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Shadow Prowler | [Alexey Pehov]

Shadow Prowler

An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.
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An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them.

Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold, the legendary thief of Siala, on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world...and by the king's court jester (who may be more than he seems...or less).

©2010 Alexey Pehov (P)2010 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 05-10-12
    francisco Roswell, NM, United States 05-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "New twist on the old "quest" genre."

    Where to begin? First let me say that I was skeptical when I began this series. I have not been a huge fan of fantasy until lately when I began to like the “gritty” fantasy (Abercrombie or GRR Martin types of genre). I was not quite sure how I would like this series, but it has been amazing. Another concern I have had is that having seen and read Russian literature and performing arts before, I do not know what to expect from this novel. Anyone who has ever seen more than one Russian film may understand what I'm talking about. The storytelling in such films and books at times can be patchy, unclear, unorganized, and have weak conclusions. However this book did not have any traits and was executed flawlessly. Like other reviewers, this was an impulse buy, and I did get lucky. The past few books I have tried to listen to have been getting good reviews, but I just cannot get into them. This one however was well worth the risk and I would recommend it to anyone who needs to fill in some time while they wait for the next GRR Martin or Abercrombie book. Is this book as vast and gritty as those? Not really, but it is still entertaining and really isn’t that what it’s all about?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    ThoraLee A. Johnson Sioux Falls, SD United States 11-16-11
    ThoraLee A. Johnson Sioux Falls, SD United States 11-16-11 Member Since 2009
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    "One of the best books I've "read""
    If you could sum up Shadow Prowler in three words, what would they be?

    riveting spellbinding splendid


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Prowler?

    Shadow Harold's meeting with the king


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    His excellent (and consistent) voices for the characters, whether a human, gnome, elf or dwarf. His reading really brought the story to life and greatly added to my imagination of the characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ben A. Smalley tallahassee 07-21-12
    Ben A. Smalley tallahassee 07-21-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Excellent story, excellent narration."
    Would you listen to Shadow Prowler again? Why?

    Yes, this was one of those stories that you just cannot seem to walk away
    from... very enjoyable as was the narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say that Harold by far.


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

    No, but he did a great job and I would take a long look at a story that he narrates.


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

    J.R. Tolkien would have loved this book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy a great story thats easy to follow then this is for you

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jon ferguson, MO, USA 05-17-10
    Jon ferguson, MO, USA 05-17-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Impulse buy.. but i got lucky"

    I saw this book at a book store and kinda glanced over it. Then when browsing on here i saw it again and after reading another customers review i decided to give it a shot. It honestly had me hooked after the first 5 minutes. A great buy for anyone looking for a good epic fantasy novel.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Mo Brien Kettering, OH United States 03-16-10
    Mo Brien Kettering, OH United States 03-16-10 Member Since 2009

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    "A twist of difference"

    Sure you've read fantasy thief stories and quests before, but this time the tale's told with Shadow Harold's sour wit, Pehov's Russian love of poetic description, and MacLeod Andrews' outstanding narration. There's plenty of action, fun characters, funny moments, and clever surprises. But there's also some darned original high fantasy, with amazing moments of wonder and terror. Just when you think you know where the plot's going, you'll find you're wrong.

    So give this book a chance to win you over. Russian writing styles may not be what you're used to, but Andrews does a great job making it seem like perfectly normal speech. I really liked what he did with the various characters, too.

    This novel doesn't end on a cliffhanger, but on a good temporary stopping point in the quest, with progress made. I was eager to find out what happens next in Book 2.

    10 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 11-01-11
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 11-01-11 Member Since 2002

    E-Bike Enthusiast

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    "Great Original Story"
    What made the experience of listening to Shadow Prowler the most enjoyable?

    You never know exactly what is going to happen. Lot's of surprises. The characters are really engrossing. Not so much the developement of Haralds character but his interaction with the other charactersThere is a certain sarcasm and humor about how Harald sees the world. The book is kind of gritty, Harald is out for Harald and not to save the world and that's one of the facets of the book that I like.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Shadow Prowler?

    I really got a kick out of the Kings Jester.


    What does MacLeod Andrews bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    While I'm not into British Accents, his accent was not so extreme that it was hard to understand. He really acted out the parts well and his voices were very good.I would suggest that you listen to an Excerpt if you are adverse to UK English.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was really entertained. I couldn't wait to pick it back up again after dropping it. And certain parts were so amusing that I reversed and played them again.


    Any additional comments?

    While I never heard of this Author, and you probably haven't either, don't let that dissuade you from buying this book. It ranks among the best fantasy books I've read.. So If you are into stereotypical idealistic hero type, save the world, save the maiden, smite evil, novel stay away. Harald is a rogue trying to survive and get rich. In that order.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joshua Redmond, WA, USA 03-29-10
    Joshua Redmond, WA, USA 03-29-10
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    "This Thief will steal your time away"

    This was a book I grabbed on a whim and I'm sure glad I did. If you read the summary, you'll notice this book is written by a Russian author and this is actually a translation. Don't let that pit you off. The Authors Russian background actually makes things refreshingly new in such a crowded gengre. The story follows a thief named "Shadow Harold" and the adventures he endures while being forced/tricked to help the kingdom. The setting is dark in more ways than one but the descriptive enviroment comes to life. The Authors description of many things but especially his description of non human races remind me of reading the Slavic fairy tales of elves and trolls. I think this sets the book apart from regular fantasy and makes it altogether refreshing. One example is instead of the graceful etherial elves we so often read about, the ones in here are more like the descriptions we normaly here in reference to trolls. As regards Narration, superb reading and voice acting. It's hard to believe one reader can do so many voices. If you are looking for a different and dare I say refreshingly so, type of fantasy. I highly recommend this book.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-06-12
    Joe SEATTLE, WA, United States 07-06-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Lost in Translation"
    Would you try another book from Alexey Pehov and/or MacLeod Andrews?

    I really enjoyed both the story and the narration of this book but, as my title suggestions, there is something lost in the translation. Some of the metaphors and dialogue come off a little rough sounding. Not rough as in tough but rough as in unpolished..

    However, I do plan on finishing the series, so I guess it can't be that bad.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 02-09-14
    Heather COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO, United States 02-09-14 Member Since 2010
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    "predictable but it has its moments"

    not as family friendly and clever as the belgariad but not as dark and bleak as game of thrones, this novel started off predictable and strictly adhering to the high fantasy formula. the later books have a bit more inventiveness to them and the goblin was awesome but this first one was very easy to predict and was somewhat boring. still, it was interesting enough that i went ahead with the rest of the series despite my misgivings.
    the series is a mostly enjoyable way to waste some time.
    sadly, i never developed any deep attachments to any of the characters, including Herold, so i was never able to really immerse myself in the story.
    the narrator got off to a rough start but he was great overall.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-27-12
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "I don't think it translates well"

    Russian lit can be a bit different. I don't think this was translated well. There is a lot that goes on in the story, but it's a lot about nothing. The narrator has great voices for characters, but the main character's voice is dull and not read with any feeling. I managed to finish it, but overall was dissapointed.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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