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A Dance of Cloaks: Shadowdance | [David Dalglish]

A Dance of Cloaks: Shadowdance

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets. Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.
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Publisher's Summary

The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins... they fear only one man.

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets.

Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.

Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.

©2013 David Dalglish (P)2013 Hachette Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] winning combination of A Game of Thrones, sword-and-sorcery RPGs, and vivid description...Dalglish puts familiar pieces together with a freshness and pleasure that are contagious." (Publishers Weekly)

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    JPaladin 01-04-14
    JPaladin 01-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "OK, but I'd like to take a crack at re-writing it"

    This is a pretty enjoyable book, following a pretty tried and true (if not a bit tired) formula for fantasy novels.

    It falls into my "past the time" on the long drive category. It is written for adults and is done well. Didn't really come up with anything original (and missed a few opportunities for an interesting twist on the coming of age story of a young criminal with a heart of gold).

    I haven't gone on to the sequel yet. But I'll consider it if I can't find another more interesting option.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 11-14-14
    Thomas Auberry, CA, United States 11-14-14 Member Since 2008

    My pic says it all. That's my dog and he is really barking for me to throw another snowball. Scary looks but really just a playful guy by nature. Been reading sf/fantasy like a power nerd my whole life which is almost 50 years now. I like all sorts of stuff just make the story believable...

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    "Life is cheap."

    Wow, a lot of people die in this book. Every character is pretty much a killer who kill indiscriminately and without remorse. The lead villain kills so many of his own men and family you wonder how anybody could follow him. His son constantly makes stupid mistakes which leads to dear old dad killing his friends one after another. Etc, etc etc.

    The story is also just ok. Not great but not awful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-23-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Not what I was hoping for"

    This book is about fighting between thieve guilds and the grooming of a teenage heir of a guild who is to eventually assume his fathers place. Magic is mentioned just a few times in passing. It's nothing that is developed, or anything that happens with any frequency. I had high hopes for a new sword and sorcery epic fantasy, but was truly disappointed. I made it through the entire book only because of the excellent naration. I'd give the narrator 9 stars out of 10 if that was possible.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Corvallis, OR, United States 01-17-14
    Adam Corvallis, OR, United States 01-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Did anyone listen to this guy read first?"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A different reader, I think. Couldn't get into the story because he was so horrible


    What was most disappointing about David Dalglish’s story?

    Not sure. Couldn't get into the story.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elijah Alexander?

    ANYONE. Anyone but him. His accents are terrible, he sounds like he's reading to middle schoolers, he has inflections at all the wrong places.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    I'm sure the story is good.


    Any additional comments?

    These companies need to listen to their narrators first.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 11-03-13
    Scott Le Grand, CA, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Very Good Story, Not So Great Narration"

    A Dance Of Cloaks was another Audiobook where the narrator almost ruined the book. But before I get to that, I want to say that I thought the actual story itself was good enough to keep me going. Dance Of Cloaks begins with the story of Aarron, the son of the leader of a cities thief guilds. The father Thren is a bastard of a character, and runs the city with viciousness. Throughout the book he is not a very likable person. Despite this the book is enjoyable due to a cast of other characters, both good guys and bad, who bring the book to life. The first is Aaron who is torn between his devotion to his father, and his distaste for the things he does. I also liked Sinke, one of Thren's henchmen with a good sense of humor, Kayla the pretty street wise girl who Aarron has a crush on, and Alyssa the daughter of a wealthy merchant and rival to Thren. I also really enjoyed the nuns called the Unseen who were more like ninjas than nuns.The story it's self is interesting and well paced. There is not a lot of world building in this story as it mostly takes place in one city, but it is the first in a series, and will likely expand. Had it not been for the aforementioned narration, this book would have gotten a solid 5 stars from me.

    Unfortunately, I really did not care for Elijah Alexander's reading of this book. His main narration is not horrible, or the worse I've heard, but right from the get go I felt he was talking way to fast as if I was listening to a commercial where the announcer was trying to get in 5 minutes of information into a 30 second spot. I had to rewind a few times to get things he had said. That wasn't what bothered me so much though. It was his voices for the characters that were horrible. All of the characters had quiet feminine voices, and for a story that takes place in one city, each had a different accent. Characters had accents reminiscent of British, Irish, Indian, and everything in between. The character Sinke sounded like one of the German guards from Hogan's Heroes. And then when you thought you heard it all, a priest shows up about three quarters through the book who sounds like a hillbilly redneck. I did manage to eventually get used to the voices and Mr. Alexander's speed about halfway through the book.

    Overall, this is a very good beginning to a new fantasy series. It would be a shame to miss it due to the narrator, so if you cannot get past the voices, I would suggest you buy the book and read it instead. Or, you can do like I did, and push through and enjoy the audiobook despite it's faults.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Marlene 11-19-13
    Marlene 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, Bad narrator"

    I really liked the story, if I hadn't I would have stopped to listen after 30 minutes because the narrator was terrible. With another narrator I might even have given the book 5 stars. The story is in the Morgan and Abercrombie tradition, ruthless fantasy.

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    tim lowell, IN, United States 12-13-13
    tim lowell, IN, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator hurt this novel"

    Very good story line but the narrator seemed to be trying with all his might to get the voices right throughout the book. He tried so hard that EVERY different voice over was extra slow and drawn out. It doesn't ruin the audio book, but it causes you to start yelling at the characters to start talking faster.

    It was a hard listen bases on the slowness of speech.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    beachgirl 11-20-13
    beachgirl 11-20-13
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    "Great cast of characters, Dynamic narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Would definitely recommend! ... This is one of the best fantasy audio books i've listened to. The story is engaging, and in the style of Game of Thrones, with gritty and sometimes brutal plot twists. And I loved the narrator's performance! This story has a huge cast of characters, some with big personalities. I felt the narrator brought the book to life -- the range of accents he used added a dynamic element that kept me engaged --- also helped me tell the characters apart during fast moving dialog, and quick switches between the 4-5 different story lines. Loved it! About to start the next in the series ...


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    Ann 05-19-15
    Ann 05-19-15
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    "Good, brutal fantasy, but the reader? Ack!"

    A busy coming of age fantasy. Some characters well developed, others unfortunately two - dimensional. (one is greedy, one naive, one brutal, one stupid etc) that would have been fine if the narrator had been better with secondary characters. Weird, fake accents, high pitched voices, set my teeth on edge. I understand he was trying to differentiate this assorted bunch, but it grated more often then not. Will not be listening to the next, though I might read it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 05-06-15
    Justin 05-06-15 Member Since 2015
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    "amazing"

    Now this is a great book, I truly enjoyed it. David makes you feel what he is writing and the narrator does a great job.

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