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World has not seen for thousands of years Can Barrick and Briony along with a tiny handful of allies ordinary and extraordinary find a way to save their world and prevent the rise of a terrible new age an age of unending darknes. Tad Williams is a very gifted storyteller with an astonishing imagination This final volume of the Shadowmarch Adventure is no different Alas alas I fear either Mr Williams or his publisher have not uite come to terms with the fact that they're selling books not ground meat What I mean as if paid by the weight of the product Williams' Otherland saga suffered from this flaw as well just too much Either there is no editor or Williams has a contract that forbids any cuts I don't know but man he really really really needs someone with the guts and the clout to tell him that he has to loose 800 pages or else I know in fantasy literature three volumens with 800 pages seem sort of a reuirement but it's still overdoing it And just as an aside Williams is able to write a normal one volume sort of book Anyway on the plus side he has learned to write a decend ending So all in all if you have lots and lots and lots of time and don't mind Too Much this is a great series

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ShadowheartThe long awaited concluding novel in Tad Williams's thrilling epic Shadowmarch series Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies the ancient immortal ar and the insane god king the Autarch of Xis Meanw. At Shadowheart's beginning Princess Briony is with Prince Eneas of Syan's Temple Dogs as she looks to return to take her rightful seat of power at Southmarch Elsewhere Prince Barrick is with ueen Sari at the castle of ul Na ar He is now part ar after being gifted the Fireflower by the former King The Fireflower has led to him having the knowledge of all the ar's history in his thoughts The residents of Southmarch including poet Matt Tinwright guard captain Ferras Vansan and funderling Chert are not only worried about the threat of the Twilight People who still remain outside their walls but also that the mad God King of Xis Sulepis plans to invade Southmarch with his mighty forces and has the intention of waking a God Please note the final uotation at the end of this review contains a potential spoiler “So we face our final hoursand all that was once certain has become uncertain Except for defeat That as always is the end of all our stories”Shadowheart mostly takes place in around or underneath Southmarch It is much action focused than the previous entries and builds up intensely to a phenomenal culmination My excitement levels ran through the roof throughout with standout moments including amazingly well choreographed battle segments epic showdowns an intense high speed chase seuence that includes everybody's favourite rooftopper and characters meeting up again after spending many months apart As many of the point of view perspectives closed in on each other at certain times in Shadowheart I was engrossed and gripped to the pages Intently waiting for these characters to cross paths for the first time or to see each other again It kept building up the drama and when these meet ups finally happened they were freuently not when I expected and often events didn't go how I had envisaged at all One of my favourite characters throughout the series was Prince Barrick who has changed dramatically throughout to the brooding thoughtful blood tainted warrior we witness here He is extremely important to how events transpire as is another favourite Captain Vansen Vansen is sometimes frustrating to those around him because of honourable and good he is He spends much of this entry fighting alongside the funderlings and heading their resistance during some subterranean warfare Other standouts were the funderling Chert who always seems to be at the centre of some drama and his mysterious adopted son Flint whose role and purpose seems to be unknown Matt Tinwright's story reached its high points of the series here as he becomes a spy and also a companion of sorts for the crazy Lord Protector Hendon Tolly Tolly's madness is arguably only exceeded by that of the Autarch of Xis who I loved reading about too This duo were two of the most powerful men in all of Eion and they were both bonkers and power mad with their wishes to abuse the magical might of the Gods When I saw you I wondered at how much you had changed Barrick’ she told him ‘But now I see that in the most important ways you are no different It’s still your own sorrows you care about and no one else’s and you still turn away from love and kindness as though it were an attackShadowheart is the incredible final instalment in Williams' epic Shadowmarch uartet I had such an amazing time reading this series I was savouring every moment as I approached the final pages There is a catastrophically high death count here including some major players and even a point of view character After the stunning and staggering culmination there are a few uieter and calmer chapters where loose ends and threads are wrapped up There are some revelations that are made regarding what part certain characters played during important and defining events and it also sets the scenes for what will happen after the finale here There are some really touching moments towards the end This series definitely affected me in an emotional manner I finished the last few pages in my garden and when I put the book down I sat back and just said wow to myself I must have looked crazy to my neighbours but this is a series that will have a lasting effect on me It's probably in my all time top 10 fantasy series and I'm extremely sad that it is over Great work Mr Williams Thank you for the journeyVansen had just begun to form an idea about how to attack this hopeless situation when Barrick Eddon came running to him across the uneven stones the prince’s pale face smeared with blood from some small wound his helmet in his hand and his curly red hair flying so that for a moment he looked to Vansen like some freakish supernatural creature an ard demon with his entire head on fire It still startled Vansen how tall the boy had grown how he seemed to have aged years in the matter of a single season

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Summary Shadowheart ✓ eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF î The long awaited concluding novel in Tad Williams's thrilling epic Shadowmarch series Southmarch Castle is about to be caught between two implacable enemies the ancient immortal ar and the insane god king the Autarch of Xis Meanwhile its two young defenders Princess Briony and PriHile its two young defenders Princess Briony and Prince Barrick are both trapped far away from home and fighting for their lives And now something is awakening underneath Southmarch Castle something powerful and terrible that the. A weak three is what I was planning to give this book through its first two thirds and I still think three stars is about right Did not live up to the third book but maintains enough momentum to not suck just overly hardMy guess is that Robert Jordan's legacy to the current generation of fantasy writers is upping the ante I think that cliche is actually technically accurate in this case on the number of intertwining plots and POV characters considered necessary to drive a fantasy reader's interest I think it's overdone in this series It's too hard for both writer and reader to keep straight who knows what and who should or should not be surprised by any given development A particular weak point in this book is the reveal of the Autarch's horrifying plot to redacted a major development in Book Three which throughout the first few hundred pages of this book all the different POV characters seem to just realize spontaneously I guess it was too much for Tad to either take the space to write in appropriate plot for each character to discover this or keep writing with some large fraction of them continuing ignorant of the point throughout the rest of the novelAnother problem this series and this book in particular shares with the Wheel of Time is a gross lack of proportion between buildup climax and aftermath For example both of the really hateful characters in the series are built up over an agonizing length of time into as black and corrupt and demonic images as Tad can manage Their eventual catastrophic downfalls and deaths are obviously from practically the pages they are introduced going to be major plot climaxes but when they happen they wind up being terse anticlimaxesFinally Tad's world like most fantasy worlds I find suffers from very vague rules You see this most clearly in all of the weird out of body experience passages in Books Two Three and Four Tad tries to describe all these dramatic scenes of struggle and endless waiting and tension and stress but they just don't click partly because everything is so vague we have no idea what the characters are struggling against and he has no details to stretch the scene out and help the reader identify with what's going on A strength of the Wheel of Time to me has always been that channeling the magic has enough internal structure thought out and described to the reader for me to feel much engaged with what's going onLet's finish with a Good Bad and Ugly but lovable for perhaps the three most prominent romantic couples in the series this part is spoilery esp if you haven't read through Book Three which will allow me to give some credit where credit is dueGood Barrick and uinnitan They do end up together It's kind of awesome especially Barrick's supernatural rescue of her during the denouement I will give Tad this it's short of the Lord of the Rings because everything is but this is probably the second best denouement of a fantasy series that I've read They are flawed but very sympathetic characters and their assumption of Ynnir and Sari's roles at the end of the book was nicely foreshadowed but left in enough doubt that it was very satisfyingBad Briony and Vansen Umm no Not on this timescale Another epic fantasy FAIL type romance coming out of left field Vansen's having a long time life threatening crush on Briony is one thingin fact his decision in the end to say What the f I watched the world end I've been through three four I've lost count of situations I had no chance to survive and survived I'mma tell her how I feel and then bug out to someplace a thousand miles away when she turns me down laughing is a satisfying bit of character development to me but her feelings for him are handled very badly The only good thing about it is the realism with which they embark on a longstanding courtly affair with an obviously uncertain future rather than a happily ever after schtick if you want to call that good Well and Tad does come up with a suitably Elizabeth I type reason for her to turn Prince Eneas down Her feelings for HIM are actually handled rather well imo; I'd be curious to know what a woman thought about itUgly Chert and Opal All too realistic myopic old people with many myopic old people vices always attempting to emotionally force the world or specifically the weird boy Flint into their preconceived paradigms They cross the line into caricature but not by a lot and Tad does throw in a line of dialogue here and there to bring them back from that edge and develop them by the end of this book Overall they're pretty sympathetic in the big picture two people determined to stay with one another and make the best of it for their entire lives despite their own cowardice or temper or anything else I'll salute that I'm old enough to identify with thatBonus nonromantic pair errr trio of characters There is nowhere NEAR enough development of the little mystery boy characters FlintAdis and especially Kayyin with his companion mystery girl Willow The latter two should have been left out completely and their parts and space handed over to Flint They are a major source of scatter in terms of plot and POV