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Shadowrise by Tad Williams
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Mar 20, 2010

it was amazing
Read from March 15 to 20, 2010

Ok, so I am a fan of Tad Williams and will read almost anything he prints for adults Howeve, this series got off to a bit of a rocky start with the first book, which was very tightly written and, in fact a little to tight. It felt more like a scripted, by the numbers fantasy book. Much of it seemed like he was trying to write a more original, grown up version of the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn series. It was still good and interesting but it seemed like too much was going on yet nothing was happening. The second book picked up and got better, with a lot of unexpected stuff and, imho, a really imaginative world taking shape.

This book, the third, is fantastic. Much of the plot falls into place and the theology of the world comes into focus and becomes a front and center part of the plot. The representations of good and evil become confused and some annoying characters become interested. And the world itself, with its people's, fairies and gods, really comes into its own and feels like a believable, renassaince era world...

So, the point of this poor review is that if the first book seemed a bit dry, hang in there and keep going, because it gets really good.

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