince Barrick is lost beyond the Shadowline, searching for the fabled Qar capital. Far to the south, Princess Briony is a reluctant guest of the Syannese court. The Qar continue their siege of Shadowmarch, but Hendon Tolly is more interested in unearthing the ancient secrets of the castle than in resisting the invaders. That job falls to the Funderlings, who must mount a stalwart defence of the tunnels and passages below the castle.

Shadowrise is the third novel in the Shadowmarch series. Originally planned as a trilogy, the final book in the series grew too large to publish in one volume, so was split in half (though each half is almost as long as the first two books in the series by themselves). Williams has form on this, as this also happened with the paperback edition of the final volume of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series.

As with the first two books in the sequence, Shadowrise is well-written with some interesting characters. Williams has always had an enjoyable prose style, and that remains true here. Unfortunately, that can't quite overcome several problems. One is that the story unfolds with all the verve, vigour and energy of a particularly lazy sloth on sleeping pills. Chapters seem to endlessly pass which, whilst individually well-written, seem to consist of characters doing little but sitting around and talking about the plot, the backplot and what might happen next, often introducing little to no new information the reader needs to know.

Quite a few of Williams's characters are reactive, spending most of their time wringing their hands and agonising over what to do next.
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