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Summary

Kylar has rejected the assassin's life. In the wake of the Godking's violent coup, both his master and his closest friend are dead. His friend was Logan Gyre, heir to Cenaria’s throne, but few of the ruling class survive to mourn his loss. So Kylar is starting over: new city, new companions and new profession. But when he learns that Logan might be alive, trapped and in hiding, Kylar faces an impossible choice. He could give up the way of shadows forever and find peace with his young family. Or Kylar could succumb to his flair for destruction, the years of training, to save his friend and his country - and lose all he holds precious.

©2008 Brent Weeks (P)2011 Hachette Digital

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"I was mesmerized from start to finish. Unforgettable characters, a plot that kept me guessing, non-stop action and the kind of in-depth storytelling that makes me admire a writer's work." (Terry Brooks)

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Great story, terrible narrator

I love this book and was very disappointed by the narrator. His voice doesn't do the characters justice and his pronunciation of several words was jarring and frustrating.

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3.5 Stars - destroying your own work by B.Weeks

The author:

The story is set in a fantastical land with several types of magic, a whole host of politics and an arch-typical anti-hero supported by several groups of friends. Some known and others not so much.

The plot is winding, exciting and intricate if not a touch random at times. All in all solid.

The problem then, the thing which very nearly destroys this book. I mean that too, it almost ruins the very atmosphere Weeks has taken so long to build and worked so hard to make interesting is the dialogue.

It. Is. Awful.

Modern day america, in a fantasy setting. Malcolm in the middle meets lord of the rings. Poor, a poor poor show from a man with obvious talent and it grated one me start to finish. I nearly returned the book within the first 10 minutes of buying it because it was that bad.

It grew on me, or rather the story was good, and it partly made up for the poor character dialogue.



The narrator:

Paul Boehmer doing a superb job as usual. After listening to Robin Hobbs, Farseer trilogy which he narrated, I decided to give this a go. He does a good job of portraying the character differently and in an interesting fashion. there is a few points where he confuses the voices of the characters however but this is not a major issue as it is clear who is saying what or at least meant to be saying.



All in all, if you have read The kingkiller chronicle, The farseer trilogy and are now looking for something else, this falls in a fairly secure third or fourth place. If you haven't read those.... do so now then come back to this.

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Should rename the series to "Shadow baby"

I had to drop the series. The fact the main character is an immortal shadow ninja but at the same time a 20 year old virgin who blushes when a girl even looks at him, drives me crazy.

All the while he grew up in a "game of thrones" type setting where there is sex and murder everywhere but he is the picture of innocence. I just don't see how anyone who grows up the way he does ends up being such a week willed, idiotic and naive "man"

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Superb.

Book 1 was great - this is better. We delve deeper into the characters, and indeed meet some new ones. Some of them are grim, some heroic, but all are fascinating in their own way. Looking forward to hearing book 3!

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this guy is amazing

you know when you need to go to work and instead of stopping the book you play it on the way and get annoyed at randomers in the street for distracting you from your mornings purpose? yep that good

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Good.

Better than the previous book, mainly because of food passing and no lore dumping. Quite obviously just transport to the final book in the series, but certainly an enjoyable way to travel.

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Fantastic narration!

Great story, but was impressed by the diversity of the narrators voices. Will be looking out for more books read by him!

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Good story, narrator needs sacking

Good story and characters, but like with the first audiobook, the narrator ruins it. im sticking with it but his narration, especially the Irish accent he puts on, is just terrible and embarrassing.

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Story is good once you get past the Voice

I had big issues with the voice, but since this is the second book I guess you figured i cot past that and was willing to listen anyway. I like Brent Weeks, the characters are complex and let you feel the venerability, even if they are superhuman. This is a plot twist in between because there is still one more that I just have to listen to to get some closure.

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Epic series

This is one of the best series of books I've ever read! definitely in my top 10 series of all time. Great narration as well

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Brilliant!

Shadow's Edge is the brilliant sequel to The Way of Shadows. The Khalidorans have conquered, but a group of Cenarian rebels, led by Logan Gyre fight back against the Godking's armies. Khylar Stern and Vi team up, to attempt the impossible, assassinate the Godking Garoth Urssuul. This audiobook is once again brilliantly narrated by Paul Boehmer.

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  • Blaine
  • 28-08-16

Fantastic

This is a fantastic story I would recommend this book to anyone interested in reading a magnificent story

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