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Shadowplay (Shadowmarch, Vol. 2) Hardcover – March 6, 2007

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While juggling a complex epic fantasy plot may be child's play for veteran word-wizard Williams (Otherland), the bewildered star players of the fine second volume in his Shadowmarch trilogy must deal with a very adult world being transformed by war, magic, secrets and a weird, powerful scrying-mirror. Back in Southmarch, Hendon Tolly has usurped the throne, while King Olin's held in captivity in Hierosol. Olin's young twins, Princess Briony and Prince Barrick Eddon, struggle to survive in exile on separate but equally perilous paths. Barrick's trapped behind the Shadowline with Capt. Ferras Vansen; Gyir the Storm Lantern, a formidable, faceless fairy; and Skurn, a quirky talking raven. Briony's helped by a forest demigoddess and winds up with a band of endangered traveling thespians. Though the pace lags at times, bestseller Williams once again delivers a sweeping spellbinder full of mystical wonder. Author tour. (Mar.)
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The Marches, the Shadowlands, and everywhere else are menaced by ever bloodier conflicts that at least prevent old gods from returning. Humans, elves, and fairies (none cute, though often intelligent allies) are all in it together, and much-tried King Olin, going from one captivity to another, maintains the saga's focus. Meanwhile, his son Prince Bettrick learns that being relieved of one hand doesn't relieve him of duties, and daughter Princess Briony steadily becomes the standout in an exceedingly large cast. Requiring slogging some to find the good spots, Shadowplay still rouses curiosity about what will happen next, especially for readers of Shadowmarch (2004). Roland Green
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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ DAW Hardcover; First Edition (March 6, 2007)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 672 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0756403588
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0756403584
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 18 years and up
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.8 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6.42 x 2.02 x 9.24 inches
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Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide. His works include the worlds of Otherland, Shadowmarch, and Osten Ard—including the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, and The Last King of Osten Ard series—as well as standalone novels Tailchaser’s Song and The War of the Flowers, plus the Bobby Dollar urban fantasies. His considerable output of epic fantasy, science fiction, urban fantasy, comics, and more have strongly influenced a generation of writers. Tad and his family live in the Santa Cruz mountains in a suitably strange and beautiful house. Visit him online at @tadwilliams @mrstad

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