Shadowheart: The Shadowmarch Sequence (Shadowmarch 4)
by Tad Williams
Orbit Hardcover ISBN/ITEM#: 9781841499239
Date: 03 February 2011 List Price £20.00 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
A solid Orbit hardcover release, Shadowheart is the fourth and final volume in the Shadowmarch series by Tad Williams, an author who always offers great value for money. Williams penned the acclaimed Otherland series and the Memory, Sorrow and Thorn sequence. He also wrote stand-alone novel The War of the Flowers, which I reviewed back in our May 2003 issue.
"Barrick Eddon, prince of Southmarch, is no longer entirely human. He has vowed to safeguard the legacy of the dark Qar race, and must now decide where his loyalties lie. His twin sister Briony has a difficult choice of her own. Her father, King Olin, is held captive by the Autarch, a mad god-king who plans to use Olin's blood to gain unlimited power. And the castle of Southmarch still remains in the possession of Hendon Tolly, Briony's murderous relative. As time runs out, will Briony decide to save her father's kingdom ...or her father? As the foretold Great Defeat draws near, history is stripped of its costume of lies. Poets and players, mortals and fairies, warriors and gods, all will have their roles to play as the fate of the known world hangs in the balance. "