The Forging of the Shadows

The Forging of the Shadows

by Oliver Johnson

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781473211711
Publisher: Orion Publishing Group, Limited
Publication date: 07/30/2015
Series: Lightbringer Trilogy Series , #1
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Oliver Johnson (1957- )
Oliver Johnson was born in Paris in 1957 but never quite grasped the language before moving to the wilds of East Anglia. There he grew up in a crumbling Regency mansion next to a dismal bogland not dissimilar to the one in Great Expectations. Left to his own devices for days on end he first got hooked on books and then, at Oxford University, on role-playing games. He has spent the last thirty years as a publisher, novelist and games designer. He is the co-author, with Dave Morris, of the ground-breaking role-playing game, Dragon Warriors, wrote two of the Golden Dragon Game Books, The Lord of Shadow Keep and The Curse of the Pharaoh, and several other games and tie-in books. He is the author of the adult Ligthbringer trilogy, a dark, epic fantasy praised by David Gemmell as 'hauntingly atmospheric and utterly compelling... this is red-blooded fantasy writing at its best. Great heroes, terrible enemies, powerful magic...'. The three books (The Forging of the Shadows, The Nations of the Night and The Last Star at Dawn) are available as eBooks through the Gollancz SF Gateway and at the Kindle Store. He is currently a commissioning editor at Hodder and Stoughton where he is in charge of the Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror list. He occasionally writes for the Hodderscape blog. In 2014 he was a judge for The World Fantasy Awards. He lives in Clapham with his family and two temperamental cats but often dreams of the mudbanks, dykes and mists of his native Suffolk.

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Forging of the Shadows 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
gilroy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Ouch, this book felt like someone grabbed a thesaurus and looked for the biggest word they could find to describe something. The word didn't always fit what they described and they lacked a true action element that might drive one to enjoy this genre. I'm a fan of vampiric stories, especially ones where the vampire is the hunted rather than the hunter. This book, while trying to draw on that concept, takes too much out of its reader. Frequently I kept wanting to just give up on the book. It needs to be edited, with less characters. Centralize the plot more with less. I've got the rest of the trilogy, but don't expect to read them any time soon.
Crewman_Number_6 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
This book was torture to get through. It was so incredibly slow. I kept waiting for the action to happen that never did. While I generally like the fantasy genre, I found this book difficult to stick with. It was so thick and deliberately slow, I felt that it never went anywhere. It must be about 3 inches thick and the entire plot happens over the course of only one evening. I\'ve never even bothered with the following books in the trilogy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome read on a cold dreary day
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an extremely poor novel, by any standards. In fairness to the author it was a debut effort. We can only hope his work will improve with practise or that he'll give up.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't like complaining, but this really is just an average fantasy book. If you are a fan of the genre run away no! You will not like this novel. It is terribly predictable, the villian isn't particularly scary and I only bonded with one of the main characters. Having said all that it is wonderfully atmospheric. Johnson's use of language is top notch and he is superb at description. The action is pretty relentless and reminded me of a Gemmel novel. So if you are new to fantasy then by all means give it a shot. However I am off to the second-hand shop with my copy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Forging of the Shadows is the first of the three books in the trilogy, and in my opinion is one of the best trilogys out there today. I have read many books and not many have given the description and detail that Oliver Johnson has put together in this trilogy. Over all it is a great book to whoever is the sci fi fan and I highly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an VERY good book. He makes Vampires act and be as they should. Also using vampires was not somthing that many authors did since it's hard to portray a vampire. Also the magic system he uses is simple yet easy to understand and isn't too shabby ;) The three lead characters were also good. Even though the 'heros go looking for magic stuff' is a common theme, it still takes it in a new direction. I have to go get the next book because I want to find out about the Bronze Man :P