Shadow's Master

Shadow's Master

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by Jon Sprunk
     
 

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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,

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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.

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616146054
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
03/27/2012
Pages:
313
Sales rank:
589,996
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Jon Sprunk lives in central Pennsylvania with his family. His books have been translated into seven languages in more than nine countries. When not working on his latest novel, he enjoys traveling, collecting medieval weaponry, and watching pro football (preferably behind a beer and a big plate of hot wings). Visit him online at www.jonsprunk.com, www.facebook.com/JonSprunk, or on Twitter @sprunk70.

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Shadow's Master 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
noelle18 More than 1 year ago
since that is not possible on Goodreads, I let it have the 5 stars. The story was good. Great conclusion to the Shadow Saga. I absolutely loved the characters. The story was entertaining, fast paced and moving at times. As much as I enjoyed Shadow's Son and Shadow's Lure, this last installment really topped them all. Great, really great writing and I hope to be able to enjoy many more stories from this author.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
Caim is in the north, and moving further, drawn by a pull and nagging in his chest. Also, he's hoping to find answers to his past. The shadows are growing hungrier and stronger. Caim's control over them is becoming difficult, in calling and pushing them away. Josey has learned news she feels she must share with Caim, and heads on the road north to tell him but along the way she is diverted by her duties as Empress and ruler of the land. She must bring a feuding land together while defend against a new, magically strong enemy. Jon doesn't hold back here in this third book. He starts with a fight scene 13 pages in and a death less than that. Awesome. We find ourselves on a journey with three different POV's; Caim, Josey, and Balaam. Caim and Josey are both familiar to use and we have followed them for a time now. Balaam is new and follows suit with a shadow character's POV we get. Last book was Sybelle, this time with Balaam. All three go looking for one thing, and seem to find what they need instead. The book doesn't waste time rehashing what was told in previous books. Jon uses his word count wisely here and starts where Shadow's Lure ends. This series is one to read in order. This story started strong, then Caim's journey slowed a bit for me as he ventures the northern territory to find the city he's looking for. There is danger along the way with fights and action, but I was anxious to get to Erebus and learn all about the Shadow people and Caim's past. I didn't want to wait. And when we got to Erebus I got the answers I was looking for, and more. Josey has been a pleasant surprise in these books, this book. She has grown into a wonderful Empress and worthy of her peoples love. She is strong and willing to stand on her own. I really enjoyed reading her sections in this story. This is the last book of the trilogy. In the end, Caim gets his answers and more. Each of the characters finds an internal peace, of sorts. The ending is satisfactory for the way of each of the characters and the person they've grown into. However, I have a feel Jon left a few seeds here to return to the world, should he wish, in the future. With the seeds left, I kind of hope so. I'm sorry to see this series end, but all great things do. I hope Jon ventures into the future with the seeds he's set here, but I will be following his future stories to come. Thank you Jon for this wonderful adventure.
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Great book
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