Shadowfall

Posted 2005-09-15 @ 00:32:56 In articles > reviews

From the writer of the magnificent witích quintet comes the equally gripping new series Shadowfall. Tylar de Noche was a shadow knight before his disgrace, and now he haunts disreputable places as a mere crippled shadow of his former self.

In a world where Gods live among men spilling their graces out into the world, the killing of such a God is no light matter. When he is accused of killing a deity escape is the only course, and soon he learns that the world is not quite the place he thought it was. Carrying a daemon within his newly reformed body, Tylar faces rogue gods and lost lovers in a quest to clear his name.

Clemens has the most amazing ability to sustain pace and keep a reader guessing. Something I picked up in the witch quintet is his tendency to make you feel for a character and then -in the matter of a page- he’ll kill them. Not the ’it’s okay they’ll come back at the end of the series’ type killing either.

Clemens’ villains and nasties are always freakin phenomenal, and Shadowfall is no exception. He is by far the most effective writer I’ve ever read when it comes to action, it’ll jump out at when least expected. In most fantasy books I tend to hit lulls in the plot where I’ll practically fall asleep before anything happens. With Clemens a lull serves the express purpose of immediately escalating towards the next climax and as a reader you can feel the ascent begin immediately.

I forced myself to put the book down before reaching the last chapter, for two specific reasons. Firstly the second book hasn’t been published yet and consequently I know the last chapter will be a cliff-hanger leaving me frustrated at not being able to read on.

Shadowfall gets 8/10 for incredible pace.


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