The Office of Shadow

The Office of Shadow

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by Matthew Sturges
     
 

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Midwinter has been replaced by a Cold War in the world of Faerie, and this new kind of war requires a new kind of warrior. Queen Titania reconstitutes a secret division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dubbed the "Office of Shadow," imbuing it with powers and discretion once considered unthinkable.


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Overview

Midwinter has been replaced by a Cold War in the world of Faerie, and this new kind of war requires a new kind of warrior. Queen Titania reconstitutes a secret division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, dubbed the "Office of Shadow," imbuing it with powers and discretion once considered unthinkable.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
If 2009’s Midwinter was the Dirty Dozen in Elfland, this thrilling sequel is Magical Mission Impossible. Former lothario Silverdun becomes a priest, but finds himself bored. When his government recruits him as a spy, he takes the offer and is shocked when they demand he learn extraordinary physical and magical skills. Silverdun, scholarly former soldier Ironfoot, and deadly empath Sela are assigned to discover the origin of Einswrath, the city-killing weapons unleashed in the previous Seelie/Unseelie war. Standard spy tropes—training sequences, double agents, betrayals from within—take on new life when melded with high fantasy, and Sturges has an easy ear for dialogue and character. Silverdun’s backstory is nicely fleshed out in the process, though fans of the first book should be warned that the other characters appear briefly or not at all. (June)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781616143503
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
1 MB

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Matthew Sturges’s works include the comic book series House of Mystery, Shadowpact, Justice Society of America, Blue Beetle, and the Eisner Award-nominated Jack of Fables, co-written with Bill Willingham. He is the author of the novel Midwinter, and his short stories have been published on RevolutionSF and in the anthologies Live without a Net and With Great Power. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife and two daughters. Visit him online at www.matthewsturges.com and www.clockworkstorybook.net

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The Office of Shadow 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
AnimeAddict More than 1 year ago
Well to sum it up, this book was boring. The author completely failed to draw me into the story at all which is too bad because it could have been awesome based on the plot line but it's hard to enjoy a book when you don't care one whit about any of the characters. I have read similar reviews on this author so I don't hold out much hope for his other books either. If you want something with a similar storyline but much better writing try Eddings' The Tamuli or Bujold's Curse of Chalion.
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Womanizer Silverdun shocks anyone who knows him when he becomes a priest. However, being a man of the cloth proves tedious as all he hears is whining confessions. When the Seelie leadership asks him to serve as a lead espionage field agent of the newly approved (by Queen Tatiana) top secret department Office of Shadow who will perform functions that go against the kingdom's value system like using psyops techniques including blackmail, extortion, and abduction to cause unrest amongst the enemy or stealing Unseelie secrets; he agrees. However, he is put off by his new employer's demand he receive training in combat skills; mundane and magical. Ennui settles in until he is teamed up with soldier-magic academic researcher Ironfoot, and deadly almost out of control Sela the empath on a dangerous impossible mission. Their mission is to learn the origin of Einswrath, the weapon of mass destruction that Queen Mab and her Unseelie forces apparently are deploying in what will lead to a second battle in the Seelie-Unseelie war (see Midwinter). This is a typical espionage thriller and a typical quest fantasy, but brilliantly combined into an atypical enthralling espionage fantasy. The Office of Shadow has selected the right person to lead the charge while his teammates bring diverse but needed skills to the table. Fast-paced and filled with plenty of action , yet clearly character driven by the band of three and their cohorts, readers will relish the second Seelie-Unseelie dispute as both sides approve anything goes tactics. Harriet Klausner