Shadow Prowler (Chronicles of Siala Series #1)

Shadow Prowler (Chronicles of Siala Series #1)

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Shadow Prowler (Chronicles of Siala Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
dalnewt More than 1 year ago
This book is a compulsively readable epic adventure fantasy filled with action, risky exploits, droll humor, entertaining primary characters, inventive creatures and excellently described magic. The narrative is told from the first person perspective of the roguish protagonist, master thief Shadow Harold. He's sly, resourceful, likable and amusing, and his narrative lends wit, humanity and immediacy to the story. The kingdom faces imminent invasion by armies of orcs, ogres, giants and others who march under the banner of the "Nameless One", an evil archmagican who survived death by utilizing the forbidden shamanic battle magic of "Kronc-A-Mor'. Only an ancient magical artifact, the 'Rainbow Horn', is capable of neutralizing the power of the Nameless One. But, the shamanic power within the Horn ebbs and must be recharged. Furthermore, the Horn has been placed in a vast underground catacomb called Hrad Spein (a/k/a Palaces of Bone), a gigantic underground layer cake filled with malevolent traps and malicious shamanic magic. After being taken into custody, Harold is tricked into accepting the virtually impossible task of retrieving the Rainbow Horn from Hrad Spein. To reach the entrance to Hrad Spein, he must first transverse the kingdom, travel through the orc infester Border Territory and survive the deadly Forests of Zagraba. The bulk of the book follows Harold's adventures within the city of Avendoom as he goes about gathering the materials and information he needs to retrieve the Horn and survive the quest. He is beset by several obstacles including a pesky and recurring demon, assassins controlled by a mysterious 'Master' (apparently a separate entity independent of the Nameless One), thick-headed goat-men who are misled into hunting him by the agents of this mysterious Master, horrors within the walled section of the city known as the 'Stain" (aka the 'Forbidden Territory') and a mélange of thugs hired by the Guild of Thieves which is ultimately controlled by said Master. During the last quarter of the book, Harold returns to the castle complex only to face a night attack by traitors bearing the token of the Nameless One. Near the end of the book, Harold leaves on the quest. He's accompanied by a dark and exotic elfin princess named Miralissa, a diminutive azure-eyed green-skinned goblin prankster/jester named Kli-Kli, the stiff captain of king's personal guard named Alistan (whose gray rat crest leads to the secret appellation, "Milord Rat"), and a troop of battle hardened soldiers known as the 'Wild-Hearts', (which include among their number a constantly bickering dwarf and gnome). They initially travel the main road connecting Avendoom to the realm's second largest city Ranneng. Along the way they are delayed, sidetracked and ultimately attacked by winged magical beasts emerging from a black cloud of shamanic magic. This story is fast-paced, action-packed and imminently entertaining. Judging by this first installment, this trilogy will be inventive, humorous and wildly adventurous.
Oberlinkid More than 1 year ago
This was a tremendous debut of the Russian author. The characters are intriguing and engaging. The plot is first rate from start to finish. The story moved seamlessly and will hold your attention. The action, drama, and character interaction is superb. A must read for anyone who enjoys this genre.
Book_readerRS More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to read an arc of Alexey Pehov's novel (I plan to buy a copy of the book for my library), SHADOW PROWLER, and have to say it is simply the best novel of it's genre in a decade by a new author. The author's writing is superb. His story telling doesn't let up and drives a fantastic plot to it's conclusion. This author, Alexey Pehov, is Russia's leading fantasy author with many awards under his belt. (I did some research after reading the SHADOW PROWLER.) I also visited his website at alexeypehov.com and leaned even more about the author. The translator of SHADOW PROWLER was Andrew Bromfield who also translated the highly acclaimed and successful, NIGHT WATCH (also by a Russian author). SHADOW PROWLER is the first in a trilogy I have learned and I am eagerly awaiting future novels. By the way I really liked the art work on the author's website.
just_my_opinion More than 1 year ago
I throughly enjoyed this read!!!!! Highly recommend it. Original, and satisfies the hunger pain for adventure......... Easy to lose all track of time with this book.. Page turner and with awesome detail with one adventure after another. Characters are great, with just the right amount of comic relief in between... Can't wait for the Book II...... Buy this one and add it to your collection, you will be pleased...
MOG More than 1 year ago
Alexey Pehov has managed to stake another claim for fantasy as a legitimate genre of fiction by drawing on a bastion of Russian literary culture. Not since the likes of Tolken has there been so much ambition to approach the parables of friendship, the battle of good versus evil, cunning, deciet, and the impact of war on humanity. Through his use of complex and dynamic characters, set in a world of wonderment and imagination, we are enraptured in a thick and interesting plot to save the world from a great and powerful evil known only as The Nameless One. As an unlikely hero, Shadow Harold the thief must rise to the occasion of protecting the powers of the magic horn from this great evil that is once more on the rise. Teamed with the most powerful knights, wizards and elf, Harold sets out to defeat The Nameless One. Apart from his numerous international awards and recogniton, Pehov's website is also great resource to learn more about this exciting new writer since there is a lot of original artwork that was not included with the American edition. I also hear that there is a sequel on the way.
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shane1s More than 1 year ago
Read all three back to back...can't wait for the next one?!!
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RyderN More than 1 year ago
This one got me hooked, then I read the series. If you enjoy a fast paced fantasy quest with non stop action and a rogue as the central character you will love this book and series. Set aside some time when you begin to read these book, you won't want to put them down!
Dream24 More than 1 year ago
This book is an great beginning to an amazing series, it helps develop the backbone of the story with high action, witty comedy, and unbelievable adventures.
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Vasteth More than 1 year ago
Definitely the best fantasy series i've read in recent years, thoroughly enjoyable, a memorable cast of character that I actually remember the names of and care about. If your tired of reading Fantasy books you need to read this one; this book is not a dime a dozen fantasy
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Great book didnt put it down very well written
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Once you have identified all the characters introduced, this is a very good book. However, it starts off almost as if there were another book prior that you haven't read. It gives a ton of prior history and references, which is mildly irritating. Having said that, I did persevere, and thoroughly enjoyed the plot, and am eagerly looking forward to reading the next book. The characters are given unusual traits, and the central character is a thief. All in all, an enjoyable read, but not for a beginner fiction reader.
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I very much enjoyed reading Shadow Prowler ! It was not what i was expecting , it was much better . The first person view really worked in this book . Getting to know Shadow Harold then working your way into the adventure with the Wild Hearts was great . I also liked how storys of the past was brought up in detail and how they tied into the present story .Gave a good understand of what was going on in the story .
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