A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance Series #1)

A Dance of Cloaks (Shadowdance Series #1)

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by David Dalglish
     
 

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From USA Today bestselling author David Dalglish
The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins... they fear only one man.
In book #1 of the Shadowdance series, Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon

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From USA Today bestselling author David Dalglish
The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins... they fear only one man.
In book #1 of the Shadowdance series, Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets.
Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.
Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.

Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.

Shadowdance

  • A Dance of Cloaks
  • A Dance of Blades
  • A Dance of Mirrors
  • A Dance of Shadows
  • A Dance of Ghosts
  • A Dance of Chaos
Seraphim
  • Skyborn
  • Fireborn
  • Shadowborn

Editorial Reviews

David Dalglish's Shadowdance novels began as a self-published series, but now rolls into wider view as a trade paperback and NOOK Book original. A Dance of Cloaks, its first volume, tracks the exploits of peerless criminal king/assassin Thren Felhorn and his son Aaron, who would be following in his ruthless father's footsteps except for a few extenuating circumstances..... Definitely worth the read.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780316242387
Publisher:
Orbit
Publication date:
10/08/2013
Series:
Shadowdance Series , #1
Sold by:
Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
12,723
File size:
2 MB

Meet the Author

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, and daughters Morgan and Katherine. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 with a degree in Mathematics and currently spends his free time wondering how his seven-year-old is so much better than him at Minecraft.

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A Dance of Cloaks 4.5 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 73 reviews.
LCEvans More than 1 year ago
In A Dance of Cloaks David Dalglish has created a dark world where life is easily lost and swords and daggers rule. I don't normally read fantasy, but decided to broaden my horizons with this book. I'm glad I did. I don't want to post any spoilers, so I'll simply say the main plot was between a father and son. Thren Felhorn would stop at nothing to bend his son to his will and make him into a heartless assassin and the next ruler of the thieves guilds. Sub-plots involved a variety of other characters vying for money or power. There are also two very different religions struggling to win the people to their respective beliefs. The action scenes--and there are many--are so well-written that I could easily imagine myself observing as if from a nearby vantage point. But not too nearby--the vivid battle and torture descriptions are not for the squeamish. The main characters are portrayed with depth and feeling and each is given a story that we follow throughout the book. I especially liked that the women were strong characters and some of them could fight as well as or better than the men. All the action and conflict lead to a climactic event when Thren Felhorn, ruler of the thieves, attempts to wipe out the opposition and finally take control of everything. Some of the characters live and some die violently, but loose ends are tied up in a dramatic battle that overtakes the city.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series is awesome. It had me hooked from the beginning. The characters are built to the point that you are invested in them. You cheer them on and you grieve for them. The story keeps your mind going so you are never skimming over sections of the book where the author writes 'fluff' (that annoys me when they do that). The only con is that it is only a trilogy. I want more!
Croter More than 1 year ago
I was caught up in the story from the beginning to the end. It's fast paced and the characters just grab your attention and keep you reading. A dark world of theives and criminals mixed with some magic, betrayal and intrigue. I just couldn't ask for more. I am looking forward to the next one in the series. This author can really tell a tale!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I tried to like this.. i honestly did. I finished it even though i felt like I was reading an angry teen's prose, where every girl is sexually desirable, and the men are in heated, violent, stages of puberty constantly. Laughable scenarios, silly characters, and a ruleless magic system. Epic fantasy this is not. Try brandon sanderson's writings if you haven't already, as it's far, far better.
that-guy89 More than 1 year ago
Amazing characters that grow on you. Very well written and has a quick pace so even those that are easily bored will be captivated by this book. I am looking forward to reading the other books of this series.
Doetr More than 1 year ago
I read this book in a day! The characters are convincing, you love them or hate them, and the story is captivating. I have been searching for an equal to the George RR Martin series and I think I have found it. I can hardly wait for the next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a series I have dedicated myself to and I have no regrets. Neither will you!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series! Best part is that it aint a trilogy no mo! 4 coming out in may i think :).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this world of both intrigue and sheer pleasure in reading. The reader will never be bored reading this series. The fight scenes are graphic and written so well it was like it appeared before my very eyes. Would recommend to anyone looking for a series that is awesome as it is dark. 
Anonymous 13 days ago
Loved the whole series, definitely something I'd read again
Anonymous 7 months ago
Overall it was enjoyable, and like he says in the epilog; he is new at writing with great depth. I think the worst part were the fight scenes. Half the time they seemed right on, the other half felt cartoonishly like a videogame. I like both try approaches, but not mixed. This is the first novel I have read of his, and I intend on getting more. I think there is potential worth looking into.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read!
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very good story, plots, & characters. I really enjoyed this book
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Good read !!!
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ScienceFictionMeech More than 1 year ago
book was very well written and moves along very fluid. The author is very talented at grabbing the readers attention in the very first few pages which i liked the most. The book is no where near boring and will keep you very entertained and wanting to read more. I like the world of Dezrel and the books David Dalglish writes
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like action and betrayal then this is for you
Almerel More than 1 year ago
All of David Daglish's books are the kind of books you want to read in one day. I have yet to read one of his books I didn't love. Some if the writing is dark but that is what makes his work unique
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