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Shadowmarch, Volume 4 of the Shadowheart books

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A Story We've Heard Before, But A Well Told One

  • Apr 11, 2011
(Brilliance Audiobook review)

Listening to Dick Hill narrate the Shadowheart, the fourth installment of Tad Williams Shadowmarch saga, was a rewarding experience. I did not read/listen to the first three books and at times I was in the dark about certain events and characters. This was a small detraction though from what was overall a very entertaining epic high-fantasy story. There was an introductory portion in the beginning that brings the reader up to date on many of the events and characters. This is a huge book that fills 27 discs and though I enjoyed it, I'm not sure I have the stamina to go back and read the preceding volumes.

The story is your standard high fantasy fare filled with magic, monsters, faery folk, powerful maniacal villains, sinister gods, great journeys, epic warfare and conflicted heroes. While slow to start, the entire middle of this story deals with the climatic battle and surrounding events. The scope of the tale is vast and it is not always easy to keep track of who is doing what in the sudden transitions. Perhaps it is easier with visual section breaks in the written book. There is almost too much going on with too many characters and not all of it makes logical sense, but Tad's storytelling and Mr. Hill's captivating reading draws the listener in.

I am a fan of Williams work including Tailchaser's Song, Caliban's Hour and the Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn books. While good, I don't think he breaks any new ground with Shadowheart. It did inspire me to purchase his self-contained single volume story The War Of The Flowers, so obviously he left me wanting more. Just not more of this story. I'm sure reading the preceding volumes would have added to my understanding of events and the characters, but as much as I enjoyed the ride, but I don't want to get back on.

~ Kort
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