Shadow Prowler(MP3)Lib(Unabr.) MP3 CD – Audiobook, MP3 Audio, Unabridged
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“An exciting take on classical themes as a professional thief finds himself reluctantly cast into the role of a hero to save his homeland from destruction. 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 and want to see what comes next.”
--Chris Claremont, bestselling writer of the X-Men and Wolverine
--E.E. Knight, bestselling author of the Vampire Earth series
"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 books
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.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
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.
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.