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Windwalker: Starlight & Shadows, Book 3 [Mass Market Paperback]

Elaine Cunningham
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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April 1 2004 Starlight & Shadows
The long-awaited conclusion to the Starlight & Shadows trilogy is now in paperback.

The release of Windwalker brought to a close a series first begun by New York Times best-selling author Elaine Cunningham ten years ago. Following the recently released recovers of Daughter of the Drow and Tangled Webs, the first two titles in the series, this mass market version features cover art by award-winning fantasy artist Todd Lockwood.

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Elaine Cunningham is the author of the Songs & Swords series of novels, the Counselors & Kings trilogy, and Evermeet for Wizards of the Coast. Cunningham also hit the New York Times best-seller list with Dark Journey, her Star Wars¨ novel title for Del Rey.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Poor effort June 22 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The Liriel who was not above killing, but did not enjoy it has been replaced by someone who kills first and asks questions later. Drow are everywhere; you can't walk 30 feet through Waterdeep without bumping into one. Everyone has a smart aleck answer to everything. And the bad guys kill (or attempt to kill) everyone they come into contact with.
Poorly told story I had to drag myself to complete.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome! the best ever! totally sucks you in! May 10 2004
i don't care what other people have said! This is the best work of art i have yet to read in the Forgetten Realms! Elaine is my favorite author! She sucks you into the characters and into their journeys! It's like you are right there in their minds...with them on their journey and experiencing every emotion they are going through!! This book totally made me cry, and that is a hard thing to do! I was so caught up in in Liriel's journey with Fyodor...and their struggle... I recommend this series to EVERYONE! it is the most amazing work of art, a true masterpeice.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not good enough to be worth reading April 23 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I love reading about Drow, and so normally I am willing to cut any books about them a bit of slack. Unfortunately, this book was so bad that even I couldn't enjoy it. The characterization is bad - the one character I had any empathy for at all was a sea elf who appears in about six pages total. The character motivation is bad - many characters do things for no explicable reason but to attempt to move the plot along. The villains are bad - they don't grow or change a bit from Tangled Webs. Also, and most importantly, the storyline is bad - it is so choppy that I often checked to see if I had accidentally skipped a page. Do your pocketbook a favor and buy a different book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, but what next? Jan. 30 2004
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My older cousin was the one who got me hooked on this book. I dont want to ruin it for anyone, so I wont say how it ends. But there has to be at least another book out there, another adventure for Liriel? And for those who couldn't follow the reading style, I'm 12 and I got through it! It is really good!!!
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3.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing Jan. 28 2004
I liked the first two books a lot but this one was quite different. It was written a few years later I believe and included a whole slew of characters who's roles in the story made little sense to me. (Should I have read Cunningham's other FR books first?)
One thing I did like was the fact that Liriel's "pact with the devil" or in this case Lolth, was coming back to haunt her and the scene in Ellistrae's temple was great.
Shakti's role (who I unlike most others really liked in the first two books as an antagonist) was pretty pointless, as were all the deaths.
Rashemen was well depicted though.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent story hampered by appalling editing Dec 29 2003
Elaine Cunningham's third Liriel Baenre novel, the final in the Starlight and Shadows trilogy, is decent enough, albeit not one of her best work. It has a reasonable plot, adequate characterisation, and a fitting conclusion, but unfortunately Elaine's editors have let her down in a big way - I counted a fair number of spelling errors, grammatical inconsistencies and other editing mistakes. For this type of work to have names of major characters in the world of Faerun to be misspelled (eg Laerel for Laeral) or flat-out incorrect (Durham for Durnan - for goodness sakes!) is just unacceptable and detracts from the reader's enjoyment in a major way. Which is unfortunate since the Elaine magic glimmers on occasion only to be let down in this manner. Get a new editor, Elaine, please!
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3.0 out of 5 stars What happened? Nov. 26 2003
Elaine, Elaine, Elaine... What happened? This series started off so strong (Daughter of the Drow), then got a bit wobbly (Tangled Webs), now it's tipped completly over (Windwalker).
I love this character of hers, Liriel. The unusual drow with a taste for exploration and adventure. I like the fact that she's less diabolicly evil, more vitriolicly sarcastic with a soft heart for the lesser creatures. But Liriel seems to digress in this book.
At times during Windwalker Liriel seems to have forgotten what she's learn in her previous adventures. She forgets that she loves Fyodor (even though it scares her), that her killing people upsets Fyodor, that she really DOSEN'T love Lloth, and that another goddess has showed serious interest in recruting her. Meanwhile the maidens of the Promanade Temple seem to have forgotten the risks she took, the fighting she did for them, and the sacrifices she's made.
This book felt really rushed, 'jumpy' as someone else said. Too much story packed into too small a book equals somewhat shallow characters and a story that feels paper thin. Don't get me wrong it's not a bad read, just... I was hoping for so much more.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Too Random to be Good Oct. 22 2003
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After enjoying the first two books of this series, I was very excited about this one. But I was doomed to be disappointed. One of EC's strengths is her character development. Yet, she kills off all of the best characters, sometimes in completely random ways. (*cough* the sea elf *cough*) It's irritating to get attached to a cool character and then see them killed with little reason other than EC not wanting to have to deal with them anymore. Characters pop into and out of the storyline without explaination. What happens to Danilo? He just suddenly stops being in the story at all. And what about the big final battle? Again, it is too random to be good. Liriel doesn't even act like you would expect her to. Overall, I was very disappointed. Elaine Cunningham, rewrite this book!
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