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I used to like Kit as she seemed strong, and sarcastic but in this book she comes off as dramatic and spoiled, hiding when she doesn't get her way, thinking nothing of consequences, and returning at the most inopportune times endangering people's lives with no thought to anything but herself. The relationship between her and Caim left a bad taste in my mouth. At the point where he started leaving his friends to die because Kit thought it was a good time to show her idiot face, I was hoping that this would be one of those rare books that finished with the main character being killed off.

Then there is the "relationship" between Josey and her soldier. Who she meets and of course finds so dreamy, yet she can't forget about Caim. Until view spoiler [Caim rejects her then, oh thats okay because I actually love this rugged soldier. He was flat and uninteresting, but at least he had a hot bod and that's all an Empress needs right?

Not to mention all the loose ends at the end that are left hanging. My first thought when finishing this book was thank God that was over. And then I realized he left a lot of things unknown, but the fact that I didn't even care is just testament to how much I disliked this book. 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 sta The cover is out! 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 starry starry night vibe Cover cries aside, this book is definitely one of my most anticipated releases for I can't wait to see what's in store for Caim!

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The third book in Mr. Thank goodness. He needs a break! The book opens with shadows. Of course. 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 The third book in Mr.

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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 his mother; the realm of Nimea is at the brink of falling apart and Josey, the new Empress, is struggling to keep it all together; and Kit, the ethereal ditz, is pretty much doing the same thing as always — loving Caim in all the wrong ways. The reader follows Caim into a northern wasteland populated by Northmen struggling to survive in a world darkened by shadow people — people like Caim.

And he does. Along the way, he loses a few men who follow him and a nation, but he gains the love of his life: Kit. Caim battles it out with enough Shadow warriors, Northmen, and sorceresses to make your head spin. I felt there were too many questions lift hanging. For example, I never could figure out why Aemon, Dray and Malig kept following him further and further north.

The farther Caim traveled north, the more I wanted to remain with Josey and join her battle to keep the realm from tearing itself apart. She became a leader for her people and marshaled disparate forces to work together. Of course, that was a bit easy for her as they had an opposing outside force threatening them all. Still, it was nice to see her make decisions and become a bit independent. I do have a bone to pick with her story as well. In a story world where nothing seemed to go right, it reeked a bit too much of convenience.

Jun 02, Algernon Darth Anyan rated it liked it Shelves: 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 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 don't like to get nasty about a new author, but I got to admit this third book didn't work as well as the first two for me.

The plot provides a lot of cannon fodder for the epic onslaught that takes Caim further north than the events of Shadow's Lure where he has to use his knives almost every step of the way. Jon Sprunk has already demonstrated that he can tell a well paced action-adventure, but I felt that if you take away the fighting sequences, there's not much left.

I don't call the revelations at the end plot twists: they are soo predictable, both on the part of the adversaries and on the part of the romantic angles, I could smell them from the previous volume. Maybe I've been reading too much fantasy, and I'm getting jaded about hidden heirs to kingdoms that wield magic swords and deploy uberpowerful magical abilities.

I would like to see the next book by the author dealing more adventurously in terms of plot instead of focusing almost exclusively on combat.

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The characters and the dialogue could also benefit from a bit of polishing - I would call the novel Y. The supporting cast had a bit less to do here than in previous volumes, Kim and Josey are OK, but - again - extremely predictable and unsubtle in their emotional struggles. I finally decided to rate this 3 stars instead of 2, for the overall impression of the Shadow series, and because I think other readers might appreciate it more than me. Feb 17, Stefan rated it it was amazing.


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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 North, the road always leads north.

The pace increased at break-neck speed to the point that the last five chapters had me breathless with anticipation. Caim, Josey, and Kit have grown quite a bit in the series, especially in this book and they all have to make some hard decisions. One of the things I liked most in this series was not just the fight scenes which were very well written but love triangle between Caim, Josey, and Kit.

Josey carries his child but Kit knows and understands his darker nature. Which one will he choose? I plowed through the book wanting the answer to this question as much as I wanted to know what happened to his mother. I was very satisfied with the answer and the ending as well.

I hope this is not the last we will see of Caim, Kit, and Josey. Fans of Paul S. Kemp, Brent Weeks, and Brandon Sanderson will certainly enjoy these books.

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May 10, Charlie Holmberg rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I thought this book was pretty good, but it fell apart for me at the end, mostly due to how the love triangle was handled. I was really looking forward to Caim and Josey's reunion, and when it happens, it's like two strangers are having a quick sip of tea and that's it. Josey's pregnancy, a major plot catalyst and catalyst for Caim's character, is merely stashed under the rug--Caim never I thought this book was pretty good, but it fell apart for me at the end, mostly due to how the love triangle was handled.

Josey's pregnancy, a major plot catalyst and catalyst for Caim's character, is merely stashed under the rug--Caim never learns of it, and even Josey's new love interest is kept in the dark. It felt like a broken promise to me. The ending battle isn't nearly as big as the first two books made me think it would be, and there weren't many secrets to unveil. The way Caim defeats the last "boss" didn't quite make sense to me, either.

His powers lie with the shadows, but he certainly didn't use the power of shadows in that last battle. I wanted more of that, and I needed the book to be a few pages longer if only to figure out where this ex-assassin would end up next. Regardless, I plan to read Sprunk's next book. Mar 26, Robert rated it it was ok. A rather weak ending. 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.

May 28, Melissa Hayden 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. 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. Also, he's hoping to find answers to his past.

The shadows are growing hungrier and stronger. Caim's control over them is becoming difficult, in calling and pushing them away. Josey has learned news she feels she must share with Caim, and heads on the road north to tell him but along the way she is diverted by her duties as Empress and ruler of the land. She must bring a feuding land together while defend against a new, magically strong enemy. The book doesn't waste time rehashing what was told in previous books. Jon uses his word count wisely here and starts where Shadow's Lure ends.

This series is one to read in order. This story started strong, then Caim's journey slowed a bit for me as he ventures the northern territory to find the city he's looking for. There is danger along the way with fights and action, but I was anxious to get to Erebus and learn all about the Shadow people and Caim's past. I didn't want to wait. And when we got to Erebus I got the answers I was looking for, and more.

Josey has been a pleasant surprise in these books, this book. She has grown into a wonderful Empress and worthy of her peoples love. She is strong and willing to stand on her own. I really enjoyed reading her sections in this story. This is the last book of the trilogy. In the end, Caim gets his answers and more.

Each of the characters finds an internal peace, of sorts. The ending is satisfactory for the way of each of the characters and the person they've grown into. However, I have a feel Jon left a few seeds here to return to the world, should he wish, in the future. With the seeds left, I kind of hope so. I'm sorry to see this series end, but all great things do. I hope Jon ventures into the future with the seeds he's set here, but I will be following his future stories to come.

Thank you Jon for this wonderful adventure. Mar 29, Blodeuedd Finland 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? Caim is a favorite as always, yes I do have a soft spot for assassins. He does not say much, he has freaky shadows dancing around him and he is so good with weapons. And he comes with a fae woman who dances around him too, jumping in and out of his life. Who could not like Kit? And especially now when she has gone and fallen for him and they do make sense. But this book is not only about Caim, we also see Empress Josey again who is trying to keep invaders out of her country.

And the question here is also, Caim and her, over? Can both move on? I am stuck again, this always happens when I enjoy a book, and when it's the last book. Because what more can I say? I liked the series, it was surprising at times, it was exciting, it was dark, and it was light. It had good baddies and they sure came from an interesting world. This last part was just as good as the previous books and it's with sadness I say goodbye. But it's also with a smile I end this series because not all managed to go out on top.

Conclusion: It's a good fantasy series and I recommend it. It also has this easy way over it that makes it fun to read, a fast read and you'll enjoy every bit. With that I can only say, please write more Jon Sprunk 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 I thoroughly enjoyed this series and this final book. Then there was the questionable feats she managed considering her state. Despite this flaw, by the time I got to the meat of her situation when her major obstacle arose, her PoV made for better reading that caught me up, although I did find myself wondering "How did she do that and not Beyond that, the battles were thrilling and the magic at the climax was something to behold.

Some may find a fault with Caim's grasp of being able to do what he did, but the man was special in many ways. This time around there were no great plot twists, but the unfolding events were nicely put together at a pace that should keep any reader going. I would recommend this series to any of my fantasy friends. Thank you for the good read, Mr. I look forward to what you write next.

May 29, Kati rated it it was ok Shelves: fantasy , in-english , ebooks , work-translations , straight , Again, two storylines: Caim's and Josey's. But where Josey kept growing on me more and more with every book, Caim became less and less likable over time. In book one, I really liked Caim. In book two, he made me frown most of the time. And in book three? He turned into an irresponsible, selfish dick.

Just how many time did he ponder abandoning his friends in the wastes? And his relationship with Kit? Kit was a flighty, spoiled brat who didn't think about anything but her own desires Again, two storylines: Caim's and Josey's. Kit was a flighty, spoiled brat who didn't think about anything but her own desires - the fact that she ended up freeing Caim from the citadel prison did not negate all the crap she pulled throughout the three books. Everything about her was actually about him. We learned that she was a Fae but that was pretty much it, all her background.

Nothing about her life before, about the society she used to live in. With Josey, it was the other way around. Silen A Silence of Dreams. Seven The Seventh Night. Foots Footsteps in the Night. What What Waits Below. Haunt The Haunting of Brier Rose. Twili Twilight Phantasies. Treac Treacherous Beauties. Dream Dream a Deadly Dream. Bridg Bridge Across Forever. Secre The Secrets of Sebastian Beaumont.

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Raven The Raven Master. Kiss Kiss of Darkness. Porta The Portal. Shari Sharing the Darkness. Volan The Volan Curse. So, going into this I ended up treating it as a quasi-stand-alone novel. I knew the beginning, I was just exceedingly hazy about the present past. And the best thing? It didn't take anything away from the plot at all. This had everything you could want. We were treated to amazing sword fights, compelling emotional story-lines, interesting and unique magic systems, large epic battles, you name it. I was, I remember, a little bit reticent about the amount of time that our empress had.

But in this book her whole plot was a brilliant addition and I enjoyed it immensely. I also found that the emotions that the two characters battled with - their love for each other and for others - and how that was resolved was a nice touch. Admittedly, I would have preferred if it had ended differently in this regard - view spoiler [With one of them still 'loving' the other, while the other has moved on; would have made for a much more dynamically emotional next book hide spoiler ] - but I don't necessarily think that this result was bad, just a tad neat.

I loved the whole plot line involving Caim, his powers, his heritage and his family. I cannot wait to see what Sprunk does with this next, the potential is endless and I'm sure that he will take this series to an even higher level with it's development. If I had to pick the best aspect, I would say it would be the emotional conflicts of the group heading north.

Many fantasy tales have long journeys, but this was the only one that actually looked at the stressed that it would bring on them and how they would react. That scene, and you'll know it when you read it, was startlingly brilliant for me and made me love the book all the more. Anyway, now wanting to give anything away, I suggest that you read this series. And, more than that, push on past the first book if you find it weak - the series progresses exponentially. Characters : Four Stars By now our characters have been fleshed out to a great extent.

If you have read the previous books you know what to expect, if you're new to the series then I suggest you start at the beginning. The only thing I would say to new readers is this, these characters are awesome. They are so much more than their simple shells in the first book, developing and gaining depth which puts to shame some real people that I know.

Of particular note in this book regarding characters, was Kit, whose development and emotional growth was exceptional. I'm not sure I'd agree with her decision, but the journey to her choice was great to see. Also on that note, I couldn't quite understand how Caim could love Kit when she was barely ever there for him. That said, it was still well done and the emotion felt read and the connection real - I just couldn't understand it.

Much like I can't understand why people enjoy Rugby, but I can see their passion all the same. Anyway, overall, a brilliantly populated world with characters that have taken on a depth that only a series can produce. Writing : Four and a half Stars I said in my review for the first book that I felt Sprunk's writing style and mine was similiar.

Now, however, he has far outgrown that level - and I can only hope that mine ends up the same quality as his. His pacing was molecularly accurate, his atmosphere awe-inspiring, the dialogue brilliant and the narrative compelling. New authors, look here for an example of how to write; you can't go wrong.

Overview : Five Stars For pure entertainment this series, from the very first book, would be hard to beat. However, as the series has progressed its also picked up quality, depth and a sense of quality that makes it stand alongside the genre's greats with head held high. Epic fantasy has found a new flag bearer. Have Fun Reading.

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Feb 21, Leontiy Cristea rated it it was amazing. 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. With a handful of Eregoths to pad out his team, and having left Keegan in charge of events in his home country—the place from which his mother was taken and his father killed—Caim travels endlessly towards the vacant Northlands, and towards the deep sensation tugging at him, urging him towards what he knows deep down to be his heritage. She helps build in the countryside, brings medicine and compassion, and finds a new determination within herself to become a good empress.

Caim, on the other hand, finds little but strife on his journey north, and the ever nagging impression that something is wrong with him. He feels weaker, sicker, the more they travel, and even the shadows are quiet and do not answer his call, even when he needs them the most. Meanwhile, Kit realises that as she is, she and Caim will never be together, regardless of how much he admits he loves her.

They cannot touch, cannot kiss, cannot… anything. In lieu of slowly watching Caim gravitate away from her, and feel her own heart breaking, she takes it upon herself to find a solution that they will both be amenable to. As the last novel in a trilogy, it might have been difficult to keep the pace and to produce a good, solid example of a quest novel, but Sprunk is a true master of his art and the novel is an outright success. It reads like a quest novel, but it also reads—successfully—like the final novel of a trilogy. Loose ends are tied together, questions are answered, but new plot points are introduced, and where they are not wrapped up before the end of the book, they are left hanging and their eventual outcomes implied or left to the imagination of the reader.

The pacing is utterly excellent and you feel the relentless trudge northwards, without anything dragging and without even a patch of dull, or tired prose. Sprunk is an excellent storyteller, weaving a fantastic trilogy that captures the imagination, reignites the love of classic Sword and Sorcery styling, without losing the neo-classical, modern verve that readers in the genre have come to expect from newer writers.

Utterly splendid. Apr 18, Cindy rated it really liked it. 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 'Shadow's Master' is one hell of an ending to this fantastic trilogy. Some people might not like some of the choices the author made, but I was so glad to read something fresh, something that doesn't follow the whole mainstream 'I have been working towards this particular ending, so that's what's going to happen' approach.

Everything came together perfectly, loose ends were connected and every part of the story got a satisfying explanation. As always the action scenes were sublime. I can't get enough of how the author describes every detail of his fighting scenes so vividly. I said this already in my previous reviews about the Shadow Saga books, but damn, I can't say it enough. If you like amazingly well written fighting scenes, pick this series up, you definitely won't regret it. Caim continues his journey North, now accompanied by 3 Eregoth's that wanted to join his quest.

Caim isn't used to travelling with companions and it shows. It was fantastic to read how Caim grew closer to his travel partners and how much he actually cared. I have to admit I chuckled quite a bit when Dray and Malig started bitching or when they annoyed the hell out of Caim.

But as always, he handled these situations I have to say Caim is probably one of the only characters I've read about this year that has really grabbed me and wriggled his way into my heart. I love his character! That connection I value was certainly still present in this last book in the Shadow Saga. Caim pulled me once again into his story and didn't let me go 'till I turned the last page. Josey on the other hand is also travelling North with a part of her army, in search for Caim.

Her journey takes a different turn however when she finds her Empire poor and plagued by disputes, her people living in ruins, starving. Knowing Josey as we do by now, she is determined to do something about this and restore peace to her Empire. But a bigger threat is looming in the North, one that is rapidly approaching.

I mentioned that Josey didn't really succeed in grabbing my attention in the previous book. I have to say I cared a lot more about her in this book, she certainly grew into her Empress statute and displayed a whole lot of strength. I really liked the final battle scenes in her storyline, they are the kind that made me proud of her, which is how I knew I really started caring for her in this book. Feisty, naughty, loyal, loving, she just has so many qualities and such a diverse personality.

What more can I say? I loved it! Every single book, every single page. Highly recommended. Jan 25, Lexie rated it really liked it Shelves: books-once-owned. 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 otherworldly powers and his role as the 'Scion' are given center stage as he travels north to find out about his not quite human mother.

A resolution is also found for the love triangle that is Josey-Caim-Kit, though I'm less keen on that aspect I was never actually invested in either relationship, though I felt keenly for Josey's predicament during book 2. The less good news is that because Sprunk seemed to make this more standalone than the previous two novels despite being the third and final part of the trilogy , Caim's behavior seems off somehow. He's brooding, angsty and bothered by things that would have made more sense in book 1 then now in book 3.

Fortunately even without Caim around to help her do sneaky things, Josey forges alliances and has a number of people she can trust to help her stave off death and dethronement. By the end of the novel she finds her place in the world and finds herself able to come to terms with the changes she's undergone and I applaud her for it. Josey was never a weak character irritating at times, but not weak and her growth throughout the books has made me smile.

I'll give Sprunk credit, in what could have been a sentimental book dealing with the nature of families, history and love he still packs in enough fighting, bloodshed and action to keep just about anyone happy. Between Caim's battles in the north and Josey's battles to protect her throne, there's very little downtime for our heroes.


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It made for a quick-paced read that keeps the reader entranced until the last page. In all this was a good farewell to the world and Caim in particular. I was satisfied by the conclusion, though that's not to say I would be averse to Sprunk writing short stories about Nimea and how Josey's reign goes on in the future however.

Review originally posted at Night Owl Reviews Apr 05, L. 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. 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 So this was a nice conclusion to the series. That said, I wish I would have gone into this thinking it was the story of Caim and Josey; not just Caim, not just Josey. I kept waiting for that big connect, some reveal that I had set up in my own mind. I admit, my love for this series dwindled with each book. I think, for me personally, the magic was so fun to learn about in the first book and Caim was a nicely delivered mystery. But by the second book, you pretty much knew where the entire story was headed. There was no surprise for me at all in the last two books. So for those of you who love to unravel complicated plots, this might not be the best choice.

Gosh, I sound so negative. All in all, this has nicely developed characters, a thought out world, some fun magic, and some great fights. Admittedly, I had a lot going on personally that I have no doubts impacted my level of involvement and concentration while reading. Apr 23, Jack 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 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 worth mention as they carry there weight as the story progresses, and underlining this all is the mystery of his beginnings yes another lost orphan not knowing or half remembering a childhood , and powers he really has limited control and no idea of limit's.

Caim is running around doing his "thing" until he is drawn into a world of darkness that leads him towards his beginnings and some answer's. This is a fun run of some violent at times but not vulgar action, mysterious plot that gets you drawn in and towards the end of the book you stat looking at pages left and realize you hop there are more. Good read as the other two books before lead us here in the same fashion. I love this genre of writing, similar books Brent Weeks "shadow" series old Steven Brust, and tales of the kin, just a few that comes to mind, this series will go in my favorite list' I would like to add one other thought, reading the third and last in this series, I started it a few months or so after finishing the second book and it did take me some time to reacquaint myself to the story line, I do not recommend reading this book out of series, read the first 2 then finish with this book.

Aug 07, Georgia 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 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, Kit and Josey all face the challenges, with internal and external battles as the drama and action ramps up in this third installment in the series. As before, it is a well written and descriptive narrative - I often find that battle scenes in books are a little difficult to follow, but that is and has never been an issue in Sprunk's books. There is a lot to try and find a conclusion to here: Caim's past, his feelings for Kit, his feelings for Josey, his own Shadows and what they mean; Josey's feelings for Caim, her position as Empress and the turmoil in Nimea, Kit's feelings for Caim, her own reality; the future of the fighting territories and the Shadowlands attempts at taking over all the lands under the sun.

I applaud Sprunk's handling of the many story lines, though at times, the multiple points of view could get a little disorienting. Still, it was an easy read and definitely a wonderful conclusion to the series - even though it didn't end in what could have been a rather obvious way. Still filled with action and adventure, this is a great fantasy read and well worth the time! I enjoyed it immensely.

Sep 14, Ruth rated it liked it Shelves: spec-fic. FWFTB: knives, companions, survive, eternal, unfathomable. Then it arrived I sat down 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 c Gave up and read the reviews on GR for the first 2 books My comments never summarise the plot as there is always somewhere else to find the info - I just didn't bank on the time it takes.

Started again - and off I went. A interesting plot even though, for me, there was no conclusion more like just the end of that particular adventure. I remembered not to like any of the characters other than Caim as people have a habit of dying like flies and I did feel a bit remote from the story compared to some where I have felt part of the events. Perhaps that is the drawback of having a "mysterious" lead character.

Mr Sprunk does have a wonderful way in being succinct with his writing and there is very little "fluff" or information download. This is a good ol' traditional sword and sorcery involving a journey not, thankfully, including any of the 'living rock' rubbish. After staring down the barrel of some hefty spec-fic tomes, I am really greatful for this. On the whole, I heartily recommend. Roll on the next one. Jun 09, Kai Mundwiler 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 It's nice reading a trilogy that only takes three years from first publication to last.

Both Kit and Josey have an opportunity to truly explore their love for the same man. The vampiric nature to them and their emergence was a bit of a surprise and I don't know if it helped the story or if it hurt it. A re-read may have to happen for me to really figure out the answer to that question. I liked the "twist" of who Caim decides to be with. It fit and even though I was rooting for the other person in the previous books, I feel that Sprunk made the right choice, both for the reader and for Caim. It's a good book and a better trilogy.

I like the assassin aspect and I like that it was an transition away from that into a modernized version of the historical hero. Read it. Readers also enjoyed. Science Fiction Fantasy. About Jon Sprunk. Jon Sprunk. 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.