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Shadowrise (Shadowmarch #3)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  3,499 ratings  ·  147 reviews
A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, the Eddon family held the throne, and all was right in Southmarch Castle. Now the family has been shattered. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner and his heir is slain. The royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together, but now Barrick has been captured and Briony has been forced to flee the castle. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 639 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by DAW (first published 2010)
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Aug 27, 2010 Terence rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Terence by: Fan of Williams
Shelves: sf-fantasy
For me, Tad Williams is a "comfortable author." I can rely on him to write engaging stories that don't push the envelope too far but still manage to inject enough creativity and energy to make reading enjoyable.

And he really has a handle on fairies. They're just alien enough so that you believe they're more than humans with pointed ears (unlike Terry Brook's "elves" in the Shannara series) but their motives remain comprehensible. A similar sense of otherworldliness also made Williams' earlier Me
Jim Pfluecke
Ok, so I am a fan of Tad Williams and will read almost anything he prints for adults Howeve, this series got off to a bit of a rocky start with the first book, which was very tightly written and, in fact a little to tight. It felt more like a scripted, by the numbers fantasy book. Much of it seemed like he was trying to write a more original, grown up version of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. It was still good and interesting but it seemed like too much was going on yet nothing was happeni ...more
Bob Milne
Oh, Tad . . . what a tangled, deceptive, infuriating web you weave! It seems as if the Shadowmarch series has been going on forever, and it seems that I've been reading Shadowrise (the first half of the concluding volume) for even longer than that. With it's deliberate pacing, slow unveiling of the deeper mysteries, and fitful advances of the plot, this is hardly what one would describe as an all-consuming read . . . and yet, no matter how many times I put it down, it was never long before I fou ...more
Yes, that's right, I've juiced this rating to four stars, because as my band teacher taught, avoid the middle of the road. No, actually, the first book was a crappy two star, while the second was a borderline three, and this book is really getting better. Highlights (my laptop is dying) include his ever-improving depiction of madman Autarch Sulepis from the POV of his incredibly normal prime minister and the unbelievably satisfying way in which he wraps up the book with Barrick's storyline reach ...more
Where Shadowplay really picked up the pace from Shadowmarch not only in terms of action, but in terms of originality and creativity, Shadowrise continues forward in one direction, but I feel steps backwards in the other. The story really comes into its own in this book, with all the characters starting to sound much more like full entities instead of cardboard cut-outs, and a lot of really great ideas are introduced (or expanded upon). Despite this, however, I found myself feeling restless throu ...more
"Shadowrise" lifts a few more veils and deepens the various plots running through this fine, four-book fantasy epic. In this third volume, Tad Williams again resists tossing in new elements willy-nilly, instead getting the big wheels of this story moving a bit more inexorably toward a climax.

At Southmarch castle, the fairy folk begin their assault above ground and deep in the warrens of the stone-dwelling Funderlings, as the reasons for their obsession with the castle become clearer. The imposin
The third book of the Shadowmarch series is the Tad Williams I fell in love with when I read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The pace has now picked up completely, and things are happening everywhere. Characters that were only annoying in the first two books are now compelling and interesting. Who would have thought that I'd ever enjoy reading about a disgusting, talking raven? We still have all the same story viewpoints. Briony in Syan, Barrick's voyage through the Shadowlands, Ferras Vansen and Cher ...more
Victoria Osborne
This is the Third book in a series of four thick epic fantasy series. Like many middle books it has a tendency to drag a bit. I found that Barriks adventures in Fairy land somewhat tedious and hero's quest.

William's novel structure is not as clear. However, despite the rather flabby prose it is still a gripping book. His adventures with Briony and Qinnitan are especially riveting. I am thoroughly engrossed by the story surrounding the Autarch. The Egyptian god king from the desert adds more ris
Michelle E.
This is long...really long...but I'm not sure that I could say that anything should be cut (except maybe most of Briony's scenes! Mr. Williams is many things, but not really a master of court intrigue). Barrick's journey only serves to illustrate just what strangeness he's gotten himself into, while other storylines emphasize the trouble Southmarch is in. I didn't really think Qinnitan's storyline was very exciting this time, but I like her (better than Briony - Briony's not a bad character, jus ...more
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The penultimate book in Williams' latest series. You can see the author begin to draw all the strings together from this massive world he has created. It is a finely realized world and the characters are internally consistent. The plot is fast paced yet there are places the reader can relax and draw a breath before plunging into the next round of action. The worth of the series will be determined by the last book but this 3d volume is a positive indicator for the future. I hope to be around in N ...more
Overall, book 3 was the best so far. Williams kept the action going from chapter to chapter, and the plot almost never slowed down. This was the first in the series that kept me anxious about the characters and excited to jump to the next chapter. Halfway through I began to feel sorry for all those readers who quit in book 1 - because book 1 began dreadfully slow and was a struggle to finish. I stuck with it but many people didn't - to their loss. The story does pick up considerably in book 2 an ...more
On the surface this series is underwhelming and doesn't break any new ground. But the more I think about it, the more I like. It's solidly plotted. It's well-written. It's entertaining. I care about the characters. In other words, it's Tad Williams. I'm reserving one star, though, until I know how it turns out in the end.
Daniel Cooksey
While it's tempting to compare with Tad's groundbreaking Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy, all I'll say is that the Shadowmarch books have really come in to their own. The scope is ambitious and the characters are memorable. Looking forward to the final volume.
Gram Rabbit
Helaas viel het iets snellere tempo van boek 2 in dit boek weer terug naar het langzame tempo van boek 1. Dit zelfde geldt voor de spanning.
Maar de boeiende verhaallijnen zorgen er toch voor dat je toch verder blijft lezen.
Briana Kimbrough
I love these books. Other than the fact that they're a little on the gory side. And they have a little too much language. Overall, fantastic. I can't wait to read the last!
I'll write a review when I finish the "4th" book, Shadowheart.
Muchísimo más ligero de leer que los anteriores, sobre todo porque ya se ha acabado la fase de "presentación de personajes" y los conflictos empiezan a avanzar a buen paso.

Ayuda quizás que los dos mellizos, que en los anteriores libros se me atragantaron un poco, han dejado atrás su actitud de víctimas y han empezado a coger las riendas de su vida (bueno, en el caso de Barrick con un poco de ayuda externa, supongo).

El cuadro se va viendo más nítido y ya empiezan a tener sentido las elecciones
Lucy Pollard-Gott
In the Author's Note to this book, Tad Williams offers this witty apology: "I swear that one of these days I will learn how to write a last volume that doesn't need its own zip code." I hope he never does learn that, because, at the risk of sounding trite, when I'm nearing the end, I just want the story to go on and on. Thankfully, it usually does! In his Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn series, the last volume was originally split in two, but is now available in one hefty paperback To Green Angel Towe ...more
Michell Plested
ShadowRise is the third volume in a four volume series and was first printed in March, 2010.

Let me begin by saying, ShadowRise is a BIG book. That should come as no surprise to any of you who have read any of Tad William’s books in the past. If it worries you that this is the third in the series and would be an impossible place to start, fear not. The book thoughtfully contains synopsis of the first two books so you are able to catch up without reading the first two.

I really liked this feature b
Marilyn Fontane
Jul 10, 2012 Marilyn Fontane rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of fantasy. lovers of complete worlds. Lovers of exciting narrow escapes.
Shelves: fantasy
Again, definitely a portion of a story, not a part of a series. Very exciting reading. If the author didn't hop from one sub-plot to another, it would be difficult to put down. I don't ever want to stop the episode I'm on until I find out what happens. But the next chaper/ portion of chapter goes on or back to another episode, so I can put it away to eat, sleep, work, whatever. I was once just as adament on the episode continuing, but not at the moment. However, he has to do this, to keep all th ...more
Ok, so I am a fan of Tad Williams and will read almost anything he prints for adults Howeve, this series got off to a bit of a rocky start with the first book, which was very tightly written and, in fact a little to tight. It felt more like a scripted, by the numbers fantasy book. Much of it seemed like he was trying to write a more original, grown up version of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. It was still good and interesting but it seemed like too much was going on yet nothing was happeni ...more
Jeff Miller
I originally picked up the first volume in this series from a book store because I wanted a big fat fantasy novel to read. I had not read the author before, but soon fell in love with his complex story telling and world with an in-depth mythology. I enjoyed the second book in the series just as much and had put Shawdowrise on my wish list - only to wait years and years for it to come out. The reason for the delay was that the last book of the trilogy was so large they split it into two books and ...more
c2010. Wowee! It was just like coming home. So glad to catch up with Skurn - I loved this particular character and as he does not seem to have come to a bad ending - I hope he will be revisiting soon. Barrack and Bryony continue their individual travails with various side kicks. I am very glad that the synopsis of the 2 previous books were included as it allowed me to get up to speed and back into the story very quickly. I am still a bit confused with the story arc concerning Qinnitan as it did ...more
The book is interesting, even though it begins a bit slowly. Good to see that stories of Briony, Vansen and Chert become more thrilling as Briony tries to withstand intrigues of Syan court and Vansen and Chert defend Southmarch castle from the Quar. And Flint is back to his normal self! And Skurn is with us again (this bird should win an award for the best side character!) Although there are a lot of characters, I was glad to meet a new one - Prince Eneas is just such a nice guy. One the other h ...more
Rich Taylor
Shadowrise continues the story of Barrick and Briony as they work to recover their kingdom and stop the world from ending. In this book we start to see more and more of the motivations of the various players as they explain themselves and start making alliances and having contact with each other. I enjoy the author's ability to keep you interested in the components of the story and continue expanding our understanding of the world and the main characters operating within it.

This contribution to
I just did a review on book 4 and noticed that I had not reviewed this one back when I read it! So here goes!

So for me, book two was starting to make me waver a bit on this series. I felt like there were certain plot points that were beginning to drag and I was starting to wonder how much I cared about this series (as evidenced by the fact that I took a two year break between two and three, although I was still wanting to read book 3 that whole time!). Most of the characters in book two were wan
Scott Lee
I loved this book. Unfortunately, I read it during a period in which I indulged in a recurring habit of mine: extending the number of books I am reading exponentially so that finishing any one book is either a fluke, or takes FOREVER. So I cannot review the book as well as I would like.

In my review of Shadowplay, the second volume in the Shadowmarch quartet, I asserted that Tad Williams, and not George R. R. Martin should be considered the American Tolkien. I was struck by the similarity of fee
Joakim Ruud
So, my first text review. And for a book I didn't really like all that much. Why? Good question.

I have a hate-love relationship with Tad Williams, much like I do Peter F. Hamilton. They both are great set-up artists who never seem to be able to bring it all together in the ending.

TW does a great job of setting up an interesting world. Not in the physical sense, but in the metaphysical. It is a world where religion is divided sharply into two opposing interpretations of the central creation myth
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