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Lord Tophet: A Shadowbridge Novel (Shadowbridge #2)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  222 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Daughter of the legendary shadow-puppeteer Bardsham, Leodora has inherited her father’s skills . . . and his enemies. Together with her manager–Soter, keeper of her father’s darkest secrets, and a gifted young musician named Diverus, Leodora has traveled from span to span, her masked performances given under the stage name Jax, winning fame and fortune.

But Jax’s success ma
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Published July 29th 2008 by Del Rey (first published January 1st 2008)
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Lord Tophet: A Shadowbridge Novel by Gregory Frost- This is the last book of a two book adventure. The first book is called Shadowbridge. Gregory Frost's other works include; Attack of the Jazz Giants and Other Short Stories, Fitcher's Bride, The Pure Cold Light, Tain, Remscela, and Lyrec.

WARNING: Spoilers for Shadowbridge will be present.

The story picks up right after what ended Shadowbridge. We find Leodora, a shadow-puppeteer under the stage name of Jax who is growing in fame, passing out aft
Clay Kallam
"Lord Tophet" (Del Rey, $14, 216 pages) is a worthy conclusion to the Shadowbridge duology, but since it's billed as "A Shadowbridge Novel," Gregory
Frost may be only beginning his exploration of a world that consists of
spiraling bridges on an ocean planet, bridges that go nowhere but to other bridges and the occasional small island.

There are gods and magic and, of course, it's a pre-industrial society, but
Frost does quite a bit with the familiar setup, and his two-book saga is a
fascinating and
(review originally posted on my livejournal account:

Back in February, I read Shadowbridge for calico_reaction's February Dare and really liked it. Before I even finished Shadowbridge I went out and bought Lord Tophet. I had originally intended to read Lord Tophet as soon as I finished Shadowbridge, but March got super hectic with school and then April was even worse. I suppose I could have read it a bit sooner than now, but oh well, it doesn't really matter,
Continuing where Shadowbridge left off, Lord Tophet follows Leodora and her companions as they begin on a new spiral, storytelling and rebuilding Leodora's reputation. But this time, Leodora is marked by the gods and tracked by Lord Tophet himself, who seeks to destroy Leodora and will bring entire spans to ruin just to reach her. This sequel (more accurately, the second half of a single story) puts less emphasis on premise and world building and greater emphasis on plot and themes. As a result, ...more
Kater Cheek
This is the sequel to Gregory Frost's book SHADOWBRIDGE, and while you don't necessarily have to read the first one before this one, you ought to. In fact, you ought to have both of them in hand, because the first novel ends on a cliffhanger.

This is a fantasy story for people who love fantasy, and for people who love stories. The world of Shadowbridge is multicultural and multivaried land where gods-created spans criscross the seas between islands. Each span has a dragon bowl, a shallow vessel e
I've met Greg Frost and in person, he's a fun and interesting fellow. But I simply can't read his work with any enjoyment. It's like reading a treatise by an academic on what writing should do. There are obviously too many levels of self-imposed symbolism and allegory. The prose is dense and deep, requiring intense concentration to decipher sentences. I've tried many times over the past several years to finish this book. I restarted and slugged my way through the first book, Shadowbridge, in ord ...more
Lord Tophet is the second and last book in the Shadow Bridge setting. This novel finishes telling the tale of Leodora and her past. I have to say I enjoyed the second book more than the first. In this novel there are not as many short stories told in the main tale, which means that there are not as many pause in the main story. The tale moves at a faster pace and has more action. I found myself enjoying how Leodora story and her parents past unfold in the novel. My only big disappointment is tha ...more
Lyrical and haunting and a fairly decent conclusion to the (two-book) series (and is more like three and a half stars than three). As with the first volume, my complaint is that the stories-within-the-story are more interesting than the main narrative. I enjoyed the atmosphere of this one more, though -- it really is a fascinating world. I would have liked it to have been sketched a little bit more transparently, and the ending is somewhat anti-climactic and rushed, but on the whole it hits that ...more
I'm still not entirely certain how I feel about this series. On the one hand, I love the world it's set in - on the other hand, I'm fairly ambivalent about the story. It seemed rushed at times, and I didn't feel quite satisfied by the ending. I feel like my opinion might change after a reread, though...
Kelly B
This is the second book of the Shadowbridge series, and apparently, the final one, which is kind of annoying. Why couldn't this have just been all one book? It seems dumb to make it two. Anyway, it was good, consistent with the first one. Nothing crazy or outstanding, just pleasantly entertaining.
lynne naranek
The second of the Shadowbridge "duology"; here we finally find out - sorta - what happened in the past that caused the assumed death of Lea/Jax's parents. I found myself being rather impatient with this book ("just get to the punchline already!"). Again 2 stars.
Ann Wilkes
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Ugh. Absolutely no reason for the two books to have been split in two. Ugh.
The romance between Diverus and Leodora was absolutely awful.
The mirror city was stupid.
The evil chasing after them was dumb.
A lot worse than the first book.
Mary Robinette Kowal
Very enjoyable. What I'm enjoying most about this series is the way Frost uses the embedded stories to tell us more about the world. Plus, it's nice to see a puppeteer protagonist with a fairly decent understanding of how puppetry works.
The ending fits, but it feels like about 3/4 of the way through this one Frost realized he had to wrap it up and gave us an infodump followed by an immediate conclusion. The pacing at the end was very different from the rest of the book.
A wonderful conclusion to the 2-book series. The finale gives answers to all the burning unresolved questions that have built up along the way, and I must say, they are not predictable nor disappointing.
The ending was very sudden, but it was an amazing book still. I love the little romance between Leodora and Diverus, it's very sweet. Too bad we didn't get to see them expand that relationship.
The sequel to Shadowbridge. This book ties up the ends of the first novel and had more of a focus than the first. The settings of the world is great, but the ending is rather abrupt.
Matt Enlow
Didn't enjoy it as much as the first one, for some reason. It seemed to lose its way in the story, or told much less somehow
Jun 04, 2010 Valerie marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Holly, Vicki, Deborah, Cassi, Jeannette
I want to read this but my library doesn't own it. The first in the series was very good. Hmmm, Holly?
I really enjoyed these novels, though I think they could have been one single book.
For all the build up and twists, it just didn't satisfy my interest.
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so far, i am enjoying this as much as shadowbridge...
an excellent book. even better than the first one.
Not for young readers. Some sexual content.
Book 2. Threw in the Wild Hunt....
Dhonia Darick
Dhonia Darick marked it as to-read
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Gregory Frost is an American author of fantasy, science fiction and thrillers. He directs the fiction writing workshop at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa. A graduate of the iconic Clarion Workshop, he has taught at Clarion several times, including the first session following its move to the University of California at Sa ...more
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