Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles

Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles

by James Clemens

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ISBN-13: 9781101098295
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 11/07/2006
Series: Godslayer , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 287,685
File size: 690 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. He attended the University of Missouri and graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1985. The lure of ocean, sun, and new horizons eventually drew him to the West Coast, where he established his veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. He is the author of the Godslayer Chronicles.

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"With every new book... Clemens's storytelling expertise becomes more compelling." - Terry Brooks
"A dazzling new entry in the world of epic fantasy... Shadowfall is likely to become a favorite of fantasy lovers worldwide." - SF Revu

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Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
BookNook103 More than 1 year ago
I rarely, if ever leave a review. However, I feel since so few people have reviewed David B Coes's books I would lend my option. I have been reading Fantasy books for over 30 years and I usually read 8 - 10 books a month so when I came across this book I though what not give it a chance. I am glad I did since the last 3 new authors I recently read were very disappointing. I truly enjoyed this book and felt after a brief slow start the book took off and I was disappointed that it ended. I just bought the second and third book and look forward to starting book two today after I mow the lawn. Try it you will not be disappointed.
BobbyMcV More than 1 year ago
This was a great new world and imaginative idea. I read both books 1 and 2 of the series, unfortunately book 3 does not look like it is coming any time soon... Book 2 was released in 2007. Book 2 closes a story line but leaves you waiting for the end of the series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I simply could not put this book down. From the moment I started the book, I spent every spare moment enthralled in the mesmerizing world Mr. Clemens created. His attention to plot detail and meticulously filling in any potential plot holes was a breath of fresh air for this fantasy reader. The visual Mr. Clemens gives us of the world and its inhabitants leaves you picturing it all in your mind long after you've put the book down, yet he still manages to keep such a pace that rare is the moment when your heart is not racing. If you choose Shadowfall, be prepared... it is the beginning to one of those series where you agonize with breathless impatience waiting for the next book to be released.
bjanecarp on LibraryThing 24 days ago
Shadowfall was written by James Clemens in 2005, and is the first book of the Godslayer Chronicles. It follows three characters through the world of Myrillia. A goddess is killed and a young broken knight named Tylar, who was expelled from his order, is framed for the murder. A girl named Dart is raped, and against all odds, is selected to be a Handmaiden of the oldest god in Myrillia. Kathryn, the former bethrothed of Tylar, is named Castellan of Tashijan (the Shadowknights' "home base") by an unlikely new Warden who may be mixed up in some dark magic.Speaking of magic: Clemens' chosen system (and also Myrillia's world economy) is based on the humours (in the Renaissance sense, meaning bodily liquids) of the gods. that's right: to gain magical power, you rub yourself, or an object, in a god's blood, phlegm, pee, poo, sweat, tears, semen, menses, etc. The whole idea is simultaneously fascinating, because each of the nine humors has a magical effect, or Grace, and disgusting. Need I really go into why it's disgusting?The plot is a fantastic circle of twists and turns, accusings, recriminations, and forgivings. I wasn't sure until the end of the book who to suspect was the bad guy, and who was the hero. Was Tylar good or deluded? How about Dart's Friend Laurelle? Is the thief Rogger a betrayer, or is he just playing a game? I honestly didn't know, and that kept me reading, just to see who would fall into which camp. Poor Tylar is hurt, stabbed, bled, mutilated, had his fingers broken multiple times, had his hand smashed by a hammer at one point (!) His characters don't often get a chance to breathe.The book would be wonderful, if only Clemens could write.Sigh. He managed to highlight just about every pet peeve I have with the fantasy genre. One-or-two word paragraphs." Only one person could descend. The godslayer.. He created a badly-explained, and frankly silly unnecessary, ancient language, printed entire paragraphs of text his unintelligible script. the magic sword RivenScryr, for example, comes from the synthetic tongue; the words mean "light" and "dark," and used to be spelled "ryvnn" and "skreer." You've got to be kidding, right? Apart from the EE/I/Y vowel drift, where they magically swapped with one another (and presumably make the same morpheme), who cares? If you want to call your sword, RivenScryr, I'm cool with that. The linguistic heritage from your silly language doesn't give it any more plausibility than, say, calling an entire race of people "hobbits."His every-single-page use of question paragraphs; also annoying: "Who could she tell? What could she say? How could she explain? ." (p.33) Don't lead me with your ridiculous narrator. Tell me the story, and let ME decide which questions will be important. I promise I'm a big enough boy to figure out what things are going on in the plot.I also might ask what the title means at this point, because at no moment in the book did it seem to relate to anyone, or anything that was being described.Finally, and most dreadfully, were his cringeworthy sentences such as "Though an ache still lay buried deep inside her, where no scrub brush could ever reach, Dart put away her bucket and broom and broke open a fresh bale of hay." (p. 33) The sentence itself not being bad enough, the protagonist had been raped less than three pages earlier, and the reader doesn't really need the quite unneccesary "scrub brush reaching" image after a particularly painful scene. I promise you, Mr. Clemens. OK... So in his defense, Clemens (it's a pseudonym, his website says) was trained to be a veterinarian. Maybe he has a more clinical insight into rape, but I found it shocking. This was the first of many "You've got to be freaking kidding me" moments in the book.Clemens' website (or maybe it was Wikipedia; I forget which) also says he was heavily influenced by Edgar Rice burroughs, Robert E. Howard, Jules Verne, and H.G. Wells: each author was active prior to 1930. I'm not sure he reads c
Power_to_the_J on LibraryThing 24 days ago
I picked up this book on an impulse without haring anything about it or even recognizing the author (I've read Wit'ch, but at that moment my memory was a tad fuzzy. Anyway, I had about fifteen books held in my quickly numbing arms, and knew that I had to narrow down my selection or go hungry for the night. So, I began reading the first chapter of each book, eliminating the ones that I didn't like by the end of the first page or so. When I came to Shadowfall I was instantly sucked into Tylar's world as he tried to make it out of the fight alive, and added that to my "buy" list. When I got home this book still stuck with me, so I kept reading, and was delighted to find that Dart and her story kept me as engaged and interested as Tylar's. I sprinted through the first 200 pages or so, loving every twist and wonderful new location and/or creature. The ending of this book wasn't all I hoped for, sadly. It seemed rushed and almost like a different book compared to the rest of the text. It took away from the overall enjoyment. Usually, I'm very much against black-and-white terms within books, especially in fantasy (most likely because it's so common), but I liked this book. It wasn't truly black and white; more like dark gray and light gray. Either way, Clemens pulled it off and did a fantastic job of it. Even though I have something of a sour taste in my mouth thanks to the ending, I'm still going to pick up Hinterland and--hopefully--enjoy it as much as I did this one. Plot (8/10): Engaging and new, something that I love. The gods have been talked about so much in prose, but I still really enjoyed this plot, despite all of the weird gods-peeing stuff. That was a little bit gross. Characters (8.5/10): The dialogue was sharp, and each character had a distinctive voice. I loved all of the protagonists and hated all of the antagonists. Every main character was very nicely developed, and I liked witnessing that (and hardly noticing it; only realizing it when I think back now) happen. Some of their growth seemed a little "off" to me, but it didn't hinder the experience too much. Style (9.5/10): Extremely well done until the funky ending, which is why I take away .5 from this category. In my fantasy, I like a well developed world with new things for me to experience and find believable, but I don't want it to overpower the prose. Books like Joe Abercrombie's The Blade Itself and Patrick Rothfuss's The Name of the Wind are two examples of that, and I can happily add Shadowfall to the list. Everything is explained to me in a way that gives me a clear picture in my mind, but it isn't overpowering and takes nothing away from the overall storytelling. This book kept some pretty good tricks up its sleeve, and there were plenty of twists, most of which I couldn't see coming. Total: 26/30 or 4 and a half Stars.In conclusion, this is an excellent book and one that I recommend, and I hope that the next book brings the freshness from the first and gets rid of the writing that concludes this. I suggest reading this.
rdjanssen on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Shadowfall centers on Tylar de Noche, a former Shadowknight who is accused of being a godslayer as he is the only surviving witness to the murder of a goddess. From there the story takes on the life of a mystery tale as the protagonist and his allies must discover who is behind the murder and what their motives may be.This was a good story and a fast read. Clemens shows some remarkable talent for imagery and storytelling. At times the action was fast and fierce and James easily pulls the reader along. At times this was slower and methodical, allowing the reader to catch up with the plot and reveal hidden secrets.One interesting aspect of the book/series is the authors use of humours. Humours are the fluids of the body: blood, ¿seed¿ or mense, sweat, tears, salvia, phlegm, yellow bile, and black bile. Early medical science was based in a person¿s humours being balanced as an indicator of good health, and in truth there is something to this notion. In Shadowfall, there are beings known as gods who ¿grace¿ humankind with their humours, each fluid having a different purpose.I enjoyed the story, but for all its world shattering scope didn¿t come off quite as epic as it should have. Nonetheless, this is an entertaining story and is continued in a second volume titled Hinterland.
Chipped on LibraryThing 5 months ago
James Clemens paints a world crowded with schizophrenic Gods, daemons, knights and other monsters all overly obsessed with bodily functions. Full of twists and turns which while interesting are fairly predictable as the plot develops.
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Good God people, why am I the first person to mention this scene in my review? If you're going to write such flowery praise and encouragement for a story, at least bother to warn a reader that, in the chapter right after the end of the sample, a thirteen year old girl is brutally raped by a priest, and the whole thing is desribed in a level of detail beyond the level of anything I've ever read in game of thrones! Nobody saves her except for a magic spirit vagina dog that comes after the completely described event is either finished or almost finished! I think I need to go throw up now but I just wanted to make sure the next reader has a FAIR WARNING, okay?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read Clemens' "Wit'ch War" series, I had high expectations when I purchased this book. It met them. Clemens has a gift for making a scene come to life without being verbose. As usual, his characters are complicated and interesting. Clemens also has a knack for keeping several threads of the story running along simultaneously. He continues that trend here. I powered through this book quite quickly. What can I say? I didn't want to put it down.
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Bobcat84 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. James Clemens Witch books are very unique and this new series make me very excited to see what comes. the "gods" theme was very unusual and can lead into some great story lines in the future books. They way he integrates all the characters is believable and exciting. the explanations of the society are easy to follow and concepts made clear. i suggest this for anyone who likes a fast paced book with "evil" guy turned hero!
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