The fourth Sword of Shadows volume first synopsizes what has gone before, then jumps into the action. And action-packed is the word for this novel and series. The large cast of individuals and peoples, whose homelands, whether steppe, forest, or mountain, hold danger from ancient magic and current feuds, lives at a time of old truces breaking and sorcerous powers rising. Raif, a clan warrior exiled by treachery; Ash, a woman of power; Raina, widow of a murdered chief; and others continue their quest for safety and justice in a world coming apart. The story should certainly appeal to those who like fast-paced, visual action, especially if they enjoyed its predecessors. --Jay Freeman
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“Relentless and powerful. This is damned good stuff.”—Glen Cook, bestselling author of the Black Company series on the Sword of Shadows series
“An atmosphere of rising tension and dark foreboding.”—Library Journal on A Cavern of Black Ice
“A main course of fine ingredients prepared with considerable skill.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review, on A Fortress of Grey Ice
“Outstandingly rendered.” —Booklist on A Sword from Red Ice
“Wonderful…J. V . Jones is a striking writer.” —Robert Jordan