“A woman awakens to find a caravan slaughtered around her and no memory of who she is or where she came from. She is rescued by Archer Blackcoat and two Anari men, Giri and Ratha, who take her to the nearest town of Whitewater. In Whitewater, she meets Sara Deepwell and Tom Downey. She remembers...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“My Amazon Review: Luna is a disappointment to romance readers...., February 22, 2007 sadly this is yet another Luna line "romantic fantasy" that is a disappointment to me. I quit this book about 100 pages in from sheer boredom. The book was already 1/3 done but hardly anything substantial by...”see full review » see other reviews »
“there's a thread of sorrow binding memory away throughout this series, a high fantasy that follows in the tradition popularized by Tolkien, of epic quests and lost loves and ancient evil that cannot rest.
there's also the sense of age, especially in Archer Blackcloak and Tess Birdsong. the first is a vagabond warrior, no home, no obvious history; and the latter a woman with no memory, the only survivor of a massacre.
in this world, the First Born was as if cursed by the gods for waging a cataclysmic war in the name of love. according to legends, the powerful sons of the Firstborn king had loved an Ilduin, a race of women with magical powers, so much that they brought chaos to the world just so one could have her.
one son was bright and beautiful; the other dark and chiseled. the bright prince became the chained god of chaos, bent by despair into an evil entity; the dark prince forgot most of his greatness and continued to live... and love.. despite his terrible guilt.
maybe this stain of guilt that's present in all the characters, whether they be hero or not, is what made me return to reading another epic-type high fantasy which i thought i had gotten fed up with.
it made the characters more complex than if they were purely innocent capable of challenging evil without being corrupted (an often used device in epic fantasies).
not that writing, pacing, plotting, and characterization are exemplary in Shadows of Myth. i found it difficult to visualize the anari warriors ratha and giri, much less distinguish them from one another. at times, tess and sara deepwell, another young woman with strange powers, sound so much alike.
at best, the pacing is elegant; at worst, it dragged.
i was hooked, nonetheless - because of the spark of recognition in each as tess, archer, sarah, and the others in the group felt when they found each other. i recognized it as the continuation of a story, one that has been left unfinished for thousands of years.
and one thing i cannot resist is letting loose threads hanging. so if i chance upon them, i simply must do my best to wrap them up. so here i am, about to begin reading the sequel, Shadows of Prophecy.”
“My Amazon Review: Luna is a disappointment to romance readers...., February 22, 2007 sadly this is yet another Luna line "romantic fantasy" that is a disappointment to me. I quit this book about 100 pages in from sheer boredom. The book was already 1/3 done but hardly anything substantial by way of character or plot had been developed. I fell asleep everytime I tried to read this book.:( If you are a romance reader who likes a little bit of fantasy thrown in to the storyline-I highly suggest you skip the Luna line as they tend to be written more on a fantasy theme-along with that themes like murder, gore, etc that will turn some romance fans off. For the romance fan-stick to romantic fantasy put out by signet, zebra and the like. Fantasy fans stick with Tor, Baen and similar companies.”retroredux wrote this review Friday, February 1, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A woman awakens to find a caravan slaughtered around her and no memory of who she is or where she came from. She is rescued by Archer Blackcoat and two Anari men, Giri and Ratha, who take her to the nearest town of Whitewater. In Whitewater, she meets Sara Deepwell and Tom Downey. She remembers her name, Tess, and realizes that she has the ability to sense the evil abroad in the forest. Strange signs have been noted, such as the disappearance of the forest animals and the sudden and early arrival of a harsh winter. Archer, Tess, Tom, Giri, Sara, and Ratha begin an adventure to try to find food for the town of Whitewater to survive the winter as well as to try to end the evil that appears to be spreading across the land. Soon, the group realizes that both Tess and Sara are Ilduin, a race of powerful women who wield magick from the First Times. They also learn that the evil mage, Lantav Glassidor, controls an Ilduin in the town of Lorense, and that he is causing much of the evil they sense. Lantav has created a hive of people subject to his control in Lorense. Lantav kidnaps Tess and so the others follow her to Lorense where the powers of the Ilduin are further revealed.”abby k wrote this review Friday, December 14, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No