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Shadowplay

By: Terry Mancour,Emily Burch Harris
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
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From the world of Spellmonger...blessed darkness conceal her!

Born into a mysterious family, Gatina always knew there was something special about those around her. But when the duke and duchess of Alshar - close friends of her family - are brutally assassinated, her idyllic countryside life is upended by secrets emerging from the shadows.

The family she knew proved to be more than mere Alshari Coastlords and occasional magi, as she once believed. For centuries, her ancient and distinguished House has been secretly both Shadowmagi and highly skilled thieves. With a devious count seeking to capitalize on the assassination, the future stability and peace of Alshar hinges on Gatina learning both arts.

Slavery and piracy loom malevolently in the distance as the Count allies himself with a merciless criminal organization to seize power.

Gatina’s House has vowed to stand against the rising tide of wickedness - no matter how hopeless the task may seem. Working in secret beneath the tutelage of an enigmatic and mysterious master, Gatina finds herself disguised as a street orphan. She runs the filthy gutters of Falas as she puts her training into practice amid the dismal reality of its most destitute neighborhoods.

Brutal thugs, violent riots, cunning soldiers, and the constant threat of discovery by the Count and his allies, all put Gatina’s life at risk as she struggles in secret against the rising tyrant. 

For as the blessed darkness conceals her movements by night, she and the Brotherhood engage in a clandestine struggle, something much more deadly than mere...shadowplay.

©2021 Terry Mancour (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Good story but I just wish for one small thing

It would be terrific if during the recording and production of these audiobooks that the authors would be able to train the voice artist in the pronunciation of names and places. Every time that the artist mentioned the town fallis or the god Trig or even the word magogracy it pulled me put of the story as the pronunciation was completely different to how the voice artist in the spellmonger series would say them. It wouldn’t matter whose pronunciation was used just as long as it was uniform. It’s like calling someone named Todd Ted… Similar but could be someone completely different. Other than that I enjoyed the story and the artists expression was still good so not meaning to completely rag on her.

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the new pronunciation is a bit jarring

the new pronunciation is a bit jarring, but other than that i love how this flushes out the world

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Narration

Actually liked the narrator but the pronunciation of a few choice words were incredibly jarring.

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Bitterly Disappointed

Apart from poor narration that showed a lack of basic research with regard to the main story, it was a struggle to finish. A ruination of what could have been a truly successful side character

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Another great story!

I love the story and character development that the Kitten of Night has gone through. Side stories like these really allow you to feel like this world is real. Very fleshed out with sub plots and many moving wheels.

The only annoying thing was hearing names and places pronounced differently.

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Definitely for younger readers

Story and writing as brilliant as ever, and I read/listened really only to round out the Sevendor series - but having said that, much too young for me. Still worth a listen though - I did find the high pitched "little girl" voice a bit grating at times, the posh accent a little overdone and the reading a bit stilted at times .. but overall .. not too bad.

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Interesting side story

Took a little adjusting to after the Spellmonger but quite enjoyable. I only wish it went further along the timeline to where it intersects the main story. Assuming there’s another book coming.

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pretty good

only issues i had were the pronunciation of some of the names and places that were sometimes a bit off, story felt a little like a YA novel. Other than that it was pretty good.

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Great addition, Pronunciations needed work.

Being a big fan of the Spellmonger series, the story was a great addition to the world of Callidore. However it would have been much more pleasurable if the Narrator of this book did a little research on the pronunciations from the main story to keep everything the same.

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A great addition to the Spellmonger universe

A good elaboration on a Spellmonger side-character that’s had little said about her so far.

Just like everything Terry Mancour writes, this book left me wanting more. I also enjoyed this book more than the first of the other spin-off series (Spellmonger Cadet). Perhaps Emily Burch-Harris' hand is to credit?

Fiona Hardingham was the perfect voice for a book about a resourceful young lady. Many other reviews have pointed out her alternative pronunciations of certain words. I had no problem with them and find such criticisms an absurdity.

I don’t get irate when people say ‘to-may-to’ instead of ‘to-mah-to’, so I don’t see why anyone else should get irate when one person pronounces a made-up fantasy word differently to the way another pronounces that same made-up fantasy word. English does not, after all, have standardised pronunciation.

Looking forward to the next instalment.

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