"Epic in scope"
In the Nine Lands of Myrillia, the hundred gods reside
side by side with man offering their Grace (blessings) to
the Shadowknights and their chosen handmaidens and men.
They are rooted to their part of the land and cannot leave
it and each god and goddess has its own distinct
personality and quirks. On Punt Island, disgraced
Shadowknight Tylar, broken in body and spirit, holds the
dying goddess Meeryn in his arms. With her last breath,
she fills him with her Grace, heals his body, marks him
and utters the word Rivernscyr.
Arrested as a godslayer, Tylar escapes his prison with the
help of a thief and they make their way to Tashijan to
learn what Rivernscyr means. Tylar dreads returning to his
former home because Kathryn, his former betrothed who
testified against him at his at his trial, is there as is
the warden who presided over his trial. He doesn't know
that Kathryn has learned that he was set up to protect the
secrets of a cabal that is working to sever the gods link
with mankind. When he and his allies arrive, Kathryn is
waiting for him, ready to help him in his battle with the
warden and a corrupted god who can destroy the world if he
can lay hands on a certain weapon.
The author of the Wit'ch novels has started a new series
the Godslayer Chronicles and the first novel SHADOWFALL is
a fantastic fantasy that is epic in scope. The hero fights
on the side of the righteous even though he has every
reason to be bitter because everyone he cared about turned
against him and the system that was supposed to protect
him was perverted so that he became a broken in body and
soul slave. He is a true hero, a character readers will
treasure. James Clemens once again sets the standard of
excellence for high fantasy.
Reviewed by Harriet Klausner
Posted July 17, 2005
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 25, 2007