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- Print Length: 346 pages
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- Publication Date: October 7, 2010
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0046H964E
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The Shadows of Grace (The Half-Orcs Book 4) Kindle Edition
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That said, Mr. Dalglish truly outdid himself on this one. It feels larger in scope than the others, focusing on so many different characters doing different things, but that's not even what I liked most about it.
In The Shadows of Grace, I finally got to see Harruq embark upon the path that I always felt that he would go down. In The Weight of Blood, he was an anti-hero at best. In The Shadows of Grace, however, he becomes more than a hero. I daresay that he becomes a paragon.
I won't say too much since I'd hate to give out spoiler, but I will say that I don't have any complaints about it. I agreed with what many of the characters did, and I could understand why the characters that I didn't agree with did what they did.
On a side note, this series truly shows a progression in the author's skills as a writer. I always felt that he was a great writer, but every book is better than the one before it.
*** WARNING: Some Book 3 spoilers ahead. ***
So, on to talking about The Shadows of Grace. Things looked pretty grim at the end of Book 3. The city had been routed, the refugees were fleeing for their lives, and, as the icing on the cake, a portal to let even MORE nasty into the world was now open. This is where Book 4 picks up.
As with the previous books, the fight scenes are very well-written - some of the best I've read. At the same time, if you've followed the books from the beginning, you can see the growth of the writer - characters are more fleshed out, dialog is smoother, the work as a whole is just one step better. Perhaps that's just my perception since I've watched the characters from the beginning, so to speak, but I don't think so. Even supporting characters are vibrant. Queen Annabelle, for example, even though we don't see a lot of her, she makes a big impact and even in her limited "stage time" you get a good idea of what sort of person she is.
The Shadows of Grace will not disappoint - it's a beautiful work of fantasy and it continues what was started back in The Weight of Blood. We've moved one step further along in the story but so much further, at the same time. This series will be a classic in the fantasy genre and I can't wait for the finale.
GENERAL THEME (no specific details given)
The battle for the land continues...good versus evil (light versus dark). Harruq and Qurrah and Tessanna (plus many others) continue to be involve in the ongoing confrontation to see which faction will merge victorious.
David Dalglish is, at times, a frustrating writer...he can be incredibly brilliant in one area and then write some sappy stuff in the next. e.g...Jerico's tale involving Tessana was beautifully written, emotional and ultimately heartbreaking. As sensitive a dramatic piece of fantasy writing I've read in ages. Contrast this to the tiresome and often frivolous conversations and actions of Aurelia, Harruq and Haern on their trip to see Lord Sully in Castle Green.
1.) In general a continual improvement in writing (with still the occasional weak area) from book 1 through book 4.
2.) Well done and ongoing character development of several individuals within the book...especially Qurrah and Tessana. Indeed, this particular book seems to revolve around these individuals...all the others, while having important roles, seem to take a back seat to these two. The level of distraught reached by both Qurrah and Tessanna by books-end was almost palpable and was a significant factor on how book 4 finished and set up book 5.
3.) Again, as mentioned in my previous reviews on this series, it is difficult to express how well author Dalglish has developed this unusual tale that has two unlikeable half-orcs as the main protagonists. Orcs just don't think like humans and as a result often make decisions and do things that just seem out of context for a role that's usually reserved for more traditional heroes.
1.) No map...this series encompasses an extremely large geographically area that has many story lines occurring in various locales across the land. A map would have permitted the reader to get a sense of direction and distances that would provided a sense for the time needed to get from one point to another.
2.) I must admit to some annoyance and a growing dislike for Aurelia (Harruq's elf wife).
She continues to love/tolerate him despite his inane statements, his unrelenting and forgiving attitude towards his brother Qurrah (despite the fact that his actions lead to the murder of their baby). And last but not least, she insist on his accompanying her to every important meeting, where he invariably says something to insult many of the people in attendance. This union seems to be a ludicrous miss-match on both a social as well as an intellectual level.
3.) A few weak areas...some conversations, some superhero-like battles and finally, some last-gasp assistance by unexpected forces to help salvage a tough situation.
A hard book to put down. Despite a few complaints as mentioned above, I really liked this book and look forward to continuing on with the finale. 4 Stars.