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M.A. Bronson's reviewGenre: Fantasy
May 09, 12
No! It can't be over! That's how I felt when I finished this book. Not in a bad way, the ending was great but I had fallen in love with the story that I didn't want it to end. Luckily this is just the first in the series. There was so much I loved about this book that I'm a little unsure where to start.
I guess I'll start with map at the beginning, the gamer in me loved it. It was also a helpful aid to such a complex story. The story itself has an incrdible amount of detail and everything was easy to imagine. Though how Melissa Sasina keeps track of all these characters I don't know but she certainly makes it look easy. The characters are many yet they each have distinct personalities and interesting names. I will admit that at first I had a hard time keeping track of who was who but by chapter three I had everyone sorted. The book follows every characters storyline yet is never slow and the characters paths come together in well thought out ways that utimately bring the story together. I even found myself excited about the 'villians' storyline. The villians you'll discover are more complex than your typical 'bad' guys.
I loved the mystery element of slowly discovering parts of each characters background while other parts were still hidden. Several characters still remain unknown which makes me even more excited to read book 2. I could barely put this book down and I'm looking forward to book 2! If you like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy or The Inheritance Cycle then I'm sure you'll love Falls the Shadow:)
Dec 08, 11
The cover art to this novel is very pretty and the addition of a map at the beginning of the book is a nice touch. We are given in depth background information at the start about the ‘Life Tree’ the history of the Gods and of Midgard which shows the writer paid a lot of attention to detail and has great understanding of her chosen subject.
This author is very fond of metaphors and similes which can become a bit tiresome, slowing the pace of the story. Another annoyance was the added information on so many sentences i.e.’Imperial mines ran deep through the mountains. Like veins stretching through the stone where mythril, a silvery metal that was harder than steal, and half the weight, was harvested’. It just seemed unnecessary and again slowed the pace and bulked the story without being relevant to the plot. That aside it is clear that MS is a practiced writer, and used all her knowledge to create a world that is easy to visualize without much of your own imagination needed. All the characters are fully developed, and the dialogue is fitting for the time (the year 848)
This, the first book in a five part series, is very well written with a complicated plot, the ending is open but not with a breath taking cliff hanger, (phew!) We are given action, humour, Gods, portals and hidden worlds in this imaginative Norse myth fantasy and I would recommend it to all fans of the genre.
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Christine Balne's review
Jun 15, 12
This was a fantastic book that I couldn't put down. The world is well detailed and reminiscent of Norse mythology. Names and characters have a Norse feel to it and it is obvious Melissa read much of the mythology in research to the story. The characters are engaging and it is easy to root for the heroes while still finding the villains enticing. All the names - of places, characters, races - must have been long thought out as they are full of the world's flavor, giving the story a richness and verisimilitude.
The ending, while no great cliffhanger of an ending, reels you in and urges you to start immediately on the next volume. I am eager to read the rest of the story as I can't let the characters go in my head. They have taken on their own lives, Melissa's prose bring bringing them to life beyond the confines of the story.
I cannot recommend this book enough and have already mentioned it to friends. Although I own the PDF copy, I believe I will have to own the hard copy as well - it is worth having a paper copy to add to my collection and will sit on equal terms with my other books.
Falls the Shadow was a delightful change from the contemporary pieces read thus far, especially considering my limited familiarity with the Norse mythos. Melissa weaves an engaging tale, with wonderfully faceted characters and a compelling fantastical world.
Though her descriptive passages sometimes lack a personal connection to the scene's main character, it clearly set off her in-depth knowledge of the world, its history, and the future yet to be told. At times the quantity of short scenes left me with a feeling of disappointment, but not so much as to distract me from the story's progression.
There were some misused words sprinkled throughout (i.e. `where' instead of `were', or `surely' instead of `surly'), and some places where the narrative could have used some tightening but, again, it wasn't enough to irritate or distract. My biggest qualm was the sometimes impersonal description, for this really limited the developing relationship between the characters and me as the reader. If she were to weave more of the character's voice into those narrative bits... gold!
All in all, Falls the Shadow is an intriguing fantastical tale and I am eager to read the next installment.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5. I wanted to love these characters, but the impersonal narrative kept me at arms length. That is pretty much the only reason I don't give this story a 5.
Would I read it again: Yes, I do believe I would.
Would I recommend it to others: Yes. It is a fascinating mythos.
July 23, 2012Format:Kindle Edition
I read through this book in a weekend, it was so good! I absolutely recommend it to anyone who loves Fantasy, sky pirates, and rich mythology. Melissa Sasina builds a vibrant world with exciting, inventive characters. If you're a fan of JRR Tolkien or the Final Fantasy videogame series, you WILL LOVE this book!! I don't want to give away any spoilers but yeah, just read it, you will stay awake all night. :)
Heather This is one of my favorite books! it is definatly worth the money!!! the very beginning is like a history of Midgard and i was sort of confused, lost, and bored, but once i got past that part i couldn't put it down. then when i finished it i immediately bought the sequel. i can't wait for the third book to come out :) and, just saying, Ril is adorable!!! i love him so much! he is funny and hilariously cocky and (obviously) incredibly cute!! lots of adventure and betrayals and it kept me guessing! a great fantasy read, plus i could totally envision everything in my head :) April 22, 2012