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Where the Shadows Lie (Fire and Ice #1)

3.66 of 5 stars 3.66  ·  rating details  ·  965 ratings  ·  155 reviews
An ancient saga. A modern legend. A secret worth killing for.

Amid Iceland’s wild, volcanic landscape, rumors swirl of an ancient manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power. A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumors can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one. Something worth killing for.
Hardcover, 344 pages
Published August 2nd 2011 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Lord of the Rings fans, read this book! I just finished this adult mystery, set in Iceland, and I really enjoyed all the information about the Icelandic sagas and folklore, as well as the descriptions of life in Iceland. It's amazing to think of such a small country where everyone really sort-of knows everyone else! Yes, I realize this is a work of fiction, but I still felt like I got a sense of life in Iceland. I'm not going to say a whole lot about the plot, except it involves a Boston PD, Mag ...more
I just thought this book was great. I loved almost everything about it. (I think the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars was because I wasn't thrilled that the murderer was revealed to the reader before the detective.)

Though a lot of the elements seem silly when described, they work perfectly in the book. For instance: A Boston PD detective on loan to the Icelandic police. Does it seem like a silly foreign exchange? No. Since Magnus is Icelandic-American and needs a place to hide while he waits
Brian Blocker
Michael Ridpath’s latest offering, “Where the Shadows Lie” is a tight mix of crime and lore that takes the reader on a journey from crime-ridden streets to the slopes of a mysterious volcano. Fast-paced and well written,Ridpath keeps your attention while exploring 10th century sagas, corrupt
policemen, contract killers, fanboys,family secrets, and a magical ring.“Where the Shadows Lie”
follows Magnus Jonson, an Icelandic born Boston detective that must flee to his native country to escape the h
Where the shadows lie is actually a really good book. It is interesting and keeps you on your toes for most of the book.
The main character is likable; he has enough common sense to relate to but at the same time he is kind of arrogant which leaves room for error on his part, as well as a personality clash with his new co-workers.
I probably found the Icelandic lore that has been spun into the modern plot the most exciting; not that I have ever been to Iceland but they share a lot of mythology w
WOW. I haven't screamed through a book like this in awhile. It was so good that I was able to finish it, cover to cover, in one day.

This book has it all -- a conflicted main character, a scintillating whodunnit, an ancient saga whose influence (and torture) is felt by a family for generations, a bleak and ethereal setting, and even some elves and trolls thrown in for good measure.

But don't worry...this book is 100% mystery/thriller. The elves and trolls are simply an explanation to try and exp
This book takes place in Iceland and this was a very enjoyable read especially since I just went there with my wife.

The book is a very quick read and has several twists that keep you guessing almost up to the very end. If you are a fan of the Lord of the Rings or the Icelandic sagas you will enjoy this book more than most. I will not spoil things beyond those mentions.

If you have gone to Iceland, the places in this book will be very familiar and will bring back a lot of great memories, if you ha
Hay que reconocer que la portada llama la atención, si bien ni portada ni titulo se parecen ni en el blanco del ojo, a los originales. Y es que tras este titulo, tremendamente explicativo, nos encontramos con una un thriller policial situado en Islandia y que tiene que ver con un anillo milenario y de maldad latente, que un tal Isildur que lo llevó a Islandia y que renuncio a deshacerse de él en un volcán cercano a su granja y trata de una saga nórdica oculta hasta ahora que cuenta dicha histori ...more
Kenneth Fredette
Totally was positive about this book. I really like the way Michael handled the ring, It ended like the way you would like, being romantic. Next book please.
I have just finished this and really enjoyed it. This was an easy read and a book that kept me wanting to know more.

Magnus is an Icelandic born Boston cop. He has has a couple of attempts on his life as he has 'shopped' a dirty cop and the a drug want him gone.

He is sent to Iceland to get him out of the way in a witness protection program. He is not that thrilled to be going back to Iceland as his last welcome from his remaining relatives is far from friendly.

On the day he arrives there has been
Ellen Keim
An interesting juxtaposition of American big-city (Boston) detective novel and Icelandic murder mystery. The main character is "on loan" to an Icelandic police department in order to give the police tips on how to handle violent crimes, particularly those emanating from the drug trade. Because he was born in Iceland and lived there until he was in his teens, he's a natural choice. But the assignment also comes at a fortuitous time: in the U.S. he has had a couple of attempts made on his life to ...more
Christine Blachford
I really enjoyed this book. It got off to a bit of a stilted start, and the mechanics of getting Magnus back to Iceland felt a little contrived, but gradually even that side of the story became fascinating. Once in Iceland, the mystery took over, the intrigue of such an unusual landscape all the time topped with Magnus' inner struggles with his identity.

There were some great characters, and the direct nature of the dialogue (an Icelandic trait, apparently) was really refreshing. Straight questio
Jon Frum
If one star means "I did not like it," then this book has to get one star from me. I understand that others have enjoyed this book, but let me explain why I didn't even get very far into it.

First, the setup is silly. A Boston, USA policeman sent to work in Iceland? The difference between a Poirot and a policeman is that a cop doesn't have to inserted into a murder investigation, like Poirot so often was - it's their business, and murder comes to them.

Second, the detective, still a young man, ha
I rated this book OK because the character development was pretty weak and stereotypical. It had an interesting plot device that relates to the Lord of the Rings, and the setting in Iceland added a lot of atmosphere (the descriptions were spare but well-crafted - it's hard to go wrong with such a dramatic place as the Land of Ice and Fire). All that good stuff made it readable but the wooden dialogue, predictable ending, and cardboard characters kept it from reaching true likeability.
Florence Wetzel
This is a really brilliant book. The setting is Iceland, and the author manages to interweave the The Lord of the Rings amid the plot in a really natural way. Great characters, great atmosphere, great pacing--it'll make you want to buy a plane ticket to Iceland!
Gary Van Cott
This is a very good book. I was surprised that a British writer (not Icelandic like Yrsa Sigurðardóttir or Arnaldur Indriðason) or like his fellow Brit Quentin Bates who spent many years in Iceland could write so well about this setting. Of course, most of what I know about Iceland is from reading these authors. This book has a higher level of excitement than most of the books I have read recently. I hope the next ones in this series are as good.
"Where the Shadows Lie" is essentially a murder mystery, but with a cool twist.

Magnus Johnson is a detective in the Boston PD who is a material witness to some police corruption. The offending parties are out to knock him off, so his boss decides to send him off to Iceland to help with a murder case. Magnus was born and raised in Iceland, so when the Icelandic authorities ask for help of the Boston PD, it makes sense for Magnus to go -- sort of a witness protection plan.

The murder revolves arou
Karina Petersen
Bogen er læst på dansk:
"Hvor skygger ruge" er den første bog i serien "Fire and Ice", hvor læseren følger kriminalbetjent Magnus Ragnarsson igennem Bostons kriminelle og voldelige gader til Islands smukke, rolige og skønne landskab, hvor kriminaliteten er meget lav og begrænset i forhold til, hvad han kommer fra. Men på Island er der dog noget, som lurer under overfladen - noget som er dybt begravet i ældgamle magiske eventyr og sagaer. Læseren bliver draget ind i en fantastisk verden af gamle
Balthazar Lawson
This book is set in Iceland, which adds an entirely new dimension to the usual sort of crime novels I read. It’s a dimension that I really enjoyed. The protagonist is a Boston detective, of Icelandic heritage, who goes to Iceland on a sort of exchange program, but also to escape the hired killer of a drug lord. He is there to bring his experience to the less crime ridden community but some how finds himself in the middle of more murders than one would expect. Throw in a reference or to two to J. ...more
I saw this book in a bookstore in Reykjavik, and the ad copy was intriguing enough to get me to check it out. Ridpath is a very entertaining guide to the city, and the mystery is well-constructed, connecting a few loose threads in a number of sagas, Tolkieniana, and Iceland's history most inventively. However, certain stereotypes (most disturbingly of Jewish men as rich and physically cowardly) do a great deal of work to fill in characterization and to push the book along in the parts between th ...more
Where The Shadows Lie is a crime novel about a professor who is murdered in Iceland and how it links to the discovery of the text of a centuries-old Icelandic "saga" which tells of powerful treasure. It's very much set in the real world and is a fairly run of the mill airport thriller. However.... and this is a big however.... (possible spoilers ahead but I'd keep reading if you're a Lord of the Rings fan)

The fictional saga has links to The Lord of the Rings. I was under the impression Where The
Rob Kitchin
The strength of Where the Shadows Lie are the lead character, the outsider-insider storyline, and contextualisation with respect to the Tolkein and Lord of the Rings. Magnus Jonson is a strong and engaging lead character who has been unsettled by the corruption case in Boston, the move back to Iceland, and splitting with his long-term partner. Born in the country, able to speak and read the language, and being familiar with its lore, but having left for the US when he was twelve, Magnus is both ...more
Anders Petersen
Jun 08, 2012 Anders Petersen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with passion for Iceland, LOTR fans or people amazed by foreign country.
Shelves: thriller, iceland
I loved this book, sometimes I read a few chapters (even though I wanted to read on) today I read the last 15 chapters I was missing.

It was very exiting and having a passion, for Iceland, made it even bigger.
I must admit this book also deals a fair deal with The Lord Of The Rings, so this made it even more enjoyable for me, as I also do like LOTR.
If you like LOTR, this book would certainly be interesting, but if you don't like it, you might not find it as interesting as I did.

The book itself h
Andrew Higgins
There seems to be a series of these type of books which feature Tolkien and subjects from his legendarium in another secondary world. This fairly complelling thriller which does have a Dan Brown feel employs the very Tolkienian activity of reconstructing and, as Tom Shippey states it, writing into the gap. The gap in this case is a lost Norse saga called Gaukur's Saga which tells the story of a families possession of a cursed ring which could be the ring of Andvari from Volsunga Saga. While work ...more
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Após escrever os primeiros capítulos de O Senhor dos Anéis, Tolkien deixou a obra em banho-maria durante alguns meses enquanto ruminava sobre como fazer para continuar a história e ligá-la ao seu primeiro romance O Hobbit. Bem, não é segredo para ninguém que o Um Anel foi o elo encontrado por ele para unir as duas histórias e criar uma das melhores sagas de fantasia de todos os tempos (ah, me deixa enaltecer um dos meus autores favoritos) e é justamente sobre como ele chegou a essa solução que R ...more
After two failed assassination attempts against him, police detective Magnus Jonsson must go into hiding until he gives testimony in a corrupt cops/drug cartel case set in Boston, his current home. His commissioner has the ideal solutioin: Magnus spent his younger years in Iceland and speaks Icelandic, and the Police Commissioner of Iceland is looking for an American detective to provide help as murder is beginning to become a more common crime in the largely gun-free northern country. The U.S. ...more
Piacevole romanzo giallo con tanti riferimenti e citazioni al Signore degli Anelli, al suo fandom e al mondo delle saghe (in particolare quella dei Nibelunghi), romanzo che non diventa mai realmente un “fantasy” per quanto sia pervaso dal dubbio che il favoleggiato anello che tutti (o almeno quelli convinti della sua esistenza...) cercano sia effettivamente dotato di proprietà magiche e di una sua malvagia volontà, e quest'ambiguità è imho uno dei punti forti... o meglio un qualcosa di “tolkieni ...more
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I simply love the concept of having 4 separate books bound into one. “Where the shadows lie” is the first book. In spite of hitting the reader's block I managed to finish the book pretty quickly by standards. Reason: The book kept me hooked.

Our protagonist, Magnus Jonson, a cop in Boston is a target of goons. Thanks to his whistle blowing activity of a senior cop. He is shipped off to Iceland by the FBI's witness protection program. Why particularly
Sílvia Mourão
Este livro narra a história de um polícia americano que, por diversos motivos, vai para a Islândia (país onde tem origens) e ajuda na resolução de um crime relacionado com um anel muito antigo... Para mim acabou por ficar um pouco aquém das expectativas pois a capa e o resumo remetem-nos para o enredo do Senhor dos Anéis e a história pouco ou nada está relacionada. (Não li los livros de Tolkien mas vi os filmes...)
É um livro de leitura fácil, que prende mas não dá vontade de devorar...
I had to read this one. It's a police procedural, set in Iceland, with a great backstory of a lost saga and the possible genesis of "The Lord of the Rings." For me, it was a fascinating book and has the possibility to generate sequels, though I don't know if Mr. Ridpath can find such an excellent story again.

His main character has lived primarily in America all his life, and, as the novel progresses, slowly recalls more and more of his childhood in Iceland when he is forced to hide there before
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Before becoming a writer, I used to work in the City of London as a bond trader. I have written eight thrillers set in the worlds of business and finance, but I am now trying my hand at something different. Where The Shadows Lie, the first in a series featuring an Icelandic detective named Magnus Jonson, was published in 2010. The third book in the series, Meltwater, is out in the UK this summer. ...more
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