Shadowfall: Book One of the Godslayer Chronicles
(Roc, 2005. U.S. $24.95 / Canada $36.00 hardcover. ISBN: 0-451-45994-6.
Orbit, £10.99, 470 pages, trade paperback, published May 2005.
Orbit, £7.99, 674 pages, paperback, this edition published May
What do you do when you've just witnessed the murder of a goddess?
Tylar de Noche pleads innocence, but finds himself accused of killing
Meeryn. No one believes the word of a man who once served as a Shadowknight
but was stripped of his station for long-ago crimes. Now he carries
within him the magical Grace given to him by the dying goddess -- and
the responsibility to find out who really murdered Meeryn.
James Clemens has created a fascinating world rich in magic. The Hundred
Gods are a strange blend of mortal and divine, whose
bodily "humours" -- such as blood and tears -- can bless objects or
people with magical qualities. But the gods are bound to a particular
territory, and each sundered from their higher and lower selves, grim
reminders of an ancient war fought with a weapon that once destroyed
a world. The unique setting and detailed characters give this story
a tension and flavor all its own.
Shadowfall is a memorable work of dark fantasy. Fans of adventure
and court intrigue will particularly enjoy it. Highly recommended.
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