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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,534 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tad Williams Narrator: Dick Hill Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2010 ISBN:
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For generations the misty Shadowline has marked the boundary between the lands of men and the lost northern lands that are the lair of their inhuman enemies, the ageless Qar. But now that boundary line is moving outward, threatening to engulf the northernmost land in which humans still live - the kingdom of Southmarch.

For centuries, the Eddon family has ruled in ancient, forbidding Southmarch Castle, guarding the border against the Qar's return, but now this powerful royal line has been dealt a devastating blow. The monarch, King Olin, is being held captive in a distant land, and it falls to his inexperienced heirs to lead their people in a time of growing danger and dread.

It is on the two youngest Eddons that the heaviest burdens fall. The twins Barrick and Briony, who in such evil times have only each other, may lose even that bond as darkness closes over them. As the Qar's power reaches out across their land, will Southmarch Castle, the only home they've ever known, become in fact what it has long been called - Shadowmarch?

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 2/16/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. Tad Williams has me hooked on another series. I wouldn't say it is as good as his Otherland series but I would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes fantasy series. The story line is very engaging. It isn't overly filled with detail and sometimes it feels like things are glossed over but over all it is a pretty good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terence | 2/11/2014

    " I'm going to wait on a review until I finish book 3. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon | 2/10/2014

    " great character development....great story threads "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chad | 1/31/2014

    " I am really enjoying this so far "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer Chin | 1/14/2014

    " I like Tad Williams a lot. This wasn't as complex or creative as I thought the Otherland series was, but it was satisfying in a Tad Williams way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jesslyn | 1/11/2014

    " I give it more of a 3.5 rating, but have to give a BOOOOO to the publisher for messing up the books available for Kindle. Book 2 is missing, with the other books available. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Arwen | 1/9/2014

    " Williams finally finished this series so I can go ahead and read it! I enjoyed this book. Williams did an excellent job with his world creation especially the mysterious Qar. I loved reading about Chert and Vansen, who are the most sympathetic characters in the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Are | 12/3/2013

    " I've read a previous series by this author and really enjoyed it. Williams books tend to be a little heavy and there are a few differnet plot lines going through out this book. But I have read through it fairly quickly and can't wait to read the next in the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Siobhan | 11/16/2013

    " Not the best ever fantasy series. Won't be reading the rest of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Riko Stan | 8/8/2013

    " Very, very slow to get moving. This is a world building book. Mr Williams is setting up the characters and the world for us. If this was a standalone book, I would probably hate it, but I understand it's purpose and the payoff looks to be worth it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darwin | 3/15/2013

    " An excellent complex fantasy story - one of his best series. Many different plot lines and characters, but he has the knack of always keeping you aware of what's happening - never got lost or confused. Great read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David Shakespeare | 10/23/2012

    " Complex plot with some decent characterization and explorations of gender; it's a decent novel, and quite enjoyable. Not superb, but worth a read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 9/4/2012

    " It starts slow, so those of you with A.D.D. should skip it. the last 3rd of the book really picks up "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Raymond | 7/12/2012

    " Yup, about 2 years behind on this one, but your typical Tad Williams fantasy epic: somewhat standard and cliched, but still keeps you interested. Too bad it takes him 10 years to finish a series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beatrice | 3/16/2012

    " Not as good as Williams' Dragonbone Chair Trilogy, in my opinion. I haven't read that in years, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Eric | 3/4/2012

    " Pretty good. Not up to his standards, but looking forward to the next one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kurt | 5/15/2011

    " A disappointing end to an otherwise excellent series. this book just felt like it went on 200 pages further than necessary. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Grant | 3/16/2011

    " It was ok - i really love Tad Williams as an author and he takes you on a great journey. I felt volume 4 really did not close out the series and was more about cashing in on the franchise. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 3/9/2011

    " I'm not big on endings. There always feels like there's more to be told. A great story altogether though and nicely wrapped up for the most part. Wishin there was more, though. That Flint could have a series all his own, I'm thinking. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/8/2011

    " I love this series. It's filled with characters that are interesting and I care about what happens to them. I'm highly invested in seeing them come through their struggles to a happy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leons1701 | 2/21/2011

    " I found the ending of this series just a tad too predictable, but worth the trip. There was one significant twist near the ending that I didn't see coming, where Williams played quite nicely with the readers expectation of how epic fantasy is supposed to work to set them up for a nice reveal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 DeAnna | 2/14/2011

    " Another no-objectivity book in a no-objectivity series, as in I have no way to objectively assess them - they just hit all the right buttons.

    I didn't like them as much as Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn, but otherwise gobbled them up happily. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sandy | 2/12/2011

    " meh! (sorry Tad!) too many descriptions of battle, too many poorly delineated characters, too little of the witty repartee that I have to to expect of this author. It's sad when I am glad to be finished with a series, rather than wanting more. Bring back Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn!
    "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ice | 2/2/2011

    " The Shadowmarch series ends strongly with the loose ends being tied up. It is a good story, easy to read, albeit slightly drawn out. The characters go through their evolution's as expected, and almost as predicted from book 1. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 1/26/2011

    " A satisfying ending to a good series. In all, I really loved the complex world Williams created, especially the fairy type creatures and the mythology. I still liked the 3rd book the best, but I was not let down by this and blew through it a few days after getting it for Christmas... "

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About the Author
Author Tad Williams

Tad Williams is a former singer, shoe-seller, radio show host, and taught both grade school and college classes. He is cofounder of an interactive television company, and is currently writing comic books as well as film and television scripts.  He lives with his family in London and the San Francisco Bay Area.

About the Narrator

Dick Hill, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, is one of the most awarded narrators in the business, having earned several Audie Awards and dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. In addition to narrating, he has both acted in and written for the theater.