Shadowdance

13 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 1,524 ratings

A Dance of Cloaks 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
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  • Book 1

    • A Dance of Cloaks

    • Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 15 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 478
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 437
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 437

    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.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Tough slurring narration

    • By Y Stroud on 02-18-17

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Dance of Cloaks

    • Book 1 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 30

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Who told Mr Alexander he could/should do accents

    • By JO-ANNE C MARTIN on 01-30-14

    Regular price: $18.54

  • Book 2

    • A Dance of Blades

    • Shadowdance, Book 2
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 299
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 273
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 275

    The war between the thief guilds and the powerful allegiance known as the Trifect has slowly dwindled. Now only the mysterious Haern is left to wage his private battle against the guilds in the guise of the Watcher - a vicious killer who knows no limits. But when the son of Alyssa Gemcroft, one of the three leaders of the Trifect, is believed murdered, the slaughter begins anew. Mercenaries flood the streets with one goal in mind: Find and kill the Watcher.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great story continues! Excellent narration again

    • By beachgirl on 12-27-13

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Dance of Blades

    • Book 2 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 20

    It's been five long years since the city learned to fear...The war between the thief guilds and the powerful allegiance known as the Trifect has slowly dwindled. Now only the mysterious Haern is left to wage his private battle against the guilds in the guise of the Watcher - a vicious killer who knows no limits. But when the son of Alyssa Gemcroft, one of the three leaders of the Trifect, is believed murdered, the slaughter begins anew. Mercenaries flood the streets with one goal in mind: find and kill the Watcher.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 3

    • A Dance of Mirrors

    • Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 230
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 203
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 207

    One has conquered a city. The other covets an entire nation. Haern is the King's Watcher, protector against thieves and nobles who would fill the night with blood. Yet hundreds of miles away, an assassin known as the Wraith has begun slaughtering those in power, leaving the symbol of the Watcher in mockery. When Haern travels south to confront this copycat, he finds a city ruled by the corrupt, the greedy and the dangerous. Rioters fill the streets, and the threat of war hangs over everything.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing story and awkward narration

    • By Jason Suh on 03-28-14

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Dance of Mirrors

    • Book 3 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 11 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 13

    One has conquered a city. The other covets an entire nation. Haern is the King's Watcher, protector against thieves and nobles who would fill the night with blood. Yet hundreds of miles away, an assassin known as the Wraith has begun slaughtering those in power, leaving the symbol of the Watcher in mockery. When Haern travels south to confront this copycat, he finds a city ruled by the corrupt, the greedy and the dangerous. Rioters fill the streets and the threat of war hangs over everything.

    Regular price: $18.11

  • Book 4

    • A Dance of Shadows

    • Shadowdance, Book 4
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 165
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 150
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 147

    When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined to stamp out all corruption, foreign gangs pour in amidst the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld. And when a mysterious killer known as the Widow begins mutilating thieves, paranoia engulfs the city. Haern knows someone is behind the turmoil, pulling strings. If he doesn't find out who - and soon - his beloved city will burn.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • horrid accents

    • By sedroray on 01-18-15

    Regular price: $22.80

    • A Dance of Shadows

    • Book 4 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 42 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    Haern is the King's Watcher, born an assassin only to become the city of Veldaren's protector against the thief guilds. When Lord Victor Kane attacks the city, determined to stamp out all corruption, foreign gangs pour in amidst the chaos in an attempt to overthrow the current lords of the underworld. And when a mysterious killer known as the Widow begins mutilating thieves, paranoia engulfs the city. Haern knows someone is behind the turmoil, pulling strings.

    Regular price: $20.24

  • Book 5

    • A Dance of Ghosts

    • Book 5 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 7

    In a city known for darkness, the underworld trembles at the rise of the Sun... He is known as the Muzien the Darkhand, and a night of fire and blood heralds his arrival to the beleaguered city of Veldaren. With him comes the might of the Sun Guild, its thieves and smugglers eager to spread their criminal empire to the east. Left blind and vulnerable after her attack by the Widow, Alyssa Gemcroft struggles to hold together the remnants of the Trifect as the Sun Guild's arrival threatens to shatter whatever future her son might have left.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • A Dance of Ghosts

    • Shadowdance, Book 5
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 135
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 127

    In Book 5 of the Shadowdance series... a night of fire and blood heralds Muzien the Darkhand's arrival to Veldaren. With him comes the might of the Sun Guild, eager to spread their criminal empire. Left blind after being attacked by the Widow, Alyssa Gemcroft struggles to hold together the remnants of the Trifect as the Sun Guild's arrival threatens to shatter whatever future her son might have left.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing

    • By Chris on 05-26-15

    Regular price: $22.80

  • Book 6

    • A Dance of Chaos

    • Book 6 of Shadowdance
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 13 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Fear comes in the hands of prophets....Upon returning to his beloved city of Veldaren, Haern the Watcher finds nothing but chaos. The Sun Guild has conquered all but a few stubborn remnants of the former thief guilds, destroying the peace Haern fought so hard to obtain. The Trifect is their next target, and Alyssa Gemcroft must reach out in desperation to whatever allies she can obtain, even if it means casting aside longtime friends.

    Regular price: $20.24

    • A Dance of Chaos

    • Shadowdance, Book 6
    • By: David Dalglish
    • Narrated by: Elijah Alexander
    • Length: 14 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 115

    The final installment of the Shadowdance series finds Haern the Watcher returning to his beloved city of Veldaren, only to find it has collapsed into chaos. The Sun Guild has conquered the former thief guilds, destroying the peace Haern fought so hard to obtain. The Trifect is their next target, and Alyssa Gemcroft must reach out to whatever allies she can obtain, even if it means casting aside longtime friends.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Amazing ending to a great trilogy

    • By Trey on 06-30-17

    Regular price: $22.80