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Product Details

  • Series: The Chronicles of Siala (Book 2)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; First Edition edition (April 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765324040
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765324047
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The second of the Chronicles of Siala is as mesmerizing as Shadow Prowler... Again, Pehov's mastery pulls the reader into the story, creating vibrant interpersonal encounters in a believable world. (Booklist on Shadow Chaser)

Praise for Shadow Prowler

Bestselling Russian author Pehov translates easily in his English fantasy debut…. Protagonist Shadow Harold proves modest and witty enough a narrator to carry the series.

"Those who like fantasy novels offering ogres, elves, undead creatures, wizards, and the like joined in an epic quest will be delighted…pitched battles are described so well that they seem to unfold before one's eyes. A first book in a series that piques interest for the others."

Toothy, gritty, and relentless. Alexey Pehov sneaks up on you and fascinates with the wry voice of a young Moorcock. Clear space on your shelf--you'll want the whole series. (E.E. Knight)

The story is engrossing, the characters intriguing and dynamic; there are mysteries galore and the very real sense as we set out that far creepier things are waiting down the road. In short, a book I didn't want to put down. (Chris Claremont, bestselling writer of the X-Men and Wolverine)

Shadow Prowler is a fresh, exuberant take on territory that will be familiar to all fans of classic high fantasy. Alexey Pehov introduces a cast of charming, quirky, unsavory, even loathesome characters in a fast-paced, entertaining adventure. (Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the bestselling Dune novels)

[Shadow Harald is] almost like some character out of The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser saga by Fritz Leiber. He's an unlikely sort of hero for a series, which added to my growing interest in The Shadow Prowler…. Shadow Prowler is a very good beginning to Alexey Pehov's trilogy.

A book that most fantasy readers will want to read and explore…. In short, if you like reading fantasy, you'll love reading this book. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of The Chronicles of Siala, a bestseller in his native Russia. His novel Under the Sign of the Mantikor was named Book of Year and Best Fantasy Novel in 2004 by Russia’s largest fantasy magazine, World of Fantasy.

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Customer Reviews

Can't wait till the next one comes out.
Tess
Many events happen in a short period of time, but because the book doesn't even enter Hrad Spein, it makes the pace seem somewhat slow.
Jesse
A very involved story with featuring fully "fleshed out" interesting characters and the fascinating world of Siala.
New England Reader

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shadow Harold and his team are trying to understand what it means for him to be the destined Dancer in the Shadows as they seek the horn to save their land from the horrific Nameless One Dark Lord. They trek towards Hrad Spein, an impregnable place that no army, even that of wizards let alone a small impoverish cell, has breached. If they reach the dark underground palace and are able to enter only Shadow Harold can complete the journey.

While they march forward, frightening adversaries pursue them. Besides The Nameless One, another Dark Lord the Master also wants to gain access to the legendary grim tomb. Their respective hordes give chase. As the Shadows leave behind fallen comrades they fight for their lives against nasty ogre, elves, the Dark One's minion, and a worse malevolence with extraordinary power.

The second Chronicles of Siala (see Shadow Prowler) is an enjoyable quest fantasy that uses humor to diffuse the heat of battle. The story line is at its best at the moments the tension is high; for instance when a teammate dies. The jocularity fails to translate very well (assuming it works in Russian) and only slows down an otherwise fine thriller held together by the beleaguered Shadow Harold.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Maraj on May 21, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shamans, Wizards, Goblins, Dwarfs, Elves, Orcs, a reluctant Hero (slightly tarnished)... Typical Ingredients for this type of fare.....however it's quality of the chef that takes these ingredients and make a superb meal.

There was excellent development of both main and secondary characters, i found myself extremely curious about that Jester. The world building was excellent and various story tangents will keep the reader thoroughly engaged. What was a bit disconcerting is that no matter the time spent in developing a character, it does not stop them from dying....

I cannot see this series stopping at the 3rd book!!!

Biggest problem.....i finished the book to quickly(368Pages) and now have have to wait i don't know how long for the next installment
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By B. Capossere TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Shadow Prowler and Shadow Chaser are the first two books respectively of The Chronicles of Siala trilogy by Russian author Alexey Pehov. The series is a best-seller and award-winner in Russia, and has been translated into English by Andrew Bromfield (translator of the Night Watch series) for Tor.

The world of Siala has seen several Ages. Only the ogres survived from the Dark Era into the succeeding Grey Era, which saw the arrival of the Orcs and Elves (immediate mortal enemies) into the world. Dwarves and gnomes appeared next, and though the two got along at first, they have since become fierce enemies. The Era of Accomplishments followed with the arrival of humans.

The series takes place in the Era of Dreams, when the Nameless One (a dark sorcerer) begins to rise once again, massing a huge army of ogres, giants and other creatures of the Desolate Lands. Meanwhile, the Orcs are also readying to attack and a new, previously unknown, threat--The Master--appears on stage. The only chance to defeat the Nameless One apparently is an ancient magic horn. The only problem is the horn has been buried in the Hrad Spein (The Palace of Bones) an ages-old underground burial site for all the races, far away through the land of the orcs and elves, a massive site that over the centuries has been filled with horrors and traps.

In Shadow Prowler, a human master-thief named Harold is tapped to be part of the third attempt to retrieve the horn. The first quarter or so of the novel introduces us to Harold, then shows us how he is forced into taking on his king's Commission to seek the horn.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jesse on October 3, 2011
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Much darker mood in the second book of the series. Many events happen in a short period of time, but because the book doesn't even enter Hrad Spein, it makes the pace seem somewhat slow. Many fond friends are betrayed, killed and mysteriously lost at a rampant pace, yet the rest of the group strengthens their bonds during this period of turmoil (most of them anyways). Not as fresh feeling as the first book, as stated above, but if you were itching to continue the story from before, this book does the job pretty well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tundrabear on September 5, 2012
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The best thing about Pehov for me, besides his story telling, is his use of modern English. EVERY other fantasy novel uses whatever that middle English style of speech is - great for setting the piece but .... Pehov's prose stands out in this regard.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tess on February 29, 2012
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I loved both of these books. Can't wait till the next one comes out. They've won a few battles I'm ready for them to win the war. I hate that I can't read the next book till April =0(
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elena on May 30, 2012
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Had to get this as it was the second in a series. It came promptly and the price was absolutely right. For some reason, I did not enjoy this book as much as the first one. Guess it's been too long between the time I read the first book and ordered the second. And there's a third, but not sure I'll bother.
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Shadow Chaser begins right where the previous book left off with the group heading into the city of Ranneng. Unfortunately, they spend almost the entire book just in this city because the precious key they are traveling with ends up getting stolen so they have to get it back. Turns into a big fiasco. Even though most of the book is spent just in this city, and it can be slow in parts, the story still remains rather interesting, and I really enjoyed it.

The characters are great, especially Kli-Kli! However, I do believe, especially for such a short series, that there are way to many characters. There are at least 14 characters, if not more, to begin with and it becomes a little overwhelming. I can see why the author decided to start with so many (many of them probably end up getting killed, so there wont be many left), but it just makes the character development more difficult. I did notice that Harold is developing a little bit more, but not much. One thing I noticed is that he is really starting to make friends and liking it, which is something the old Harold didn't care for. A lot of the attention was focused on Harold in the first book, but we get to see a lot more of the other characters now, though not much development.

There is Kli-Kli, who is a very interesting character. I knew from the last book that he was more than just a jester, and we definitely learn more in this book. He acts more serious at times, knows a lot about everything, and is keeping secrets from Harold. He knows more than he is telling everyone, and is not the fool everyone believes him to be. Which makes me wonder who he is exactly and what he is hiding. Very mysterious! He is also still up to his shenanigans, which are always fun!
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