Shadowborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #3)

Shadowborn (Darkborn Trilogy Series #3)

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by Alison Sinclair
     
 

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From the author of Lightborn, the third book in a Regency- flavored fantasy series of magic and manners.

Magic dies with the mage, or so the Darkborn believe. That's why Lady Telmaine Hearne has been condemned to death for sorcery. She's escaped but is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders and war. Meanwhile, her husband, Balthasar,

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From the author of Lightborn, the third book in a Regency- flavored fantasy series of magic and manners.

Magic dies with the mage, or so the Darkborn believe. That's why Lady Telmaine Hearne has been condemned to death for sorcery. She's escaped but is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders and war. Meanwhile, her husband, Balthasar, has learned of his family connection to the Shadowborn-and is fighting for survival and sanity as magic turns him against everything he holds dear.

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Final installment of Sinclair's romantic daylight vs. darkness fantasy trilogy, followingLightborn(2010).

Hundreds of years ago a war between powerful mages resulted in the world being sundered in twain. The Lightborn require light to survive and are killed by darkness, while for the sightless Darkborn—they have a sort of blindsight called "sonn"—the reverse is true. Over time the two peoples made an uneasy accommodation, but now both face slavery or annihilation by the mysterious Shadowborn, whose magic is more powerful than either and whose motives, initially at least, remain unknown. Sociologically, society resembles the English Regency with its frilly entitlements and deference to the aristocracy, while technologically it's more late Victorian, with railways, modern weaponry and scientific experimentation. Another complication is that the haughty Lightborn mages, for all their organization, can't detect the Shadowborn or their magic, so when the Shadowborn assault the Darkborn stronghold of Stranhorne, the Lightborn Prince Fejelis immediately blames the Darkborn. Leading the Darkborn defenders is Ishmael, a mage no longer able to exercise his magic, and his physician friend Balthasar Hearne, who believes that his wife, the powerful but untrained mage Lady Telmaine, is dead, executed by the Lightborn. What nobody yet grasps is that the Shadowborn mages can not only ensorcel large groups of people, but they can take the semblance of others. However, the huge cast, each with his or her style, title and particular magic talent or lack thereof, and complex web of interactions, accusations and suspicions, makes this volume a tough place to start for newcomers.

Conceptually satisfying and thoroughly absorbing, if overpopulated and sometimes overwhelming.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451463944
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
06/07/2011
Series:
Darkborn Trilogy Series, #3
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Alison Sinclair is the author of the science fiction novels Legacies, Blueheart, and Cavalcade (an Arthur C. Clarke Award-nominee).

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Shadowborn 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
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katerade More than 1 year ago
First two books in the series are great, but Shadowborn is a disappointing third. The characters act out of character and the plot fails to wrap up the many promising story lines begun in the first two. It's an obvious set-up for more books.
SmalltownSR More than 1 year ago
Another great story in this series. You still have to concentrate a lot with this series, although a little less so than the previous two stories. The only issue, is that towards the end, I didn't think there was anyway the book would resolved in what little time was left. It could have been a little longer and gone into more depth at the end; it seemed to be clipped a little short.
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Ag_lilium More than 1 year ago
Do start with the first of the trilogy, "Darkborn" then "Lightborn" and finally the rousing conclusion of "Shadowborn". The premise that the "darkborn" burn up in light and the "lightborn" become undone in darkness makes for an unique world. The characters on both sides of the sunrise are intriguing and make for a very interesting and enjoyable reading experience.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
In Minhorne, the Curse insures the Darkborn shun the light and the Lightborn shun the dark so they never mix; at least that was the belief until the twins were born (see Darkborn). Thus Darkborn married mages Lady Telmaine Hearne and Dr. Balthasar end up with the twins, which leads to learning of a third group the Shadowborn manipulating the hostilities between the light and the dark (see Lightborn). Another "truism" the Darkborn accepts as gospel is that when a mage dies, his or her magic dies too. Thus Darkborn Lady Telmaine Hearne has been sentenced to death for her dabbling with sorcery. She flees for the Borders where war is imminent, but the alliance between the Lightborn and Darkborn is shaky at best as they prepare to fight the Shadowborn. Balthasar mentally struggles with the knowledge of his connection to the insidious diabolical enemy. Lightborn assassin Floria White Hand is at the Borders trying to protect her people's young Prince. At the same time Ishmael di Studier, who has spent a lifetime restraining the Curse, which includes battling the Shadowborn, is unprepared foe what awaits at the Borders. The third "born" fantasy wraps up the major threads as all the key players converge at the Borders where war is imminent. Extremely complicated yet fast-paced, readers will relish the paths to the final battle as heroes from the previous tales struggle to survive and a terrific spin re the Curse makes for a delightful finish. Although newcomers should read the first two books that set the table for this scrumptious repast, fans will enjoy the latest entry in the Sinclair mythos. Harriet Klausner