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A Dance of Shadows: Book 4 of Shadowdance Kindle Edition
'Prove that you can stand against the darkness and live'
Haern is the King's Watcher, born an assassin only to become the city of Veldaren's protector against the thief guilds.
When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined stamp out all corruption, foreign gangs pour in amidst the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld.
And when a mysterious killer known as the Widow begins mutilating thieves, paranoia engulfs the city. Haern knows someone is behind the turmoil, pulling strings. If he doesn't find out who - and soon - his beloved city will burn.
Light or darkness: where will the line be drawn?
Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power in this fourth novel of the Shadowdance series, previously released as Blood of the Underworld.
Dalglish is well on his way to join the ranks of Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks as influential authors in a new generation of fantasy ― FANTASY FACTION
Dalglish concocts a heady cocktail of energy, breakneck pace and excitement that a reader could get drunk on -- Sam Sykes, author of TOMB OF THE UNDERGATES
A gritty book with intriguing characters and has a plot which will keep you hooked till the end ― FANTASY BOOK CRITIC
A winning combination of A Game of Thrones, sword-and-sorcery RPGs, and vivid description . . . The point of view shifts continually, encompassing bit players and major characters from every angle of the struggle, and Dalglish handles his cast of thousands with aplomb . . . this is a fun read. Dalglish puts familiar pieces together with a freshness and pleasure that are contagious ― PUBLISHERS WEEKLY --This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B00GFHFU8Y
- Publisher : Orbit (20 May 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 756 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 481 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 220,254 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This, as usual, does feature some strong language and violence so is only suitable for grown up readers.
It runs for 437 pages. Has a prologue. Thirty seven chapters. Then an epilogue.
There is a map of the land in which the story is set at the start.
This starts a little while after the end of book three, and in this one Haern now finds some new threats to his city. A lord, long absent from the city, returns home, with an army of mercenaries, determined to stamp out the guilds once and for all. The latter won't go down without a fight though.
Haern's father has his own plans. And an old acquaintance to deal with.
There's a surprise reunion or two for Zusa and Alyssa.
And a new killer in the city known only as the widow.
The streets are about to erupt once again. Can the city be saved once more?
Four books in, but this does manage to keep up a very good standard, and for the most part it's a real page turner. Very readable prose and good action scenes make it fly by very nicely keeping you gripped. It is impressive how many narrative strands it deals with, giving all the characters a good bit of attention, and how much emotional intensity it manages as well when things get hard for them.
It does stand on it's very well, and also manage to be part of something bigger, as becomes clear later on. It just falters ever so slightly in the final quarter when it adds perhaps one thing too many to the juggling, and thus the focus goes slightly.
But nevertheless, this is still another enjoyable read in a very good series, and I look forward to book five.
I would recommend this book to anybody who likes to see the characters grow and adapt to change, and to anyone who likes fantasy novels.