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Posted September 21, 2011
Dragons, Danger, Fun, Adventure, Mystery and Romance - this book has it all
James Maxey, author of Nobody Gets the Girl and the Dragon Age Trilogy (Bitterwood, Dragonforge and Dragonseed) makes his triumphant return to the world of fantasy publishing with his own unique spin on the classic fantasy trope: a team of a dozen adventurers join forces to slay a mighty dragon.
But being James Maxey, he has plenty of surprises and twists along the way.
Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, a giant lizard big enough to show up on a map. Over the course of thousands of years
He has been collecting the greatest treasures the world has known and honing his mastery of elemental magic.
The expedition is being lead by Lord Tower , a knight so valiant he wields a weapon forged from part of the sun and wears armor prayed into existence by hundreds of monks. He is joined by a priest whose very words become truth, a High Priestess of the Ice Ogres, a man who has weaponized stink, a powerful thug with no face, a Deceiver who can use any power he can trick someone into believing he possesses, a shape-shifter who can take the form of any animal he is tattooed with, the world's most well known spy, his invisible lover and the mysterious psychic known only as Relic.
A dozen set out to face the beast. Only two will return.
It's a story filled with fun, adventure, danger, not to mention Maxey's trade-mark humor and thoughtful exploration of differing philosophies and beliefs, but ultimately it is a deeply personal love story full of devotion, passion, regret and seconded chances. Infidel, the invulnerable beauty who has had to deny herself all hope of love has to choose between a man who can give her almost everything she could wish for, and her love for her constant companion Stagger whose untimely loss (and ghost) haunts her to this day.
It is hard to give this review the full force it deserves without a little context. Before receiving the advanced reading copy of Greatshadow, I first had the privilege to be a Wise-Reader for an early draft of its sequel, Hush. So I came into this knowing almost all of the major plot points, including who lives, who dies, how, when and what the ultimate resolution of the story is.
Yet even given that, I could not put this story down. The execution of the twists and turns took me completely by surprise and still left me guessing many times. I may have had the cliff notes before, but the entertaining experience of the narrative was not to be denied by mere spoilers.
This book is a not only a fully realized, self contained novel, but it's also the first book in a rich world that promises to be an epic series worthy of the appellation: The Dragon Apocalypse.
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Posted March 6, 2012
Posted February 15, 2012
A Worthwhile Read
I really enjoyed this book. While some of the characters are not fully realized there is plenty of character development and many well written scenes. Mr. Maxey has created an interesting narrative voice for the novel. (Spoiler Alert) One of the characters dies and returns as a ghost who watches, comments and reports to the reader about the actions of various characters. I found the perspective interesting.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There is another thing I liked about Greatshadow. Mr. Maxey wove social and political commentary into the novel with some debates between characters, as well. It reminded me of many classic sci-fi novels.
So I'm eagerly awaiting the second book in the trilogy.
Posted April 6, 2012
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