Legends of the Dragonrealm: Shade

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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 ...

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Overview

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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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.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451656077
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Publication date: 9/18/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 321
  • Sales rank: 429,753
  • 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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  • Posted February 6, 2012

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    Very Pleased

    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.

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2012

    Absurdly simplistic prose leaves much to be desired

    I promised myself that I would finish reading this before reviewing it, but seeing as how I have put it down and tried to regain interest in it three times, I have serious doubts that I ever will.

    I was a creative writing major in college, and "Show, don't tell" was pounded into me over and over. I dont think this author got that memo. The writing is done at such a basic level that it must be written for a very young audience, except that the novels by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson that I got for my seven year old daughter are actually well written.

    I was looking for something light and fun, having just finished Patrick Rothfuss' amazing Name of the Wind and Wise Man's Fear, and this qualifies...as light, anyway. Light on depth, light on quality prose, and light on anything worth spending time or money on. This might entertain a tweener who is just discovering fantasy for the first time, but I am very, VERY surprised that this book has positive reviews at all...

    ...which is a shame, really. The story, while simple, had potential. Its too bad that a quality author didn't give it a shot first.

    3 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2011

    Excellent

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2014

    Awesome!

    I love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2013

    Great read!!

    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!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2013

    This was a weird book to read. When i originally bought this I w

    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.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 28, 2011

    not very climactic

    the end of the fist book doesnt leave you satisfied. i would not recomend this book to anyone. it sucks.

    0 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 2, 2010

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    Ho Hum

    I really wanted to get into this book. I found it at a time when I was desperate for a good read. This wasn't it. The first story was o.k. The second dull and I didn't even read the third. If I want to read writing like this, I'll start teaching a middle school writing class. Read Chris Evans or Brendan Weeks if you want good fantasy. Not this unoriginal trash.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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