Shadowheart

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"When it comes to inventing new worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert." -Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon.

Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives.

And now, something is...

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Shadowheart: Volume Four of Shadowmarch

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Overview

"When it comes to inventing new worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert." -Christopher Paolini, bestselling author of Eragon.

Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. Meanwhile, its two young defenders, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick, are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives.

And now, something is awakening underneath Southmarch Castle, something powerful and terrible that the world has not seen for thousands of years. Can Barrick and Briony, along with a tiny handful of allies, ordinary and extraordinary, find a way to save their world and prevent the rise of a terrible new age-an age of unending darkness?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780756407650
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/6/2012
  • Series: Shadowmarch Series
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 880
  • Sales rank: 167,745
  • Product dimensions: 4.20 (w) x 6.60 (h) x 1.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at tadwilliams.com. 

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  • Posted December 3, 2010

    Christopher Paolini talks about Tad

    Deborah Beale here (Tad partner & wife): we recently received this rave review from Christopher Paolini, and I thought I would take the liberty of posting it here.


    "Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me. He's one of the main reasons I started writing fantasy. His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert.

    "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time. I can't even remember how many times I've read it. It kept me so enthralled, I plowed through the last book in just one sitting! Here be magic, dragons, sprawling battles, thrilling feats of derring-do, ancient mysteries, hidden secrets-all the things a good story needs. These are the books, along with a few others, that led me to write Eragon.

    "Otherland is an awesome sci-fi story. The scale of Tad Williams' ambition and accomplishments as a storyteller in this series is amazing. He weaves together so many characters, locations, and unique worlds, you can't help but be impressed! Also, with Otherland Tad predicted the rise of the internet and online gaming long before it was invented.

    "Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try.

    "His books are thick enough to stop a bullet! I know!" - Christopher Paolini

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2010

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    Shadowheart is a grand epic finish to a great grand fantasy saga

    The Eddon family have lived in Southmarch castle and ruling the Marchlands for centuries. Now they are scattered because Hendon Tolly took the throne forcing the twin co-regents Barrick and Briony to escape if they want to live. Southmarch is at war with the Qar (fairy folks) because since the usurpers took over they persecuted the fairy and forced them to erect a Mantle curtain and settle on their own lands. In the middle of the battle, the Qar stop fighting because a greater foe is marching to conquer Shadowmarch.
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    Both Tolly and the ruler of all the conquered lands in the south, the Autarch of Xis Sulepis, know that the Sleeping Gods are located deep below the Funderling Town where the group of small dwarf like creatures lives. The pair plans to attack the realm of the Gods and use a magic ritual to make one of the gods their slave. Brionye is safely staying with the Prince of Syan Eneas who loves her and vows to help her get home. When they arrive Eneas and his men fight to gain control of the throne that rightfully belongs to Briony. All parties interested in waking the Gods and those who oppose collide as Briony and her Syanese allies take the fight to those loyal to Tolly.---------------------------

    Shadowheart is a grand epic finish to a great grand fantasy saga that like its three predecessors is filled with action, but character driven as the audience anticipates the climatic ending.h Tad Williams has not let us down as he springs one shocker after another to a spellbound audience. Barrick is more Qar than human because of a ritual ro save his life although he fights on the side of the humans who want to restore Shadowmarch to its previous glory. Briony has come a long way from the youth foolishly challenging Tolly to a duel as her inner strength remains powerful but matured with experience. All the major subplots come together as apocalypse now has converged on Shadowmarch.-------------

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 29, 2010

    You must check this one out!

    I started reading the Shadowmarch Series about 4 months ago and what a journey it has been. I thought the first two books could have been placed in one and still had the essence of the land and the people. But the third book was something else. I started to care about Barrick and his story. I am looking forward to this fourth and final installment.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Awful

    I am a fan of Robin Hobb and George R.R. Martin. This series was recommended. I should have stopped with the first book. The twins are not likeable characters, so it is hard to care about what happens to them. The first book was boring. The second and third pull you in. The fourth is a terrible, boring disappointment.

    P.S. Ferras Vansen deserves better.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2014

    Great read

    Another block in the Shadowmarch series and it looks like book 5 will be the closer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Shadowpaw's bio

    Name: Shadowpaw<br>
    Age: 8 moons<br>
    Gender: &female<br>
    Rank: Apprentise<br>
    Mentour: Bluestar<br>
    Pelt: jet black with left ear white, electric blue eyes<br>
    Personality: leader, troublemaker, friendly, bubbly, clever<br>
    Kin: Bluestar-mom, Shadowwater-dad, Whitestar-adopted aunt, Snowpaw, Lionpaw, & Darkpaw-adopted cousins, Silverpaw & Stripepaw-sisters, Firepaw & Duskpaw-brothers, Everkit, Skykit, & Swirlingkit-halfsisters, Talonkit, Forestkit, Opalkit, & Winterkit-halfbrothers<br>
    Crush: Lightningpaw<br>
    History: short<br>
    Facourite Song: Fallin' for you/Colbie Caillat<br>
    Favourite Warrior Name: Shadowheart<p>
    Anything else? Ask me!

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  • Posted July 14, 2012

    great series

    You feel the pain of all the characters misfortunes throughout the series, but the finale is very much worth it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Always a good read

    Tad williams rocks!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2012

    Not the best in the series

    I've really liked everything I've read by Tad Williams, including this series. However, I was disappointed in the last volume. Nearly a third of the book had all of the main characters involved in a battle with mass slaughter on both sides, to the point of tedium. After a while I didn't care who won, as long as it was over soon. Not a satisfying ending.

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  • Posted October 25, 2011

    Wonderful!

    I just finished the last of the series and I am so sad that it had to end! This was an awesome read! I can't believe how everything fit together at the end- like a "puzzle"

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