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5.0 out of 5 stars From beginning to end...a medieval adventure of the highest quality., October 27, 2011
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This review is from: A Dance of Death (Shadowdance Trilogy, Book 3) (Kindle Edition)
A Dance of Death (Shadowdance Trilogy) it the final book in this medievil adventure series by author David Dalglish. This is a Kindle e-book that is a 1017 Kb download and is priced at $4.95.

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This tale is an account of the journey of Alyssa, Hearn and Zusa to the city of Angelport in the southeast corner of the territory of Neldar. Alyssa and company have been drawn to Angelport to help investigate the brutal death of some friends. However when they get to their destination, things are not as they might first seem with clues that lead to many new discoveries and unlikely relationships. Events seemingly spiral out of control as the book races towards the ending; an ending that brings this trilogy to a satisfying conclusion.

END SPOILERS

The Pros:
1.) simply put, a great story! Intrigue, suspense, betrayals interspersed with some great battles (both large and small).

2.) many interesting characters (both good and evil) that are developed sufficiently to allow the reader to have some feeling towards them.

3.) well written...David Dalglish's skill as a fantasy/adventure writer continues to improve with each new book. Each chapter was well thought out before pen was applied to paper. The occurrence of events was nicely paced so there was always something important to the story going on...not much down time. There were descriptions of surroundings, terrain etc. that allowed the reader to get a feel for the town of Angelport, but these were done in such a way as to not supersede the main tale.

4.) by and large believable within the context fantasy (see Cons: below)...a vital point in my personal enjoyment of the any genre, but particularly fantasy.

5.) absolutely stunning cover art...that is directly related to an area in the book. If this cover doesn't catch your eye nothing will.

6.) a beautifully drawn and detailed map of the territory of Neldar.
Who, I ask who, would ever have believed this was possible in a David Dalglish book. KCM take note...lol.

The Cons:
One only...on location 4416 (Kindle). How did they get there unnoticed? I'll say no more.

Impressions:
As fine a action/adventure book as I've read lately. I loved the medieval setting, the riveting action, the many varied characters and the unpredictability of the plot...lots of unexpected twists and turns, nearly all of which, as mentioned above, were within realm of plausibility for a fantasy tale.
Also I liked the tie-ins with the other books by David Dalglish, particularly the five book 'Half-Orc' series...makes for a nice connection between some of these characters and his other stories.

Conclusion:
A fine ending for this trilogy.
Well written with superb sense for pace and timing.
One of David Dalglish's best efforts to date.

As it is...5 Stars.

Ray Nicholson
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Initial post: Oct 27, 2011 2:27:48 PM PDT
Media Man says:
Hi Ray,
Brilliant review! Once again, a huge list of Pros that I like and a map to boot? Get out! What happened to the real David?? Perhaps KC kidnapped him! =) Well done on the review Ray and obviously to David on the book! Can't wait to buy the physical copy of the omnibus <wink wink>.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 4:22:15 PM PDT
K.C. May says:
LOL! I think he got tired of us clubbing him over the head. :)

Another great review, Ray!

KC

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 4:25:35 PM PDT
Pfft. Nah. It took a fan sending me a copy he'd made, and me begging for permission to add it to the next book. So yeah. Divine/fan intervention made it happen :-)

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 5:06:14 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2011 7:10:19 PM PDT
R. Nicholson says:
Hi Media.
Yes a great read from beginning to end.
The map...beautifully done...this was no 'sent-in-by-a-fan'. Someone knew what they were doing. I just added that extra special touch.
BTW, thanks for the glowing praise...blush, blush.
cheers
Ray

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 5:11:06 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2011 5:11:35 PM PDT
R. Nicholson says:
Hi KC.
Hope you didn't mind me using a reference to you in the review. Figured we all had a little fun with it...and look what it accomplished!!!
Thanks for the visit.
BTW although I know the 'Kinshield' is a done deal, anything else in the works for us fantasy fans.
Ray

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 5:19:16 PM PDT
R. Nicholson says:
David.
Now don't you feel better having gotten that albatross off from around your neck. No more snide remarks from friends, reviewers, maybe even family...the pressure must have been unbearable...lol
But in all sincerity, a great map to punctuate a really terrific book.
Ray

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 5:42:01 PM PDT
Thanks man. And the albatross isn't completely gone. Gotta get a map for the west for the next paladin book...*sigh*

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2011 8:47:04 PM PDT
K.C. May says:
Hi Ray,
No, I was flattered & very pleased you remembered me. :) My Kinshield series is done, but I'm working on a stand-alone book to tie up loose ends. I guess you *could* call it book 3, but I prefer not to. A SF novel is in line after that.
KC
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