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Product Details

  • Series: Shadow Saga
  • Paperback: 391 pages
  • Publisher: Pyr (June 21, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616143711
  • ISBN-13: 978-1616143718
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,003,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jon Sprunk is the author of Blood and Iron (part one of the Book of the Black Earth) and the Shadow Saga—Shadow's SonShadow's Lure, and Shadow's Master—which has been published in seven languages worldwide. An avid adventurer in his spare time, he lives in central Pennsylvania with his family. Visit him online at www.jonsprunk.com
and at www.facebook.com/JonSprunk or follow him on Twitter @sprunk70.

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Jon Sprunk is the author of BLOOD AND IRON, the first book in the Book of the Black Earth fantasy series. He also wrote the Shadow Saga (Shadow's Son, Shadow's Lure, and Shadow's Master.) Shadow's Son was a finalist for the Compton Crook Award and also a nominee for the David Gemmell Award in two categories.

Jon lives in central Pennsylvania with his wife and son. When not writing, he enjoys travel, collecting medieval and ancient weaponry, and pro football. Visit him online at www.jonsprunk.com, or on Facebook or Twitter.

Customer Reviews

Also, there is very little reference back to the events of the first novel.
M. Russell
There is a great amount going on in both story lines and in the end start to tie together.
MelHay
I'm the type of reader that has to finish a series no matter how bad it gets.
Persimmon

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joseph P. Bonadonna on July 20, 2011
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Jon Sprunk has done it again. SHADOW'S LURE not only lives up to its prequel, SHADOW'S SON, it surpasses it with unexpected twists and turns. Sprunk has fleshed out his evolving storyline, giving us deeper insight into the politics, history, and religion of his world. The action soars and the emotions run high as Caim learns more about the death of his father, his missing mother, and her family who serve the Shadow. His relationship with Kit deepens, and he's torn between her and Queen Josephine. I won't give away any spoilers, but there are new characters to love and hate, and a peak into the darkness that threatens to drown the world in Shadow. This is an exciting and intriguiging novel -- but above all, it tells its story through its characters, characters who live and breathe and bleed. These characters LIVE!!! Well done, Jon Sprunk!

-- Joe Bonadonna, author of MAD SHADOWS: THE WEIRD TALES OF DORGO THE DOWSER
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brandon Zarzyczny on August 15, 2011
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I really enjoyed this sequel, the author did a great job advancing the story and skills of Caim. This story was maybe a little more epic and less contained than Sprunk's debut, and it really was a page turner. In truth I may have liked the first one more, but I loved both of the books. I really only had two problems with this book, the sections with the new queen didn't really grab my attention as much as Caim's story, and near the end Caim's powers were becoming a bit too superheroish. In my fantasy stories I generally prefer more defined rules for the magic system. Still, I'm sure any fantasy fan would love reading this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Martin on September 24, 2011
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Jon Sprunk takes the Shadow War hinted at in SHADOW'S SON and unleashes it on his characters (and readers) with a vengeance in SHADOW'S LURE. Caim is beset by powerful enemies as he uncovers more of his mysterious past and must confront facets of his own nature, often surprising himself by his own actions, which are that of a true hero. Caim feels damned, but harbors a secret desire to help the helpless and redeem his own past transgressions. In SHADOW'S LURE he does all this and more. I liked book #1 a lot, but I enjoyed the second book even more, as Sprunk delves deep into the nature of the anti-hero, and a brutal war going on at the northern fringes of the civilized world, where ruthless men try to oppress the clans, who fight not for gain but for freedom. You can guess which side Caim is on. Plus, there's a girl...of course. Actually, several. Though Josey is weighed down by the intrigues of the crown...and Kit finds herself lost in a kind of limbo, cut off from Caim for much of the book (frustrating!).

This guy, this Sprunk fellow, I think he's the real deal. A true talent. He has a knack for writing edgy characters, rather in the same vein as, say, Brent Weeks or Peter Brett. Heck, he may just be fast approaching the level of the Undisputed King of Heroic Fantasy, David Gemmell (only time will tell, but I plan on giving Jon Sprunk lots of my time). Five stars! Read this series. Now.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sneaky Burrito TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 31, 2013
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Shadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk is more of what we saw in Shadow's Son. This book, the second in the series, follows the events of the first and introduces some new characters. Lure expands on Son in several ways -- number of pages, length of time over which the action occurs, and number of settings.

Please note: this review may contain some spoilers for the previous volume, but they are necessary to set up the action for this sequel. I'll try to keep them to a minimum.

At the end of Shadow's Son, Josey (our female lead) was empress in Othir and Caim (an assassin and our male lead) was headed north (on a gut feeling) to learn more about his past. These are still the two main viewpoints, though we also get inside Kit's head for once (Kit is a disembodied companion to Caim), plus the shadow witch Sybelle and a young Northerner named Keegan serve as POV characters at various points.

Let's start with Josey and Caim, because discussions of the other characters will make more sense once they're placed within the framework of the main story. It seems like everyone is against poor Josey. She wants to make peace with the neighbors and feed the hungry and help the poor and all these good things, but the Church doesn't want her to stop the wars (these wars sound something like crusades to bring the true religion to the infidels or something along those lines). The nobles insist Josey get married and start producing heirs.

Josey, who is absolutely inexperienced and unprepared to rule, actually takes charge. She refuses to marry anyone but Caim (even though there was a fake funeral for him). Her strategy is to ignore and/or embarrass Church officials and it seems to work for her.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin Landon on December 19, 2011
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Without spoiling too much of what went on in the first novel, Lure picks up right where Son left off. Caim (what?! the main character survives? no way!) leaves his home in Othir behind, heading north to discover the truth behind the murder of his parents and his power over the shadow. He leaves Josey behind, now Empress of the Nimean Empire, to consolidate her power.

The nature of the two stories, which could be read completely separate from one another, blunt the pace that was such a hallmark of Sprunk's debut. Much of the slowdown (never slowness) is affected by much more extensive character development and world building, an almost always welcome and, in this case, necessary inclusion. That lack of frenetic energy shouldn't be taken to mean it's inferior. Quite the opposite. In taking his time to build the narrative, Sprunk has written a different kind of novel that succeeds because of what it doesn't have, almost as much as because of what it does (Yes, that was an awkward sentence).

Lure is divided primarily into three points of view - Josey, Caim, and Kit. While Sprunk occasionally dips into other characters, it's these three who comprise the bulk of the narrative. He separates them from one another in the novel's early stages, providing him the opportunity to drill down to a level that the structure of the first novel never allowed him to.

Josey's point of view is very political in nature, subject to plots and machinations of factions within the Empire. Through her, the world is capably fleshed out without resorting to information dumps or poorly concealed exposition.
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