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A Dance of Shadows: 4 Paperback – 20 May 2014
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"Fast, furious, and fabulous."--Michael Sullivan, author of Theft of Swords on A Dance of Cloaks
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- Publisher : Orbit (20 May 2014)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0316242446
- ISBN-13 : 978-0316242448
- Dimensions : 13.97 x 3.68 x 20.96 cm
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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.