Shadows Fall

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Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world readers won't want to leave and spins a tale they won't want to end. In a town of amazing magicks, where the real and the imagined live side by side and the Faerie of legend know the automatons of the future, Time sees all—but even he cannot escape the prophecy of James Hart's return, which can only mean the death of Shadows ...
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Overview


Considered by the author to be his finest work yet, this is a novel of realistic detail, heartfelt emotion, and dazzling imagination that builds a world readers won't want to leave and spins a tale they won't want to end. In a town of amazing magicks, where the real and the imagined live side by side and the Faerie of legend know the automatons of the future, Time sees all—but even he cannot escape the prophecy of James Hart's return, which can only mean the death of Shadows Fall.

The bestselling author of Blue Moon Rising presents his most ambitious novel since. An extraordinary science fantasy, this is the story of the life, death, and rebirth of a most unusual town--a place of automatons and creatures of legend. "This one really stands out from the crowd."--Science Fiction Chronicle. Original.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Shadows Fall is an extraordinary town where legends--human and otherwise--go to live out their days as belief in them dies. Comic superheroes who never achieved true fame mingle with rock 'n' roll stars who died young; dinosaurs roam the park at night. It is a setting with great potential. Unfortunately, Green ( Blue Moon Rising ) for the most part foregoes developing it in favor of simply adding to it, mixing in faeries, saints and other fantastic elements. As the novel begins, a serial killer stalks the town. It's up to mayor Rhea Frazier, the revenant Leonard Ash, rock 'n' roller Sean Morrison and James Hart, whose return to town has triggered an old prophecy, to unmask the killer and deal with an unprecedented attack on Shadows Fall by outsiders. The drama of their battle, however, is undermined by thin characterizations, stilted dialogue and scenes that read like farce. Too much goes unexplained (how exactly do the outsiders breach the town's defenses?). Green invokes some powerful mythologies, but cripples the impact of climactic scenes with off-key, atmosphere-jarring wisecracks (``I'm here to kill Time as in Father Time, but there's no hurry''). Ultimately this fantasy would have been more successful had the author done more with a bit less, spinning a richer story from fewer threads. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781932100457
  • Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/1/2005
  • Pages: 506
  • Sales rank: 730,801
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.99 (d)

Meet the Author

Simon R. Green is the author of the Deathstalker Saga series, the Nightside series, and the bestselling novelization of the film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2010

    Great Read

    Enjoyed exploring a place I first read about in the Nightside novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2006

    AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book before I read the Nightside books but I love the connections he made threw out the series and all the battle scenes where really awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2005

    Awsome!

    This is a fantastic book. It is my second favorite book of all time. This book is full of comedy, action, fantasy...its just a wonderful book that I can read over and over and never be bored.

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