Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

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by Tad Williams
     
 

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A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, and the Eddon family held the throne. Now the family has been shattered. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner in a faraway land, and Olin's heir Kendrick is dead—slain by treachery and dark, bloody magic.

With their father and brother taken from them, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the

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A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, and the Eddon family held the throne. Now the family has been shattered. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner in a faraway land, and Olin's heir Kendrick is dead—slain by treachery and dark, bloody magic.

With their father and brother taken from them, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together, but now Barrick has been captured in a failed war against the immortal Twilight People and Briony has been forced to flee.

Behind the Shadowline, Prince Barrick is lost and spellbound in the land of the fairies, while Princess Briony finds both allies and deadly enemies in unexpected places far from the land of her birth.

During their desperate journeys the twins discover that even a land's rulers may know little of its true history, and that both families and nations can hide dark and terrible secrets.

But even if Barrick and Briony survive learning the astonishing truths at the heart of their own family and of Southmarch itself, they must still find a way to do the impossible: they must reclaim their kingdom and rescue their home and people from a multitude of powerful enemies—from traitors, tyrants, a god-king, and even the angry gods themselves.

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A page-turner. (Booklist)

Packed with intriguing plot twists... The author's richly detailed world will enchant established fans and win new converts. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

The Barnes & Noble Review
The title of Morgan Spurlock's 2004 documentary Super Size Me could easily be the tagline for the latest epic fantasy saga from Tad Williams (Tailchaser's Song, the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn saga, et al.). The Shadowmarch trilogy -- which is set in a sprawling, surreal realm being irrevocably altered by political upheaval, invading mythical monstrosities, and the awakening of a long-dormant magic -- is essentially the story of Barrick and Briony, royal twins who, as their world crumbles around them, must somehow survive long enough to understand the shadowy mysteries that shroud their family, their kingdom, and the much-historied land over which they've ruled. As armies of demonic Twilight People plague the northern reaches of the March Kingdoms and an insane god-king plots invasion from the south, prince Barrick and his twin sister embark on separate but equally perilous journeys to somehow reclaim their kingdom -- and fulfill their extraordinary destinies.

Williams said in an interview with Barnes & Noble.com that one of the things he enjoyed most about writing "big books" was the opportunity to create complex worlds and bring depth to realms like Shadowmarch by viewing them through the eyes of many different characters. In Shadowplay (and in the trilogy's first volume, Shadowmarch), Williams does just that, creating an endlessly fascinating and magic-filled realm filled with a profusion of memorable characters and just as many intriguing plots and subplots. Fantasy fans who enjoy their story lines super-sized (Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, Jordan's Wheel of Time, Goodkind's Sword of Truth, et al.) will thoroughly enjoy Williams's shelf-bending saga -- arguably his most accomplished work to date. Double quarter-pounder with cheese and 42-ounce soda not included. Paul Goat Allen
Publishers Weekly

While juggling a complex epic fantasy plot may be child's play for veteran word-wizard Williams (Otherland), the bewildered star players of the fine second volume in his Shadowmarch trilogy must deal with a very adult world being transformed by war, magic, secrets and a weird, powerful scrying-mirror. Back in Southmarch, Hendon Tolly has usurped the throne, while King Olin's held in captivity in Hierosol. Olin's young twins, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick Eddon, struggle to survive in exile on separate but equally perilous paths. Barrick's trapped behind the Shadowline with Capt. Ferras Vansen; Gyir the Storm Lantern, a formidable, faceless fairy; and Skurn, a quirky talking raven. Briony's helped by a forest demigoddess and winds up with a band of endangered traveling thespians. Though the pace lags at times, bestseller Williams once again delivers a sweeping spellbinder full of mystical wonder. Author tour. (Mar.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756405441
Publisher:
DAW
Publication date:
04/07/2009
Series:
Shadowmarch Series, #2
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
752
Sales rank:
267,962
Product dimensions:
4.18(w) x 6.82(h) x 1.61(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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From the Publisher
A page-turner. (Booklist)

Packed with intriguing plot twists... The author's richly detailed world will enchant established fans and win new converts. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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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Shadowplay 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Deborah_Beale More than 1 year ago
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
RGH1 More than 1 year ago
Things start moving quickly as the stories spiral around each other. More of what I have come to expect from Williams.
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