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Publisher's Summary

For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.

For centuries, the Eddon family has ruled in ancient, forbidding Southmarch Castle, guarding the border against the Qar's return, but now this powerful royal line has been dealt a devastating blow. The monarch, King Olin, is being held captive in a distant land, and it falls to his inexperienced heirs to lead their people in a time of growing danger and dread.

It is on the two youngest Eddons that the heaviest burdens fall. The twins Barrick and Briony, who in such evil times have only each other, may lose even that bond as darkness closes over them. As the Qar’s power reaches out across their land, will Southmarch Castle, the only home they’ve ever known, become in fact what it has long been called - Shadowmarch?

©2006 Tad Williams (P)2010 Brilliance Audio

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Didn't finish...

What disappointed you about Shadowmarch?

I stopped after 5-6 hrs following yet another mid-dialog explanation of the history of the thoughts of the speaker or surroundings, and yet another seemingly trivial detail explained in depth for 10 minutes apparently only for the sake of taking up space in the whole.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

This is not one of Dick Hill's best performances, but I like his work in general.

Any additional comments?

This series might get better but I couldn't finish the first one as an audiobook.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Keith
  • Arlington, TN, United States
  • 05-30-12

Not very Impressive

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I think the story never took hold for me.

What aspect of Dick Hill’s performance would you have changed?

Dick Hill did everything he could do but the story had to much going on.

Any additional comments?

In the beginning, the different places and events made me confused and I just never could recover. I made it to about half way before I finally stopped the book in frustration.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Candis
  • Simi Valley, CA, United States
  • 04-03-12

Meh... yawn

I love fantasy novels. I blew threw Robert Jordan's WoT series in 4 months beginning to end and about the same for George R R Martin's Game of Thrones series.

Maybe my standard is too high but Shadowmarch was just so difficult and frustratingly slow (imagine honey on ice). I listened to a few hours and wasn't less than enthralled and left me rankled that I used up a perfectly good credit.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Unremarkable!

I gave this book a try even though I read many reviews before I bought the whole series. The first book had no direction and I found it hard to follow the story. The last 2 - 3 hours showed some promise. In short I regret getting this series. I will be very careful in the future before getting an entire series at one time.

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  • aaron
  • Grampian, PA, United States
  • 01-30-12

Boring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Any additional comments?

If you like whiney characters and a story that just drags on and never gets started. This book is for you! Couldn't make it to the second part of the book. Every time it would seem to pick up it would change to the other characters and the boredom would start agian. Sorry but it was a waste of a credit. Not even going to keep it as a back up.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • anthony
  • millersville, MD, United States
  • 01-24-13

Horrible story

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Someone in prison or stranded on a desert island. You know. People with nothing to do and nothing else to read.

What was most disappointing about Tad Williams’s story?

The whole story

Would you be willing to try another one of Dick Hill’s performances?

I like dicks voice even know its not a theatrical reading

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Anger at wasting a credit. Disappointment at audible carrying tad Williams tripe.

Any additional comments?

I stopped subscribing because of this material

0 of 4 people found this review helpful