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The Shadow Throne by Django Wexler
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it was amazing
bookshelves: 2014_release_read, genre-fantasy, read_2014, top_25_2014_novels

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 princess, she is actually plotting revolution as Raesinia Smith, financing her sedition with stock market gains obtained by inside information so for example her group makes a fortune when speculating on coffee knowing far in advance that Khandar was pacified - as an aside when a fantasy novel manages to use "the essential inequity of fractional-reserve lending" without sounding silly, one knows it is something special...

a chance encounter with a charlatan who uses a simple but unusually charismatic man (named Danton of course...) to sell his magic cures and Raesinia knows that she found the tool to actually do something that will matter as Danton can convince the masses to demand their rights as easily as he can convince them to buy useless remedies; it all depends on who writes the message...

in the meantime, Colonel Vhalnich back in a rush and only with Marcus and Winter at his side, is named by the dying king as Justice Minister, and he immediately sets to stir the pot by putting Marcus in charge of the city police ("armsmen") and investigate the secret police ('the concordat") of Orlanko, while sending Winter to infiltrate a women revolutionary group and find allies there

Things start precipitating and well, lots of stuff follows in a page turner that I couldn't literally put down until I finished it

A very satisfying ending though obviously the next chapter will follow in the third volume, chapter that is clearly summed by the last word of the novel...

great execution and a book that is quite different from the first, preserving its best qualities and avoiding the middle syndrome as it presents another complete tale within the larger picture

top 5 of the year for me
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Reading Progress

February 27, 2014 – Shelved
February 27, 2014 – Shelved as: wanted_books
July 2, 2014 – Started Reading
July 2, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014_release_read
July 2, 2014 – Shelved as: genre-fantasy
July 2, 2014 – Shelved as: read_2014
July 2, 2014 – Shelved as: top_25_2014_novels
July 3, 2014 – Finished Reading

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