Saturday, May 15, 2010

Watcher of the Dead by J.V. Jones

Product Description:
The epic fourth novel of the Sword of Shadows fantasy series
In this powerful saga of redemption and renewal, J. V. Jones brings to vivid life the magnificent tapestry of a world at once desperately fighting for survival against supernatural monsters and rent by internecine warfare. The frozen land at the north of the world was once ruled by a legendary nation of superhuman warriors. But that age has passed, leaving ancient clans to struggle for dominance as supernatural forces beyond their control threaten their very existence.
Amid the chaos of world-changing violence, unlikely heroes emerge. An unwanted warrior, a forsaken woman of power, the betrayed widow of a slain clan chief: these are the heroes rising to claim what has been taken from them and to reshape the world.
In a sharply observed narrative that illuminates these riven lives, Jones has crafted a human drama full of the excitement, suspense, and sheer storytelling power that have made the Sword of Shadows a fantasy series that transcends genre to become a memorable tale of human striving and triumph that speaks to readers as have few others.

My thoughts:
I absolutely couldn't wait for this book to come out! I've been watching for it for what seems like forever now and since I've read it, I'm ready for the next one!!! This is the fourth book in a wonderful series. This book continues the journeys of Ash, Raif, Effie, and all their friends, families, and enemies! It introduces new characters, we lose track of some old characters, and there are some mystery characters! Jones weaves so many different story lines that it seems each chapter is about a different journey or person. Yet as you read, she shows how the stories are interwoven and each is key to understanding the whole story!

If you've read the series up to this point, I would rank this book a 5/5 get it now! If not, a 2/5 while I loved it, the book would make no sense until/unless you read the first 3 books of the series.


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