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Shadowspawn (Thieves' World Novels #4)

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Now, in the fourth full-length novel inspired by Thieves World, Andrew J. Offutt--author of the "Cormac Mac Art" series and the "Spaceways" series--takes his beloved character, Shadowspawn, beyond the walls of Sanctuary, into new realms of sorcery and high adventure.
Mass Market Paperback, 278 pages
Published September 1st 1987 by Ace (first published 1987)
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May 22, 2014 Mars rated it liked it
I'm a huge fan of the Thieves' World anthologies, but this was... er... yeah, 3 stars.

(it's not terrible, but dei ex machinae abound, the plot twists are eh, and the characters, while surprisingly believable, are really, REALLY out of place in the series)
Mar 09, 2014 Dan rated it really liked it
This book reminds me of why Offut was one of my favorite Thieves' World authors. A mix of mystery, romance, action. There is a Deus ex Machina at the end, but the book is still an enjoyable read.
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Apr 12, 2015 Ira Livingston rated it it was amazing
Was my favorite of the Thieves World spin offs
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Apr 30, 2016 Shannon Appelcline rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, shared-world
I've always found Offutt's writing to be some of the better in the Thieves' World anthologies, so I wasn't surprised to find that his novel was enjoyable too. It's not particularly deep, but it's quick moving, it has 2 (or 4) fun characters, it has a strong arc, and it manages to convey sorcery as being pretty scary.

Also nice to once more see a bit more of the world of Thieves' World.
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Andrew Jefferson Offutt was an American science fiction and fantasy author. He wrote as Andrew J. Offutt, A.J. Offutt, and Andy Offut. His normal byline, andrew j. offutt, had his name in all lower-case letters. His son is the author Chris Offutt.

Offutt began publishing in 1954 with the story And Gone Tomorrow in If. Despite this early sale, he didn't consider his professional life to have begun
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Thieves' World Novels (7 books)
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