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War of Shadows (The Ascendant Kingdoms Saga) Paperback – April 21, 2015
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"War of Shadows is a rousing adventure full of action, intrigue, danger, and suspense. It's epic fantasy at its best, filled with vivid magic but grounded by real human emotion."―Aaron Rosenberg, author of the bestselling Adventures of DuckBob Spinowitz series
"This book kept me reading long past my bed time. As always, Gail Z. Martin delivers Epic Fantasy as it was meant to be read: gripping, action packed, and larger than life. A delight for any fan of the genre!"―Rachel Aaron, author of The Spirit Thief
"A vivid, engrossing tapestry woven from epic heroism, post apocalypse struggles, perilous magic and darkest fantasy. A distinct and distinctive achievement."―Juliet McKenna, author of The Tales of Einarinn
"Which of these things are on your epic fantasy checklist: Intense action in the first few pages which then carries right through to the last? Vivid battle scenes? Characters that combine the best of classic archetypes with fresh new twists? Snappy dialogue? Exciting world building? If you've checked even half of these items, then you owe it to yourself to check out Gail Z. Martin's War of Shadows. It's heroic adventure at it's rollicking finest."―Charles E. Gannon, author of Fire With Fire
"High mage magic, thrilling battles and heart-thudding adventure yet another superb fantasy tale from Gail Z. Martin!" ―Andy Remic, author of The Iron Wolves
"With a large cast of satisfying characters, Gail Z. Martin masterfully presents an epic struggle between the forces of life and the forces of death in a world of broken magic."―James Maxey, author of Greatshadow
"There's plenty of action and plot embroidery, and the pages turn easily."―Kirkus on Ice Forged
"The immediate action in this story pulls the reader in... And with more than a few unexpected twists, this easy-to-follow storyline will leave the reader completely surprised and ready for the next book in the saga."―RT Book Reviews on Ice Forged
About the Author
Gail Z. Martin discovered her passion for SF/fantasy in elementary school. The first story she wrote - at age five - was about a vampire. Her favorite TV show as a preschooler was Dark Shadows. At age 14 she decided to become a writer. She enjoys attending SF/Fantasy conventions, Renaissance fairs and living history sites. She is married and has three children, a Himalayan cat and a golden retriever.
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There is not a whole lot of character development across this series; the person you are introduced in the first book of the series is the exact same in this book. The characters all have the same tired "banter" back and forth between each other, there is always an "adventure group" that (due to some half baked excuse) "HAS" to go off all on their own. And the male characters all exhibit the ability to "read" a lot of feelings and information from a person's eyes.
I really want to like this series because the base of the story is good, but there are just way too many cliches to make it enjoyable. I think this would be better for a YA reader.
I won't deduct a star for this, but my only disappointment is the lack of female characters. There are a couple, but they mostly serve as window dressing. Ms. Martin's other books have women characters that play a more central role.