Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade

Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade

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by Richard A. Knaak
     
 

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An exciting new novel set in the fantasy world of New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak’s Dragonrealm series.

New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak’s unforgettable Legends of the Dragonrealm series continues with this spellbinding tale of a powerful sorcerer trapped in a purgatory

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An exciting new novel set in the fantasy world of New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak’s Dragonrealm series.

New York Times bestselling author Richard A. Knaak’s unforgettable Legends of the Dragonrealm series continues with this spellbinding tale of a powerful sorcerer trapped in a purgatory of his own making.

Survivor of a once-mighty race of sorcerers, the spellcaster known to those of the Dragonrealm simply as Shade struggles to find an end to the curse he brought upon himself millennia ago in his hope to escape death . . . and worse. Instead of immortality, he was condemned to an endless series of lives alternating between darkness and light, with “death” only resurrecting him over and over. His blurred features and unstable but terrible powers a threat to friend and foe alike, the hooded sorcerer must defy not only those who would manipulate him, but also his very self. Worse, he must do so always aware that even the land itself may have sinister designs upon him. . . .

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Veteran fantasy author Knaak opens a new installment of his multivolume Dragonrealm saga with this less than rousing quest adventure. The ancient sorcerer Shade attempted to achieve immortality; now he suffers one horrid death after another, reborn each time to alternating careers of good and evil. Seeking to end his curse, Shade is caught up in an ugly war brewing between the Black Dragon and the Land of Lochivar, currently protected by wizard Cabe Bedlam, a descendant of an old foe of Shade’s. Cabe’s adolescent sorceress daughter, Valea, rebels against her parents and allies herself with the “living magic” Darkhorse, a supernatural ebony stallion, to save Shade, whom she envisions as a “tragic, romantic” hero. Readers new to this conventional sword-and-sorcery world could use more background than Knaak measures out, and while he maintains a wicked pace, driving Shade through one cliffhanger after another, his characters seem mired in post-Tolkien imitative routine dangers and a facile resolution. Agent: Donald Maass, Donald Maass Literary Agency. (Sept.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781451656077
Publisher:
Gallery Books
Publication date:
09/18/2012
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
321
Sales rank:
1,162,214
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Richard A. Knaak is the New York Times bestselling author of some three-dozen novels, including the The Sin War trilogy and the Legend of Huma. He has penned the War of the Ancients trilogy, Day of the Dragon and its upcoming follow-up, Night of the Dragon. His other works include his own Dragonrealm series, the Minotaur Wars, the Aquilonia trilogy of the Age of Conan, and the Sunwell Trilogy—the first Warcraft manga. In addition, his novels and short stories have been published worldwide in such diverse places as China, Iceland, the Czech Republic, and Brazil.

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Legends of the Dragonrealm 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Ravinous More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up last December while Christmas shopping, and I have finally gotten down to reading it after the many others that I needed to read before this one. The reason I ended up getting the book was that it had three books in one. Over all I am very pleased with this book. The over all story is very pleasurable to read, and flows smoothly. It doesn't have you going what when did this happen, or what happened between here, and here. You will end up getting to parts especially in the 3rd book going um what's the story behind this. I should be finishing this soon, and will update this review as soon as I finish the 3rd book. Over all I would recommend this book to those who love to read fantasy novels.
Justin McKinney More than 1 year ago
Not perfect by any definition, but still a relatively original look at classic fantasy situations. A good read, if a bit pedantic in the third narrative.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it.
JRileyHughes More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love when a book can take me out of my world and place me squarely in with the characters!! Read this book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book and cannot wait to read the rest of the books
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cdavies More than 1 year ago
This was a weird book to read. When i originally bought this I wasn't sure if it was part of a series or not since it doesn't say "book 1" etc to it. So I got it and gave it a read and well lets just say if you pick up this book like I did you realize really quickly some things are referenced, but not in detailed meaning there were previous books. Now the story itself seemed like it could have been great and maybe one of the best books just based on setting, but Shade never really seems like the powerful mage it says he is, certain things that would be interesting is sorted through quickly, and just felt like there should have been more to it all. Overall it wasn't a bad read, but if you are interested get other books first.
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