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Product Details

  • Series: Novel of the Shadowspawn (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Roc Hardcover (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451464516
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451464514
  • Product Dimensions: 1.4 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,002,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for the Novels of the Shadowspawn:
 
A Taint in the Blood

“[Stirling] begins a new urban fantasy series featuring a variant version of werewolves, bringing to it an extraordinary eye for detail and a feel for characterizations.”—Library Journal

“Masterful....Stirling brings readers an exciting new urban fantasy trilogy.”—SFScope

The Council of Shadows

“Stirling mixes the vampire mythology with black noir to create a twisting, turning urban fantasy with broad appeal...[an] inventive, engaging tale that shows no signs of slowing down.”—Monsters and Critics
 
Praise for S. M. Stirling and His Novels of the Change:

“Nobody wrecks a world better than S. M. Stirling, and nobody does a better job of showing that people remain people, with all their high points and low, in the wreckage.”—Harry Turtledove, New York Times Bestselling Author of Supervolcano: All Fall Down

“Stirling has blazed a clear comet trail across his postapocalyptic landscape that illuminates both the best and the worst of which our species is capable.”—Science Fiction Weekly

“Stirling is a perfect master of keep-them-up-all-night pacing, possibly the best in American SF, quite capable of sweeping readers all the way to the end.”—Booklist (Starred Review)

“Vivid....Stirling eloquently describes a devastated mystical world that will appeal to fans of traditional fantasy as well as postapocalyptic SF.”—Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

About the Author

S. M. Stirling is the author of many science fiction and fantasy novels. He is a former lawyer and an amateur historian.

More About the Author

I'm a writer by trade, born in France but Canadian by origin and American by naturalization, living in New Mexico at present. My hobbies are mostly related to the craft -- I love history, anthropology and archaeology, and am interested in the sciences. The martial arts are my main physical hobby.

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A wonderful tale that leaves you hoping this series just keep going.
Daniel S. Palter
I must admit I enjoyed the first book the most, but I have all three and they are a great addition to my collection.
Edwardo Sanchez
The host of "minor" characters are only minor by comparison to the three major characters.
K. Salmon

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By NYCSHOPPER on October 22, 2013
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I thought this was going to be a conclusion to the series, but based on the cliff hanger ending, I think S.M. Stirling has more Shadow Spawn stories to tell!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Margaret L. Carter on May 21, 2013
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Inspired by the "witch-men" of Jack Williamson's classic DARKER THAN YOU THINK, but updated by references to DNA and quantum mechanics, the Shadowspawn--shapeshifting, blood-drinking, quasi-demonic sorcerers--are the most fascinating fictional vampires I've encountered in many years. The hidden truth about them lies behind most of the monsters in human mythology and folklore. As the third novel begins, the most powerful Shadowspawn gather to decide the fate of humanity. One faction wants to wipe out modern technology and plunge the world into a new Dark Age to restore the ancient Empire of Shadows wherein their species openly ruled Earth, in the process cutting the human population down to a manageable level. The other faction, headed by Adrienne, evil twin sister of reformed purebred Shadowspawn lord Adrian, prefers to cull the human race by unleashing a genetically engineered pandemic, leaving infrastructure and technology intact. It isn't too much of a spoiler to reveal that the world as we know it doesn't end, but how the author brings off the save is thrilling to read. As in all of Stirling's fiction, the good guys are sympathetic and a pleasure to spend time with, and the bad guys rivet one's attention in their own creepy way. Rich descriptions of settings, clothes, and food embellish the story. The ending has a twist I could never have predicted, though the narrative drops several hints that subtly prepare for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fb0055 on May 10, 2013
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Another great book in this series. Stirling gives his usual wonderful descriptions of the people places and events. Extremely happy I bought the book. Very satisfied customer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Salmon on May 9, 2013
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Finally, the conclusion to the Shadowspawn trilogy... as much of a conclusion as S.M. Stirling is able to make. His elaborate world building skills have a consequence, which is lot of nicely trailing threads on which to tie more stories.
But the main thread, the conflict between Adrian and Adrienne symbolized by Ellen in their midst, is tied off--for now. The twins have been settled, and the host of smaller characters have all had their chance to deal with life and move on, or die.
From the pivotal Ellen Tarnowski through the much less developed characters of Jack Farmer (Brotherhood) and Dmitri Pavlovitch Usov (Council of Shadows), they rampage, slink, stalk and race through the pages of this elaborate story, each one focused on their part of the puzzle and their immediate surroundings.
Adrian and Adrienne are dark sister, less-dark brother. Raised together until their early teen years, Adrian was kidnapped by the brotherhood and re-educated to humanity. Adrienne, safe in the arms of her horrible family, develops along the normal shadowspawn pathways of careless dominance, and a vision of humanity as cattle. (Though I've never thought of having a chat with the heifer before eating it alive, and enjoying its death-throes. And wearing a jacket made out of the leather and discussing the interesting conversations before death.)
Gentle, intelligent, and athletic, Ellen was intrigued by Adrian, kidnapped by Adrienne, works to rescue herself and brings out important information for the resistance fighting. Her getaway on the back of a sabertoothed tiger was in the finest of pulp traditions. Her subsequent induction into the fight and the active part she takes in bringing down the loathed Adrienne round her out nicely.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arthur W. Jordin on September 8, 2013
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Shadows of Falling Night (2013) is the third (and last) Fantasy novel in the Shadowspawn trilogy, following The Council of Shadows. The initial volume in this sequence is A Taint in the Blood.

In the previous volume, Ellen was still having nightmares from her captivity by Adrienne. A tiger was chasing her, speaking in Adrienne's voice. Then a larger cat attacked the tiger. Ellen snatched up a sword and beat at the tiger.

Ellen awoke in a sweat. Adrien held her while she calms down. Ellen asked why Adrien hadn't killed Adrienne.

Adrien said that the tiger hadn't been Adrienne, but only memories in her mind. Adrienne was already dead, but the memories would linger. It would be too dangerous for Adrien to remove them, but Ellen could eliminate them herself over time.

Later, Adrien showed her an announcement in the news of a meeting of the Order of the Black Dawn next year in Tbilisi. The Council was being very blatant. And they had other things to do during their honeymoon.

In this novel, Ellen Breze is a human female married to Adrien. She still has memories of her captivity by Adrienne.

Adrien Breze is a nearly pure breed Shadowspawn. He had left his parents at the age of thirteen and was raised by Harvey. He had been a member of the Brotherhood, but then retired in frustration over their ineffectual attempts to bring down the Council.

Adrienne Breze is Adrien's twin sister. Unlike her brother, she delights in human pain. She had been considered dead after the attack on Ranchero Sangre.
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