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Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles
     

Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles

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by James Clemens
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"With every new book... Clemens's storytelling expertise becomes more compelling." - Terry Brooks
"A dazzling new entry in the world of epic fantasy... Shadowfall is likely to become a favorite of fantasy lovers worldwide." - SF Revu
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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

Publishers Weekly
For 4,000 years, the people of the Nine Lands have lived peacefully under the guidance of their hundred gods. When the goddess Meeryn is murdered, the peace is shattered, and Tylar de Noche, a defrocked knight who as sole witness is now sole suspect, must, rather predictably, find the killer and prove himself innocent. Tylar isn't too bright, but fortunately he can turn to Delia, a priestess who conveniently doubles as love interest, and to Rogger, a thief wise to the ways of the criminal underworld. Slogging hither and yon for scraps of clues, the three begin to suspect that the supposedly pacific gods are in fact engaged in an ongoing struggle for power and control. The self-absorption of the gods and the apathetic ignorance of the people form stumbling blocks on Tylar's quest, forcing a slow pace that makes sense in context but is frustrating. Once Clemens (Wit'ch Fire, etc.) understands that what characters do with their knowledge is more interesting than how they get it, things should pick up in future installments. Agents, Russ Galen and Danny Baror. (July) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
For thousands of years, the hundred gods have protected their creation, the Nine Lands, from the barbarous Hinterlands that lie along their borders. When the unthinkable happens, and one of the gods is slain, the only witness-and soon the only suspect-is Tylar de Noche, formerly one of the elite Shadowknights who keep order in the Lands. Now a fugitive, Tylar finds other outcasts willing to follow him on a mission to accomplish the impossible: find and slay a creature strong enough to kill a god. The author of the "Wit'ch" series begins a new multivolume saga with a compelling tale filled with richly developed characters. A strong addition to any library's fantasy collections. Highly recommended. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780451460509
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/07/2006
Series:
Godslayer Series , #1
Pages:
528
Sales rank:
894,929
Product dimensions:
4.25(w) x 6.85(h) x 1.25(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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"With every new book... Clemens's storytelling expertise becomes more compelling." - Terry Brooks
"A dazzling new entry in the world of epic fantasy... Shadowfall is likely to become a favorite of fantasy lovers worldwide." - SF Revu

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Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
BookNook103 More than 1 year ago
I rarely, if ever leave a review. However, I feel since so few people have reviewed David B Coes's books I would lend my option. I have been reading Fantasy books for over 30 years and I usually read 8 - 10 books a month so when I came across this book I though what not give it a chance. I am glad I did since the last 3 new authors I recently read were very disappointing. I truly enjoyed this book and felt after a brief slow start the book took off and I was disappointed that it ended. I just bought the second and third book and look forward to starting book two today after I mow the lawn. Try it you will not be disappointed.
BobbyMcV More than 1 year ago
This was a great new world and imaginative idea. I read both books 1 and 2 of the series, unfortunately book 3 does not look like it is coming any time soon... Book 2 was released in 2007. Book 2 closes a story line but leaves you waiting for the end of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down. From the moment I started the book, I spent every spare moment enthralled in the mesmerizing world Mr. Clemens created. His attention to plot detail and meticulously filling in any potential plot holes was a breath of fresh air for this fantasy reader. The visual Mr. Clemens gives us of the world and its inhabitants leaves you picturing it all in your mind long after you've put the book down, yet he still manages to keep such a pace that rare is the moment when your heart is not racing. If you choose Shadowfall, be prepared... it is the beginning to one of those series where you agonize with breathless impatience waiting for the next book to be released.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good God people, why am I the first person to mention this scene in my review? If you're going to write such flowery praise and encouragement for a story, at least bother to warn a reader that, in the chapter right after the end of the sample, a thirteen year old girl is brutally raped by a priest, and the whole thing is desribed in a level of detail beyond the level of anything I've ever read in game of thrones! Nobody saves her except for a magic spirit vagina dog that comes after the completely described event is either finished or almost finished! I think I need to go throw up now but I just wanted to make sure the next reader has a FAIR WARNING, okay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Clemens' "Wit'ch War" series, I had high expectations when I purchased this book. It met them. Clemens has a gift for making a scene come to life without being verbose. As usual, his characters are complicated and interesting. Clemens also has a knack for keeping several threads of the story running along simultaneously. He continues that trend here. I powered through this book quite quickly. What can I say? I didn't want to put it down.
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Bobcat84 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. James Clemens Witch books are very unique and this new series make me very excited to see what comes. the "gods" theme was very unusual and can lead into some great story lines in the future books. They way he integrates all the characters is believable and exciting. the explanations of the society are easy to follow and concepts made clear. i suggest this for anyone who likes a fast paced book with "evil" guy turned hero!
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James-Black More than 1 year ago
Arrived very quick and in perfect condition.