Shadow's Master

Shadow's Master

4.3 10
by Jon Sprunk
     
 

View All Available Formats & Editions

A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him. Caim has buried his father’s sword and found some measure of peace,… See more details below

Overview

A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him. Caim has buried his father’s sword and found some measure of peace, but deep in the north an unfathomable power lies waiting. To succeed on this mission, Caim will have to do more than just survive. He must face the Shadow’s Master. With this novel, Jon Sprunk brings his action-packed trilogy to an epic conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Darker, bloodier, and better than its predecessors.... There's plenty of action and combat, and Sprunk handles it with finesse.  Fans of action oriented sword and sorcery will find plenty to cheer about here.”
— Adventures Fantastic

"Sword and Sorcery action of a high order.... If you have any interest in sword and sorcery, you owe it to yourself to check out Sprunk’s work.... You will be glad you did.”
— SF Signal 

“Go buy Sprunk's novels. They are great pieces of assassin-themed fantasy that everyone should be enjoying.”
— Elitist Book Reviews

Library Journal
Searching for answers to questions about his origins, the assassin Caim leaves his adopted city of Othir to travel to the forbidding landscape of the northern wastes. Accompanying him are Malig, the brothers Aemon and Dray, and Kit, his ghostly lover. Able to manipulate shadows to do his bidding, Caim realizes that his quest will lead to a confrontation with no less than Shadow's Master. This concluding volume to Sprunk's trilogy (Shadow's Son; Shadow's Lure) brings Caim to the brink of death and to a new self-knowledge, leaving enough unfinished business for more series titles. VERDICT Sprunk sets old-fashioned sword and sorcery in a noir fantasy that should appeal to fans of Michael Moorcock's Elric novels and the "Thieves' World" stories by Robert Lynn Asprin and Lynn Abbey.
Kirkus Reviews
Third in the series (Shadow's Lure, 2011, etc.) in which knife-wielding, magic-powered assassin Caim Du'Vartha tries to figure out what's going on. Caim's magic derives from his control over mysterious shadow-entities that crawl all over everything; sometimes they heal him, sometimes they kill people (or wait for Caim to do the job) and drink their blood. He sets off to the north, along with some warrior friends, following a psychic lure that he hopes will bring him to the secret behind his mother's disappearance and his power over the shadows. He leaves Josey, his lover, now Empress of the Nimean Empire and pregnant, to consolidate her power--but instead she faces a new invasion from the north by barbarian warriors who vastly outnumber her own forces. Caim is also accompanied, or haunted, by a disembodied sprit, Kit, who turns out to be an immortal Fae and more often an annoyance than a help; how she manages to float around like a ghost remains unexplained. Another character, Balaam, also a magic-powered assassin but in service to the Dark Lord whom Caim is destined to confront, is beginning to have doubts. Sprunk writes effective action prose and makes worthy efforts to develop his characters, but Josey's political backdrop is naïve. The evil shadows have some strikingly original touches, yet their motivations could have been wielded much more effectively; instead we end up with a rather trudging showdown, as if Aragorn learned that Sauron was his grandfather and stopped to chat before battling it out. The good news is that Sprunk continues to improve. Series fans will dive right in; curious newcomers should begin at the beginning and avoid at least some of the confusion.

Read More

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616146061
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Series:
Shadow Saga
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
154,215
File size:
2 MB

Related Subjects

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >