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Shadows over Lyra (Lyra #1-3)

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Peopled by humans, Shee, forest-dwelling, Wyrdsd, and watery Neira, Lyra is a place of beauty and peace--or would be, if it were not for the immensely powerful and evil Shadow-born, straining against the bonds that have held them for millenia.
Paperback, 535 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by Tom Doherty Assoc Llc
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Apr 28, 2011 Sbuchler rated it it was ok
Genre: Fantasy

This is an omnibus of three novels: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, and the Harp of Imach Thyssel. I only finished the first two… it just wasn’t fun enough to justify the time to read the third one.

Shadow Magic: (two stars) This was quick to read, but it felt like the book jumped from the introduction to the conclusion without the intervening work by the characters to get to their happy endings. Possibly it’s because the book was so short, but I felt the critical event (findin
Jul 12, 2010 Julie rated it liked it
This is actually 3 books in one, and I'm not quite sure why they put them together (other than they're all rather short and set in the same world). Her 5 books set in the "Lyra" world are all fairly independent, I'm not sure I'd really classify them as a series since you could read them in any order and don't have characters in common, but it does keep them separate from her other work which is quite different in style and tone.

These three novels are fairly stereotypical fantasy, Shadow Magic b
Miss Clark
Contains: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, and The Harp of Imach Thyssel. Each story is self-contained and only relates to the others in so much as each takes place in Lyra and involves magic.

My least favorite of the batch is Daughter of Witches and I liked The Harp of Imach Thyssel best.
Mar 18, 2013 Lydia rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
This book actually contains three books complied into this one volume. My husband read these books when he was younger and recently decided to reread them and see if he still enjoyed them, and afterwards told me I should give them a try. The three books are set in the same world but are about different people in different parts of the world, the one similarity being the "bad-guy" or more specifically, the Shadow-born, basically evil sorcerers who have no bodily form. They were once all bound, bu ...more
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Oct 19, 2011 Elizabeth S rated it really liked it
Well, I liked it. What a rich world. As a reminder, this book is actually an omnibus containing Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, and The Harp of Imach Thyssel. Each of these three books stands entirely on its own. The second and third only briefly refer to events in the first. None of the characters are the same.

I very much enjoyed the brief "history" of Lyra that is included in this Omnibus. Even if you read the three books separately, it is well worth getting the omnibus to read the "history
Rated PG-13 for witchcraft (comparable to and possibly darker than some aspects of the Harry Potter brand), mature thematic elements, violence, and sexual danger/references.

As much as I love Patricia C. Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, something about her Lyra stories has always given me pause. Perhaps it is the perpetually dark tone of each of them, whether they are short stories or novels. Perhaps it is the magic; I sometimes really like magical stuff in fantasy novels, but there is a lin
Jul 05, 2009 Kim rated it really liked it
Shelves: 14-and-up
I'm not really sure what age these books are best for. On some level, a 12 yr old might enjoy them, but then there are other aspects that I think perhaps a bit older would be best. I read them in order of publication, but I think chronology would be better. The other nice thing about this series is that the books are self-contained. You do not have to read all of the books. You can pick and choose. None of the stories rely on the others. The connection is the world of Lyra and battling darkness. ...more
Feb 10, 2012 Tara rated it liked it
I'd give the first story 4 stars - it was a lot of fun and well written. The second two are 3 stars. They are also well written and enjoyable, but I found myself liking the first the best and wishing the second two were sequels, instead of set in the same world but in different countries with unrelated plots and peoples. Still good reads, though - I enjoy Wrede's works.
Apr 16, 2008 Martha rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adult
This version has three books (Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, & The Harp of Imach Thyssel) plus a bonus "history overview," all set within a few years of each other but a very long time after The Raven Ring and even farther after Caught in Crystal. I think Raven is still my favorite, but these were very good.
Jan 29, 2010 Julie rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
This was three books in one. I have read this author before and enjoyed her books, but these didn't even feel like the same author at all. The writing style was so different! They were action packed and interesting. I will probably go looking for the books that came before these. T
Jun 13, 2011 Izzy rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, ya-upbeat
Although Wrede's writing is decidedly rough in these books, especially the first, I love her characters and enjoyed the Lyran adventures. Wrede is my *favorite* author, however, so I may be biased. ;)
Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I loved Wrede's Enchanted Forest Chronicles, so I was looking forward to this trilogy... even without knowing anything about Lyra, the books were fun fantasy and I'll definitely seek out more.
Feb 15, 2009 Tiffany rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen
I thought these stories weren't as good as others by this author. There was a lot of talk of war, dark magic, human sacrifice etc.
Dec 14, 2008 Lindsey rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young adults who like fantasy
Fun fantasy stories for young adults.

They're imaginative and compelling. I wish there were more.
Dec 20, 2013 Melissa rated it it was ok
Definitely a "young adult" book as the heroines are young women and the stories are a bit simplistic for my taste.
May 17, 2012 Erin rated it it was ok
Contains: Shadow Magic, Daughter of Witches, and The Harp of Imach Thyssel. Each story stands alone. These are ok.
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Patricia Collins Wrede was born in Chicago, Illinois and is the eldest of five children. She started writing in seventh grade. She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, where she majored in Biology and managed to avoid taking any English courses at all. She began work on her first novel, Shadow Magic, just after graduating from college in 1974. She finished it five years later and started her se ...more
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