|Shadowheart is the last book of the series
Shadowmarch. I havent read the preceding 3 novels in this Epic fantasy. It was a
little hard going reading the synopsis but despite this I was able to plunge ahead and
engross myself in the magical world that Tad Williams has created. Now I am left with the
urge to read the rest of the Shadowmarch series.
The tyrant ruler of the south has
suddenly left his siege at Hierosol to sail around to the Southmarch kingdom with
grandiose plans to unlock the sleeping gods. And being a tyrant means people fear him and
hastily bend to do whatever he demands no matter that outcome or how gross the requests
Big bad fairies become allies with humans, these are not Tinkerbelle type fairies but
big dangerous and scary looking who actually love to eat humans and who were at war with
them previously. In this war are underground folk called Funderlings who live under the
Southmarch castle and little Tom Thumb folk who can command birds as their trusty steads.
Meanwhile the tyrant still has the Southmarch king captive so his children, the Prince
and Princess are on a quest through this book to gain his freedom. The Prince has teamed
up with the fairy queen and has been transformed into something a bit more than human. The
Princess is fighting her way to get to the King. The story ends up at the castle that is
more than it seems and is being run in the Kings absence by a traitor. A vast warren of
tunnels under the castle is where the tyrant is seeking to. He sends fearful creatures to
kill the Funderlings but they have more of a surprise for him than he bargained for.
This book feels like a new world without riding on the back of other so called fantasy
works. There isnt so much war that a girl gets put off from reading (I hate page
after page of siege so I was pleasantly surprised that I didnt have to skim over to
much), there is just the right amount of hinted love that might blossom. So the guys can
enjoy this without too much mushy stuff.
I would recommend reading the series from the beginning and not jumping into the last
book cold turkey like I have. As with previous reviews for the Shadowmarch series I would
agree that this is in capital letters an EPIC FANTASY novel and I would recommend reading
this book to others. I actually would love to see it come to life on the big screen.