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A Shadow in Summer by Daniel Abraham
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Sep 06, 08

Recommended for: lover's of fantasy that are jaded with the current trend
Read in September, 2008

A Shadow in Summer has an eastern flair to it and a uniqueness that fantasy recently has lacked. Unlike most fantasy it is much more about the characters and their personal actions and choices than grand sweeping epics. Don't believe that the individuals in the story have no power though, they are players in a game to topple empires or ruin cities. But it is presented with such grace that sometimes it feels that the tension is less than it might be. Seedless is a very well done character. While he maintains the aspect of humanity, the lack of concern, societal morals or even decency is what sets him aside as the godlike andat. I am certain that as the series progresses that more will be shown about these mysterious creatures that are the crux of life in the rememnants of Empire in the following books. The ending is bittersweet. It does not disappoint, but again is of a nature that those who have become enured to the climactic battle will find it lacking. Closest comparision would be to Sean Russell's books. Enjoy.
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message 1: by Jenna (new)

Jenna I agree that the fantasy genre has been rather homogenous lately. I might check this out just based on it's originality. Can I borrow it?

Jeff Young Absolutely, since I can't find Anathem yet to loan it to you. It has a bitter sweet end to it. It's so much more subtle than most fantasy nowadays. It reminds me of Sean Russell. That's a good thing...

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