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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of years ago, the gods fought and fell in the deeps beneath what is now Southmarch Castle, then were banished into eternal sleep. Now at least one of them is stirring again, dreaming of vengeance against humankind.

Southmarch haunts the dreams of men as well as gods. Royal twins Barrick and Briony Eddon, the heirs of Southmarch’s ruling family, are hurrying back home as well: Barrick now carries the heritage of the immortal Qar inside him, and Briony has a small army at her back and a fiery determination to recover her father’s throne and revenge herself on the usurpers.

The cruel and powerful southern ruler known as the Autarch of Xis wants the power of the gods for his own - a power he can only gain if he conquers Southmarch.

And nobody knows what the Qar want, only that the mysterious fairy-folk are prepared to die for it - or to kill every living thing in Southmarch Castle and in all the lands around.

It will come to an apocalyptic conclusion on Midsummer Night, when the spirits of the haunted past and the desperate struggles of the present come together in one great final battle. Many will die. Many more will be transformed out of all recognition, and the world will be forever changed.

Listen to more in the Shadowmarch series.
©2010 Tad Williams (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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  • Laura
  • 07-12-2012

Just Ok

I have read several of Tad Williams books and have enjoyed them. I listened to this whole series and it was just Ok. It starts out very slow, and plugs along. If you buy the first book, listen to it before you buy any of the others. I got this whole series before I listened to it,because I had enjoyed the authors prior works. I will not do that again. I would not have bought this book if I had listened to the first book before buying.

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  • Annie Quon
  • 15-01-2021

Thanks

Thanks to you as always tad helps me cope when the family listens to cnn

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  • daneillia
  • 28-11-2020

An apprehensive ending to an incredible story.

The whole book started and finished in a cloud of incomparable mysteries. I think it was worth it. However , It didn't end how I wanted it to. I was still left with unanswered questions. I was confused for three quarters of this book, because it's such a good book. Thank you, Tad Williams for that.

Books imitate life and life never ends or continues how you expected it to. In saying that, I was a bit sadden by the ending of the twins. The fairies life after this, Flint. would she wake up. would they live happily ever after.

Simultaneously, I'm not angry with the ending. This is how stories should end. leaving you wanting more and also giving the reader endless possibilities and ideas
that will live on.

Dick Hill I see you. This was the first series I've listened to that he narrated . I will continue to listen to him, he brought the story out and I wasn't mad. I was not mad with listening to him .

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  • Billie Paskin
  • 16-08-2018

Story comes together

I have listened to the four books, I stayed interested and was pleased with the story line.

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  • cloudasylum
  • 09-05-2017

great ending

I saw lots of people complaining about the narrator for a few books now, and it almost put me off. I'm glad I didn't listen. I thought he did a perfect job at conveying the emotions of the characters.

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  • Daniel
  • 06-09-2016

A great ending to a well told story.

This was a great series although it started a little slow it was well worth it to continue on. Each book just got better and better until the end.

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  • John
  • 27-01-2013

Great Book

Where does Shadowheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Top 10, Book moves along the quickest of the series, ties every thing together

What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadowheart?

The fight for the tunnels

Have you listened to any of Dick Hill’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

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If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

300 meets Braveheart meets Assault on Precinct 13 with Dwarfs, Ferries and the Mysteries

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  • Jeff
  • 18-04-2017

Best book of the series.

Hi Siri is good but this is definitely the best. Better written, better plot, not so much use of silly similes. Makes the entire series worthwhile. Definitely worth the time!

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  • Brandon
  • 06-04-2016

Amazing set of books.

The first 200 pages of book 1 were slow, but once you get through them the story and character development are great.

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  • JEAN M. Halsey
  • 04-04-2016

good series

loved it , I hope he one day writes the next generation of this story

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  • jackie Hammond
  • 08-05-2018

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I have enjoyed other Tad Williams books therefore gave these ago. The start I found a little confusing however characters and story smoothed out nicely and I enjoyed the series and worth a listen. The narrator done a fair job but at times made Briony sound weak and whiny. Four stars as Tad’s other book were superior.

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  • Ieva
  • 11-04-2017

Lovely ending of a great tale

I loved all the books. This is the second complete series from Williams I listened to and both are unique, filled with stories and history and rich in their own universe. Loved it through and through.

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  • Gary F O’Brien
  • 02-09-2021

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Breeches (trousers) is pronounced ‘britches’ ! Had to laugh when Dick read a line about taking a breath !!

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  • Colm
  • 01-10-2019

a bit too long overall

a bit too long overall but well worth the few credits. good job narrator 👍

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  • J Smith
  • 25-01-2019

Got there in the end

Ok, so 120 hours later and it finally done.
It was a tough start and a struggle in the middle, but it all came together in the end and made for a good listen all told.
I nearly gave up as I really didn’t like the narration at the beginning, but he grew on me and I upped the speed to x1.5 which I felt helped a lot.
I think the books are probably very well written, but there’s just so much detail told about everything that it becomes a long haul to get to anywhere where something actually happens and I wonder if this kind of detail is best left to read books rather than audio... anyway, I’m glad I stuck it out!

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  • Helen
  • 19-11-2015

So sad it's over

The whole shadow march series has taken up the last months of listening. I can imagine the book itself is as unputdownable as can be! Really good story, performance. Just brilliant so sad it's finished!

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