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The Shadow Cycles
Rorn, Waste-Ranger of Nightwake, looks across a wreckage of utter unending night, unsullied by moons or stars, prowled by things suited to blindness and ruin. A realm where man clings to survival in impregnable noctilucent mansions, where only a few can and do step outside to take messages of possibility and comfort
Paperback, 256 pages
Published August 22nd 2011 by Immanion Press/Magalithica Books
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I enjoy Emery's short stories and his on-going study of sword and sorcery. the write up of this book sounded promising, and I really wanted to like it. it had potential, and that's what earns it it's 3 stars. there are cool, interesting, and bad-ass characters, great action scenes, intrigue, angst...and lots of confusion that ultimately overwhelms the story into underwhelming. there is however a very cool nonfiction examination of s&s to close the book.
Nov 25, 2013 S.E. Lindberg rated it liked it
"To write sword-&-sorcery in the twenty-first century, it seemed to me, required a redefinition of the form. ‘The Shadow Cycles’ is my attempt at that redefinition – in effect, the formulation and deployment of a tarot." – Philip Emery
Emery’s Sword & Sorcery and Weird Works : I first learned of his work via the Demons: A Clash of Steel Anthology, in which his "Fifteen Breaths" appealed to me; it had a poetic, dreamy-weird style to it. Crossed his work again in Return of the Sword and ...more