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The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns #2)

4.11  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,914 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin’s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne.

The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of thes
Hardcover, 512 pages
Published July 3rd 2014 by Del Rey (first published July 1st 2014)
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Django Wexler
Apr 05, 2014 Django Wexler rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
As has become tradition, I'll leave the first review on my own book. I, um, liked it?
Are you tired of the same old fantasy? Would reading yet another story about a chosen boy who goes on to be a great hero and save the world from an ancient evil make you want to punch a baby in the face*?

Well look no further. I present you the second book in Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns.

We've got not one, but TWO female protagonists. (The third one's a dude, but he's pretty cool so we won't hold it against him.) And if that's not enough there are at least 3 solid supporting female characters
Will M.
Jun 24, 2015 Will M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, war, 2015
My review of the first novel: The Thousand Names

It's nothing new that the second book of an ongoing fantasy series didn't live up to my expectations. I had very high hopes for this, but the execution was a bit lacking. No way near as good as the first book, but still better than most fantasy novels out now. Better for my taste, at least.

My major complaint with this novel would be that Wexler added in another voice in the novel. The dual point of view of Winter and Marcus was perfect in the first
Dec 24, 2014 Conor rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stars.

A second great instalment in what is quickly becoming one of my favourite new fantasy series'. After receiving some criticism for his intense focus on a flintlock fantasy military campaign in The Thousand Names Wexler showed here that he can write a more traditional fantasy adventure with the best of them. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the last one it was still a fun, easy read that kept me turning the pages and the finale, where Wexler finally brought his ability to write a br
Mogsy (MMOGC)
Jun 28, 2015 Mogsy (MMOGC) rated it really liked it
4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

Updated: Guest post by author on "Writing the Revolution" in The Shadow Throne

I used to think military fantasy wasn’t my thing, but ever since I started reading a lot again for book blogging, it’s become even more apparent that what I like or what I don’t like isn’t so much about the genre or sub-category, but is in the way it’s written. I saw that last year when I read Django Wex
Jan 16, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gosn Wexler nastavlja da me odusevljava. Velika knjiga sa puno likova, prica koja drzi paznju, elokventan stil pisanja koji nije zatrpan sa 10 strana nepotrebnih detalja. Isto tako sami likovi su realni, motivacije razumemo, svi se ponasaju ko da umeju da razmisljaju (sto na zalost ume da bude retkost u fantazijskim knjigama). Moj omiljeni lik je bila sama princeza koju upoznajemo na vrlo interesantan nacin i koja se ponasa drugacije nego sto bi ocekivali od nekoga na njenom polozaju.

Jedino sto
sequel to the superb Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne keeps the same exuberant storytelling, great characters and wonderful pov's in Winter and Marcus, while adding Princess Raesinia as 3rd pov.

now the action is back in Vordan, the setting is urban and the storyline is a mixture of revolution and magic rather than colonial war and magic

heir to the throne, Raesinia is assumed by sinister Duke Orlanko to be his tool for reasons one finds out in the first few pages, but under cover of a timid pri
May 08, 2016 Sumant rated it really liked it
The shadow throne which is the second book in the shadow campaigns series, completely changes gears as regards to the first book is concerned. The first book was a military fantasy while this book is all about the political intrigue going on the city of Vordan. The book started solidly for me, but I think the battle scenes in the book were a bit unconvincing and Wexler wrapped them up in just a few pages.

Some of the strong points of the book are

1.Interesting story.
2.World building.
3.New pov cha
Fantasy Review Barn

I am not sure I have ever seen a series do a complete one eighty in book two like this one has; I am certain that if I have it didn’t pull it off so successfully. There is no middle book issue in this series; The Shadow Throne improves on the very strong start provided by The Thousand Names.

Wexler introduced us to this world with a book that was at its heart one strong military campaign. The Thousand Names was pure military fantasy with a focus honed in on a few people within
Jul 11, 2014 BookBandit rated it really liked it
Less "martial" than the first book. In book 1 there were good number of large scale battles (plus accompanying skirmishes) and the story focused on the characters while campaigning across a foreign map. Here, the action is focused close to home in and around a single city. We get to see the seeds of discontent and scheming plans blossom into a full scale revolution.

Great story, characters and writing, just wanted to point out that it is a little different than the 1st book if you were looking fo
Jan 24, 2016 Manju rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star, 2016
I was really looking forward to this book after the glowing reviews of my friends and the people I follow here on GR. but I only I liked it whereas I wanted to love it.

book started as very strong for me with Janus assigning work to Marcus and Winter which seemed important enough at that time. I liked the new character of Raesinia and her little plan of snatching the power from the hands of Minister of Orlanko (the same man whom I thought to be so powerful and cunning). She played a vital role i
This book has:

-An officer who is a girl disguised as a boy who goes on an undercover mission disguised as a girl (yeah, you read that right)

-A clever princess-soon-to-be-Queen who, also under disguise, helps to spark a revolution among her people. . .against herself (sort of)

-A steadfast loyal Captain who never goes under disguise, not even once. (so basically, the boring one, lol)

I’m really enjoying this series. With the change in setting from the brutal deserts of Khandar to the intrigues of t
Milo (Bane of Kings)
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The King of Vordan is dying, and his daughter, Raesinia, is destined to become the first Queen in centuries.

But politics knows no loyalties, especially for Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and spymaster of the empire. The most feared man in the Vordan will bow his knee to no Queen, unless she is firmly under his influence.

Freshly returned from their recent victories in the colonies, Colonel Janus, Marcus and Winter
Geek Furioso
Django Wexler continúa su noble misión de intentar dejarme los huevos congelados con sus libros. Y lo consigue, el cabrón, lo consigue. He de reconocer que en muchas cosas que me esperaba me ha dejado algo frío, pero en otras ha demostrado que es un magnífico escritor.
May 10, 2016 Lys rated it really liked it
I read a lot of mixed reviews over this one, but I liked it.

It's very different from The Thousand Names and I can understand why people who loved the first could have felt a bit off with this one, but I think it was a good move on Wexler part.
To change so much the background and the kind of story-line(s), from a war novel to a political one, it was a smart way to build the worldbuilding and to make us see the complexity of his worlds.

The shadow throne has some weak points (not enough Janus to s
Sep 29, 2014 Mark rated it it was amazing
Shortest review, ITS BRILLIANTLY GOOD.

Think thats enough.
Jan 23, 2016 Anirudh rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
What came as a surprise when I read the first book, could not repeat the magic the second time around. The shadow Throne is quite different from its predecessor to the point of wondering if it is even the same series.

What started off as a brilliant Flintlock fantasy, full of mysterious demons, desert warfare and some great writing has suddenly turned into yet another book about court intrigue, and lacks everything that made the first book wonderful

Plot wise, the story is set back in homeland whe
Sherwood Smith
Dec 09, 2014 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: fantasy
The title is kinda generic for epic fantasy (shadows being about as ubiquitous as shattered things--I am waiting for one called "The Shattered Shadows") but hey, titles are like covers, meant to signal FANTASY HERE! to likely readers.

And this one delivers the goods. I devoured the first in this series, finding the female characters excellent, some nice gender-bending stuff going on, and the warfare first-rate. The magic, when it happened was creepy and fascinating.

In this second installment, Jan
Scott  Hitchcock
Jul 17, 2016 Scott Hitchcock rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was torn between a 4 and a 5. The book starts out on a new continent back in their home country and the start of the book is pretty slow and the new characters not never really developed the way I hoped. There's a lot of world building and it's not bad, just very slow.

The duke particularly who I was really looking forward to came off flat. I love that Wexler didn't go for the prototypical villain but at the same time I just never bought into him.

How all that said the last 75% of the book was
M.L. Brennan
May 20, 2014 M.L. Brennan rated it it was amazing
An absolutely fantastic sequel -- Django Wexler takes Marcus, Winter, and Janus from the desert campaigns of THOUSAND NAMES to shadowy politics and a city on the edge of revolution. Favorite characters return, plus there are some utterly marvelous new voices in the second installment of the Shadow Campaigns. Wexler is able to keep a dense tapestry of overlapping plotlines both exciting and cogent, with personal stakes, agendas, excellent characterization, rich worldbuilding, and wry humor. Fabul ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Patremagne rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Edit for formatting.

I don't really know what to rate this, but it's somewhere between 3 and 4, though I may round up to 4 at some point because it was entertaining.

I also don't know when I got so critical, but here are the main issues I had:

Orlanko was painfully two-dimensional, almost straight out of a cartoon, so much so that I had no issue imagining him twirling a great moustache beneath his gigantic spectacles. I had trouble seeing any motivation behind his actions other than the fact he's
Michael Fletcher
Sep 22, 2015 Michael Fletcher rated it really liked it
This books does a great job of building onThe Thousand Names and ends leaving you wondering (with a definite impatience) when the next book will be published.

Dammit! I swore I wasn't going to start a new series until all the books had been released! I hate waiting!
Jul 31, 2015 Moira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aj, fantasy, válečná
5.4.2015 - 4,5*
Poslední slova knížky. Ta poslední slova... úplně mi přeběhl mráz po zádech.
Stále je to skvělý příběh. Je to ten typ knihy, kterou živě vidíte za očima, uvízne vám v hlavě a vy si ji sebou nosíte, kdykoliv knihu odložíte, a i dlouho poté, co ji dočtete.
Je to jiné, než první díl. Zatímco první díl byl o válce v otevřeném poli, tato kniha se zaplétá do politické pavučiny, jsou tam intriky, mezi obyčejnými lidi ve městě to bublá nespokojeností, šeptá se slovo revoluce, ve městě začín
Jul 07, 2016 Katherine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my review of The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler, the second book in his trilogy The Shadow Campaigns. The first book in the trilogy was The Thousand Names, which I read last year and really loved, it was one of my favourite books that I read last year, and it really took me by surprise.

This is a flintlock fantasy series, meaning that it has a more modern setting than most fantasy books, including muskets and cannons as weaponry. I believe that the author Django Wexler has said that he wa
Sep 02, 2014 Lise rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
(Full disclosure: I'm Django's alpha reader, and I read much of this one in an earlier draft. Re-read in print, though, because that's the kind of pal I am)

I think much of my excitement about this book can be summed up by Liz Bourke's review: FANTASY FRENCH REVOLUTION WITH LESBIANS.

Let me further sell this book by asking: do you want awesome female characters--soldiers, revolutionaries, royals, revolutionary-royals, undead revolutionary-royals, historians, economic geniuses, assassin-mai
Jul 17, 2014 Joel rated it it was amazing
So uh, Django Wexler can write good. Proper good.

The Thousand Names caught me by total surprise when I read it last year, in that it was wonderfully written and completely engaging. It gave a bit of a behind-the-scenes feeling look at military camp life, with details and nuances that normally aren't thought about by the peasant masses, such as myself. The characters were engaging and lively, the magic interesting, and the drama really great.

The Shadow Throne continued right in the footsteps of t
Feb 29, 2016 Jacqie rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed The Shadow Throne, I didn't think that I learned much from it. It was probably necessary for the author to position the characters and set up for the climax of the series, but the book felt very much like a set-up book more than a story in itself.

The author says that he cribbed a bit from the French Revolution when writing out the politics of this book. I certainly hope that this book doesn't go quite as darkly for the characters as the actual French Revolution did for its author
Feb 09, 2015 Christopher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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May 29, 2016 Geoff rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, library
I didn't find this as enjoyable as the first novel in the series.

I still enjoyed the two returning POV characters (Marcus & Winter) and also enjoyed the newcomer (Raesinia). I liked that the plot was more expansive, and encompassed more than the single military campaign from the first book.

I still want to dig deeper into the magic of the world which was nearly completely ignored in this book. The final confrontation ended abruptly and didn't provide the ending that I felt the book was build
Jul 30, 2014 Alan rated it liked it
Again, I wish Goodreads allowed half-stars because this one was 3.5 stars to me. I enjoyed it a bit less than I did the Thousand Names but that may be because I enjoy military fiction, which the first book was and this was not.

The sequel follows the protagonists of the Thousand Names on their return to the capital city where the king is on his death-bed. The book also adds a new viewpoint character in the princess who is heir to the throne. While the first book gave a fantasy spin on a colonial
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Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees in creative writing and computer science, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays g ...more
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The Shadow Campaigns (5 books)
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