Shadow's Witness: Sembia: Gateway to the Realms, Book II

Shadow's Witness: Sembia: Gateway to the Realms, Book II

by Paul S. Kemp

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Erevis Cale

The loyal servant of the Uskevren family, has a terrible secret.

Now, when a ruthless evil is unleashed on Selgaunt, the butler's ties to the underworld may have put the Uskevren in jeopardy. Erevist must finally prove his loyalty -- to the city and to the Uskevren.

He won't get a second chance.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786961825
Publisher: Wizards of the Coast
Publication date: 12/13/2011
Series: Forgotten Realms Sembia Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 396,849
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Paul S. Kemp is a lawyer and author who lives in Michigan with his wife and twin sons.

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Forgotten Realms: Shadow's Witness (Sembia #2) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TheCrow2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The beginning of the saga of Erevis Cale. The story's a usual stereotyped 'kill-the-demon' tale but the characters, Cale and his halfling help, make this highly enjoyable...
Travizzt_Review More than 1 year ago
Shadow's Witness by Paul S. Kemp is the second book of the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms series. It follows the events of Resurrection by Paul S. Kemp, the short story in The Halls of Stormweather anthology. The story is about the Uskevren's butler, Erevis Cale seeking revenge for a tragedy that befalls the Uskevren household. Along the path of revenge, Cale goes up against demons, Harpiers, and the struggle to except a god. Negatives: 1) Wounds and Damage. The thing that really bugged me about the story is that Cale can take insane amounts of damage and live. I would think that getting cut from your gut to your throat would be very fatal. But I guess not. 2) Uskevren complications. The other thing that bothered me was I would want to know what happened after Cale returned. Hopefully, the following stories will answer my questions. 3) A Certain Character. Drasek Riven didn't seem as developed and really lack a lot of depth. And seeing that I'm a fan of Riven in the Erevis Cale Trilogy, I was really let down. Positives: 1) The characters. I really enjoy the character of Cale. To be a killer and yet have a sense of humanity is pretty interesting (to say the least). I also liked Jak Fleets ability to find some humor even when he is absolutely scared. 2)The books pace. The story read really well. I didn't want to put it down for to long and I finished it fairly quick. There were some parts that weren't as well paced but most of the story flowed well. 3) Simplicity. I was most impressed by how easily the story read. Most author use 'fancier' words to spice up a lot of Forgotten Realms stories, here everything is pretty basic wording. Yeah, sure it may not seem that impressive, but reading other authors, I've noticed that they place in words that didn't fit in with the other wording. Overall: 4/5 *I would have given it a 4.5 but Riven really was a disappointment
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Enter Erevis Cale, undercover assassin serving the Uskevren household, a family that he finds himself loving. When demons and ghouls rampage a house party, Erevis turns to his dark past and takes matters into his own hands. This whole book is full of macabre and action-filled detail, guaranteed to keep a reader interested. Erevis and co. are some of the best characters I've yet to read and this introduction to these great characters couldn't have been better. If you like demons, evil, assassins, and haunted men, you'll devour this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of my favorites.The characters were very well thought out and very well written.Erevis is a very good protagonist.The plot was strong and the overall effect was very good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Some authors take a while to get you hooked but this book gets you from the start. Erevis Cale is introduced in a chapter of the book 'The Halls of Storm Weather' and really gets to take off in 'Shadow's Witnes'. I didn't want to stop reading even when I finished the book! I hope there are many more to follow. Keep it coming, Mr. Kemp!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up 'Halls of Stormweather' simply to get an idea of the writers who are writing for Forgotten Realms. I immediately picked out Paul Kemp as one of the good ones, and his story of Erevis Cale as one of the best stories in the book. When I read the full-length novel, Shadow's Witness, I found it to be just as good as I had hoped. It was well written, and the characters were compelling. I sincerely hope that Mr. Kemp continues his work with Erevis Cale; it brings class to the Forgotten Realms works that is, in my opinion, much needed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadow¿s Witness by Paul Kemp is a fast paced riveting story, which will keep your undivided attention till the last page. Even after the last page you¿ll think about the story and the characters, wondering what you might have done in their place. That is the sign of a good book. I have been looking forward to this book since I read The Halls of Stormweather in which I was introduced to the character Erevis Cale. He has quickly become one of my favorite characters to read about and Paul Kemp one of my favorite authors to read. Shadow¿s Witness did not disappoint. Shadow¿s Witness has well developed characters, each of which is entertaining to read about in their own right. Erevis Cale stands out, even among this group, as one of the most provocative characters to come along in a while. Paul Kemp does a good job of relaying the gritty, sometimes unpleasant world in which Cale operates. The requirements for survival in his world are brought into focus in a way that opens your eyes and makes you debate Cale¿s options with yourself. In this way, and the affinity you feel for the characters, the author spins a tale which at once make you rush to find out how everything comes out, but at the same time makes you wish the story would continue on after the last page. This is a must read book for those who read the Forgotten Realms and especially for those who like the Sembia region. It is also a must read for those who enjoy a good story involving swordplay, magic, and intrigue. In short this book is recommended to anyone who enjoys a good story and a must read for those who read the genera.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A genuine change-of-pace for the FR line, Shadow's Witness explores the darker elements of Selgaunt. The story follows Erevis Cale, assassin and antihero, as he deals with enemies without and within. He is somewhat of a tormented soul, which makes him all the more believable and interesting. Cale's only friend, Jak Fleet, is endearing from the start. After all, how can you not love a halfling Harper that is also a priest of Brandobaris? Mr. Kemp brought the city of Selgaunt to life in a way that few authors do. I found myself engrossed in the conflicts, disgusted by the fighting, and satisfied at the end. I just wish that I knew when Cale and Mr. Kemp will produce more of the same!