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Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 2) Mass Market Paperback – THX, March 2, 1998
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Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The momentous Ascension of Princess Elora Danan should have brought peace to the Thirteen Realms. Instead, an intense Shadow War rages, spearheaded by the evil Mohdri. He has dispatched his dread Black Rose commando assassins to capture Elora and her sworn protector, Thorn Drumheller. But Mohdri himself is just a facade for a more dangerous entity: the Deceiver. But who--or what--is the Deceiver? And how can Elora, Thorn, and their ragtag band defeat this unspeakable force? The answer lies in a perilous journey to a land undisturbed since the dawn of time. A journey that will end at the unbreachable citadel of the dragon, where a chilling betrayal will change the fate of Elora, Thorn, and the Thirteen Realms forever.
Top Customer Reviews
The battle scenes in this book aren't as grand as in the first book, but they are just as compelling.Read more ›
The chapters are still far too dense- a chapter of twenty pages takes nearly three times to wade through what those of a decent book would- most of the new characters introduced are one-dimensional bores and Claremont seems to make it a habit of killing off the few that aren't. On the plus side, Elora has become much more interesting and the few chapters where she's allowed to adventure across the land on her own are by far the best bit of the book. The underlying problem is that this is absolute middle of a storyarc so nothing much happens except what is needed to reenforce what happened in 'Moon' and pave the way to the inevitable showdown in 'Star'. Expect lots of pointless wandering and expository dialogue.
Which brings me to the biggest problem of all: an Epic fantasy requires an Epic villain because, lets face it, Good vs. evil is nowhere near as exciting as Good vs. EVIL, and the story just does not deliver. Instead we are treated to baddies like The Deceiver, who is little more than a glorified zombie, and...wait for it...The Lord Of The Dance. That's right, gasp in shock and awe at the might of a guy who will literally two-step you to your doom. It's books like these that make me sincerely wish there was an emoticon for a smiley repeatedly banging their head against something hard an unyielding- perhaps the skull of whichever of the two collaborative 'geniuses' thought any of this would be a good idea.
Cheer up, there's only one volume to go!
Then not too long into the story, she's a super talented dancer and singer! Which starts to turn the book into about 200 pages of a musical. When people make her angry she sings and dances about it, when people need encouragement she sings and dances, when she's sad she . . . sings and dances. I like musicals just fine, but this didn't seem like the type of book that should be a musical. It just made it worse when her and Duguay randomly perform dance moves towards each other at the most awkward of times. Such as when Elora discusses the end of the world with Willow/Thorn Drumheller. Or in the end when they are going to face the Deciever they . . . dance at each other. Then they dance magical sigils into the floor. WTF.
I'll finish off by describing the writing style. Chris Claremont must have recently discovered the word "madcap" because it was used about 100 times, and that's not much of an exaggeration.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun and exciting read from one book to the next. Was sad to finish the series. Wish I could read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by victor
Love the cover art. It all started with loving the movie of course. I read book 1 while I was deployed. Book 2 was so exciting, I finished it in 32hrs.Published on January 17, 2013 by JRH
First one was so bad I couldn't make it far into this one without giving up on the whole story. Claremont's most embarrassing piece of work in my opinion.Published on December 23, 2012 by Steven Wilkins
The writing in this book is has a lot of depth to it, can be hard to keep track so If you get lost but are dedicated to the plot an story, just re-read a page now then to grasp it. Read morePublished on August 30, 2011 by The Man From U.N.C.L.E
I just re-read this for the first time in a long time and was pleased to discover that it not only holds up but improves with time! Read morePublished on July 27, 2011 by MythMaker
this is a book in a set of three that is based on the movie willow.
if you lkie the movie you will love the books.