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Silver shadows Unknown Binding – 2000

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Book 3 of 13 in the Song & Swords Series

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Product Details

  • Unknown Binding: 372 pages
  • Publisher: Wizards of the Coast (2000)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0006RJLZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 19, 1996
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Silver Shadows is one of the best TSR books, well worth
reading. But to get the most out of it, I suggest that you
read the two prequels for it first: "Elfshadow" (Harpers 2)
and "Elfsong" (Harpers 8). They are essential for
understanding the small subplots and undercurrents of
"Silver Shadows." Another useful prequel reading for this book
is a thirty page story by Elaine Cunningham in the Forgotten
Realms anthology "Realms of Valor." This story, called
"The Bargain" is directly related to "Silver Shadow" and
explains the reasons behind the Harper mission which landed
Arilyn Moonblade and Danilo Thann in Zazzespur and their
respective introduction to the Assasin's and Wine Merchant's guilds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ather on August 19, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was an amazing book. Elaine Cunningham lets readers into Arilyn's complicated mind and the strange powers of the Moonblade become more apparent and it's demands worsen upon it's half-elven bearer. I enjoyed every page of this book, the plot, characters and setting were masterfully put on paper but...
You might wonder why I only gave 4 stars when this book's plot and characters are obviously 5-star material. While Elaine did an amazing job for this book whoever edited it did not. I am no english grammar whiz but still there were obvious mistakes that should never have been printed. For example, on one page a halflings name is Sandusk and on the next it is Suldusk. Also, the land which this tale takes place in is named Tethyr, it says so in the map in the front of the book but throughout the pages it is misspelled, one sentance it is Tethyr and on the next line (really!) it's spelled Tethir. I know these are just annoyances but that's it!
I enjoyed the premise and style of this book, I love the way Elaine Cunningham writes but I was thoroughly annoyed by the editorial mistakes.
A 5 star book
A 3 star editing job
Please overlook the bad editors and read what Elaine Cunningham is saying, it's a wonderful book, please read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brad Speierman on January 17, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I loved this book which continued the wonderful tale of Arilyn Moonblade. Silver Shadows helped give incredible insight into Arilyn's inner turmoil stemming from her half-elven heritage, the moonblade which she wields, and her evolving relationship with Danilo Thann. You also get a rare and interesting glance into the interworkings of the elven royal family on evermeet and their feelings towards both Arilyn and the forest elves living in Fauren. And lets not forget the wonderful Silver Shadows (which I won't spoil for you what they are!) As usual Elaine Cunningham weaves a wonderful story perfect laced with great dialogue, interesting characters, and great action!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Cavallo on January 17, 2000
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With "Silver Shadows", Elaine Cunningham once again returns to the forested lands of Faerûn. In her forth tale set within the Forgotten Realms, she reprises the character Arilyn Moonblade taking her far from the familiar territory of Waterdeep. In this tale, we follow Arilyn's journey through Zezasspur, capital city of the tumultuous nation of Tethyr, and into the distinctly fey realms of the sylvan elves of the Tethir forest. Somehow, the Harper must straddle the line between these two starkly conflicting cultures, and find the means to save the elven people of Tethir; all the while struggling to find her own place in both worlds, to neither of which she fully belongs. Mrs. Cunningham is a master of her craft; in my opinion, none among her Faerûnian peers can match her compassion, and objectivity to the elven plight. She also has a talent for developing characters; all too often, the characters within a fantasy novel are merely passengers for the plot, not so for this author. She remarkably balances the expected, with the unexpected, all the while maintaining a compelling story ripe with action, humor and emotion. This was a marvelous book, whether or not you faithfully follow the tales of the Forgotten Realms, this is a must read. However, I suggest you first read "Elfshadow" and then "Elfsong" before you pick this one up; while not necessary, it will only serve to enhance the undercurrents within the story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard K. on March 25, 2007
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After many boring and sometimes offensive perspectives of the Forgotten Realms, I finally come to Silver Shadows. It is one of the best fantasy tales I have ever read. Ms Cunningham has her hands on the pulse of Faerun as the story begins where her others left off. This one completely envelopes and compliments Elfsong and doesnt need to be read in sequence. The publisher like series or trilogies. This is both for marketing and in most cases, rewrites of Lord of the Rings. "There is gold in them dungeons!"

This book was the last big published effort by old TSR. A name that strikes fear and excitement in the publishing industry. Most of the time, pulp is the result. This author was the exception. While Ed Greenwood created the Forgotten Realms, he has some problems telling his stories! This is a wonderful setting with infinite possibilities. Most guest authors bring hack-saws to it. This title shines with a timeless appeal and original plot that is hard to beat.

Arilyn Moonblade was introduced in Elfshadow in 1991. Her temperment is not appealing as the story unfolds, yet her spirit makes her likeable. The adventure she undertakes is engrossing and highly imaginable. It seems to come beyond the Realms and into the very heart of the meaning of "fairy tale". Tolkien is left out of the picture, which seems to be a problem for other authors of this setting. Humor and Fun are highlights of this thrilling tale, that itself would make a great movie in the proper hands. The bad guys are loathesome and the Elves are a delight. Oh, I almost forgot a nice dragon thrown in.

Ms Cunningham has exceptional skills at creating a world that is filled with whimsy, light romance, laughter, and totally engrossing battle scenes! Now if only the rest of the authors could be this good!
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