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Of Darkness and Dawn (The Elder Empire: Shadow Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 3 in The Elder Empire - Shadow
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About the Author
Will Wight lives in Florida, among the citrus fruits and slithering sea creatures. He's the author of the Amazon best-selling Traveler’s Gate Trilogy, The Elder Empire (which cleverly offers twice the fun and twice the work), and his newest series of mythical martial arts magic: Cradle.
He graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013, earning a Master’s of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a flute of dragon’s bone. He is also, apparently, invisible to cameras.
- File size : 2071 KB
- Publication date : August 10, 2015
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 364 pages
- Publisher : Hidden Gnome Publishing (August 10, 2015)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B013Q4KQZA
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #43,428 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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It's looking like books three of Killers & Kings, and of kings and killers will be released at the end of 2018 according to the authors website. I am both excited and sort of sad by the news because I really like the Cradle series that Will Wight he's producing and I think it's the reason for the delay in the third book of both the series. I do not know if it is a Trilogy or not but I'm sort of hoping it is.
There is action and adventure along with some pretty awesome for the lack of better word magic in the world in this book. At same time it does feel a bit slow and does have the feeling of a second book of a trilogy that is more focused on the end of third book then that have the second. I did enjoy last page so the ending wasn't too bad LOL. Still I do prefer his other series particularly the Cradle.
The story is age appropriate for teenagers and above with violence and some emotional scenes.
That said, I took off one star on these books. The books, starting with "Of Sea and Shadow" and "Of Shadow and Sea", are written to take place during the same time, but from the viewpoints of two different characters. My issue is that in the middle of these two characters interacting with the world, is that in each book takes place at two different "times".
For example, the story of "Of Shadow and Sea" starts with Shera (who is the best character ever) when she is a little girl. The "main" events take place when she is in her mid 20's but then keeps jumping back to when she was a child to highlight parts of the story. This is a GREAT literary technique and really keeps the book fresh. My issue, is that I start to absolutely LOVE the time I am currently reading, then something cliff-hander-y happens and it jumps back to the other time line (kid to adult, or adult to kid). These jumps just keep happening and while I LOVE the story, I feel like there 24 different cliff-hangers in one of these books, then I have to read to other brook for the other main character and then the story jumps around all the time again.
Now, I still LOVED this book. I just wanted to point out that the reason I took off a star for this book is that Will Wight was TOO MUCH of a genius in writing it. I think I would have enjoyed the story better if they stayed in one view point for longer periods throughout the book. I do not mind flashbacks and think they are a great way for your to understand the characters. The problem was it was like a book with three main characters, but you only really like to read one of them, so every time the viewpoint shifted you were left feeling slightly cheated because you aren't reading about your favorite anymore. Then the part you are now reading is your new favorite character before it switches again the who cycle starts over again.
If you've been following the Elder Empire series at all, you'll understand that Will Wight's right back at it with this uniquely told tale! Having just finished one of the storylines, I'm now onto it's parallel, Shera's story (the books were simultaneously released, so there's no need towait between them! ).
I loved Shera's second story even more than the first! She's got a "Take-No-Prisoners" attitude with an assassins heart... and I got more insight into her friends (what few she has) motives, and I really, really needed that!
Emily Woo Zeller didn't fail me as the narrator of this book! She simply carried me away on this fantastic adventure!
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Originally I complained Shera was just a sociopathic plot device - thankfully she's been cured of that by being given a super-powered dagger and an awareness that even a killer should probably have a conscience. She gets to have a bit more depth here, coming closer to Calder's level of characterisation. Don't get me wrong, this is still a very plot driven epic, but it's always nice to actually have an interest in the characters you experience it alongside. Lucan gets some more air time (though in my opinion, not enough to really make me get him), and we have a new face (or rather, lack of face) in Darius Allbright the Lumerian knight. The flashback chapters may be a little slower than Calder's, but even the slightly filler-esque parts help build up the characters during the lull.
I think that's what I love the Shadow series; it picks out the details of the Elder Empire, whether it's going more into individual Guilds and their politics or more on the Elders themselves. Read alone, this series would be a world-building mess because it looks at all the little things without giving you the bigger picture. Read as a companion to the Sea series, it makes everything so much more interesting... Which may help if you aren't enamoured of Shera. Unlike Calder's part 2, I didn't feel like anything was sprung on us or pulled out of the woodwork (providing you have read the Sea books first), and while we do go over many of the same events there's less of a feeling of "I've read this scene before" than there was in the first two books of the conjoined series as the two protagonists are rarely in the same place.
My only whinge is that I had to re-read several of the action/fight sequences towards the end, some more than once, because I couldn't make head nor tails of what exactly had just happened. If it were a film, I'd feel like the editing was a bit too fast and choppy to follow everyone's' actions. I got the gist though, and mostly earlier on fights aren't written in that blow-by-blow account style.
Consider me hooked by every. Dang. Chapter. Ending. I hate the dual timeline, but also kind of love it.
I can't wait to get to the bottom of all the questions thrown up by this one.