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5.0 out of 5 stars The high quality of this fantasy/adventure continues in book 3, 15 May 2009
This review is from: A Sword from Red Ice (Sword of Shadows) (Hardcover)
J.V.Jones continues with her impressive story in this, the third book, of the 'Sword of Shadows' series.

Again, as with the first two books in the series, the quality of the prose is the one defining feature that stands out in Jones' writing skills.

With the use of superb pacing and a group of main characters that continue to grow, the author has woven a magical tale that reeks of old lore, intriguing situations and the occasional epic battle. I found that the slow, careful manner in which the main people were developed, gave me the time to really feel an emotional attachment to them; in fact, although you may not particularly like some of the villains, you at least could understand their point of view and they did earn a measure of grudging respect.

This book expands the number of people it follows on a sequential basis; as with the earlier books, it primarily focuses on Raif, Ash and Effie, but this book also follows more closely characters that seemed to have a more peripheral role in the previous books, those being Bram Cormac, Marafice Eye and Raina Blackhail.

Conclusion:
A fantasy/adventure book/series of the absolute highest quality; the story and the quality of writing are a perfect marriage. I can hardly wait for the next installment.

Ray Nicholson
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Initial post: 15 May 2009 16:50:40 BDT
Hi Ray.
I am feeling a steady growing pressure to take the plunge into this series. My Amazon buddy Faithfull has also just given this work a plug in his last review.

Have to say the cover of your trans atlantic copy is a bit more exciting than mine. Good review what are going to read now though?

On other matters I think Man U have all but wrapped up the prem now! :0( Booo!

Take care, speak to soon!
Alex

In reply to an earlier post on 15 May 2009 21:15:25 BDT
R. Nicholson says:
Hi Alex...Now on to Scott Bakker's new work...'The Judging Eye' ...a followup from his 'Prince of Nothing' trilogy. Great writer and a somewhat different and deeper story than J.V.Jones, but interesting to read nonetheless.

Big game tomorrow against Arsenal...one more point!
Thanks for stopping by.
Ray
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