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Shadow Fall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles
     

Shadow Fall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles

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by James Clemens
 

Four millennia have passed since the gods came to Myrillia, creating the nine lands of peace as a haven from the nightmarish, accursed Hinterlands. In all this time nothing has disturbed the harmony of the nine lands.

But now the goddess of the Summering Isles has been murdered. The only witness is Tylar de Noche, a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight. As

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Four millennia have passed since the gods came to Myrillia, creating the nine lands of peace as a haven from the nightmarish, accursed Hinterlands. In all this time nothing has disturbed the harmony of the nine lands.

But now the goddess of the Summering Isles has been murdered. The only witness is Tylar de Noche, a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight. As he holds the dying goddess, her last breath bestows a powerful blessing on him-a mark that heals his broken body. A mark that many see as proof that he killed a god. A mark that unleashes a powerful force of darkness within him.

Chased across Myrillia by enemies both human and ethereal, Tylar must uncover and face down a being powerful enough to kill an immortal-the true godslayer. For if he fails, all of Myrillia will fall into shadow.

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From James Clemens, author of the wildly popular Banned and the Banished saga (Wit'ch Fire, Wit'ch Storm, et al.), comes an electrifying new series set in a vast realm where a hundred benevolent gods walk the earth -- but when an immortal deity is mysteriously murdered, the peaceful realm begins to fall into shadow…

Tylar de Noche is a disgraced Shadowknight. Years earlier, Tylar was Graced by the gods as a respected -- and feared -- soldier and arbiter of peace; now he's a crippled beggar whose only dream is to fade away into shadowy oblivion. But when he witnesses a nightmarish monstrosity kill the goddess Meeryn, his life is turned upside down in an instant. As the goddess lies dying in his hands, she gifts him with her Grace and sends him on an impossible quest with one whispered word. But the world thinks Tylar is the infamous godslayer and with countless deities and Shadowknights closing in, Tylar must find the real killer before it's too late.

Meanwhile, a teenage girl named Dart begins a similar quest of her own…

Reading -- no, experiencing -- Shadowfall is like contemplating a singularly masterful work of art. The sheer depth and detail of this novel are absolutely breathtaking -- the fastidious characterization of protagonists Tylar de Noche and Dart, the incredibly tight plotlines, the brilliantly realized realm of Myrillia, the ever-increasing velocity of the narrative -- this isn't just Clemens's best work to date; it's easily one of the best fantasy novels in years. Paul Goat Allen

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451459947
Publisher:
Roc Hardcover
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Godslayer Chronicles Series , #1
Pages:
480
Product dimensions:
6.36(w) x 9.18(h) x 1.57(d)

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Shadow Fall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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This is simply one of the best books I have ever read. Mr. Clemens has done a masterful job creating a new, exciting world. He has unbelievable character development and original ideas. I cannot wait to read the next installment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The story grabbed me from the first few pages and held me to the end (aside from a rather slow part toward the end of the book). Clemens creates a captivating world that stands apart from the typical medieval fantasy fare. I anxiously await the next installment of the Godslayer Chronicles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadowfall is one of those books you'll never forget. The creativity of the author puts him right up there with Stephen King and A J Rowling. One of those 'can't put down books'. I borrowed it from the library but still must go buy my own copy to have. It was wonderul! bring on Book 2!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was very good. Story was awesome and all that yet, the last 150 pages your just like, 'wow, how many more pointless things is he going to write to make it thicker?' But it's definatly a good read so check it out.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the Nine Lands of Myrillia, the hundred gods reside side by side with man offering their Grace (blessings) to the Shadowknights and their chosen handmaidens and men. They are rooted to their part of the land and cannot leave it and each god and goddess has its own distinct personality and quirks. On Punt Island, disgraced Shadowknight Tylar, broken in body and spirit, holds the dying goddess Meeryn in his arms. With her last breath, she fills him with her Grace, heals his body, marks him and utters the word Rivernscyr.......................... Arrested as a godslayer, Tylar escapes his prison with the help of a thief and they make their way to Tashijan to learn what Rivernscyr means. Tylar dreads returning to his former home because Kathryn, his former betrothed who testified against him at his at his trial, is there as is the warden who presided over his trial. He doesn¿t know that Kathryn has learned that he was set up to protect the secrets of a cabal that is working to sever the gods link with mankind. When he and his allies arrive, Kathryn is waiting for him, ready to help him in his battle with the warden and a corrupted god who can destroy the world if he can lay hands on a certain weapon............................. The author of the Wit¿ch novels has started a new series the Godslayer Chronicles and the first novel SHADOWFALL is a fantastic fantasy that is epic in scope. The hero fights on the side of the righteous even though he has every reason to be bitter because everyone he cared about turned against him and the system that was supposed to protect him was perverted so that he became a broken in body and soul slave. He is a true hero, a character readers will treasure. James Clemens once again sets the standard of excellence for high fantasy................... Harriet Klausner