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- Print Length: 338 pages
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- Publisher: Hidden Gnome Publishing (December 30, 2014)
- Publication Date: December 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00RE68P8C
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Of Shadow and Sea has a great cast: Shera, a likable assassin who wants nothing more than a nap, and her equally likable team. We also see the antagonists who star in their own story: Calder and his crew. Over the course of the story we begin get to know these characters, but there is still plenty of room for development as the trilogy unfolds.
The unique twist we are given of these parallel novels is fantastic. It is fun to watch the same events from a different set of eyes and see the characters that you have come to love in a different light as the antagonists in someone else's story.
[SPOILER FREE] Of Shadow and Sea is one of a pair of novels for Will Wight's new parallel trilogy The Elder Empire. We are introduced to a new and fantastic world crawling with horrors, intrigue, and the people left dealing with both. Tension and mystery abound for Shera's half of this tale, as she is a member of the Consultants, a guild of assassin's who once served the Empire and any who could afford their fee.Through the eyes of Shera and her close compatriots (though mostly just Shera) we experience a pivotal moment in the history of the Aurelian Empire when she is offered a very important contract.
That's basically all I can say without truly giving away ANY plot points. The cast for Shadow and Sea is much smaller than Sea and Shadow, and I for one found this very enjoyable. While Calder's tale has a great deal of fun to it, the experiences of Shera and her crew provide an interesting depth to the world and the character's we travel with. Both stories are quite well written, but I find myself more invested in Shera's portion of the story and the relationships that she is cultivating along the way. If I was forced to "pick a side" so to speak, then I would certainly be following The Shadow instead of The Sea.
Thankfully, this isn't required of any reader. Having both novels available for consumption right away has been one of the best parts of the experience. I was immediately hungry for more and I was able to sate that through Of Sea and Shadow. The texts are plenty different in terms of perspective and tone (though there is certain "necessary" overlap for understanding the world and the magic system) which means that it still felt fresh throughout without too much drag.
The amount of growth that can be seen in Will's writing from the first Traveller's Gate novel to these is astonishing. Even comparing City of Light to the first books of the Elder Empire isn't a truly fair measure. And considering the texts were released in the same year, that's quite an astonishing feat. If Will continues to grow at this rate, it won't be too many years before we have another Jim Butcher on our hands. And several years after that, perhaps another Brandon Sanderson. All I can say for sure is that I will be continuing to support Will as an author and I feel confident that fans of fantasy would be wise to do the same.
But while Of Sea and Shadow left me content with Calder's actions, Shera was frustrating in that she was emotional despite the lazy and emotionless demeanor the story gave her, maybe kind of spontaneous too. I in fact liked her character more than Calder except when she'd get emotional about Calder and swear she or the others were going to kill him or something. In Calder's case he had a reason, but her reasons just felt forced for the emotionless killer the story painted her to be. So while i liked her i felt that some of her actions were forced by the plot more than her character if that makes sense, though it just might be me. I'd say more but i'd be spoiling it if i haven't already, it's not a bad book, i'd recommend it anyways if you want to you'll most likely enjoy it(probably). I might even recommend reading this one first just to see if you like it better because you weren't tainted by Of Sea and Shadow yet.
The dual perspectives of The Elder Empire are well done, the only thing I'd like to see is even more conflict between the characters' goals. This is a good start, but I'm concerned that their objectives will too closely align in subsequent books, and if that occurs it would seem to lose the main thrust of this series and what makes it most interesting.
I recognize that it's probably challenging to write a story this way, but nevertheless I encourage the author to take full advantage of it and not weaken the idea by moving the characters in closer and closer alignment with eachother to the point that we might as well have a traditional novel series without the character split.
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