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Shadow's Lure (Shadow Saga) Paperback – June 21, 2011
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Jon Sprunk is the author of Blood and Iron (part one of the Book of the Black Earth) and the Shadow Saga—Shadow's Son, Shadow's Lure, and Shadow's Master—which has been published in seven languages worldwide. An avid adventurer in his spare time, he lives in central Pennsylvania with his family. Visit him online at www.jonsprunk.com
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-- Joe Bonadonna, author of MAD SHADOWS: THE WEIRD TALES OF DORGO THE DOWSER
*SPOILER* Example: The author tried to convince the reader that the witch was really his mother when obviously that wouldn't be the case.
Did the problems with the book distract from the enjoyment? Not really. Would I read the first 2 books again? Definately. Would I recommend this series to friends? Definately.
Also, I don't give a 5 star rating unless the book utterly cannot be put down, I miss work for a day because I decided to buy it @9pm when I got off work and didn't sleep, or I become so enthralled by the book that rather than wait for the next one to come out I reread the book 5 times in anticipation.
I'm still enjoying this series enough to get book 3 when it is published and if you enjoyed the first book you'll probably like this one as well - and if you haven't read the first book you are advised to do so before picking up this novel as it doesn't work as a stand alone book.
There are people who've written way more indepth reviews than I feel I need to as they cover everthing I would say. I just wanted to add my voice to the positive reviews in case this will motivate Mr. Sprunk to get the next book out quicker. We need story three!
Caim is a well fleshed-out hero, mortally ambiguous and trying to be selfish but the inner hero won't allow him. Little by little, in this second book, he becomes more willing to use his powers (which I will not spoil since they're not the usual fantasy wizard powers) even though he is still not sure he likes these powers or sure where they come from.
Great adventure, brisk pacing and excellent writing all around. I like how Mr. Sprunk gets in detail of his world without boring us with it like some fantasy authors seem they must. He has the right blend of action and character development.
I highly recommend this author.
The most pleasant change was the fact that some of the antagonists had a lot more depth to them: in fact I think I felt more for Sybelle than anyone else, despite the really messed up stuff she was into. The world-building really expanded here, both in terms of the various other kingdoms and cultures mentioned in the first novel, but also the "other side" types from the realm of shadow.
I found Josephine's parts of this story to be better than Caim's, to be honest. She meets interesting new characters and has to deal with bizarre monsters. I suppose Caim does too, but we already have a sense that Caim is much less at risk with his magic and spooky sword at the ready.
All that said, I still read the thing through ceaselessly over a weekend. Page-turner indeed.