KNIGHTS OF GHOSTS & SHADOWS Mass Market Paperback – Jun 1 1990
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Other than that, the book itself is interesting, not the least because it broke Lackey's invariable pattern of doing trilogies. Knight of Ghosts and Shadows is actually the second book in a "trilogy", if you want to call it that, book one being bowery Boyz I beleiv, about a healer witch in a modern day city slum who does not return until the second half of book three, summoned to tourney....and of course Lackety then continued on with a second "trilogy" on bard eric's life alone after she managed to get rid of the other two main characters in Knight of Ghosts and Shadows. Rather funny, it was...first, a tripod was the strongest thing in nature, and then POOF, the beginning of the first book in the second "trilogy" disposes thoroughly of the idea.
It could be read as an object lesson in ignoring conditions you yourself set up in writing, I suppose, as well as a historical reference.
The book itself is decent, as is its antecendent and sequel, I'd just advice not to read these three and the second three after Lackey breaks up her threesome. Pick one or the other, instead.
To start off with, it seemed to me like the plot with the elves in California was extremely perfunctory and unlikely, even within the realms of fantasy. We've heard it all before...the dying elves forced to rely on one human for salvation. The elves were so incredibly stereotypical--gorgeous, slender, cat-eyed, etc. A personality would be nice. All the city dwellers, according to this book, lead dissipated lives. The main character Eric, for whom we were supposed to feel compassion, was an apathetic wretch who preferred to solve his problems by drinking and drugs and still managed by his Extraordinary Powers to Save Everyone with a minimal effort. While the effort to make the villainess likable was apparent, it noticeably failed. On top of that, all the characters were just oozing with gooey emotions. The system of magic used was intriguing-- combining magic and music-- but was never developed at all.
On the other hand, it was readable and went by fairly quickly. If you need to feed an urban fantasy fix, this might do it. I would, however, recommend the much more intelligent Son of Darkness by Josepha Sherman, or The Sword of Maiden's Tears by Rosemary Edghill. Both were immeasurably more enjoyable.
First of all, Korendil is an extremely flat character. He just stands there in his armor and smiles. Throughout the book, Mercedes lackey flips from person to person to tell the story from several points of view but Kory hardly speaks at all.
As for the flipping view points, I did like that we got to hear the opinions of the main bad girl, Ria, but all that flipping around got confusing. I found myself flipping around more than once trying to find out what was happening.
One final caveat: there is a very small, miniscule amount of homosexuality in this book. In fact, compared to Ms. Lackey's Magic's Price, Promise, Pawn series this is nothing. But, if this kind of thing offends you, don't read the book.
The thing I loved most was the magical music, literally. Anyone with a passion for music should read this book. Hearing the sounds she matched the music to made me want to go downstairs and play the piano.
If you love the idea of magic and music together, buy this book. Those parts made my heart soar!
If you liked this book, the SERRAted Edge series is ten times better. It is very similar to this book but the characters are more interesting, in my opinion. It is also by Mercedes Lackey and she recently re-released the four books of the series into two volumes.
Mercedes Lackey rocks!
There are so many mediocre modern fairy tales that it was a pleasure to read this one. The only other one that comes close was "War of the Oaks" by Emma Bull.
Mercedes Lackey does several modern fantasy works, but I feel this is the best of them all. Interestingly enough they are all tied together loosly, with occasional comments scattered throughout them to give a richer environment then just a single series would do.
Lackey's strengths in characters and their motivations really comes to the fore in this book, as well as her excllent story telling ability and imagery. I heartily recommend this book.
Most recent customer reviews
This book was very enjoyable, another well-done work of Mercedes Lackey's. The characters were all very interesting and well developed. Read morePublished on June 10 2000
I loved this book, it just pulled me in. Most books that I have read about elves have been a bit trite but this one was marvelous and truly seemed magical. Read morePublished on Oct. 23 1999 by Debbie
From what everyone on this says, this is supposed to be a great book, but I can't get what it's about! Read morePublished on Oct. 8 1999
I picked the book up by accident at a used book store, and just couldn't put it down. Ms Lackey has the ability to put you into the story and make you think that you can smell... Read morePublished on May 2 1999
Seriously the best urban fantasy that I have ever read, and that's saying alot! This book clocked out over Marion Zimmer Bradley's Witchlight and Ghostlight! Read morePublished on Sept. 25 1998