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Shadowmarch (Shadowmarch Series #1)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

Best book of his Career!

Let me start by saying I have a very biased opinion when it comes to Tad Williams. He is my favorite male author. Period. To review this book, Shadowmarch, I say first that the only problem I had with the Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series, was the sluggish beginning. Sin...
Let me start by saying I have a very biased opinion when it comes to Tad Williams. He is my favorite male author. Period. To review this book, Shadowmarch, I say first that the only problem I had with the Memory, Sorrow & Thorn series, was the sluggish beginning. Since then, as he continued to write brilliant books, he has refined his craft, becoming better at introducing his detailed & complex stories.
His characters are all well-rounded & all equally interesting in the depth & complexity. Not since Tolkien has a writer organized his world so carefully. You can learn new days of the week, names of months, new holidays, & 4 separate, distinct but connected religions. Tad also doesn't create a world then franchise it; he creates anew, each time, a new world with as much depth as our own.
This is the story of royal twins, Briony & Barrick, she attempting to prove her worth alongside any man while their kingdom is surrounded by hungry forces. Barrick, eventually on his own adventure, is plagued by a possible hereditary curse passed down by their imprisoned father.
Ferras Vansen, Captain of the Royal Guard, who loves the princess more than he should, also struggles to prove himself after a horrific failure.
Chaven, normally a sage man, also immersed in his addictions to a powerful unknown force he doesn't fully understand.
Chert Blue Quartz, a diminutive earth shaper (but don't call them dwarves!), caught up in the whirlwind events after adopting Flint, a mysterious lost boy who comes from beyond the Shadowline, but may have some connection to the royal family.
Yasammez, Scourge of the Shivering Plain, a warrior of the Qul-na-Qar, the lords of the otherworldly faery races, leads her inhuman army to attack the world of man.
Shaso, the disgraced warrior who tries to guide the royal children in the only way he knows how.
Qinnitan, a lowly caste girl, selected by the powerful Autarch, the ruler of the entire Southern continent, who hungers for more, leaving the twins trapped between his forces & the Qar.
These are just the main characters of the beginning story. I don't need to go into depth about the different castles, landscapes & empires where there are many other people living within this strange but familiar world.
I cannot recommend this book enough. It's tad's finest work to date.

posted by cormacru999 on May 14, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Shallow and boring!

First, let me say I loved Memory, Sorry, and Thorn and have re-read them many times. Tailchaser's Song was fun, and I liked The War of the Roses as well. I slogged through the Otherland series and enjoyed parts of it. Shadowmarch is disappointing to the extreme. I h...
First, let me say I loved Memory, Sorry, and Thorn and have re-read them many times. Tailchaser's Song was fun, and I liked The War of the Roses as well. I slogged through the Otherland series and enjoyed parts of it. Shadowmarch is disappointing to the extreme. I honestly would have stopped reading it if I had had another new book to read. The characters and plot are boring and predictable, the attempt at intrigue and political manuever clumsy, and the development of the various cultures lacks compelling realism. I'll finish this one eventually, but unless the story picks up in the second half I'll leave the rest on the shelf.

posted by Anonymous on January 18, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2006

    Shallow and boring!

    First, let me say I loved Memory, Sorry, and Thorn and have re-read them many times. Tailchaser's Song was fun, and I liked The War of the Roses as well. I slogged through the Otherland series and enjoyed parts of it. Shadowmarch is disappointing to the extreme. I honestly would have stopped reading it if I had had another new book to read. The characters and plot are boring and predictable, the attempt at intrigue and political manuever clumsy, and the development of the various cultures lacks compelling realism. I'll finish this one eventually, but unless the story picks up in the second half I'll leave the rest on the shelf.

    5 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Disapointed

    I loved the aseries Td williams did called Otherland, so I was very excited to see this new series. Unfortunately it is boring me to tears. I've made itto page 467, and I still don't cre agout any of the charaters enough to keep reading. It is very rare I don't at lest finih a book, but I a afraid I'm going to hve to pit this on down.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2010

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    Very Boring

    I bought this book about 8 months ago because the cover looked interesting and the review on the back sounded good. Unfortunately i still have not been able to finish this book because it is VERY boring. I stopped reading about halfway through and picked up a different series because I could not get hooked on this book. I still have about 100 pages left now because i can only force myself to read it if I have nothing else to read. The plot moves very slow and i still have not figured out the reason for many of the characters. The only character that i have a slight interest for is Barrick. Even he gets boring most of the time. The book picks up a little in the second half, but i still would NOT recommend buying this book. It is not worth the time or money.

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