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A Sword from Red Ice (Sword of Shadows) Hardcover – 1 Oct 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 623 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics; First Printing edition (Oct. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765306344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765306340
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 5.2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,129,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Fabulous sure to take readers everywhere by storm' SFX on Book One of Sword of Shadows 'J. V. Jones is a striking writer wonderful' Robert Jordan 'J. V. Jones is quite a find a deliciously intricate tale' Katherine Kurtz --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The third volume in the Sword of Shadows epic will be one of the most eagerly awaited fantasy publications of the year. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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First of all, the wait for this book was just that bit too long.

And before I launch into an actual review, the edition had LOTS of typos - alot of 'though' when it should be 'thought' and twice the name Raif was written when it should have been Bram. Who got that mixed up?

Generally the book is well written, I mean it's J.V. Jones. I was slightly disappointed to know that this wasn't the end of the series but that there would be more. I don't look forward to the wait.
The characters are always written immensely well. I found myself always drawn into Raif, Raina and Vaylo's stories. However, I found it - dare I say it - a little boring at times. One character is literally floating down a river the whole time her story is covered. The last two hundred pages where all the characters strands are wrapped before the end is the real meat I was waiting for to sink my teeth in. Otherwise I felt rather hungry and empty.

J.V. Jones still describes her world in stunning detail but I think that I must be growing impatient because for the first time I found myself skipping/skim reading parts.

I will stay loyal to this series because development with Raif and Raina is brilliant, as well as Bram, Vaylo, even Angus. It's enjoyable but still doesn't measure to the wonder that was 'A Cavern' nor quite as engaging as 'A Fortress.' I hope the next installment has some real juicy developments. The way J.V. Jones has spun this tale, I'm sure I won't be disappointed. You still have to read this book if you enjoy her writing and have liked the series so far.
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Format: Paperback
You know the feeling... You find a really great fantasy trilogy and gallop through the first couple of books, only to realise the final instalment is not yet written. You wait a couple of years and finally, finally the last book comes out. You start reading with bated breath, slowly stretching it out, in delicious anticipation of the end of the story...

Then..

You get halfway through and realise the plot isn't really going anywhere... Start to wonder how on earth this is all going to be tied up in the remaining pages. Slowly suspicion sets in, and you reluctantly turn to the back, just to check. And there it is. "To be continued".

I can't tell you how fed up I am with this new fashion of short selling readers who are expecting a trilogy. The dollar signs must be gleaming in the publisher's eyes. They hook us in, whet our appetites, and then at the end serve us up a spun-out, flabby, unnecessary extra book (or if we're really unlucky two, three extra).

This is happening more and more lately, and I would like to say STOP. You are spoiling the books and alienating your readers.
I don't know if I will bother to read anything further by this author. Which is a shame, because she used to be really good.
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Format: Hardcover
after waiting several years for this book, i was very happy when it arrived. it only took me 3 days to read it and it is as the others in this series a great read. the storylines continue seamlessly and new charictures are brought in smoothly. my only problem came when i realised that there had to be another book, and given the length of wait for this one i am asssuming that we will finally get the final installment somethime in 2010. but i will be pre ordering it as soon as possible and do urge any other fans to do the same and enjoy the wait with baited breath!!
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The armies of Spire Vanis have invaded the clanholds and are marching against Ganmiddich. The clans are responding, mustering their armies to defeat the invaders and claim the prize of the Ganmiddich roundhouse. However, events back in Spire Vanis are outpacing the armies and may soon render the whole conflict moot.

Meanwhile, Raif Sevrance has succeeded in defeating the Endlords at the Fortress of Grey Ice, but knows the victory is only temporary. His path takes him back to the Rift, where his fellow Maimed Men are besieged by a servant of the Endlords, but he must also strike out beyond, in search of the mysterious sword known as Loss.

A Sword from Red Ice was originally published in 2007, five years after the publication of the previous novel in the series, A Fortress of Grey Ice. It is fair to say it faced a mixed reaction, with some readers citing it as Jones's best book to date and others as a novel with very limited plot development and poor pacing.

I elected not to read the novel on release, instead waiting for additional volumes to appear. Reading A Sword from Red Ice immediately after A Fortress of Grey Ice, it is clear there's been no major drop-off in quality or indeed pacing. A Fortress of Grey Ice was a slightly weaker novel than the first book in the series, A Cavern of Black Ice, because it introduced several new POV characters and storylines and the need to service all of these plus the existing characters resulted in a lessening of focus.
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