Kylar has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria’s throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions, and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice. He could give up the way of shadows forever, and find peace with his young family. Or Kylar could succumb to his flair for destruction, the years of training, to save his friend and his country - and lose all he holds precious.
©2008 Brent Weeks (P)2011 Hachette Digital
‘I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work.’ (Terry Brooks)
I enjoy reading fantasy, crime and mystery thrillers, as well as historical novels.
Shadow's Edge is the brilliant sequel to The Way of Shadows. The Khalidorans have conquered, but a group of Cenarian rebels, led by Logan Gyre fight back against the Godking's armies. Khylar Stern and Vi team up, to attempt the impossible, assassinate the Godking Garoth Urssuul. This audiobook is once again brilliantly narrated by Paul Boehmer.
I devoured the paperback version of part one to this trilogy and found this audio version of part two a huge disappointment. The narration was very poor and the storyline disjointed and increasingly ridiculous.
"3.5 Stars - destroying your own work by B.Weeks"
The story is set in a fantastical land with several types of magic, a whole host of politics and an arch-typical anti-hero supported by several groups of friends. Some known and others not so much.
The plot is winding, exciting and intricate if not a touch random at times. All in all solid.
The problem then, the thing which very nearly destroys this book. I mean that too, it almost ruins the very atmosphere Weeks has taken so long to build and worked so hard to make interesting is the dialogue.
It. Is. Awful.
Modern day america, in a fantasy setting. Malcolm in the middle meets lord of the rings. Poor, a poor poor show from a man with obvious talent and it grated one me start to finish. I nearly returned the book within the first 10 minutes of buying it because it was that bad.
It grew on me, or rather the story was good, and it partly made up for the poor character dialogue.
Paul Boehmer doing a superb job as usual. After listening to Robin Hobbs, Farseer trilogy which he narrated, I decided to give this a go. He does a good job of portraying the character differently and in an interesting fashion. there is a few points where he confuses the voices of the characters however but this is not a major issue as it is clear who is saying what or at least meant to be saying.
All in all, if you have read The kingkiller chronicle, The farseer trilogy and are now looking for something else, this falls in a fairly secure third or fourth place. If you haven't read those.... do so now then come back to this.
This is a fantastic sequel, to a lovely book. After the first book you may worry that not much space was left for character development but Brent Weeks masterfully slips round the obvious problems. Resulting in a book of depth, complexity and intrigue without sacrificing action, pace or believability.
Put simply, if you enjoyed the previous book this is more of the same.
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