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Shadow Blizzard (Chronicles of Siala #3)

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Shadow Blizzardis the third bookby the internationalbestsellingfantasy author Alexey Pehov. LikeShadow Prowlerand Shadow Chaser, Shadow Blizzard is epic fantasy at its best; this is the third book in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold, Siala's master thief, on his quest for the magic Hornthat will restore peace to his world.After the loss of friends and comrades, after
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published April 24th 2012 by Tor Books (first published 2003)
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While there is no doubt that our lowly thief hero ended up with quite a few more arrows than he could have possibly have carried through all their adventures, and the time spent in Hrad Spein seemed endless, it was still quite fun.

I liked that there were some standard tropes but everything seemed to be twisted around so that the story was fresh and interesting.

I liked how the author wasn't afraid of killing off those in the group either. Often I wonder how so many people get through so many dang
Blodeuedd Finland
Where to begin? The journey started in previous books has come to an end, well ok not really. It's just getting started.

Harold (I do love thieves) and his gang are approaching Hrad Spein. Kli-Kli, it's always good with a comic relief, the dark elves, and human warriors are with him. And they have lost a lot of friends already. Pehov does have a way of killing off people. But then not all should make it, people must fall during the way cos it's a dangerous road so I liked that he is not afraid to
Meesterdief Harold de Schaduw is eindelijk op zijn bestemming aangekomen: de ingang van het eeuwenoude Hrad Spein. In dit ondergrondse bouwwerk, dat ook wel het Bottenpaleis wordt genoemd, ligt in het graf van de ooit machtige generaal Grok de Regenbooghoorn op hem te wachten. Als Harold die kan meenemen naar de Orde van de Magiërs, heeft hij zijn opdracht voltooid en zijn eigen lot weer in zijn handen. Na een inspannende reis die niet zonder kleerscheuren werd afgelegd in de afgelopen twee boek ...more
Jonas Skoglund
Simplistic and generic in an almost ironic way. The ending book of "Chronicles of Siala" was still enjoyable (as well as the trilogy in general).

There is something to it, the quest feels grand, the action is a bit over the top for me (the fighting sequences does not want to stop), the book(s) is imaginative enough, but just barely and the characters should have been more developed (in my taste).
Maybe yet more takes on the classical (Fantasy)themes never gets old. For me it feels a bit like an
Octavia Cade
Of the three books in the Chronicles of Siala series, this is my favourite. As a series, it got better as it went on, I think. And this book in particular has a really very well done section when Harold is in Hrad Spein searching for the Rainbow Horn - it was eerie and creepy and really fascinating to read.

That being said, most of the characters continue as cardboard cut-outs, and the appearance of the Dryads is something of a deus ex machina, where they conveniently pop out of nowhere to save t
Our cynical thief and his band of doughty warriors arrives in the orcs' forest, where they hope to enter the dungeon that contains the artefact that can save their kingdom from the sorcerer king.

This one wasn't as good as the first two.

It is clear that Pehov has lovingly created a world and its peoples (some of whom are obvious rip offs, some of which are new twists - love the flinnys).

However, there are deep flaws in this volume. There is a very extended journey through a dungeon where the th
Leo (Rahien Sorei)
I wish that there was more to be excited about with this book, but sadly, there is not. Pehov's first two books were fun and interesting spins on a grand tradition, but his third book of the Siala Chronicles falls short of the already middling mark left by its predecessors. The endearing novelty is lost with this book, probably somewhere deep in the Palaces of Bone.

I love to read - I often lose sleep because of it. However, that wasn't the case here. Shadow Blizzard grew dull enough at times -
Excellent series, excellent author. This is the best fantasy book/series I have read in a VERY long time. The characters are well drawn out, there is good development in many of them, and my favorite part is that Pehov changes some things around in his world that "mix-it up" a little regarding elves, orcs, dwarves, goblins, gnomes and ogres (I don't think I have forgotten anyone else....). Eminently readable and very satisfying. And the lead character, Shadow Harold, is fabulous. I can't recomme ...more

After reading the previous two books and anticipating Harold's adventure into Hrad Spein (Palace of Bones) it is finally here! I was hoping that it would live up to its expectations since it's all that was really talked about in the series, and it definitely does! It is awesome and creepy! A good portion of the book is spent on the adventure through Hrad Spein and it is incredibly fascinating. I like how much detail there is to the point where you really feel
William Bentrim
Shadow Blizzard by Alexey Pehov

Shadow Prowler was the first book in the Chronicles of Siala. Shadow Chaser was the second. Pehov may be well known in his native Russia but I had never heard of him until I read these books. I think the quality of that book will insure that Pehov will be known far and wide as well as in Russia. Shadow Harold, a master thief, finds himself enmeshed with the establishment to save the world as they know it. This book finishes the story and gets the band of misfit com
4.5 stars

Large part of the book is about Harold and his quest through Hrad Spein. It’s also called as Palaces of Bones and it’s very describing name... Creepy place!

I like Harold as the hero because he’s not your typical hero. Thieves are rarely called heroes but Harold is very likeable. And then there’s Kli-Kli, who wouldn’t like the jester? And speaking of jester, I totally didn’t see that coming! Even though I liked Harold my fav people were the elves. I wish there would have been more of th
C2003: This was the 3rd of the Chronicles of Siala and I was left......wanting. **sob sob**. It read like a description of a game so, for me, there was no character development and only a modicum of back history or plot. I liked the new character of Glo-Glo but think that the author should seriously have rethought the name of “Fluffy Cloud” – such a discordant name but perhaps this sounded better in the original Russian. Strange that I should read this straight after the Chronicles of Sirkara wr ...more
Book 1 and 2 got 3 stars, but this one I cannot give the same rating I'm afraid.
This book do with 200 pages less, maybe even 300.
The journey to get the horn in the bone palace Hrad Spein was very lengthy.

At the end of the book the war finally starts. The book is told by Harold in the first person. Harold is not present in the war, he's behind the battlefield. But to be able to still tell about the war, he gets a dream for 50 pages, and the focus changes to several other persons. To me this sound
Yvonne Boag
I have to say that this book was one of the most disappointing books I have read in a long time. It was a filler book which I have never, ever come across in a third book in a trilogy. I skimmed, I turned pages without reading a word and it has one of the most anticlimactic endings that I have ever come across. I normally, in a review write about what the book was actually about but this time I will simply say, don't bother. You will never get those wasted hours back. It gets two stars because t ...more
And here we are at the end of all things. Harold finally reaches Hrad Spein, the legendary megadungeon that houses the magical macguffin. Complications, ensue, of course, and the scale opens up considerably at the end with a full-on war. (Although since this is a first-person narrative by someone who's nowhere near the battle lines, we have to get the battle scenes in the form of a dream or vision or something.)

An enjoyable conclusion to an enjoyable series -- probably closer to a 3.5 than to a
All in all an enjoyable read only made possible by the strength of characters like Harold and kli kli, in this book pehov hits his stride especially while Harold is traipsing through hrad spein. I believe that the earlier books where all a bit rushed, the same can be said after Harold finally retrieves the rainbow horn. It's as if the author can't wait to put this story to bed, yet leaves it open for a possible return. If the author does return to Siala I hope that we find Harold in his element ...more
John Dugaw
Finishes off a nice and subtle story about Harold the master thief. In this book he finally makes it to Hrad Spein and the journey there is enough to put the book down and never return. It needed some serious edits to get rid of monotony. If you push through that section the book gets a lot lot better. My favorite chapter is #15 titled "Sing Flute Sing". Very compelling and well written. I reread the sections from which it gets that title four times.
Alfonso Junquera perez
La descripción de las catacumbas del Palacio de los Huesos ha calado hondo en mi corazón de rolero de la vieja escuela. Desde luego si alguien quiere dirigir y/o jugar una partida en un Dungeon de esos inmensos que no dude en leer este libro que logra captar perfectamente el ambiente de opresión, tensión y peligro al girar cualquier esquina que han de tener esos escenarios. (Si hasta hay setas enormes e insectos gigantes).
Mike Gevers
The story of Harold keeps being thrilling and exciting, but the pace of the story is considerably lower than the previous two books. THe ending is also quite disappointing, because the story really ends in one or two sentences. The epilogue, however, is very touching and I'd say it rivals Tolkien's epilogue of Lord of the Rings. In short: not a bad book, but the storyline ends really, really abrubtly.
Chip Harding
So far I'm enjoying this book. It has that Lord of The Rings feel and that's what captivates me. Although I have a hard time pronouncing the fantasy words and names, it's still a great book. So far I got to chapter two.
Great last novel to the Siala series. I have to admit that the plot became weaker towards the end, and that the ending is a bit short, but all in all the book is entertaining and interesting. It was hard to say goodbye to all the lovely characters, but there is an end to everything ;) Recommended read.
Garrett's adventures in Hrad Spine are wonderful to read about, seeing him somehow going back in history for centuries and even millennia. The only thing I missed again is a map of Siala. It would be nice to read more about this world, but it seems that Pehov is finished with Siala in this trilogy.
I really loved this trilogy but the abrupt ending kind of dampened it for me. I almost felt like it could have kept going for another book. However, this was one of the best trilogies I have read in a long time.
Charles Goodwin
Good book. Sometimes I felt it was too casually written so it was hard to take seriously at first but the storyline was a good one and finished strong.
The end of the shadow story. This is a fantasy world that hits all the clichés but does it well in a fun way. I enjoyed reading it.
Gareth Park
i like how the author showed of his diversity with a completely different style of writing in some of the 'dreams'
Mõnus. Eriti meeldis mulle Hrad Speinis seiklemise osa. Lõpp küll venis natukene kuid muidu...mõnus seiklus.
I feel like it is even close to done.
Muhammad Gibran
soo many absurd scene.
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Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of "The Chronicles of Siala," a bestselling series in his native Russia. SHADOW PROWLER (first published in Russia in 2002 as STEALTH IN THE SHADOWS) was the first book in the series THE CHRONICLES OF SIAL, and became one of Russia’s biggest, most successful debuts. His novel UNDER THE SIGN OF THE MANTIKOR was named "Book of Year" and "Best Fantasy Novel" i ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Chronicles of Siala (4 books)
  • Shadow Prowler (Chronicles of Siala #1)
  • Shadow Chaser (Chronicles of Siala #2)
  • Chasers of the Wind (The Cycle of Wind and Sparks, #1)
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