With a cast as large as this one, things tend to drag a bit. As a fantasist by which I mean creativity, ideas, inspiration and the use of pre-existing concepts – in a fantasy setting and a world-builder, Tad Williams is very good. We get to know all our main characters, their little squabbles, their personalities, their little strivings. Any errors are therefore the fault of the reviewing gods giving me this doorstopper of a book without any prior information that this most un-self-contained book does not reveal. Jan 07, Mickey Hoffman rated it it was amazing. It is on the youngest Eddons, the twins Barrick and Briony, that the heaviest burdens fall.

I had to put down the print book until I at least finish Shadowplay. Qitsualik-Tinsley, Rachel and Sean. If this is your style, go for it an enjoy. The basic story is simple: Chert is a charitable stoneworker being tossed outside his quiet living because of Flint’s actions and gets his share of entertaining moments. A chase in the woods, a fight against a wyrm, then I Bid You All Adieu 1 year ago.

The alliance of loyalists and Qar eventually succeeds in defeating the god. Williams is an accomplished-enough writer that sumary his hands even the most familiar of plot twists feels fresh and interesting.

Open Preview See a Problem? It pays for website hosting, postage for giveaways, and bookmarks and t-shirts. So we have an interesting mystery and an interesting emotional situation as our heroes try to find the inner power they need in front of what they have to do. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Before humans settled the land, the immortal fairy Qar lived there.

Shadowmarch, unfortunately, is a good example of all of his st I really like Tad Williams’ writing style. Languages Deutsch Gaeilge Nederlands Edit links. Though I imagine there were lots of details. So, to finish, there was just one small thing that I didn’t love about the book, and that was that, with one minor exception, I didn’t actually connect to any of the characters.


By that comparison, Shadowmarch does quite well, for the most part. As an introductory novel, there are more questions than answers by the end, leaving the reader wanting more despite having just finished or so pages. Brilliance Brilliance 1 by Marcus Sakey 2 years ago.

Is that enough to make you forget how often you want to just grab them and shake them until they stop being so stupid? If you know my reviews, you know that I don’t give 5 stars lightly, and summwry book is definitely worth all 5 of them!

Fighting for the stars.

For those who have read the Shadow, Memory and Thorn trilogy, there are a lot of very intriguing reuses but reconfigurations summarg the same or similar plot elements, character types, and settings, also with Tailchaserbut they are differently configured enough to be a variation, sometimes rather surprising. A Dribble of Ink. The foundations are solid, however, and certainly I’ll be checking out the next book. This broke the chain connecting the Qar to the slumbering god and began their long period of decline.

In Southmarch, aside from them, the PoV come from Chert, the Funderling in care of young Flint, an amnesic boy, Ferras Vansen the captain of the guard and Matty Tinwright a drunken poet.


It read like a history textbook albeit a juicy one. The novel begins with the king, Olin Eddon, imprisoned in a foreign land. The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it.

Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies, the ancient, immortal Qar and the insane god-king, the Autarch of Xis. The only character I sort of like is the young Captain who’s fallen in love with the princess, though I really can’t see why.


a Fantasy Reader: Shadowmarch review

More about Tad Williams The next in line would probably be Chert the Funderling. The Bonefall Oracles epigraph at the start of every chapter.

None of the other n This book puts all of Tad Williams strengths and weaknesses on display. Jun 22, The Incorruptible Book rated it syadowmarch not like it Shelves: This, really, comes down to the character. Naturally these are just in time for the inevitable cliffhanger ending into the final novel in the sequence, Shadowheart. If I enjoy it, I enjoy it, and I would recommend this series. Barrick learns that unbeknownst to the contemporary Eddons, this arrangement was discreetly tolerated by the dwarf-like Funderlings until one of the Eddon ancestors met and desired the Qar princess on her pilgrimage.

All in all, adding to this cast the calculating lord constable Brone, the Tolly family and their plots and finally Chaven the physician shadowmarc is more than he looks, you get an interesting portrait. I lost complete interest. As shadowmzrch book continues, it starts to pick up some energy towards the end as important plot revelations take place and we actually get some energetic action sequences, rousing the narrative from its lengthy torpor.

Mar 07, Bradley rated it really liked it Shelves: Another thing that I have noticed about his stories is that they tend to include numerous groups of characters who are having their own adventures.