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Shadowmarch: Volume 1 introduces a world conquered by humans, who have driven the Qar, or fairy folk, into the far north. There, the Qar hide behind the "Shadowline," a mysterious veil of perpetual mist, which drives mad any human who dares enter it. Bordering that mist and named for it is Shadowmarch, the northernmost human kingdom.
Shadowmarch has lately fallen on hard times. Its king has been captured by a rival kingdom, the regent has been mysteriously slain, and the new regents are callow fifteen-year-olds. Moody, crippled Prince Barrick is uninterested in their responsibilities and haunted by eerie dreams. His twin, Princess Briony, takes their new duties seriously, but is hot-tempered and headstrong. How can they defeat the greatest threats in Shadowmarch history? Their nobles plot to overthrow them--and the plotters may include their pregnant stepmother, seeking the throne for her own child. The expanding empire of Xis has sent its agents into Shadowmarch. And, for the first time since it appeared centuries ago, the Shadowline has starting moving. As the maddening mist spreads south over Shadowmarch, it does not quite hide the powerful, uncanny, and vengeful Qar army of invasion... --Cynthia Ward --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I completely enjoyed reading this book.
The characters felt like conventions to move a plot to a pre-determined destination, meaning the story seemed very plot driven rather than character driven.
Tad Williams has created an intricate fantasy world populated with fascinating characters and settings readers can see, feel, and hear.
While I'm only on page 438 of 816 (and thus perhaps not totally qualified to make a comment on the book as of yet), I felt compelled to write one because I was so impressed by this... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael C. Ackerman
Love Tad Williams and his characters.....this first volume is starting a little slowly.....but I am hopeful that the next volumes will pick up.Published 2 months ago by Karen Brigham
The first book in the Shadowmarch series is a terrific read indeed, as is the second book. Unfortunately, by the third novel things are starting to drag. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Kaelen
5 stars is for the perfect book. This series comes very close. Tad Williams is a talented author. I loved how vividly he described the different kingdoms and the rich development... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am really quite confused by the fact that this book has only garnered "decent" reviews - it's one of my very favorite novels I've ever had the pleasure of reading. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Tise
I think it's worth the effort to take the time to read through all the characters because once the story gets going it's pretty good.Published 6 months ago by Lori Allen