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Shardfall: The Shardheld Saga (Volume 1) Paperback – June 7, 2013
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I appreciate that the story was not just steeped in testosterone. I was pleasantly surprised to see a female character, Birthe, holding her own in the story. And with a young babe, no less.
Overall I enjoyed reading Shardfall. There was a lot of names and background to become familiar with in this book, but I expect to devour the next ones and just continue on with the story where Shardfall left off.
The saga is set back in history during the time of the Norsemen, and is very well researched. As the reader progresses through the pages they receive a glimpse of life as it was, not only for the Norsemen themselves, but also for the poor souls they captured and used as slaves. But don't think that this is just a historical novel, as it's not; it is so much more than that.
As this is the first in the series, the character development takes it time and no one character takes the foreground as being the main lead throughout this book. Each comes into focus, and then drops back for a while to give the other a chance at the limelight. I felt this worked well as it served as a `hook' into the rest of the series. It made me feel as if I want to read the rest of the saga to find out where the development of the characters would lead, and who would come out on top. The part of the chattel, and again I can't go into too much detail without revealing spoilers, is written beautifully and you can feel the anger and resentment that this person has for their master as well as others he interacts with who try to show some kindness. His bitterness, and also loss of self, engulf his every moment in this novel and, I was sure when I started reading that he would be the main lead. His master also features strongly in this first book, and is not the stereotypical Norse Man of history. He is weak, self-centred and, I have to say this, a downright coward; the kind of person who you just want to shake. However, the Author explains the reasoning why he is like this, rather than leaving us guessing and hoping it would all be explained in later books.Read more ›
The combination of myth and magic bumped this up from an average quest-type story, and the difficult relationship between the thrall, Muus and master, Kjelle and how it developed by necessity kept it interesting.
The world is vividly evoked and the characters have strong, individual personalities. The mystery of Muus’s forgotten past is a good one, and the unveiling of his history is handled well. Kjelle’s growth as a character rings true. (Thank goodness, because he starts off as a stupid jerk.) The story is fast paced and interesting, and will hold the attention of most readers from middle grade to adult, but will likely be of most interest to a younger audience. There are some nice, sense-driven descriptions of places. The magic systems are fun and well done. Although this is the first book in a series, the author does a good job of wrapping up the story while leaving the reader primed for more.
On the ‘not so positive’ side: there is a lot of internal dialog, especially in the early chapters, that neither gives us new information nor a deeper sense of the characters. I wish the author had cut them. There are a few odd phrases: stomachs that growl like pigs—pigs growl? Fear that stinks of sweat—fear itself has no scent. A few misplaced quote marks and missing commas, etc. caught my eye, but not enough to spoil the reader’s enjoyment of the story.
This is a fun book, especially for younger readers. 3.5 stars rounded up to four.
I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.
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Good for keeping my attention. A few too many characters but overall I liked it.Published 11 months ago by PeteB
Reading this book transported me to a violent world of people who were feudal and warlords who ruled through fear. Well done, Mr. Horsman.Published 16 months ago by Kindle Customer
Shardfall was an unexpected surprise. This book is the definition of a real fantasy read, I felt as if I'd stepped into a completely different world as I read through the pages. Read morePublished on June 18, 2014 by Voracious Reader
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My mom and I LOVE fantasy and mythology. We read as much as we can and any movie that comes out we make sure we watch and/or read it. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by DBB96
I don’t read a lot of YA books. They have to catch my eye or be recommended by a friend who knows how picky I am with my books. Read morePublished on November 3, 2013 by cm3
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Shardfall by Paul E. Horsman serves up a well rounded twist to today's usual fantasy stories. So many books today lead readers on magical, mystical adventures to save magic and... Read morePublished on October 28, 2013 by Angela