Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov

Smudge Cat as a book stand!
Smudge Cat as a book stand!

Why I Read It: I was enchanted by Shadow Prowler.

Where I Got It: The library.

Who I Recommend This To: Enjoy twisted epic fiction? Check this series out.

Publisher: Tor (2011)

Length: 368 pages

Series: Chronicles of Siala Book 2

Harold returns in this sequel to save the world, Russian twisted faerie tale style. The various races of the world have united in this small group to try to save the known world. Mix together a few humans, a few dark elves, a court jester goblin, and a great need, an unbreakable promise, and deadly foes under every rock. Having started on their way to the underground warren of Hrad Spein, the band of heroes continue on their way. Treachery from within takes another number from their ranks, and there is a whopper of a fish story accomplished by Kli-kli, the goblin jester.

As with the first book, Shadow Prowler, I was enchanted with this tale because it is not your typical epic fantasy. The Elves are brutal and none too pretty. The goblin is petite, ridiculous, and cunning. The humans, especially the talents band of Wild Hearts, are a mix of deadly and horribly vulnerable. Ogres, first born children of the world, seek domination and will not be easily turned back. Harald has been sucked into this affair and doubly bound to see it through. In this particular installment, a theft of a key object is required.

While the first book basically had a single female character, Miralisa the elfin princess, the second book features a second female character (a naughty vixen who may be the death of part of the party). There are a handful of other very minor female characters…….but, yeah. Many, many males, 2 ladies. But the ladies absolutely kick ass – and that only makes me wish there were more of them.

What I Liked: Deadly brutal elves; Kli-Kli is my favorite jokester; Harald is a complicated, twisted individual that I love seeing tormented; the few ladies are deadly.

What I Disliked: Only 2 ladies; there was a plethora of minor characters and they tended to blend together for me.

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