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Shadow King

(Time of Legends: The Sundering #2)

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  22 reviews
When his family is betrayed and slain, Alith Anar, ill-fated prince of the Nagarythe, is forced to walk a dark path. With the island of Ulthuan in the grip of a civil war with their evil counterparts, the druchii, Alith Anar follows his destiny to become the Shadow King. Hunting his enemies from the darkness, he is now on a quest for vengeance that will never end.
Paperback, 528 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Games Workshop (first published 2009)
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Jan 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, warhammer
Great book! I have to commend the author for making what could have been a contrived story of loss and vengeance into a very compeling read. Alith Anar's tale really came to life in the pages, making me see his heartfelt story on a more personal level even as it meshed with the over arching story of Malekith and the elven civil war (if that is the right way to categorize this war). By the time Alith's story reached the point in time where Malekith ended, I could barely put the book down, wantin ...more
Jan 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
A few months back Gav wrote a post in his blog regarding cutting out "faffy" words. A lot of writers use a lot of excess language to get a point across where Gav tends to cut to the meat of the story and carves his way through the pages at a fevered clip.

The Shadow King is another great example of this. To be honest I was hesitant about whether Thorpe could pull that off. I mean...over 500 pages. That seems pretty wordy to me. So I sat down and set about consuming and digesting this thick tome (
Dylan Murphy
God Damn Gav Thorpe! I have enjoyed your writing quite a few times since my fall to Black Library, but never have I enjoyed it more than this!
Shadow King, the tale of House Anar and more specifically, Alith Anar, was phenomenal. The action was amazing, the characters each had a life and personality all their own, and each was extremely well done. Following Alith on his path from Prince of House Anar in and out of love, in and out of war, on his long journey to misery and vengeance and his rebirt
Brian Turner
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
3.5 stars

Good Warhammer fantasy novel looking at the events that split the Elves into Dark and Light factions.
The writing style is a bit stilted in places, and it's slow to get going, but once the action starts then it improves.

Follows on/runs concurrently with events in Malekith, which I've read but can't find on my shelves any more. You don't need to have read that book to get into this one.

The characters are generally well written, and it's interesting to see events leading up to the more wel
Eric Smith
Jun 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book much more than the first one in the trilogy. The main character is more engaging and I liked his character arc. It covers some of the events of the last book from another perspective and then goes further and reveals more about the Elven Civil War. I like the different look at Elven culture that is presented here as well. Not much else to say except I liked it.
Apr 21, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, reviewed
Like the first tale of the Sundering, Shadow King basically tells the life-story of one of the legendary Elven figures of the Warhammer world, Alith Anar, the last Prince of Nagarythe. His story essentially runs concurrently with that of Malekith as chronicled in the first book, so this is less of a sequel and more of an expansion. Like most other offerings from the Black Library, the story is entertaining rather than ground-breaking. The writing style is economical and engaging enough not to be ...more
Dec 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
This title has certainly given me hope that Gav Thorpe will continue to progress in his writing skills.

One of the most difficult skills that an author has to learn is where to cut out scenes, words, alter dialogue and otherwise break down their piece into a work that efficiently tells their story without using over complicated language or too many words. Malekith, his first work, was fraught with such errors. In that work I swear that the first quarter of the book was 90% description & 10% d
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Warhammer Fans
Shelves: fantasy
Part One of the book looks at events that took place in the first of The Sundering novels, Malekith, however these events are told from the perspective of the Anar, a noble house in Nagarthye. Eventually the overlap stops and the furthering of the story happens. Unfortunately it is quite boring for a while as the main character poses as a servant and tries to rally support for his family whose name has been associated with the cults. The book picks up in intesity and only drops off after Alith's ...more
Alexander Draganov
Jan 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
While less epic than Malekith, this is still a grandiose fantasy tale and I reccomend it strongly for lovers of epic fantasy. It tales the sad king of a young elf, who loses everything - lands, family and love - for daring oppose Morathi, the sorceress queen of the dark elves, who is back with a vengeance after the death of king Bel Shanaar. The book is full with magic and epic battles, but still is not always a quick read because of the grim happenings in it and to see a noble, optimistic young ...more
Luke Nyland
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this immediately after finishing Malekith, and so was able to spot the many references to events that happen during the storyline of the previous book (which was thoroughly enjoyable).

This is a brilliantly written story which I would have loved to have given a 4.5 rating but sadly Goodreads doesn't work by halves! The ONLY reason I haven't given a 5-star is because I'm notoriously stingy with them.

Before reading this book, my knowledge of Alith Anar (one of the only High Elves cool enough
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Although the book advanced the overall story of the Elvish plot, I felt we were on the sidelines and missed out on the core action as we followed house Anar around. We had no perspective of Morathi or Malekith during the most crucial moments of their intrigue. Then, Anith goes feral hanging out with wolves for some reason? Nor did his way of 'infecting' his shadow warriors with his hatred of the Druchii seem to hold water-a more likely result would've been them seeking leadership elsewhere given ...more
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Alith Anar the self proclaimed Shadow King, starts out as a young elf man, and when the war starts, the Anar Household who are usually neutral have to pick between fighting for Malekith or fighting for his mother Morathi. But when Morathi is captured and twists her son to betrayal, Alith Anar takes the name The Shadow King and along with his men The Shadow Warriors, they begin an unconventional war to harass the Nagarythi forces from inside their own borders. Alith's main concern through the boo ...more
May 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I am a fan of the Shadow Warriors of the Warhammer universe and am completely over the moon about Alith, so this book was an incredible treat for me to read into the insights of his family and in his identifying purpose for becoming the Shadow King. I found all the descriptions beautifully written and could envision the elves and their surroundings to a tee. There were only a few areas where I felt the story dragged somewhat, but it wasn't quite like "Malekith", the first of this series. I would ...more
Mar 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Another very entertaining work, especially interesting for the Warhammer history aficionado. Viewing Elven history unfold from a unique perspective, a hidden back seat; the heroes aren't the generals in shining armor or the epic characters known from every sourcebook - although all these play their parts.
Mar 26, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the second of The Sundering series and follows on from Malekith charting the rise of the dark elves. This time from the view of Alith Anar, an ill-fated noble of Nagarythe. He feels betrayed by Malekiths turn to chaos and leads the few elves of Nagarythe who feel the same against him.
This is a solid follow up and I would recommend this series to any dark elf fans out there.
Mar 18, 2011 rated it liked it
The only reason I read this is because I had bought it at the same time I bought Malekith, the first in the series. This book is actually much better, with better character development and a faster moving plot.
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Eyes still bleeding from the ridiculous names, but the story continues to be good, and the characters are still excellent. Very interesting to see a lot of the events from Malekith from the point of views of other characters.
kim hannah
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Awesome! Better than Malekith.
Thommy Doombringer
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Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
The character of Anar is a jerk, yet Gav manages to make you want root for the guy without making him likable. A rare talent in an author. Excellent work
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Gav spent 14 years as a developer for Games Workshop, and started writing novels and short stories in the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 when the Black Library imprint was launched in 1997.

He continues to write for Black Library, and his first 'homegrown' novel series The Crown of the Blood has been released via Angry Robot.

Currently living in Nottingham, Gav shares his home with his lo

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