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Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles Mass Market Paperback – November 7, 2006
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The story starts off strongly enough with the restitution of the mangled body of a disgraced Shadowknight named Tylar. The Shadowknights are somewhat frustrating because I can't figure out their role in this society. They seem like they should be an elite military order, focused on upholding honor and dignity, and the way in which the author writes of them indicates that this is the role they play. But throughout the book, it seems fairly well understood by most, that they hold not particular higher morals and are simply quite skilled swordsman.
Tylar is accused of the murder of a god, and sets out to prove that he didn't do it. Tylar suffers from being dull and not very knowledgeable. Surprisingly, he isn't even that great a swordsman any longer. Rather, he is usually protected and led by those more competent than he to eventually get to a place where he can learn what is really going on. I was also surprised by his lack of depth. Late in the book, when he displays tenderness and caring toward one particular character, I couldn't understand where such empathy and kindness came from. He seems to go from being a broken man, to godslayer, to kind/good leader, but I couldn't match his actions/thoughts to such a progression.
My biggest complaint about this book is that the mystery about what is going on is there for some 250 pages, but nothing really is learned.Read more ›
Epic fantasy is my favorite genre, but in the last few years I'd all but given it up. Seems like most everything out there now-a-days, is predictable, too whimsical, low on action and description, and/or magic is as commonplace as a cell-phone. The few good fantasy books that I've come across, the writer runs the story into the ground or they make you wait so long between books that your interest fades
Not so with Clemens. His writing moves quickly. The story and setting is unique, the characterization is superb, the action is two-fisted, and, intrigue abounds. While most epics have the formula climatic battle at the end, Clemens sticks a major part or two, right smack in the middle. You'll find yourself surprised when you still have half-book left. Be careful of which character you get attached to. They could get knocked-off so suddenly, you'll find yourself re-reading your last completed sentence; just to be sure you got it right.Read more ›
Despite the oh-so-familiar trappings, however, and despite some flaws of execution, Clemens injects enough originality into the work that it transcends the cliches and becomes an engrossing read.
Shadowfall is set in the Nine Lands, lands kept in peace by gods who "settled", tying themselves to a particular area of land and allowing their "graces" (bodily fluids collected by human "Hands"--and yes, they collect all the fluids) to be used to alchemical effect. The first God to settle was Chrism, 4000 years ago. Now there are 100 settled gods and uncounted "rogue" gods who ply the hinterlands growing more mad.
The story starts off strong, with Tylar,a "fallen" and broken-bodied Shadownight, witness to the slaying of one of the 100 gods whose dying act is to heal him, fill him with a god's Grace, and lay a guardian within him so he may quest for "Rivernscyr", though he has no idea what that is. Arrested for being a godslayer, he must escape imprisonment and then pursuit to find his destiny, joined by Rogger--a mysterious thief, and Delia--one of the murdered god's Hands. He soon picks up other allies, including a Shadowknight thought dead 300 years ago and perhaps a few gods, though their allegiance is unclear.
Meanwhile, two other stories unfold simultaneously.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Iread this book alooong time ago after finishing the witch saga....I love James Clemens works and hope to read the rest of this series soon!Published 1 month ago by Zachary Tilley
This book is amazing and this series is amazing and if you haven't read it you should. The characters are well developed and interesting while the whole premise of the book... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J.Urdinola
Good book, kept me on the edge of my seat. Had to go get the next book in the seriesPublished 9 months ago by Barbara Hildreth
I just finished reading Shadowfall: Book One in the Godslayer Chronicles, by James Clemens. What a truly dark, foreboding, albeit magical world this book is. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Su Ann Thompson
This book is a real page turner! I had a VERY tough time putting it down and was just as excited and enthralled with the second!Published 18 months ago by Lauren
A good read but missing a lot of the details and back story to make the world feel real like it did in the witch series. So a bit disappointed. Took longer to grab me.Published 18 months ago by stacy
I had been looking for this book for the longest of times and am happy I had finally found it.Published 22 months ago by Jose Vargas