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(Shadowmarch #3)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  5,642 ratings  ·  193 reviews
With King Olin imprisoned and Prince Kendrick slain, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have been forced to flee their homeland. But both families and nations can hide dark and terrible secrets. Even if Barrick and Briony survive learning the astonishing truths at the heart of their own family and of Southmarch itself, they must find a way to reclaim their kingdom and resc ...more
Hardcover, 672 pages
Published 2010 by DAW
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May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This series continues to be something of an enigma, but not in the usual sense of the word.

Sure, there's a number of great reveals in this volume that let us dive deeper and deeper into what the gods are and what they were and how they work. We understand the god's children, the Fae who are bursting out into this fantasy land and displacing or killing the lesser, or rather, quite equal humans.
There's even a great deal of good action and epic battles and tons of court intrigue and traveling on t
Nov 14, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of epic fantasy
Recommended to Terence by: Fan of Williams
Shelves: sf-fantasy
For me, Tad Williams is a "comfortable author." I can rely on him to write engaging stories that don't push the envelope too far but still manage to inject enough creativity and energy to make reading enjoyable.

And he really has a handle on fairies. They're just alien enough so that you believe they're more than humans with pointed ears (unlike Terry Brook's "elves" in the Shannara series) but their motives remain comprehensible. A similar sense of otherworldliness also made Williams' earlier Me
Jim Pfluecke
Mar 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 happeni ...more
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fantasy
This continues to be a great, sprawling epic.

It's not exactly a quick read, though. I found myself able to put it down and read other books, but I was always able to come back to it and instantly know right where I'd left off and what was happening. It's because of Williams' characters. He creates real people, and the instant you see their name, you know exactly what they're doing. The one problem I have with this book/series is Barrick. Him wandering around with the gross raven was the only pa
Sotiris Karaiskos
Jan 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: high-fantasy, fantasy
In the third part of this series, the pace of the story is lowered as much has been done in the two previous and so there is a gap that needs to be covered. Of course, there are many small moments of tension but they are not very decisive for the continuation. This slower pace, therefore, allows the author to show us other aspects of the heroes of this story, but also of those who are in the opposing camp, with the half-mad king from the South stealing the show. Beyond that, some protagonists of ...more
Bob Milne
Dec 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
Oh, Tad . . . what a tangled, deceptive, infuriating web you weave! It seems as if the Shadowmarch series has been going on forever, and it seems that I've been reading Shadowrise (the first half of the concluding volume) for even longer than that. With it's deliberate pacing, slow unveiling of the deeper mysteries, and fitful advances of the plot, this is hardly what one would describe as an all-consuming read . . . and yet, no matter how many times I put it down, it was never long before I fou ...more
Edward Rathke
May 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's somewhat easy to see why this is a bit of a bastard child for Williams. In some ways, I think it's much better than Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn. A lot of that has to do with Williams being a more mature storyteller at this point in his career. The characterization, conflicts, and so on are just much more interesting. There's a savageness Williams has with his characters in this series that's kind of fascinating.

But everything is just so unfamiliar and alien. I think it keeps most readers at a
Jul 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, 2012-rev
I have the occasional argument with friends about whether Tad Williams has anything of his own to say. While I agree that Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn was derivative, I thought Otherland was innovative and interesting, as was The War of the Flowers . The first two books of Shadowmarch seemed to bear out that promise.

Shadowrise, unfortunately, bogs down substantially. It's not bad, but it is dull. The complex plot moves on, and Williams does a good job of keeping all the key characters in pla
Apr 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
Yes, that's right, I've juiced this rating to four stars, because as my band teacher taught, avoid the middle of the road. No, actually, the first book was a crappy two star, while the second was a borderline three, and this book is really getting better. Highlights (my laptop is dying) include his ever-improving depiction of madman Autarch Sulepis from the POV of his incredibly normal prime minister and the unbelievably satisfying way in which he wraps up the book with Barrick's storyline reach ...more
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
My favorite quote so far, from Tinwright's mother:
"Didn't the good book always say people are to be sausaged?"
"Solaced, mother, solaced"
Apr 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Where Shadowplay really picked up the pace from Shadowmarch not only in terms of action, but in terms of originality and creativity, Shadowrise continues forward in one direction, but I feel steps backwards in the other. The story really comes into its own in this book, with all the characters starting to sound much more like full entities instead of cardboard cut-outs, and a lot of really great ideas are introduced (or expanded upon). Despite this, however, I found myself feeling restless throu ...more
Dec 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
"Shadowrise" lifts a few more veils and deepens the various plots running through this fine, four-book fantasy epic. In this third volume, Tad Williams again resists tossing in new elements willy-nilly, instead getting the big wheels of this story moving a bit more inexorably toward a climax.

At Southmarch castle, the fairy folk begin their assault above ground and deep in the warrens of the stone-dwelling Funderlings, as the reasons for their obsession with the castle become clearer. The imposin
Jul 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The third book of the Shadowmarch series is the Tad Williams I fell in love with when I read Memory, Sorrow and Thorn. The pace has now picked up completely, and things are happening everywhere. Characters that were only annoying in the first two books are now compelling and interesting. Who would have thought that I'd ever enjoy reading about a disgusting, talking raven? We still have all the same story viewpoints. Briony in Syan, Barrick's voyage through the Shadowlands, Ferras Vansen and Cher ...more
Victoria Osborne
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
This is the Third book in a series of four thick epic fantasy series. Like many middle books it has a tendency to drag a bit. I found that Barriks adventures in Fairy land somewhat tedious and hero's quest.

William's novel structure is not as clear. However, despite the rather flabby prose it is still a gripping book. His adventures with Briony and Qinnitan are especially riveting. I am thoroughly engrossed by the story surrounding the Autarch. The Egyptian god king from the desert adds more ris
Michelle (Crazy Cat Lady)
This is long...really long...but I'm not sure that I could say that anything should be cut (except maybe most of Briony's scenes! Mr. Williams is many things, but not really a master of court intrigue). Barrick's journey only serves to illustrate just what strangeness he's gotten himself into, while other storylines emphasize the trouble Southmarch is in. I didn't really think Qinnitan's storyline was very exciting this time, but I like her (better than Briony - Briony's not a bad character, jus ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
The penultimate book in Williams' latest series. You can see the author begin to draw all the strings together from this massive world he has created. It is a finely realized world and the characters are internally consistent. The plot is fast paced yet there are places the reader can relax and draw a breath before plunging into the next round of action. The worth of the series will be determined by the last book but this 3d volume is a positive indicator for the future. I hope to be around in N ...more
Aug 13, 2009 rated it liked it
On the surface this series is underwhelming and doesn't break any new ground. But the more I think about it, the more I like. It's solidly plotted. It's well-written. It's entertaining. I care about the characters. In other words, it's Tad Williams. I'm reserving one star, though, until I know how it turns out in the end.
Damon Caraway
Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Very solid effort for Williams. Great character development in a vividly described, and dangerous, landscape. If anyone can create elves/faeries better ( and more realistically) than Williams, I can't wait to read them. Skurn (the foul fowl) continues to be my favorite character with the twins coming in a close second.
Elisabeth Wheatley
Me when I started the series:

Me now:
Daniel Cooksey
Jul 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
While it's tempting to compare with Tad's groundbreaking Memory, Sorrow, Thorn trilogy, all I'll say is that the Shadowmarch books have really come in to their own. The scope is ambitious and the characters are memorable. Looking forward to the final volume.
Briana Kimbrough
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I love these books. Other than the fact that they're a little on the gory side. And they have a little too much language. Overall, fantastic. I can't wait to read the last!
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'll write a review when I finish the "4th" book, Shadowheart.
Jun 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Overall, book 3 was the best so far. Williams kept the action going from chapter to chapter, and the plot almost never slowed down. This was the first in the series that kept me anxious about the characters and excited to jump to the next chapter. Halfway through I began to feel sorry for all those readers who quit in book 1 - because book 1 began dreadfully slow and was a struggle to finish. I stuck with it but many people didn't - to their loss. The story does pick up considerably in book 2 an ...more
Adam Whitehead
May 13, 2017 rated it liked it
The Eddon family is divided and scattered. King Olin is a prisoner of the mad autarch of Xis, whilst Prince Barrick is lost beyond the Shadowline, searching for the fabled Qar capital. Far to the south, Princess Briony is a reluctant guest of the Syannese court. The Qar continue their siege of Shadowmarch, but Hendon Tolly is more interested in unearthing the ancient secrets of the castle than in resisting the invaders. That job falls to the Funderlings, who must mount a stalwart defence of the ...more
Dec 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 Stars

Ugh, read the first two years ago, over ten years ago, and loved what them. Started the third when it was released and never finished it for some reason or other. Kept trying to re-read the first two and just finish the series but always put them down mid-way. Now I've finally finished the third and I am so glad I've stuck through it all. Thankfully I ordered all four (since I seemed to have misplaced my first three copies over the years) and I can finally complete the series.

This is m
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, read-2018
Urgh, this book is far too slow again.

Barrick (view spoiler)
Apr 20, 2019 rated it liked it
Understanding how Tad Williams writes makes it easier to read his books. ALL his characters are introspective and will rehash the same thoughts - in agonizing detail - again and again. Feel free to skip read. Tad believes everyone deserves a back story - even characters who will only be around 40 pages - feel free to skip read. Tad wants you to know every stone, blade of grass, and the impact of the barometric pressure has on both - feel free to skim. He also believes in repetition. A lot. That ...more
Scot Eaton
Oct 31, 2016 rated it really liked it
Once again, I have to say that this is a great story, but overlong. Had this been the second book, rather than the third, the series could have become a classic. As it is, this book just needed half of its pages cut. I'm still giving it a 4 out of 5 though because the writing is excellent even when the plot meanders.

This is definitely Barrick and Briony's book, with other characters like Ferras, Chert, and Qinnitian barely making any progress across the 500+ pages. This is not a bad thing though
Geoff Battle
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
As Williams moves in to the endgame of the Shadowmarch story (an ending so epic it's divided in to two volumes rather than one) the pace does not let up. The paths of the Prince Barrick and Princess Briony beome even more complex and thrilling as they both draw closer to their respective destinations. The Autach's story also ratchets up a gear, adding further tension as the mysterious elements from the previous books are revealed. Shadowrise is packed with well narrated action, below and above g ...more
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Tad Williams is a California-based fantasy superstar. His genre-creating (and genre-busting) books have sold tens of millions worldwide, in twenty-five languages. His considerable output of epic fantasy and science fiction book-series, stories of all kinds, urban fantasy novels, comics, scripts, etc., have strongly influenced a generation of writers: the ‘Otherland’ epic relaunches June 2018 as an ...more

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