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Book Description

Feb. 16 2010 Chronicles of Siala (Book 1)
And he has assembled a fearsome horde; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one, black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom. Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them. Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first novel in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold, a legendary thief in a land of grand thieves, in pursuit of a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an Elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort, and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world…and by the king’s court jester (who may be more than he seems…or less). Not all of them will survive. Perhaps none of them will. Whole brigades of warriors and teams of wizards have failed before them. This band of outcasts, however, has something that can never be equaled: their extraordinary bravery, their fearsome skills, and the love they bear for their homeland and their comrades. Reminiscent of Michael Moorcock’s Elric series, drawn from the great heart of Russian folklore, Shadow Prowler is the first work to be published in English by the bestselling new-generation fantasy author Alexey Pehov. The book was translated from Russian by Andrew Bromfield, best known for his work on the highly successful Night Watch series.

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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Library edition (Feb. 16 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 144181440X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1441814401
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 13.5 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 68 g

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Praise for Shadow Prowler:

"Toothy, gritty, and relentless.  Alexey Pehov sneaks up on you and fascinates with the wry voice of a young Moorcock. Clear space on your shelf--you'll want the whole series."
--E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth series

“The story is engrossing, the characters intriguing and dynamic; there are mysteries galore and the very real sense as we set out that far creepier things are waiting down the road. In short, a book I didn’t want to put down.”
--Chris Claremont, bestselling writer for the X-Men and Wolverine comic book series

“Those who like fantasy novels offering ogres, elves, undead creatures, wizards, and the like joined in an epic quest will be delighted . . . pitched battles are described so well that they seem to unfold before one’s eyes. A first book in a series that piques interest for the others.”

“Bestselling Russian author Pehov translates easily in his English fantasy debut…. protagonist Shadow Harold proves modest and witty enough a narrator to carry the series.”
--Publishers Weekly

“[Shadow Harald is] almost like some character out of The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser saga by Fritz Leiber. He’s an unlikely sort of hero for a series, which added to my growing interest in The Shadow Prowler. . . .  Shadow Prowler is a very good beginning to Alexey Pehov’s trilogy.”
--BSC Reviews

“A book that most fantasy readers will want to read and explore. . . .  In short, if you like reading fantasy, you’ll love reading this book.”
--Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews

"Shadow Prowler is a fresh, exuberant take on territory that will be familiar to all fans of classic high fantasy. Alexey Pehov introduces a cast of charming, quirky, unsavory, even loathesome characters in a fast-paced, entertaining adventure."
--Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the bestselling Dune novels

--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

About the Author

Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of The Chronicles of Siala, a bestselling series in his native Russia. His novel Under the Sign of the Mantikor was named Book of Year and Best Fantasy Novel in 2004 by Russia's largest fantasy magazine, World of Fantasy.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Russian Fantasy March 31 2010
By Blodeuedd - Published on
This book and series is very popular in Russia and has now been translated into English. For that I am grateful. This is great epic fantasy and just what I like to read.

It is the story about Shadow Harold, a thief in Avedoom, the capital of a Northern kingdom. He lives his lief like he always have when things suddenly change. he has two choices, get the horn or rut in jail. The choice is not as easy as it seems. The horn is hidden far away in caves filled with dangers and magics from different races that have buried their dead there. With him he has an elite band of warriors, a Princess, and a jester.
This world has all sorts of races, the elves (dark and light) who are not as fair looking as you would imagine. Orcs that wants the world for their own as they are the first race of Siala. Ogres, gnomes, goblins, dwarves and of course men. In the far north there is the danger of the Nameless one, but there are more dangers than just him stirring. This world is heading for a war, and this time the orcs might just win.

I liked Harold, but then I do have a soft spot for thieves and assassins. He is an unwilling hero, and they are the best. But my fav is by far the jester Kli-Kli, a goblin who is more than he seems. And I can't wit to see what he really is about, until then I will laugh in amusement. Miralissa, the princess most be some sort of love interest, cos Harold is interested, fangs and all. But I just have to wait and see. The wild hearts are a great bunch too, the constant bickering between the dwarf and the gnome being what i enjoy the most.

Negative part, I love maps, and there was no map. I like to see where everything is located, and where they are going. It gives me a sense of direction that is useful in fantasy. But I am well aware that many forget about those maps.

This had everything I need, a quest, danger of war, and war that is surely coming, a bunch of characters that are both amusing and likable. There was danger, there was darkness, and there was history. Which I of course always want.

Now, oh sighs, why didn't I take that course in Russian in high school instead of German. If I would have I could have read the next book in Russian. Now I just have to wait to get hold of book 2 whenever that one comes out. Because this was a good start to a fantasy trilogy, and it made me want more.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Fresh Twist on an Epic Fantasy Adventure April 23 2010
By April - Published on
In the great city of Avendoom on the shores of the Cold Sea, Shadow Harold, Master Thief, goes about his business, accepting commissions from clients, at home in all parts of the city, in the darkness and the light. Like everyone in the city he's aware of the growing threat of war. A dark human sorcerer who was temporarily vanquished years ago has been slowly overcoming his magical restraints. More and more, demons are seen about the city, making unsafe streets hazardous even for the criminals. Harold is approached with a commission he cannot refuse: the king along with his non-human allies need his skills to recover an artifact that is crucial for the coming battle with the Nameless One.

This is an epic quest fantasy and no mistake, but Pehov twists the common tropes just enough to keep it fresh and exciting. It starts with Harold, who, thank goodness, is the farthest thing from a naive farm-boy or an inexperienced everyman. He IS an unlikely hero, nonetheless, but he's grown and experienced and can take care of himself, and definitely has his own ideas on how things should be done. He also has an engaging voice, so it is a pleasure to follow him along on his adventure.

The city of Avendoom, which features largely in this first book of a series, will also seem very familiar to fantasy readers, however, there are new and quirky things to explore, between the demons and the guilds and the goat-people with their religious cult and the God of Thieves, the lively descriptions of the various quarters and their inhabitants, the magical hazards of the Forbidden Territory, and the unusually nondescript King. There is a sense of humor that can be ridiculous at times, but not quite over-the-top enough to be annoying. It keeps the tale from bogging down under its own seriousness (as some epic fantasies are wont to do), and the nicely paced plot also helps. There are serious and deathly aspects, of course, but it's not Overdone As In Some Epic Tales Where Everything Must Be Very Dire And Meaningful.

I was pleasantly surprised by this book, in other words. There are elves and dwarves and sorcerers, but they are not at all typical and the hints of their strange societies makes one want to know more about them. This book was not perfect, but it was a LOT OF FUN to read and I will definitely be looking forward to the next book.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent fantasy novel - Couldn't put it down but ocasionally had to remind myself it was originally in Russian. Sept. 15 2010
By GWalbe, USA - Published on
Excellent fantasy novel, especially loved the Russian and semi-eastern European basis for the fantasy races, the elves are represented more as they were -before- Tolkien had his way with them, which is to say they are more like the Seelie/Unseelie from Irish folklore. Gnomes and Dwarves come across mostly as we know them with a few small twists (which I won't ruin for you).

The protagonists are enjoyable and decently fleshed out and the world has a good basis, although as the one reviewer mentions, it could use a map.

It should be remembered that the original tale is written in Russian though. Occasionally syntax and word choice is a little odd (only once did I ever find it actually jarring) but all in all its one of the best translated fantasy novels I've ever read.

Also, it doesn't (or didn't) make this immensely clear on the Amazon page, this is the first of three in a Trilogy. Those expecting a standalone fantasy novel will not be pleased.

Well worth the money.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing... Sept. 20 2010
By J. Orozco - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I am one of those jaded fantasy (and science fiction) readers, I find it harder and harder to find a book that I could classify as "pretty darned good" and "Shadow Prowler" falls in that category. I say this without the slightest hesitation; yes as some other reviewers have mentioned the book does have it's (huge) share of cliches but the way the author molds the story around the characters is what make this a great read, the characters are the book strongest assets and regardless of "I have heard this story a thousand times before" at the end of the book you are going to find yourself blinking and asking for more. You will laugh, you will mourn and you will even be scared a bit, and it will be a heck of a ride!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun characters, interesting ideas, compelling conflict July 12 2010
By Chris Daley - Published on
Format:MP3 CD
Shadow Prowler
Alex Pehov

Picked up the audio book version of this novel on a lark and was very pleasently surprised. As others write, this novel doesn't necessarily break any new ground but it does a fantastic job of setting a fun, engaging story within a familiar fantasy genre landscape.

Pehov shows a real skill at creating quickly likable characters whose secrets logically spill out over time. Particularly engaging is the King's jester and the development of his relationship to the main character, Harold. Pehov also shows some originality by mixing up some of the common relationships between fantasy races.

The action is well told, if a bit too safe in parts. The threat is common enough within the genre that Pehov doesn't have to spend too much time in this book building up the big bad. He moves through some of the background quickly to get to the meat of the plot. He does make some odd choices in telling backstory a couple of times but that may be more due to the translation than the original text (I'm not sure).

Finally, the production values on the audio book are great. MacLeod Andrews does a fantastic job throughout most of the book. His characters have distinct voices and he really keeps the pace moving.

Highly recommended for a light, fun read/listen.

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