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Dolor and Shadow

(Tales of the Drui #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  38 reviews
As the elven city burns, Princess Kallan is taken to Alfheim while a great power begins to awaken within her. Desperate to keep the child hidden, her abilities are suppressed and her memory erased. But the gods have powers as well, and it is only a matter of time before they find the child again.

When Kallan, the elven witch, Queen of Lorlenalin, fails to save her dying fat
Published (first published May 31st 2015)
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J.K. Norry
Aug 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Angela B. Chrysler has brought world building to breathtaking heights with ‘Dolor and Shadow’. The first book in the ‘Tales of the Drui’ saga, ‘Dolor and Shadow’ begins what promises to be an epic fantasy series. Chrysler lays it all out in clear terms, showing the reader right away that this is a world that is as compelling and complex as any other. From philosophy and religion to geography and architecture, to weapons and mythology and symbolism, the author introduces us to every aspect of thi ...more
Read this book for a Read It & Reap in exchange for an honest review.

Dolor and Shadow is the first book in the Tales of the Drui series. It is such a great opener that I can't wait to dive into the second book.

A lot happens in this book and you get to meet so many amazing characters that your head might be spinning. Kallan is the new elf queen and the MC of this book. She's a badass with super awesome magical powers. Then there's Rune who is the cunning king that has a ton of dark secrets and t
Aug 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won this book and agreed to give it an honest review. Although the book is quite long, the story never drew me into it as I first expected it to do from the excerpt but it was an interesting story about an Elven witch little girl who inherited her father's war when she failed to save him from death. She vows revenge on the one man she thought was responsible and swears to kill him, but she's just a child and how could she kill a grown man and the king of Gunir named Rune. But nothing is as it ...more
K.S. Marsden
Kallan is one of the long-living fair folk, and the Queen of Lorlenalin. But there is an encroaching darkness, and secrets about her own life that even she is unaware of. Only her enemy, King Rune, can help her.

This was a hard one to rate.
I was just reading another reviewer's post on a completely different book, and a phrase she used caught my attention: "a dense wordiness that is reminiscent of high fantasy novels".
Which struck very true for Dolor and Shadow. Which can be taken as a positive or
Michael Lynes
Jun 27, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dolor and Shadow by Angela B Chrysler is an epic saga, some 700 pages in the kindle edition. It introduces the reader to the world of Norse legend, and is intricately described and detailed.
Much of the tale concerns the thousand year conflict between the Dokkalfar and the Ljosalfar, two eleven races that inhabit Alfheim or the land of the elves. The Dokkalfar are led by Kallan, daughter of King Eyolf who inherits the throne from him when he is ambushed and slain by treachery at the hands of the
Nicholas Rossis
Aug 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Epic - that's the one word that sums up Dolor and Shadow in my mind. Chrysler has created a rich and vivid world, walked by fierce warriors and gods alike. It's obvious that she has studied her history, and her world-building ability left me in awe, as did her exceptional writing.

The only problem was the epic scope itself, which left me dazed at first, while I was trying to memorize one unfamiliar name after another. I gave up after realizing that Chrysler had named even the most secondary of c
Lenita Sheridan
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, favorites
It's hard to do this book justice due to its length. Quite a bit of work went into this epic dark fantasy. For a dark fantasy, this book is simply excellent. It is well researched (especially the Norse mythology) and fits the title quite well. The book also has a very appropriate cover. After reading the author bio it was easy to see how she could write such a book. The author is a talented and skilled writer. The fighting and banter between Kallan and Rune is very well done and even humorous in ...more
Erin Riley
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Epic Saga
I was a huge fan of sword and sorcery novels growing up, but hadn’t picked one up in a while as an adult. Dolor and Shadow reminded me exactly why I loved the genre, and still do. This novel is big, detailed, and sweeping in scope. The characters are very well done, multi-layered and deep. They don’t give up their secrets immediately, a fact I greatly appreciate in novels of any genre. Kallen is an amazing heroine, strong, spunky, but full of conflicting emotions about ruling. She ha
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dolor and Shadow by: Angela B Chrysler

This is an epic tale that you won't want to put down!

Kallan, daughter of King Eyolf, inherits the throne when her father is ambushed and slain. She is also known as a Seidkona to a select few. When someone in the high court becomes an enemy bent on a takeover, Kallan is abducted, but escapes with the help of someone from her past, she starts the long journey back home in the company of the king of Ljosafar.

The reader is introduced to the Norse legend and t
Bret Jarvis
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastically engrossing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Well written with strong characters and an even stronger story line. Won courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Curious start, building quickly into a strong base for the main characters. I need one of those pouches. I like how Kallan is both strong and weak at the same time, as well as her interactions with Rune. Rune is my favourite character, how he’s calm and both ally and enemy for Kallan. Their oil and fire relationship had me cheering them on but at the same time wanting to smack their heads together. Undecided on Bergen, he seems to be a mischievous dark horse. Didn’t like the dvergr. The middle d ...more
Review also available on my blog The Shameful Narcissist Speaks.

I had started reading this before and Initially thought it was boring or the characters irritated me for some reason, but as I'd barely finished the prologue, I figured I'd give it another chance.  The beginning quote is directly from The Poetic Edda: Stories of the Norse Gods and Heroes, which I'd recently finished, and the novel itself if rife with Norse Mythology.

The prologue introduces two characters, a grandmother and her grand
Sep 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
'Dolor and Shadow' is a story about Kallan, who becomes Queen after the death of her father. Unable to save him Kallan wants revenge on King Rune of Gunuir, who she believes is to blame. But as the story goes on Kallan finds herself in the company of Rune. Together they try and make their way home but find it isn't easy.

Overall, I thought this book was good but a bit too long in length for me.

The world and characters that Chrysler has written about were what I liked best about it. They were wri
David Wiley
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was immediately entranced with the premise of the book, since it envisions Viking/Norse mythology from the perspective of the elves. I knew, going in, that there would be a lot to love about the world being built and, in that aspect, I was not disappointed in the least. The worldbuilding here is magnificent and, once you get used to the onslaught of names and places, you can really begin to feel immersed in the world. Things are just so well-developed in this book that it feels reminiscent of ...more
M.L.S. Weech
Mar 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dolor and Shadow is the first book in the Tales of the Drui series. Like most first books in a series, it’s got a fairly steep learning curve and some development points that need to be established for future books.

The main characters Kallan and Rune, steal the show. The rest of the cast is interesting, but not quite built on. Luckily the character of Kallan stands on her own. She’s a compelling person with an interesting internal conflict. Rune is a solid counter to her. I was most happy wit
Ryan Guy
With first-rate world building, in depth character development, and layers of political drama and warfare, this book captivated me.

The brutalities of war, which unfortunately included children as casualties, were not glossed over, nor dwelt upon to the point of being violence just for the sake of violence. People's deaths affected the main characters in realistic, deep, and debilitating ways. A good portion of the narrative focused on one character's, Kallan's, struggle to cope with the atrocit
Timothy Bateson
Steeped in the mythology of the Norse realms

This story takes time to build, but it easily fulfills the promises made in the first few pages. The characters come to life in stunning detail, evolving through the course of the story, shaped by their actions, and the actions of those around them.
Between work and my own writing, I find it hard to dedicate much time to reading, but this was one of those books that I had a hard time putting down. I found myself turning page after page, and wanting to r
Aurelia Casey
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm a huge Norse everything nerd. This story was perfect. Angela did an amazing job getting the mythology and folklore of Norway right (unlike some major comic brands, *cough* *cough*). You can definitely tell that I loved her world-building if you listen to the discussion on AVBC. I might have gone overboard a little.

Angela doesn't pull her punches. This is definitely dark fantasy: some awful stuff happens. But there isn't any senseless violence. It all has a reason and is directly relevant to
Chris Birdy
Jul 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Magic! That's the one word that can explain this multi-layered, epic fantasy. This Nordic fantasy was also epic in size but so worth the read. The characters and story seem to build and layer as the tale progresses. This book will take the reader on a journey they will never forget. ...more
Nov 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author but it definitely will not be my last. I am not usually very into books about the Northman and the Norse Gods but the title caught my attention and this book which is a sort of enemies to friends book captured me right from the start. The worldbuilding of the realms is amazing and the descriptions take the reader right to the place being described as they are so vivid and detailed. The characters are powerful both in their magical powers and also ...more
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kallan is a princess. Her father rules the Dokkalfar, a type of dark elf. He moved a large group of his people from their homeland to Alfheim, where the Ljosalfar are located, because one of the other kings killed his wife. The Ljosalfar king has three children. The youngest, the only daughter, is killed, and it looks like a Dokkalfar attack. His wife uses her influence over the Seidr to try and bring her back to life, but gives to much, and is overcome by the shadow. The same shadow surrounds ...more
I have mixed thoughts about this one. On one hand, I appreciate the scope of the fantasy and loved how vividly it was written. The characters were genuine and the plot kept my interest.

On the other hand, I thought it was too long. It could have shaved a hundred fifty pages off easily.

Personal preference: the formatting didn’t work for me. I didn’t like how each paragraph was double spaced from every other paragraph, while within the paragraphs were single spaced. It gave off an impression of b
Imré Welnicki
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This book was pretty interesting although a bit difficult to keep up with. There were some parts of the plot I found to be confusing like I was missing an important part of different characters' past.

Overall it was a really great book with plenty of action and the perfect amount of personal conflict between characters. There were some typos (sorry I notice those a lot) and there were actually two chapter 44's (chapter 43 was labeled as chapter 44). I really enjoy fantasy and historical fiction,
Oct 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book! This is the kind of story that got me so interested in reading when I was a kid. It's got a similar idea to Terry Brooks' earlier books, which I devoured as a kid. Yet, the difference in terms, such as Alfr rather than Elf, made it more interesting. The only thing I disliked about this book was that it took me so long to read it... Which is because of my other commitments, not because the story was bad in any way! I 10000% would recommend reading it... In fact, I finished it toda ...more
Susanne Leist
I found it difficult to follow the large cast of characters. After a while, I gave up and concentrated my attention on the main characters and their problems. I was eager to see Rune and Kellan together. I wanted to see some passion between them. After Rune saved her life, Kellan kicked him. Then she ran off. I stopped reading. One day, I will finish it.
The book is well-written. I'm sure readers who are used to reading fantasy fiction will enjoy the history and details.
Laura Brown
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: slow-going
Where to begin. I really enjoyed the book. Definitely a change from my usual paranormal books. The beginning was a bit difficult to follow. There were new characters introduced and I had trouble keep track of who was who. But after the first few chapters I caught on and it was actually a very interesting book!

All in all great read. I wouldn’t give it five stars just because it took some extra concentration to get through the first few chapters and try not to get lost.
David Rose
Jun 29, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well written Norse/Elven fantasy, the author's knowledge of the historical and mythic setting and languages being among the best features of the book. Angela Chrysler also knows how to tell a story, one result being that I was disappointed enough to reach the abrupt ending to consider giving this only three stars. I can't quite do that, it's too good a book. But readers need to be aware that reading this volume by itself is very unsatisfactory. Good news is that the next in the series is out... ...more

“How I hate to kill you,” she whispered. “How I hate more that you seek to kill me, and how I hate most your bloodthirsty king who orders the slaying of my kin.”

Dolor and Shadow is a pretty fast paced book with just the right amount of foreshadowing, badassery and fantasy to make it a perfect afternoon read.

It covers Norse mythology and is quite frankly a gripping book. Sure, at times I did feel a little confused but that was simply because there were a lot of names and events to rememb
Brenda Davies
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I know how much I love the book I'm reading when it haunts my dreams, and this book did just that plus I had an affinity with it from the start because I have a tri-cornered knot tattoo on my lefty shoulder! The world built by Angela is incredible, her knowledge of Norse mythology, including the language is amazing, but she is not only able to create this intricate world, her words are able to draw you in. This is a complex world full of intrigue, brutal combat and mystical magic. The huge cast ...more
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: giveaways
This is a fantasy set in an interesting magical world based on Norse history and mythology. I really enjoyed the first third of the novel, but lost interest as the focus turned to romance. It just wasn’t what I was hoping for. Obviously, lots of people love romance, so this is not a drawback for everyone, just for me. I would have preferred focusing on the other characters, their motivations, and how they were all interconnected. I think a rich world was being built, but those parts moved along ...more
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“Hjuki and Bil

Hjuki and Bil chased the moon,

With waters from Byrgir’s well,

Upon their shoulders they did share,

Simul the pole and Saegr.

‘Mani,’ they cried and chased the sky,

‘From Byrgir whence we came,

To water the earth and water your drink,

And water the seas with rain’.

Hati looked back and Skol ahead,

But Mani gave no reply,

For Hjuki he took, and bent his crook,

And Bil was taken thereafter.

Hjuki and Bil still chase the moon,

From Byrgir whence they came,

To water the earth and water the drink,

And water the seas with rain.”
“In death we vanquished enemies,

In death, we slew our foes.

Blood soaked rage engulfed our blades,

When blood lust took its hold.

In death, a darkness troubled one,

In death, concealed, undone.

Deep in darkness dragons wait,

When blood would set the sun.

In death, we glorified his name.

In death, we saw too late,

When drink, to him, we raised in praise,

The dragon sealed his fate.

In death, we lived. In death, we fought.

In death, we grew to hate.

In death, the blackened wraith released,

The blinded shade beneath.

In death, his darkened eyes grew dim.

In death, his mind was lost within.

With blackened eyes, he slew his kin,

In death, we lost to him.

In death, I took up sword and slew.

In death, the dragon’s wrath ensued.

We had no choice. The dragon fumed.

In death, he was consumed.

In death, our brother’s blood deplored,

In death, our brother, did I gore,

When I rose up and killed one more.

His blood ensconced my sword.

From death, his mutterings are weak.

From death, his voice, to me, it speaks.

Entombed within my brother’s keep,

Revived in death, he sleeps.”
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