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Posted April 14, 2012
Frost's storytelling style is unique, his characters enchanting,
Frost's storytelling style is unique, his characters enchanting, and his setting mysterious. Shadowbridge and the sequel, Lord Tophet, resemble nothing more closely than one of Frost's own spiralling city-worlds, throwing out brilliant and new vistas with every chapter. The books, grafted together from a dazzling array of past legends and current wanderings, are NOT meant to be cohesive, plot-driven, or fully detailed. They ARE meant to be adventurous and worthwhile from beginning to end: Frost's work comes across as startlingly beautiful, like a story glimpsed in a dream or remembered from a sunny childhood.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
It's perfect that the plot of the book surrounds a masterful storyteller, as Gregory Frost is one himself. I had heard about this wonderful book by word of mouth -- and to be honest, it's been sitting on my shelf for months. And now I certainly regret that I waited for so long to read it... it's one of the best books I've come across in ages!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
This isn't a collection of short stories, but if you enjoy them, you'll really enjoy this format. Frost weaves together the main character's story with the tales she tells, and the result is riveting. I personally care nothing for short stories, but found myself interested in how each of the tales contributed to the bigger picture. Adventure, fantasy, mythology... it contains all the necessary ingredients for a book you won't be able put down.
Posted January 23, 2008
Storytelling at its best
This is a tale of a female puppeteer, her drunken coordinator, and a god-touched musician, all of whom are running from unhappy pasts, set in a watery world covered with bridges and given a liberal dose of magic. This is book one of two, the second of which is coming out in June, called Lord Tophet. All in all, it's a fantastically done book, wrought with myths within myths. Leodora is a collector of stories, several of which are featured in the book, and are lovely works in and of themselves. I was lucky enough to hear Frost read part of this aloud last summer, and was hooked then. The writing itself is excellent Frost has a way of drawing you in with the prose alone and keeping you there. Add to that a wonderful trio of characters, and you have a book that's hard to put down. SHADOWBRIDGE is fully deserving of being nominated for a World Fantasy award, because it is the epitome of what fantasy could and should be.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2008
SHADOWBRIDGE is an odd place consisting of immense interconnected bridges sitting over an endless ocean with dots of land. People live on these bridges. On the Ningle Span, young shadow-puppeteer Leodora tells a story to the god Shumyzin in exchange for him revealing her future however, he fails to explain what he means when he warns her to be careful.---------- Leodora already understand caution as her parents vanished without a trace and the old sot Soter saved her life, but her uncle treats her like a slave instead of a family member. Forced to flee after breaking several taboos that mean torture and death, Leodora accompanied by Soter as her manager begins touring the bridge communities dressed as a man, as only a male can troubadour alone. She performs as Jax the puppeteer. She, as a he, begins to obtain a reputation, but some prefer the new storyteller dead.--------- The strange world of SHADOWBRIDGE comes across as genuine because of the differing reactions to the endless sea as some people fear the water while others like Leodora feel at home. The gods act like the Greek gods with their whimsical interference for instance changing a contented but somewhat moronic musician into a superstar who understands the meaning of life to his bitter regret. Fantasy readers will appreciate this well written tale, but many like this reviewer will feel somewhat cheated as the abrupt ending of this book is no true ending but instead a feeder to the second part of the saga.------------- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 20, 2009
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