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Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2) [NOOK Book]

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With their father and brother taken from them, the royal Eddon 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 the castle. Old magics are stirring beneath the ancient castle and behind the Shadowline, and the machinations of gods, fairies, and mortals threaten to spread devastation across the entire world.
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Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

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Overview

With their father and brother taken from them, the royal Eddon 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 the castle. Old magics are stirring beneath the ancient castle and behind the Shadowline, and the machinations of gods, fairies, and mortals threaten to spread devastation across the entire world.
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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: 9781101218648
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Series: Shadowmarch Series , #2
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 752
  • Sales rank: 87,199
  • File size: 827 KB

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

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  • Posted September 21, 2010

    where's the first book?!

    I don't get it...why would you have the second and third parts of the series available in ebook format and not the first book, Shadowmarch? That makes no sense at all. Who would buy the second and third books without reading the first one? And I'm not going to buy the first one in the actual book format and then the others as ebooks. I want to read them on my nook! Oh, well. I guess I'll just have to wait and hope that the first one comes out as an ebook. Otherwise I'll just have to find another deserving series that is available on nook. And why aren't his Otherland books available, either? That was a great series! :(

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    A little slow, but worth the time.

    I should probably start by saying if you didn't like the 1st book, Shadowmarch, than I certain you won't like Shadowplay, the 2nd in a now 4 part series of books by author Tad Williams. But if you are a fan of his, like I am, then you will find the 2nd book to be as good as any other he's written, but if I were pressed to play favorites, the 3rd may be my favorite so far.
    There is still intrigue at the Eddon castle, where Matty Tinwright is enamored with the usurper, Hendon Tolly's captive, Elan M'Cory. Brone has been knocked down in influence, while Merolanna uses her own force of personality, along with her friend Sister Utta to confront Yasammez about her lost son.
    Flint, still in the care of Chert & his wife accompanies him while he tries to manage Chaven in hiding in Funderling Town. Shaso tries his best to protect Briony, while her father, King Olin discovers he is wanted by the Golden One, ruler of Xis, who has his sights set on Hierosol.
    The most interesting adventure is Barrik & Vansen's. Deep behind the Shadowline, they meet Gyir the Storm Lantern, on a mission for his liege, Yasammez. They are accompanied by a talking crow who calls himself Skurn & they begin to learn more about the world's religions & stories, about gods that once walked the earth & may have actually existed. Briony meets Lisiya, Mistress of the Silver Glade, & learns more herself.
    I did feel as though some of the adventures outside of Barrik's were filler, as though his was the most important & the other characters were just moving along, pacing the most important story. Despite that feeling, the story is good, the pacing is well done, and the characters are as complete & fulfilling as ever. I still say Tad is one of the best writers in the world & this series shows the breadth of his talent.

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  • Posted May 30, 2009

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    A subperb follow up to Shadowmarch

    Tad Williams contiunes to capture time and place in a thrilling tale.

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  • Posted March 11, 2009

    The first book in this series I had purchased in Hardback and "lost it"! It was soo good, I bought another Hardback to replace it. I could not wait to read this second book in the series and when I did, boy did it deliver everything that

    For the second book in the series it really pays off and compliments the first book "Shadowmarch". It is simply the only book since "Dune" that I have EVER read twice! And loved it both times. That is easily 35 years of being an avid Science Fiction/Fantasy lover. I can not wait for the next one...I may have to read it again while I wait for it to arrive!

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  • Posted November 14, 2008

    Would have loved to finish it, but....

    Pages 53-114 were MISSING FROM THE BOOK!! I would have loved to have returned to the store, but left it on the plane I was so disgusted.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Fantastic urban fantasy

    Hendon Tolly has claimed the throne of Southmarch. Herndon¿s cousin, the deposed former ruler King Olin Eddon has been incarcerated in Hierosol. The ex-monarch¿s royal heir Kenrdick is dead, a victim of dark magic. Olin¿s younger twin offspring has been split apart separately struggling to survive the ordeal of exile with Tolly looking to insure neither can come back by hiring the most lethal mercenary available to insure his cousins never return to claim the crown.----------------- Prince Barrick remains under the spell of Yasammez and the Twilight People behind the Shadowline with his only allies being Captain Ferras Vansen, the Storm Lantern, the mysterious and dangerous fairy Gyir, and Skurn the raven. Princess Briony hides in a forest near her former home castle where a woods Goddess abets her escape until she joins a traveling troupe of actors, who welcome her unaware that her presence amidst them endangers them. Meanwhile to the south King Autarch may be insane, but he sees an opportunity to seize Southmarch as chaos reigns.--------------- The second ¿Shadow¿ fantasy saga is a superb thriller though it is also the middle book of a trilogy so subplots on the three prime fronts move forward, but are never resolved. The story line is action-packed especially when the focuses are the twins. Though newcomers should read the previous tale (see SHADOWMARCH), fans of Tad Williams will enjoy his complex political fantasy.--------------------- Harriet Klausner

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