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Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    A little slow, but worth the time.

    I should probably start by saying if you didn't like the 1st book, Shadowmarch, than I certain you won't like Shadowplay, the 2nd in a now 4 part series of books by author Tad Williams. But if you are a fan of his, like I am, then you will find the 2nd book to be as good as any other he's written, but if I were pressed to play favorites, the 3rd may be my favorite so far.
    There is still intrigue at the Eddon castle, where Matty Tinwright is enamored with the usurper, Hendon Tolly's captive, Elan M'Cory. Brone has been knocked down in influence, while Merolanna uses her own force of personality, along with her friend Sister Utta to confront Yasammez about her lost son.
    Flint, still in the care of Chert & his wife accompanies him while he tries to manage Chaven in hiding in Funderling Town. Shaso tries his best to protect Briony, while her father, King Olin discovers he is wanted by the Golden One, ruler of Xis, who has his sights set on Hierosol.
    The most interesting adventure is Barrik & Vansen's. Deep behind the Shadowline, they meet Gyir the Storm Lantern, on a mission for his liege, Yasammez. They are accompanied by a talking crow who calls himself Skurn & they begin to learn more about the world's religions & stories, about gods that once walked the earth & may have actually existed. Briony meets Lisiya, Mistress of the Silver Glade, & learns more herself.
    I did feel as though some of the adventures outside of Barrik's were filler, as though his was the most important & the other characters were just moving along, pacing the most important story. Despite that feeling, the story is good, the pacing is well done, and the characters are as complete & fulfilling as ever. I still say Tad is one of the best writers in the world & this series shows the breadth of his talent.

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