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The Shadowed Path Paperback – October 14, 2011
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Simon was born in London, UK, about the same time the original Star Wars movie was released to the world, but spent the majority of his adolescent life growing up in North Wales, the land of sheep and dragons (the dragons cunningly masqueraded as his French and History teachers). After relocating back to the city of his birth he got married (to an Colombian, just to make life interesting) and now spends his time hovering somewhere between his twin loves of music and literature.
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The author has a very easy-going writing style that gets you hooked from the start and won't let go, not even when you make it to the end. You know you've read a good book when you keep thinking about the story hours after you've finished and then start wondering what the sequel will hold.
This story is set in Roman times and follows several main characters, including a former rich boy who becomes stuck in unarguably the worst place to become stranded, the Shadowlands. He and several others eventually find their way out, but only after a few years. The spoiled rich boy is no more, and instead has adapted to become a cool lethal fighting machine. Then we have a young girl suffering the loss of a family who has fallen victim to creatures that typically reside in the Shadowlands. She has come, seeking revenge on those who let these terrible things happen to her loved ones. Also present are a race of humanoid creatures, the Waystalkers (or inhumanaii), forever slaves to their human masters. Dark, mysterious, and lethal, they are the only guides you'd want at your side if you have to travel the Shadowlands. They are sworn not to harm "redbloods". No inhumanii ever has, lest the poor Waystalker go mad with guilt and shame. Might some of the slaves have found a way to rebel against their masters?
There were so many things I liked about this book. I loved the Roman setting. The author did a tremendous job helping the reader to visualize everyday life in a Roman village. I loved the fantasy element, namely the Shadowlands separating the two great countries. I loved how the Shadowlands are home to unspeakable horrors and how it's inconceivable that someone could survive a few days in there, let alone four years. I loved seeing the changed world through Marcus' eyes after he and his two companions finally make it out of the Shadowlands and realize everything he had known is gone.
I'm sitting here, trying to remember if I really had any issues with the book, and the only things I can think of were a few typos, but as another reviewer mentioned, I simply didn't care. I eagerly look forward to the next in the series!!
After a heart-pounding prologue the story turns personal. We are introduced to Marcus, a young man of wealthy descent who is "banished" to a journey of the death, all because of his father's most recent mistress. Having just left a life of comfort and safety behind, he finds himself in the midst of the notoriously dangerous "Xore's Garden" where fierce Shadowed creatures roam, without proper protection of an unusual race - the inhumanii - the only kind who can match up to power of the Shadowed creatures.
As a reader, I became instantly concerned about the fate of Marcus - this mild mannered young man far too unprepared for the world. I followed his thought and footsteps as his travels became even more precarious and his fate more twisted. And then there was the rich cast of characters he crossed paths with, some peculiar, others crazed, and still others I couldn't decide whether I could trust or not. As the story ended, I had some answers but I had more questions. I believe the author already has the next tale planned and I look forward to finding out more about Marcus and what becomes of a world trampled by Shadowed creatures gone unleashed.
I find "The Shadowed Path" an enchanting read. Its characters are complex and real; the world is fascinating; the politics is intriguing. I enjoy the language and the writing style as well. In many scenes, I felt I was right there.
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