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Stands a Shadow

(Heart of the World #2)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  485 ratings  ·  35 reviews
Still grieving the death of her son, the Holy Matriarch of Mann has ordered her troops to embark on a mission to the Mercian Free Ports. Riding at the head of her army she plans to finally conquer the city of Bar-Khos, whose walls have kept them at bay for ten long years.
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published July 1st 2011 by Tor Books (first published 2011)
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Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, own, grimdark
Originally reviewed at Bookwraiths.

Grittier. More complex. More engaging. Stands a Shadow is a book which does not succumb to the sophomore book slump but rises above its predecessor, making a reader crave more. Col Buchanan crafting a mesmerizing sequel to Farlander, one which grips a reader from the first page and never lets go, as an epic tale of revenge, war, and survival plays out across the pages. Or, to put it simply, this is a damn good book!

Picking up directly after book one, the Roshun
Neal Asher
Feb 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I picked up Col Buchanan’s Stands a Shadow, kindly sent to me by Julie Crisp at Macmillan. On the back of the dust jacket is a quote that runs ‘Two pages into Farlander (the previous book) I was hooked ... I’ll certainly be reading the next book, for I have a feeling it’s going to be even better. Nice one Mr Buchanan’ by a guy called Neal Asher. So was this even better? I didn’t find myself being immediately hooked for any of a number of reasons: my hangover was getting in the way, because I cou ...more
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, books-i-own
This second book follows directly on from its predecessor Farlander.
Ash, the Farlander of the previous book is in Q'os seeking retribution for the murder of his apprentice Nico. As a Roshun assassin such a search for personal vengeance is against everything that he has been taught. His target, the Holy Matriarch of Man leaves Q'os at the head of an army , her plan is to conquer the fortress of Bar-Khos, a city that has been besieged by the Mannians for ten long years. Ash follows, waiting for hi
Guy Haley
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Evil hedonists take on island democrats

Buchanan’s entertaining Heart of the World series continues with an invasion of Bar-Khos by the Empire of Mann. Meanwhile, super-ninja Ash tracks the wicked Matriarch, and Mannian assassin Ché begins to doubt his loyalties.

Stands a Shadow offers plenty –battles, genocide, shipwreck, intrigue, and compelling new characters. Buchanan’s writing is strong; even if he undermines the effect of his descriptive powers by being equally descriptive of plant pots as h
Matthew Doucette
Jun 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in The Heart of the world series. The Empire of man is realling after the attempted assassination of the prince of there kingdom, and the high matriarch herself is out to take over the world. This book follows a young harlot who has decided to stop doing drugs and being...well a harlot and signs up for the army. She helps in the war against the matriarch who is now attacking her city and who's armies years before killed her family and her original town. Also follows who i ...more
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
So despite my reservations about book #1, I decided to read Stands a Shadow as well. It was readily available at my library, so I picked it up and started reading. If anything, this book was even slower going for me. Maybe I just never fully connected with Master Ash or any of the other characters. To be sure, the dramatic timeline moves much slower than in the previous book. Without the naturally stronger scenes to pull it through, I almost stopped reading. However, I figured you never know wha ...more
I finally finished (in the sense that I turned and scanned all pages) this one after more than a year since I started it; standard fantasy that came too late for me as it is nothing special and I feel the genre has mostly exhausted its interest for me; no plans to read more in this series as I simply could not care about anything in this one
Po przeczytaniu Wędrowca, od razu zabrałem się za czytanie jego kontynuacji. Tym razem rzuciły mi się w oczy różne babole w polskiej wersji, zwykle to jakieś drobnostki ortograficzne oraz interpunkcyjne, ale było też miejsce, w którym tłumacz pomerdał dwie podobne nazwy i je podmienił. Jeśli idzie o okładkę, moim zdaniem jest gorsza niż ostatnio. W przypadku toru rozwoju fabuły to jest tutaj ogromny zwrot. Poprzednia część była w znacznym stopniu historią o mistrzu i uczniu, o nauce i skrytobójc ...more
John Ferringer
Aug 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Most of the book felt strange, main point of view characters were killed at the end of the first book and it just felt difficult to see where the series was headed. I'll probably give the next book a try, the ending definitely gave reason to see where it goes but I feel like I'm going out on a ledge doing so. ...more
Royal Bateman
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Slow burn to an amazing battle that I had a dream of afterwards
Feb 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Lorsque Livraddict a proposé ce partenariat avec les éditions Bragelonne, que j'en profite pour remercier, j’ai sauté sur l’occasion de lire cette saga qui me faisait de l’œil depuis la sortie de Farlander, il y a plusieurs mois. J’ai donc enchaîné la lecture des deux volumes du Cœur du monde, mais ayant été relativement déçue par le premier, c'est un peu avec des pincettes que je me suis lancée dans Entre chien et loup.

Contrairement au premier opus dont j’avais beaucoup apprécié les parties con
Pete Skimin
Dec 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
After reading the first book of Col Buchanan's Heart of the World series, Farlander, I was left with mixed feelings. For the most part I had enjoyed the book. If I were to have used one word to describe it however it would have most likely been: Average. I did find it enjoyable enough however to want to see where Mr. Buchanan was going with his story.

Man am I glad I picked up the second book. Stands A Shadow is better in every way compared to the first book. Don't get me wrong, the first book w
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: volwassenen
In De Schim van Roshun barst de strijd echt los nu Sasheen, de Heilige Matriarch van Mann, heeft besloten zelf ten strijde te trekken tegen Bar-Khos, een van de laatste vrije staten die zich teweerstellen tegen de expansiedrift van het rijk van Mann. Ondertussen is de roshun Ash, geheel tegen de principes van zijn orde, op een persoonlijke vendetta om Sasheen om te brengen. Zij wordt echter beschermd door meer mensen dan slechts haar soldaten. Haar persoonlijke ‘Diplomaat’ Ché, een voormalig ros ...more
Jun 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Après un premier ouvrage qui laissait globalement sur sa faim et apportait beaucoup plus de questions que de réponses, Col Buchanan se devait de proposer un livre dans la continuité de l’intrigue global du cœur du monde tout en étant légèrement différent pour ne pas donner l’impression d’une deuxième vendetta copiée-collée. C’est chose faite avec Entre chien et loup, qui se concentre sur l’invasion guerrière de l’île de Khos et les conséquences auprès des divers protagonistes. Intrigue recentrée ...more
Mar 01, 2015 rated it liked it
Well.. the war continues and all the plot points revolve around it. If you are interested the type of action a war generates and damaged heroes who through their grit survive in the end do pick this book up.

It is very nicely paced novel which hits on major action on the magic system in the next book, something along the lines of necromancy or godly revival, only time will tell. I was expecting few characters to play a major role in this book but that didn't happen. We get to see development of c
La verdad es que dado que me gustó bastante en cuanto al estilo el libro anterior, este tenía pinta de que tenía difícil mejorar de una manera realmente visible. Y me ha defraudado y gustado a partes prácticamente iguales. En el sentido literario, tengo que decir que es incluso mejor que la primera parte. En el sentido de acercarse a mis gustos, no tanto. Y sin embargo, desde ya tengo que decir que espero con ansias la tercera parte de esta saga. Probablemente a muchos no os suene, pero la prime ...more
M Tat
Jan 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I was skeptical, reading this second in the series. For some reason, given how long it had been since reading the first, I had thought Buchanan's work not outstanding.

I was wrong. He actually tells a pretty damn swell story, and I can't help but think there is a scattered smattering of literary themes within his work. Reading 'Stands a Shadow' I was reminded of why I had sunk into the first, but was more glad at that this work seems stronger/more cohesive/more involved in multiple characters tha
Jamie Gibbs
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
If you like the logistical and tactical sides of your fantasy conflict, then Stands a Shadow is a must read. Buchanan pens the conflict as though he were the war-scribe with open access to the general's table. A brilliant read that is likely only made better by reading through Farlander, which I intend to do very soon.

Read the full review of Stands a Shadow at Mithril Wisdom.
Lumos Theora
Feb 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Eh, pues me ha gustado más que el primero, la verdad. De hecho, le pondría puntuación máxima si no fuera por que el final final es un poco deus ex machina. Pero por lo demás... genial. O al menos en mi opinión. =)
Vladimir Eugene
Aug 26, 2013 rated it liked it
It was Good book The second half was a lot more enjoyable and had me hooked
Dec 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
Great development of a world. Very well-developed characters that I grew to love and hate. I will definitely look for the next installment of this trilogy.
Nov 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Pretty good follow up to Farlander until things take a turn for the absurd. Cringing at the thought of book 3.
Jessie B.
Mar 06, 2014 rated it liked it
Continues to be an interesting story with a dynamic and fascinating world. This book does not settle much, merely sets the stage for the future.
Fredrick Danysh
Oct 09, 2014 rated it liked it
After being a soldier Ash has become an assassin. The priests of Mannish are on a slow conquest of the world with their own corps of assassins. Eventually the two must collide.
Peter Salomon
Apr 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shows a much more deft hand than his strong debut. Still great characters and still a tendency towards slow narrative but still a great read.
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
Heerlijk boek waarin we meer te weten komen over Ash en Che en kennis maken met het meisje Curl. Het boek leest erg prettig en ik zie al uit naar deel 3.
Oct 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-read-2011
Not a bad second book
Jun 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant. Can't wait for the next one. ...more
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Col Buchanan is an Irish writer who was born in Lisburn, Northern Ireland, in 1973. From an early age he turned to reading and writing fantastical works to escape his troubles. In school he was the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the classroom. Later, in his stretches of work as a copywriter, he would be the quiet dreamer who always sought out the back of the office.

Having strayed

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