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The Council of Shadows (Shadowspawn #2)

3.41 of 5 stars 3.41  ·  rating details  ·  206 ratings  ·  25 reviews
S. M. Stirling--the "New York Times" bestselling author of the Novels of the Change--continues his "exciting new Urban Fantasy trilogy"* in which the fate of humanity rests in the bloody hands of those who are far from human... Adrian Breze has long defied his pure-bred Shadowspawn heritage as part of an ancient race of shapeshifters who once reigned supreme. But when his...more
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Published May 1st 2011 by Roc (first published April 12th 2011)
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Paul Bonamy
On the whole, the concept behind the Shadowspawn books is a potentially interesting take on the werewolf/vampire trend: the legends are more true than not, and stem from a racial memory of super-predators who used to rule and prey on humans before being overthrown. Now, of course, they're making a comeback.

The actual science (such as it is) seems more than a little sketchy, but it's interesting to see someone actually take a stab at explaining why vampires/werewolves have the abilities and limi...more
Kathy Davie
Second in the Shadowspawn urban fantasy series revolving around an unexpected couple who intend to save the world.

My Take
A terrifying world in which the monsters are the true rulers of our world, and they intend to come out into the light.

This particular story is a bridge as Ellen acclimates to her new world and to understanding it! Together, Adrian and Ellen set things in motion to figure out the power including how to stop it, change it, or better use it, believing that Adrienne is dead.

Whoa,...more
Janice
I really liked the first part of this series, and I enjoyed this one, but... There had better be a third book, though I haven't heard of one. If it ends this way, well, that's just lame. I don't necessarily require my books (or movies either) to have happy endings, but they do need to end. And not just feel like the author got tired of writing or couldn't figure out what to do next.

Okay, so there is a third book. I feel much better about this one now, though it does still have it's short comings...more
Mary
Liked even better than the first.
Kurt Vosper
Another good outing from Stirling. It's not the same as his other works, but he also departed from those with his series about Mars. As with most of his work the world building and the revealed back story is well done and thought out. The battle between the Breze siblings and associated Shadowspawn families is heating up and we get some new characters and plot lines introduced. The overall plan of the immortal faction isn't good for the normal folk and the Brotherhood is out to stop them. Overal...more
David Marshall
Well, this is a book of fairly unhappy compromises as "urban fantasy" meets science fiction with some human police procedural elements thrown in for those who were bored by the other bits. Its all a bit of a shame because, with a better focus, I suspect this could have been genuinely entertaining. A lot of thought has gone into constructing this "world" but it's mostly wasted.

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Peter
THIS IS A GOOD BOOK BY ONE OF MY FAVOURITE AUTHORS. PROBABLY I COULD HAVE GIVEN THIS BOOK FOUR STARS BUT I FELT THAT THE BOOK LACKED SOMETHING. THE CHARACTERS WERE VERY GOOD AND ARE DEVELOPING FINE. BUT I FELT THAT THIS WAS AN INTRODUCTORY STORY TO INTRODUCE YOU TO THE CHARACTERS AND THAT THERE WAS A LIMITED PLOT WITH MUCH MORE TO COME I HOPE. FOR THOSE OF YOU THAT LIKE THIS TYPE OF READING I RECOMEND THIS BOOK, I ALSO HOPE THERE IS MUCH MORE TO COME.
Jason
Whew! Well, THAT took forever. The first half I tried to read on paper, and kept putting it aside for Kindle format books. Then I just bought the damn Kindle format version, and finished it in a week and a half.

Good book. I still like his Emberverse series better (Hail Montival!), but this is great. Man, don't read S.M. Stirling books when you're hungry! He definitely has an affinity for writing about eating and food in super detail.
Orchid Ch'ng
The Shadowspawn race that S M Stirling has created is an intriguing hybrid of werecreature/vampire/socerer type. Virtually all of the Shadowspawn race is just plain evil, with the exception of Adrian. The rest of the good guys are too good. I personally prefer characters to be morally ambigous, shades of good and bad, not extremes, as in this novel. The action is the best part of the book. Overall, I thought the book was ok.
Aaron Anderson
Basically more of the same of book 1. The bad guys are too bad, the good guys are a bit unbelievable. I do like how murky the moral issues are at times. That and the action is really what it has going for it.

I still have some weakness where I still personally felt this was 4-star. I'm kind of a sucker for Stirling, same as I tend to be for Modesitt JR. We all have our weaknesses.
Margali
Still not as good as his Island in the Sea of Time books or the Emberverse ones, but this was much better than A Taint in the Blood, and I will read the third book in this trilogy when it comes out. As always, I liked his snarky humor -- I cracked up at his references to The Matrix and to the Terminator movies. It still feels like something of a retread of his Draka series.
Nicole Luiken
Quick read, well-plotted with some nice twists, good action. Looking forward to book three.

Quibbles: lots of gourmet food and wine scenes which don't mean much to a plebe like me. The cop plotline took a long time to join up (it starts six months out of sync with the main plot) and I wasn't sure what it really added.
Cami
Oct 31, 2012 Cami marked it as did-not-finish  ·  review of another edition
I managed to make it all the way to page 36 in this book and then just couldn't drum up the desire to keep going. I didn't like the first book... I shouldn't have held on to this second one. It's going back to the library for now. Maybe I'll try again someday, but probably not. There's too many books I actually DO want to read!
Mitchell
Part 2 in a S. M. Stirling vampire series. So perhaps a bit better than your typical vampire book but not better enough. And definitely a book 2 - no beginning and no ending - so if you don't remember book#1 it is a bit irritating. And two much violent sex for my taste whether on or off screen. 3.5 of 5.
Leons1701
Stirling continues his entry in the urban fantasy/vampire romance genre. Delightfully twisted and not for the faint of heart.
Just picked up a copy for my library and gave this another read. Remains strong on a second read, I like the way he deliberately plays with the vampire romance tropes.
Karen
I really wanted to like this series. I'm a big fan of his Emberverse books; unfortunately these just don't quite match up. It's still an entertaining read, but I think it's missing something. Like a previous reviewer said, the bad guys are too bad and the good guys are too good.
Barbara
I liked this better than the first book...but it still seems like S.M. Stirling is jusat cashing in on the "vampire" craze. Though his "shadowspawn" creatures are not really vampires, they do drink human blood. Not terrible, but not his best work.
David Weems
Series improves as Stirling has a prior volume to build upon. Still leaves the development of characters too minimal for my taste and assumes the reader is willing to fill in many gaps with imaginative suspension of disbelief.
Mary
Have been a fan of Stirling's Island in the Sea of Time and The Change novels but just can't seem to really enjoy the Shadowspawn series. It has too much S&M and violence that just didn't move the plot along enough.
Starfire
Ok, this instalment was better written and plotted than Book 1 - it's still not up with the Change novels for me, but I did enjoy it, and I'll be keeping an eye out for Book 3
Kelsey
I tried to read this book -- got 50 pages in and gave up. It failed my have to like the people to bother spending time with them test, badly.
Curt Hopkins Hopkins
Very entertaining - borders a bit on porno, though, with the S&M crap which I could do without.
Samantha
I just couldn't stay interested. So it is going back to the library only half-read.
Margaret
There were some nice phrases used in the writing
Trixydan
Oh cliffhanger ending, how I detest you!...
Parth Patel
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Stephen Michael Stirling is a French-born Canadian-American science fiction and fantasy author. Stirling is probably best known for his Draka series of alternate history novels and the more recent time travel/alternate history Nantucket series and Emberverse series.

More about S.M. Stirling...
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