Shadow's Son Paperback – 8 Jul 2010
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[Jon Sprunk] is a true storyteller ... the action is well paced and above all it's a very entertaining read, recommended. (SFBOOK.COM) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
The novel's protagonist is Caim, a freelance assassin working out of the city of Othir. After one particular assignment goes wrong, Caim realises he's been set up - and the only person who might be able to offer an explanation as to who is behind it all is the daughter of the man he was meant to kill. Unfortunately for Caim, this unknown enemy also want to get their hands on the daughter - Josie - for their own sinister reasons. Before long, Caim finds himself embroiled in a sinister game of conspiracy, with Othir's future as the stakes. If he is to stand any chance of survival, Caim is going to have to look inside himself and unleash the darkness that he has been holding back all these years...
The greatest asset of Shadow's Son is the sheer pace at which the story unfolds. The story rips along at speed, aided by short chapters and a pleasing lack of unnecessary detail or exposition. Furthermore, the plot is crafted well and enough hints are dropped throughout to keep the reader guessing, with the pay-off coming further down the line as various revelations come to light. Sprunk also manages to engineer one or two twists that keep things interesting.
The other elements of the novel are much more of a mixed bag.
Caim is a solid protagonist and - despite his profession - is easy to empathise with.Read more ›
The bad; not really sure this is a piece of work that brings anything new or even original to the table.
While being a huge fan of gritty fantasy and having raved about many a writer published by Gollancz, this book wasnt able to sink its teeth into my imagination. As the first reviewer mentions, there are some jarring errors during his story telling; the one where our damsel in distress has just had the threat of gang rape, drowning and a cut throat thrown on her, but for some reason is feeling up out protagonists muscly shoulders half a page later. I just can't get down with that. It was such a strange out-of-character moment that it propelled me outside the story to feel the frown on my face. And I hate when that happens while Im trying to read a story, know what I mean?
It took me an evening to read half of the book, and 2 days to force myself to finish it.
If youre a hardened fantasy reader, especially books of the gritty kind, then this is not for you. If you come off a Malazan high and go straight to reading this, it will feel like a 12 yr old got a hold of a crayon and then got published for lord knows what reason.Read more ›
Here's the blurb:
In the holy city of Othir, treachery and corruption lurk at the end of every street, just the place for a freelance assassin with no loyalties and few scruples.
Caim makes his living on the edge of a blade, but when a routine job goes south, he is thrust into the middle of an insidious plot. Pitted against crooked lawmen, rival killers, and sorcery from the Other Side, his only allies are Josephine, the socialite daughter of his last victim, and Kit, a guardian spirit no one else can see. But in this fight for his life, Caim only trusts his knives and his instincts, but they won't be enough when his quest for justice leads him from Othir's hazardous back alleys to its shining corridors of power. To unmask a conspiracy at the heart of the empire, he must claim his birthright as the Shadow's Son...
Not surprisingly, based on the cover blurb we quickly realize that Sprunk doesn't bring anything new to the table. Indeed, there is nothing very original associated with this tale, and it is predictable to boot. Yet the quality of the narrative's execution turns Shadow's Son into a very entertaining read.
The traditional tropes are all present, but somehow it doesn't take too much away from the overall story. Thanks to Jon Sprunk's writing style, a fast-paced yet evocative narrative that keeps you turning those pages, even though the story is clichéd somehow you keep going.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Shadow son is a book I very much enjoyed. Caim is the main man in this book an assassin a hired killer and the best in the business but he is framed and soon becomes the hunted. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Mr. J. K. Clark
It isn't a book that stands out in regards to writing skill. Don't let that put you off, although, the first book had a pace too quick for my liking, it also had an endearing... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2013 by Amy
people have already wrote detailed review about this book.. so i keep it short and simple. fast pace and great read.. if you like assassins and badass powers.. Read morePublished on 15 Jan. 2012 by saad
If you like plenty of action, this is the book for you. From the first page it is non stop "thud and blunder". Read morePublished on 8 April 2011 by Peter Miller
From the moment I started it to the moment I finished it I was in a whole new world. I love the way the plot is displayed and how dark comedy is flung in there too! Read morePublished on 2 April 2011 by Bear7
I would have thought the target market for this book was a younger age group than I (I am nineteen) if it weren't for the casual swearing and sometimes-complex wording among other... Read morePublished on 30 Mar. 2011 by MarkDelta
I couldn't put this book down. The story is fantastic, and the style it is written in is easy to follow, and helps to draw you deep into the world of the Shadow's Son. Read morePublished on 31 Aug. 2010 by DRC
This book just found it's way into my rather short list of all-time favourites. But if that's not enough for you, I guess I could explain why:
My favourite kind of book... Read more