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The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns
 
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The Shadow Throne: Book Two of the Shadow Campaigns [Format Kindle]

Django Wexler

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Revue de presse

"If The Thousand Names had echoes of "Beau Geste" and "The White Feather," then The Shadow Throne suggests a mutant fantasy descendant of "The Scarlet Pimpernel."  Oh, and did I mention a truly creepy and intriguing magic system? [...] The pieces dance, the pace is deft, and I can't wait to see what happens next!"—S.M. Stirling, New York Times bestselling author 

“Can I finally say The Shadow Campaigns is one of my favorite fantasy series out right now? Certainly my favorite military fantasy. I knew from the very start that The Thousand Names would be a tough act to follow and that book two would have big shoes to fill, but The Shadow Throne was no slouch; it delivered exactly what I wanted to see in the sequel – raised stakes, impactful decisions that furthered the plot, and of course, more of Wexler’s outstanding characters."—Bibliosanctum.com

The Shadow Throne is an extremely successful second-in-a-series book, and nearly perfect one in that regard. Wexler takes the characters we know from the previous volume and puts them in challenging situations which allows them to grow along the track charted in the first novel, with some surprises as well. It is a novel that, a week after finishing it, still has me thinking strongly about it, realizing upon reflection how very good it was/is, and anticipating the third book in the series.”—SFFWorld.com
 
“This audacious and subversive sequel to 2013’s The Thousand Names shifts from the previous book’s military campaign into a political intrigue that examines issues ranging from gender identity to the development of democracy…Wexler throws a lot into the story, but the mash-up of 17th-century technology and demon-summoning assassins comes together nicely.” – Publishers Weekly

“This is an immensely entertaining novel.”—Tor.com

Présentation de l'éditeur

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin’s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne.



The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret police. Having meticulously silenced his adversaries through intimidation, imprisonment, and execution, Orlanko is the most feared man in the kingdom.



And he knows an arcane secret that puts Raesinia completely at his mercy.



Exposure would mean ruin, but Raesinia is determined to find a way to break herself—and her country—out of Orlanko’s iron grip. She finds unlikely allies in the returning war hero Janus bet Vhalnich, fresh from a brilliant campaign in the colony of Khandar, and his loyal deputies, Captain Marcus d’Ivoire and Lieutenant Winter Ihernglass.



As Marcus and Winter struggle to find their places in the home they never thought they would see again, they help Janus and Raesinia set in motion events that could free Vordan from Orlanko’s influence—at the price of throwing the nation into chaos. But with the people suffering under the Duke’s tyranny, they intend to protect the kingdom with every power they can command, earthly or otherwise.



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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 498 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 0451418069
  • Editeur : Roc (1 juillet 2014)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Let me start by saying I loved the first book 2 juillet 2014
Par Sunfrost - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Let me start by saying I loved the first book, because it was so different from the historicals/mysteries/fantasies I normally read. A fantasy novel about military campaigns in a desert land? It did not sound like my cup of tea, and I had no idea I would enjoy it so much.

This is an interesting sequel in that the author had the guts to take his characters and put them in a very different setting, which necessarily dictates a different kind of action to power the plot. Instead focusing on military maneuvers, this book details the emergence of a revolution. So, there's a lot of political intrigue and less of military battles (which may understandably disappoint some readers).

But! There's still plenty of action. Various uprisings, conspiracies, secrets revealed, riots, infiltration, spies, betrayal--all present and wrapped with an edgy, slightly sinister suspense.

We see almost nothing of the very interesting secondary characters that populated the first book (which made me sad) but we do see a lot more of Winter, Marcus, and Janus. Particularly, Marcus's past and what happened to his family was explored a just bit further--and tantalized and teased and I cannot wait for more books so I can find out more. Winter is my favorite character and she easily had some of the best scenes in the book.

As for the new characters, it's a tie between who my favorite is: both Raesinia and Mad Jane are kickass characters. Actually, most of the female characters here are very strong and fierce, which I loved.

Basically, if you expected the author would respin the first book only in a slightly different yarn, you would be surprised by this book. The Shadow Throne is different but It's still good and it opens up all kinds of possibility to explore in later books.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Would certainly recommend 2 juillet 2014
Par profsc - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
(Warning, contains spoilers) This book, as the one before it, holds a depth that is captivating. Perhaps not as extensive a world history as say A Story of Ice and Fire, but nonetheless detailed. The characters' thoughts are as they should be--much of the time they are concerned with what is before them but in the same thought, they often reminisce on the past or meditate on the future. For myself, this is what makes the characters human despite their superhuman capabilities.

The character of Marcus is perhaps the barometer against which the other characters should be judged. He is not as clever (or ambitious) as his superior Janus, nor does he possess the sharp wit of Winter, while his personal demons are not at the magnitude of Raesinia's. Yet, due to his normalcy, his actions are likely what a normal person, tested by war, would do. He is not vengeful, he is dutiful, he is patriotic, and he takes his responsibilities seriously, making him very relatable.

Winter, on the other hand, went through quite a bit of development in this latest work. Indeed, despite finding herself in the company of women, she struggles with a loneliness encapsulated by her literal transformation at the end of the last book. She comes back from war changed, and civilian life is as alien to her as the army was when she first enlisted. Even when reunited with the woman she asked Janus to find, she retains that sense of distance, which I think will culminate interestingly into the next book.

Perhaps the most irritating part of the book is the carrot Wexler dangles in front of us in Count Colonel Janus bet Vhalnich. Although his past is somewhat explored, it is lacking in detail. In sum, all we know is that he is from a secluded part of Vordan that is difficult even for the Concordat to infiltrate, he has studied magic, and he's a war hero. So who is he? What does he want? Many characters speculate, but he remains an enigma. I honestly thought we would learn more about Janus, but it seems that the mysteries regarding him will have to wait.

I focus on these characters despite the introduction of others because of their presence in the last book. I believe that Wexler did a good job with the continuity, in which the characters are defined by the past though they are not consumed by it to the point that the first book is required like a dictionary or thesaurus. In all, I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the flintlock fantasy genre.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Great sequel! 1 juillet 2014
Par neverendingreader - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The Shadow Throne is a great follow-up to The Thousand Names. It takes the story completely out of the desert campaign of the first book and dives into an equally compelling story about revolution and the rights of citizens, a la the French Revolution. The city setting and politics-playing was a bit unexpected - there's not as much military action as in the first book - but it's a very good read.

Most importantly, it stays focused on Winter and Marcus, the central characters, while introducing some new players - but not overwhelming the reader. It's a fun expansion of the flintlock fantasy genre in which the story and characters reign supreme. The magic system, while fascinating, does not dominate. While The Shadow Throne can stand on its own, it will make more sense after reading The Thousand Names.

I was very happy to see GLBT characters and multiple strong female characters. In Wexler's world, they're not freaks, just ordinary people against titanic odds.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Out of the desert and into the city 29 juillet 2014
Par Dr. F. S. Ledgister - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
We are drawn deeper into Wexler's world through his description of the politics, religion, and, yes, magic of Vordan as his characters (both old and new) manoeuvre through events that parallel, though they do not recreate, those of the French Revolution. The novel possesses both the weaknesses and the strengths of being the middle volume of a trilogy as we are denied complete resolution. Nonetheless, we see our viewpoint characters develop further and there are moments of high drama and of low (and not so low) humour.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Outstanding! 26 juillet 2014
Par Eric Rene - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Format Kindle|Achat vérifié
Even better than the first. A great talent has put pen to paper, and produced an astonishing new world populated by fascinating characters, wrapped in a captivating plot. I was unable to put it down, and now I must wait what will prove to be an interminably long time, I am sure, for the next installment. I feel like an exile..., waiting to return home.
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