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Shadow's Master

(Shadow Saga #3)

3.73  ·  Rating details ·  1,440 ratings  ·  62 reviews
A land of death and shadow where only the strongest survive. Yet that is where Caim must go to follow the mystery at the heart of his life. Armed only with his knives and his companions, he plunges into a world of eternal night where the sun is never seen and every hand is turned against him. Caim has buried his father's sword and found some measure of peace, but deep in t ...more
Paperback, 390 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Pyr (first published 2012)
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Jon Sprunk has taken the readers of Shadow Saga on a wild ride. First, in Shadow’s Son, there was the action-filled, pulse-pounding introduction of Caim the assassin, as he fought his way through the ancient city of Othir with a young woman named Josey in tow. In Shadow’s Lure, the story morphed into an epic fantasy; Caim journeying north through war torn lands to undercover his past, while Empress Josephine (Josey) of the Nimean Empire fights to maintain her n
Jan 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012, arc-review
In my first review for this series (for Shadow's Son), I made a big deal about assassins. The main character is Caim, an assassin above and beyond the rest. He's not only able to use the shadows around him to his advantage, but he also has an invisible friend (I said invisible not imaginary), Kit, who helps him out and warns him of hidden dangers.

By book three (that's this one), Caim and the story itself have evolved into much more than an "assassin" tale. Yes, his assassin skills continually co
Oct 02, 2014 rated it did not like it
I didn't start out hating this book. I can't say I loved this series, but it had some interesting elements and it kept me reading despite the cliche characters.

However this book took a turn for the worst.

Shadow's Master is split into two story lines. It follows Caim as he journeys to the North in search of his mother, who disappeared when he was really young and he assumed was dead. It also follows Josey as she rules over her new kingdom that is already being threatened by war as the people adju
Aug 28, 2010 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite-covers
The cover is out! For those out of the loop this is the old and new one for comparison, respectively:

Can't say I'm too upset about the final version. Even though it looks like Caim's makeup artist slathered a generous amount of mascara upon him (seriously. What is up with that villainous stare? He's an assassin, not the devil), I much prefer the new version to the old. His pose in the old version is too awkward and icky, Kit looks lost and copypasted on and the stars behind them give off a starr
N.E. White
The third book in Mr. Sprunk’s Shadow Saga, Shadow’s Master delivers a satisfactory conclusion to the series. Thank goodness. Not that I didn’t like the Caim’s story and world, but damn the man took a beating and kept on ticking. He needs a break!

The book opens with shadows. Of course. And picks up pretty much right after the events in the second book, Shadow’s Lure. Caim has just killed is aunt (think: evil witch of the far north) and is heading north to find some answers about his origins and
Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Jun 02, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012

The final installment in the story of the scion of darkness - Caim Du'Vartha - and I'm struggling a little to find positive things to say about it. I'm mostly glad I got to the finish line. It's not a bad epic, but I get the feeling it will be appreciated more inside the genre than by readers unfamiliar with fantasy tropes, especially with this recent popular direction towards bad-ass protagonists that are very very good at killing people. I don't like to get nasty about a new author, but I got
Feb 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
North, the road always leads north. In the final installment of the Shadow Saga, Caim, guided by an irresistable pull, and his companions travel north in search of his mother where they will finally encounter the Lord of the Shadows.

This was the best of the series and that is high praise because I thought Shadow's Son and Shadow's Lure were fantastic themselves. I could not put this one down. The pace increased at break-neck speed to the point that the last five chapters had me breathless with a
Charlie Holmberg
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
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Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
A rather weak ending. The pacing was good up until about 80% through the book, at which point everything felt rushed to give some form of closure.

As with the previous book, the Josephine chapters still served no purpose. Unfortunately, as this is the last book in the series, they now feel like nothing more than filler and as a way to justify the last few pages of the book.
Melissa Hayden
May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Jon doesn't hold back here in this third book. He starts with a fight scene 13 pages in and a death less than that. Awesome. We find ourselves on a journey with three different POV's; Caim, Josey, and Balaam. Caim and Josey are both familiar to use and we have followed them for a time now. Balaam is new and follows suit with a shadow character's POV we get. Last book was Sybelle, this time with Balaam. All three go looking for one thing, and seem to find what they need instead.

Blodeuedd Finland
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
The end of this saga, and I do like that fact because a trilogy can be so good. Only 3 books and an ending close by. At the same time it's really sad, because it's only 3 books.

At the beginning of this book Caim is heading north, into unknown territory and everywhere there is danger, eternal darkness and the cold. With him he has 3 men. One who does not talk much, and two who only want wenches. Will he find his mother is the question, the Shadow's Master? And how on earth will he survive? becaus
Terry Simpson
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: epic-fantasy
I thoroughly enjoyed this series and this final book. While the first book was my favorite, Shadow's Master had a lot going for it. Sprunk's action as always is top notch and so are his descriptions and setting. Caim, I got into right away and was totally engrossed, watching as he follows blindly into the teeth of danger.

This time around, I found myself less attached to Josey. Something about her felt lacking. This may have been because I was so into Caim. Then there was the questionable feats s
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Paul Nelson
Feb 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012-books-read
An excellent end to the trilogy, the protagonist Caim is one of my favourite characters alongside David Dalglish's the Watcher, Isak from the twilight reign, Locke Lamora, the painted man & the bloody nine from the first law trilogy.
Caim and his band set out for the northern wastelands and the shadowlands in search of his mother and an irresistible pull calling him to the shadow citadel. The first two thirds of the book encompass the journey and Josey's own calling North to catch up with Cai
I know that Caim and Josey are fictional characters, but I have some steam build up, so here it goes...Sorry guys...-_-
The whole saga is well written but I have some reservations about the plot...

And that is how it ends?! If that is the case, then Caim is one big son of a *peep*...and that Josey- you traveled that far because of Caim, to tell him the news and when you see him, you keep quiet???? You should go and ritually kill yourself...I just wish I knew the ending before I read it all, I nev
Peter Greenwell
Feb 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
Doesn't really compare to the two before it. There's a palpable lack of tension throughout the book - the protagonists just slide towards the inevitable conclusion without any urgency.

Omer Khalid
Jan 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Bad ending to a good series. Did Not explain a lot of plot points in the end.
Anne-Marie Noble
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Apr 06, 2019 rated it liked it
I wanted to give this more stars, but the romances are terrible. Namely Kit and Caim. Kit is just so one dimensional, her whole life and existence revolves around Caim and a) That's not very realistic b) It makes her a boring character c) Even though there are some women out there whose lives revolve around men, they are not the kind of people that should be admired or be in any way shape or form the ideal.

Basically all Kit has is a nice body and an obsession with the man she 'loves' and apparen
James Gonzalez
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
What started off as a fairly good series ended with a thud. There was not a single character I cared for, and the story fell flat. Caim forgot that he had feelings except for anger, Josey forgot that she loved Caim even though she was pretty adamant about it at the start, and Kit just became someone completely different. I wouldn't recommend this series.
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a much better book than the 2nd book. Feel like there is more to be told but happy with it
The Abibliophobic  Guy
Sep 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, paranormal
Cor, Blimey! That was so much more than I expected. The first book in the series felt fun but shallow, but in these next two books he has set to work and dug us a tale of such depth that I can only applaud, and with such scope that epic seems about the only word that could possible describe it. In fact, he should probably be lauded even more for making something great out of something that was rather not great. A fantastic Five Stars.

Plot : Four and a half Stars

Going into this book I was worrie
Leontiy Cristea
Feb 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Originally posted at:

I couldn’t wait for the UK copy of this, so, I purchased the US edition instead. As I’m an avid cover-collector, I intend to complete my hardback collection and purchase the UK hardback when it releases, as well.

As the final book in the Shadow Saga, Jon Sprunk had to pull out something pretty special to top the first two books. In the end, he did not disappoint. In fact, Shadow’s Master is possibly the best book of the trilogy, with t
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
'Shadow's Master' is one hell of an ending to this fantastic trilogy. I absolutely loved every page of this book and as a whole the Shadow Saga has deserved a spot on my top shelf.

Why was this such a great ending, you ask? Because I didn't expect any of what happened. Jon Sprunk managed to surprise me time and time again. Even the very last pages were something I wouldn't have expected, let's say, at the end of the second book. Some people might not like some of the choices the author made, but
Jan 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-once-owned
The good news is that except for the character growth of Caim, if a reader happens upon SHADOW'S MASTER before the first two novels (SHADOW'S SON and SHADOW'S LURE) they won't be lost. More so than the first book into the second, Sprunk gives a better accounting of things so that a new reader stumbling in won't be scratching their head and grow frustrated.

The other piece of good news is that this book pays off for readers of the previous two volumes. Caim's heritage, the nature of his otherworld
L.K. Evans
So this was a nice conclusion to the series. It moved along rather quickly when we were with Caim, and as expected, rather slowly when we were with Josey.

Honestly, after reading the first book, I think I set in my mind that this was a story about Caim. By no fault of the author, it put me off from Josey’s story. It never felt really connected. Sure the characters had their past and some tiny things that meshed up along the way, but it never felt like they were entwined with each other. That sai
Apr 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
I consistently read one or more books at a time, few catch my interest and I finish as I cant wait to find out whats next.
This series started out with Caim an assassin with some special ability's he does not fully understand (i like this) and a "special" friend, a female who is intangible to Caim and the world but can help him on his quest (only he can see and talk with her)
Along with the murder (assassination's) and a look into characters life there is introduction to some characters that are w
Aug 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
I can honestly say that this book did not end the way I thought it would and I applaud the Jon Sprunk for expanding the series into something larger and bigger than the simple story that seemed to develop in the first book of the series.

Caim is still looking for answers to his past and while he remains the same man, he is also changed forever by his experiences in book #2. Josey is also a different woman as she takes on the full mantle as Empress of Nimea. Caim, Kit and Josey all face the challe
Sep 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: spec-fic
c2012. FWFTB: knives, companions, survive, eternal, unfathomable. I had been waiting for this book for what seemed like ages. Then it arrived...drum roll....I sat down......and damn! could not remember what "had gone before". Read a couple of pages and some things started to come to the surface of the grey matter that I call my brain and I kind of started to remember. Gave up and read the reviews on GR for the first 2 books (My comments never summarise the plot as there is always som ...more
Kai Mundwiler
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
It's nice reading a trilogy that only takes three years from first publication to last. That's not the most common thing these days, especially one that I enjoyed reading as well.

Sprunk has done an admirable job wrapping up the Shadow trilogy with Shadow's Master, both as a story as a whole and the smaller subplots that he's developed over the three books. Caim is presented with the opportunity to finally get his revenge. Both Kit and Josey have an opportunity to truly explore their love for the
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Fantasy author living in central Pennsylvania. I love to travel (especially places with old ruins), watch football (American NFL, not that soccer stuff), drink (rum and coke, preferred), and enjoy life.

Other books in the series

Shadow Saga (3 books)
  • Shadow's Son (Shadow Saga, #1)
  • Shadow's Lure (Shadow Saga, #2)