by Richard Adams


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Richard Adams’s Watership Down was a number one bestseller, a stunning work of the imagination, and an acknowledged modern classic. In Shardik Adams sets a different yet equally compelling tale in a far-off fantasy world. Shardik is a fantasy of tragic character, centered on the long-awaited reincarnation of the gigantic bear Shardik and his appearance among the half-barbaric Ortelgan people. Mighty, ferocious, and unpredictable, Shardik changes the life of every person in the story. His advent commences a momentous chain of events. Kelderek the hunter, who loves and trusts the great bear, is swept up by destiny to become first devotee and then prophet, then victorious soldier, then ruler of an empire and priest-king of Lord Shardik—Messenger of God—only to discover ever-deeper layers of meaning implicit in his passionate belief in the bear’s divinity.

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ISBN-13: 9781585671823
Publisher: The Overlook Press
Publication date: 10/30/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 592
Sales rank: 605,320
Product dimensions: 5.37(w) x 8.00(h) x 2.10(d)

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Shardik 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
DeDeFlowers More than 1 year ago
Shardik is a great novel. After reading Watership Down I figured Richard Adams must have a bunch of other great books. He does. Shardik is a very moving book. It takes a lot of energy to read though. I am an avid reader and even I had a couple trouble spots in this book. IT's worth it in the end. This is more grown-up than Watership Down or Plague Dogs. I would say 17+.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is actually a follow up to Adams' Maya. Fabulous book, wish it were on nook as the pb is roughly 5" thick (no exageration). If you love Shardik, fully immerse yourself in that world. I have read (and reread) Maya every year or so since 1990 and still find it a wonderful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a thrill to see this wonderful novel in print again! Adams goes far beyond what he achieved in 'Watership Down' to create a fully-realized epic fantasy. Intelligent, compassionate, well-written, richly textured and beautifully realized, 'Shardik' compares favorably with the best in this genre. Accessible to older teens, this is also a satisfying read for adults. Highly recommended.
bherner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Felt like I had to finish it, but, frankly, I'd lost all interest long before the end. Watership Down and The Plague Dogs are much better.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The title is not an exaggeration. I have truly never witnessed a story so intriguing, interesting, exciting, sometimes sad and sometimes happy, romantic, powerful..I could go on and on. What you need to know is that you have not read truly awesome fiction until you have read Shardik (or any of Adam's books for that matter). No dragons and wizards here, just a fantasy that explores the relationship and interpratation of the human mind with what he believes to be sacred. Read this. You have to.