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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
  • Dearing, GA, United States
  • 12-07-12

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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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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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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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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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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good series

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

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Tad Williams does not disappoint

I really enjoyed this series. It had everything required for good fantasy. Some of the reviewers didn't like the narrator, but I feel he was perfect for epic fantasy. It's sort of like having Dumbledore, Gandalf, or Captain Picard read to you.

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  • John
  • Stamford, TX, United States
  • 01-27-13

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?

NA

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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  • Amanda
  • Greeley Colorado
  • 01-07-12

Best of the series

If you could sum up Shadowheart in three words, what would they be?

My favorite one

What other book might you compare Shadowheart to and why?

This is a difficult comparison because there is so much but Wheel of time and Lord of the Rings meets Iron Fey maybe

Which scene was your favorite?

The death of the mad man

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

The twins coming together is one of many

Any additional comments?

This book was well worth the wait

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  • Ieva
  • 04-11-17

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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  • Helen
  • 11-19-15

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!