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Shadow King: A Tale of the Sundering (Time of Legends) Mass Market Paperback – December 29, 2009
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The first problem is that the title is somewhat misleading. Alith Anar (main character) only actually accepts the of being the Shadow King on page 420. And this being a 522 page long book it means we get less than 100 pages of him actually being the Shadow King.
The second problem is the mentally retarded and purely idiotic plot twist roughly two-fifths of the way. Malekith is brought back from the island on which he had been burned to death (presumably) in the first book. Morathi his mother is allowed to see the burned (most likely charred) body and suddenly decides to accompany the body back to Naggaroth..... and only a single guard semi tried to prevent her from leaving.... and was held back by his other guards.
Seriously, WHAT THE HELL is that garbage? I know this is unchangeable background material for Warhammer and it is tough to write about pre existing material. But letting Morathi simply go was to me the same as letting a mass rapist, mass murderer, super genius in nuclear physics and technology (and maybe even viral engineering) leave through the front door of prison because his long lost son died.
Would anyone really expect that this would never ever, ever EVER come back to haunt us?
We could not give her some insanely convoluted and traitorous escape? No, the front door was the only way we could make her leave?
In other words: if Morathi had been stopped by a door or a gate, the elves would never had it become worse for them.
These two problems are what made me give it a 3 star rating. But all is not lost.
The actual growth of Alith Anar was fantastically written and illustrated.Read more ›
Not that Alith Anar's rise seems inevitable. GW fiction works well when it focuses on character; following Anar around through his adolescence, you see an unlikely candidate for a future legend. Dreamy and sullen, Anar's main concerns are spending long periods on his own or mooning after his love interest, Ashniel. So long as he's left alone to copy the occasional line of verse or to hunt, he's content. Such a state of affairs cannot endure, however; House Anar, normally a bastion of neutrality within Nagarythe, is forced into taking sides in the bitter dispute between Morathi's followers and those of their one, rightful ruler...Prince Malekith, champion of the Phoenix King, respected by all, admired deeply by the young Alith. Seeing this, the death of Bel-Shanaar and later the rise of the mysterious 'Witch King' through Alith's eyes, you see the convincingly bitty way history seeps through its people.
That goes for the growth of its heroes, too. During what is effectively an undercover mission, Alith is almost surprised at himself for how easily he can fit into the simpler life of a court cook. (He developes quite a hand for cutting up meat.) In an amusing scene, he finds how much easier and direct a tryst is with a lower-class female elf. Disguise, duplicity. Today the Shadow Warriors will slay their fellow elves; tomorrow they will mourn them.
If ambivalence is their failing, it's also a kind of integrity.Read more ›
The only criticism I have of Shadow King is that certain events just did not seem very realistic. I won't post spoilers, but certain things toward the end of the book seemed rushed as if the author had to tie up a loose end quickly or throw in a clever plot device to jerk our main character back into line for where he is suppose to go. These few scenes annoyed me even though I was too attached to Alith by this point to put the book down. Perhaps I am being too harsh, but they really were glaring missteps to me.
However, Shadow King is a page turner, especially if you enjoy the warhammer universe or just a good tale regarding the pursuit of vengeance.
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