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Shadow's Son by Jon Sprunk
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Nov 23, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: dark-fantasy, fantasy, sword-and-sorcery
Read from October 03 to November 22, 2011

It seems like I've been reading a lot of sword n' sorcery lately, but nothing modern that was such a rousing, uncomplicated, straight-up adventure as Shadow's Son. It even opens up with what I'd characterize as a James Bond pre-credit sequence, for Pete's sake.

This is a book that gets straight to the point and sticks with it all the way through. Caim is an assassin haunted by 1) the murder of his father and 2) an invisible waif who only he can see. He also has mysterious shadow-based powers that he can neither explain nor control. Anyway, Caim gets hired to kill this guy, but someone else kills him first and Caim gets stuck rescuing the daughter of the man he was supposed to be executing and... Well, you get the idea. It's the kind of hard-boiled story that you'd be just as likely to find in a gangster or detective novel as in the fantasy department, and the fight scenes are second to none.

The ending leaves it open to infinite sequels, of course, but what I like is that instead of departing on a quest to save the world, or even a small part of it, Caim's overarching journey seems to be one of self-discovery, with the occasional ass-kicking thrown in for good measure.
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