Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

Shadowplay (Shadowmarch Series #2)

by Tad Williams

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A year ago, the March Kingdoms were at peace, and the Eddon family held the throne. King Olin Eddon is a prisoner in a faraway land, and Olin's heir Kendrick is dead—slain by treachery and dark, bloody magic.

With their father and brother taken from them, the royal twins Barrick and Briony have done their best to hold the kingdom together, but now Barrick has been captured in a failed war against the immortal Twilight People and Briony has been forced to flee.

Behind the Shadowline, Prince Barrick is lost and spellbound in the land of the fairies, while Princess Briony finds both allies and deadly enemies in unexpected places far from the land of her birth.

During their desperate journeys the twins discover that even a land's rulers may know little of it's true history, and that both families and nations can hide dark and terrible secrets.

But even if Barrick and Briony survive learning the astonishing truths at the heart of their own family and of Southmarch itself, they must still find a way to do the impossible: they must reclaim their kingdom and rescue their home and people from the multitude of powerful enemies—from traitors, tyrants, a god-king, and even the angry gods themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101218648
Publisher: DAW
Publication date: 03/06/2007
Series: Shadowmarch Series , #2
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 752
Sales rank: 134,104
File size: 988 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Tad Williams has held more jobs than any sane person should admit to—singing in a band, selling shoes, managing a financial institution, throwing newspapers, and designing military manuals, to name just a few. He also hosted a syndicated radio show for ten years, worked in theater and television production, taught both grade-school and college classes, and worked in multimedia for a major computer firm. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books and film and television scripts as well. Tad and his family live in London and the San Francisco Bay Area. You can find Tad Williams at 

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A page-turner. (Booklist)

Packed with intriguing plot twists... The author's richly detailed world will enchant established fans and win new converts. (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

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Shadowplay 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Deborah_Beale More than 1 year ago
Deborah Beale here (Tad partner & wife): we recently received this rave review from Christopher Paolini, and I thought I would take the liberty of posting it here. "Tad Williams is a huge inspiration for me. He's one of the main reasons I started writing fantasy. His books are epic, exciting, and filled with fascinating characters. When it comes to inventing imaginary worlds, he's as skilled as J.R.R. Tolkien and Frank Herbert. "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn is one of the great fantasy epics of all time. I can't even remember how many times I've read it. It kept me so enthralled, I plowed through the last book in just one sitting! Here be magic, dragons, sprawling battles, thrilling feats of derring-do, ancient mysteries, hidden secrets-all the things a good story needs. These are the books, along with a few others, that led me to write Eragon. "Otherland is an awesome sci-fi story. The scale of Tad Williams' ambition and accomplishments as a storyteller in this series is amazing. He weaves together so many characters, locations, and unique worlds, you can't help but be impressed! Also, with Otherland Tad predicted the rise of the internet and online gaming long before it was invented. "Tad Williams' work is an essential part of any science fiction and fantasy library. I look forward to each new book he writes. If you like exciting, thought-provoking fiction, you owe it to yourself to give Tad a try. "His books are thick enough to stop a bullet! I know!" - Christopher Paolini
Karlstar on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the follow on to Shadowmarch, the first book in Tad's latest series. It reveals a bit more behind the reasons for the invasion by the fey, though nothing like a true explanation comes out yet. The characters are just as mch in the dark about what's going on as we are, though the forces behind the plot are slowly being revealed. This is interesting, complex and compelling, as good as Tad's other works. This has the feel that it is right on the edge of disaster, but there is always hope, somewhere.
SonicQuack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first volume, Shadowmarch, established a diverse set of characters spread across continents, each with their own story arcs. In Shadowplay these storylines continue their own paths, with a few being connected at the end of the book. This rapid switching between these disparate plots makes for tough reading at times, hindered further by the myriad of new characters added to the mix. Two of the main stories switch from the standard, and expected, genre of high fantasy in to a more chaotic fantasy setting, more akin to Clive Barker than Williams. Readers may find this stretch of disbelief somewhat disconcerting. Unfortunately, one of the main plots is rather dull, with little action occurring after the initial few chapters. Overall Shadowplay bends the series away from traditional fantasy, which most people won't expect. There is still a great start and finish, however the middle is far too long to keep up the interest.
Ilirwen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must say I'm disappointed. I had expected more from Tad Williams. There are some interesting parts, but mainly I'm not impressed at all. It's also hard to feel sympathy for the characters, with one or two exceptions. Ferras Vansen, the young soldier who is in love with Princess Briony. Briony is another relatively sympathetic character and there are a few others, but most people leave me indifferent.
janemarieprice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in the Shadowmarch series, Shadowplay follows the royal twins on their respective journeys through the kingdom. Like the first, it is dense with both characters and the mythology of the world and diverges to little side plots often. I like this; others may not.
aleahmarie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The ruling family of Southmarch has been scattered. King Olin Eddon remains a prisoner of the traitorous Lord Protector of Hierosol while his daughter, the Princess Briony, is chased from her childhood home by the family's power hungry cousins. All the while Briony's beloved twin, Prince Barrick, follows an ill-fated compulsion that's been laid on him by a powerful Qar warrioress. As Barrick blindly and eagerly does her bidding this fierce mistress sits at the front gate of his castle home with an army of blood thirsty fairy folk, her eagerness pulled taut as a bow string. Twilight, it seems, has finally descended on the Eddons.Shadowplay is the second book in the most recent tetralogy from Master Williams. His intense and (what I consider) highly skilled world building offers plenty of substance for even the most die-hard fantasy reader. The story is told from many perspectives in alternating chapters so that what might otherwise be an overwhelming tome is very readable. I've read Williams' Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn trilogy and his Otherland sci-fi tetralogy and can't help but notice that recognizable themes and characters are being rewoven in Shadowmarch to create a different but familiar tale. While this should seem repetitious there are enough new ideas to make the well known bits very comfortable and enjoyable. I can't wait to get my hands on book three!
Featherfire on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I actually liked this book better than the first in series...there was more action, and it didn't seem to drag on as much (though there were still sections where the plot dragged a bit). I especially came to love the character Gyir. And the ending (and cliffhanger ending!), Gil's identity and where Vansen ended up, I was very surprised! I haven't picked up the third book, but I'm really looking forward to it!
DirtPriest on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the volume where the story opens up and the reader finally gets to see what the story is really about, or at least what some of the main themes are. The first book sets up the story (as it should) but mostly provides a familiarity and intimacy with the characters and places. Volume two ties several of the disparate strands together and gets the interest level up even more. Great characters and some very evil villains. The only thing is that you assume they will be overthrown in the end somehow. Unlike many fantasy stories the characters are believeable and not some trumped up superhero. Not much more to say right now as I consider this to be one very long book broken up into four parts for publishing.
RGH1 More than 1 year ago
Things start moving quickly as the stories spiral around each other. More of what I have come to expect from Williams.
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