Where the Shadows Lie (Fire and Ice #1)
Amid Iceland’s wild, volcanic landscape, rumors swirl of an ancient manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power. A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumors can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one. Something worth killing for....more
The main character is likable; he has enough common sense to relate to but at the same time he is kind of arrogant which leaves room for error on his part, as well as a personality clash with his new co-workers.
I probably found the Icelandic lore that has been spun into the modern plot the most exciting; not that I have ever been to Iceland but they share a lot of mythology w...more
policemen, contract killers, fanboys,family secrets, and a magical ring.“Where the Shadows Lie”
follows Magnus Jonson, an Icelandic born Boston detective that must flee to his native country to escape the h...more
His main character has lived primarily in America all his life, and, as the novel progresses, slowly recalls more and more of his childhood in Iceland when he is forced to hide there before...more
Though a lot of the elements seem silly when described, they work perfectly in the book. For instance: A Boston PD detective on loan to the Icelandic police. Does it seem like a silly foreign exchange? No. Since Magnus is Icelandic-American and needs a place to hide while he waits...more
This book has it all -- a conflicted main character, a scintillating whodunnit, an ancient saga whose influence (and torture) is felt by a family for generations, a bleak and ethereal setting, and even some elves and trolls thrown in for good measure.
But don't worry...this book is 100% mystery/thriller. The elves and trolls are simply an explanation to try and exp...more
The plot was extremely well constructed. It was a good tale. As for the characters that someone else said were not well drawn, I cou...more
It was very exiting and having a passion, for Iceland, made it even bigger.
I must admit this book also deals a fair deal with The Lord Of The Rings, so this made it even more enjoyable for me, as I also do like LOTR.
If you like LOTR, this book would certainly be interesting, but if you don't like it, you might not find it as interesting as I did.
The book itself h...more
The fictional saga has links to The Lord of the Rings. I was under the impression Where The...more
It was fine, but slow going for me. The parts including the Lord of the Rings were interesting; Ridpath I thought was very creative with the saga and linking it to Tolkien. I liked the family history surrounding the saga. The the rest of the plot an...more
really surpassed my expectations ,'michael who' turns into 'he s a good author'.those who come across it should definitely give it a try,you wont be disappointed.
What a treat it was, from beginning to end. It has left me wanting to visit Iceland and I have downloaded the Sagas mentioned in the book and will read them in the future.
The characters are well described and interesting. I am really looking forward to reading the next one in the series. It is rare that I get to read a book that I j...more
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