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Epic Fantasy novel, Shadow’s Lure review

Shadow's Lure (Shadow Saga, #2)Shadow’s Lure by Jon Sprunk
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Death, despair, political intrigue, sword and sorcery, plots intertwined within plots. Sinister characters who will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals, those who believe in the greater good and suffer for it, clans on the edge of eradication unless they succumb to the will of evil. In the middle again is our man Caim, now in the North, seeking out his past and his future, drawn by the very darkness and shadows that are his birthright. Kit, in love and torn away from her beloved Caim and caught in her own perils. Josey, struggling to become what she feels it takes to be a good ruler as the remnants of the Church and the True Faith pit the people themselves and a dark, near unstoppable assassin against her.

The above is a small portion of what Shadow’s Lure brings to the table. Weaved in a dark, gritty tale of intense action scenes, intrigue, deception, and men and women calling into account the things that drive us: love, survival and defending what we believe, the book quickly becomes one that you don’t want to put down.

Whether you side with evil, good, or the grey, it’s there for you in gobs and gobs of excellently written prose. In Shadow’s Son, I thought Jon Sprunk outdid himself with his ability to weave action and description together. Well, this is even better. Last time, I was so caught up in the action, I didn’t harp on the plot and characters. Well this book pulls me in so many different directions, I cannot begin to say which part of it is better.

What I can tell you is if you haven’t read this series, go get it. Dive into the world. Feel Caim and Josey’s pain and loss, relish in their victory and cringe in their despair. You won’t regret it. I didn’t and look forward to Book 3 of Shadow Saga.

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Posted by on August 17, 2011 in Authors, Reviews


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Why Fantasy?

Why Fantasy?

This question was asked in my Goodreads group one day. Why do we read fantasy? Why do I write fantasy? What’s so special about it that keeps you hooked from day to day with a book based in another world that you just can’t put down?

Some will get technical and say it’s the writer and the characters and plots he’s created that keep us hooked. Some of that is true. Some is picking up that book and seeing a cover and reading the back page and thinking “Wow, that sounds like a wonderful world and story.”

We live in a world with so much to offer and so many different things to do, but all of it is still reality. Then we have writers from the traditionally published to the current flock of indie authors who create other worlds, other places where we can delve into their minds and see what they saw, but in our own ways.

George R.R. Martin said it well when in A Dance with Dragons, he wrote: “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, the man who never reads lives only one.”

Martin’s best quote on fantasy and one of the best for me:

“The best fantasy is written in the language of dreams. It is alive as dreams are alive, more real than real … for a moment at least … that long magic moment before we wake.

Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold and lapis lazuli. Reality is plywood and plastic, done up in mud brown and olive drab. Fantasy tastes of habaneros and honey, cinnamon and cloves, rare red meat and wines as sweet as summer. Reality is beans and tofu, and ashes at the end. Reality is the strip malls of Burbank, the smokestacks of Cleveland, a parking garage in Newark. Fantasy is the towers of Minas Tirith, the ancient stones of Gormenghast, the halls of Camelot. Fantasy flies on the wings of Icarus, reality on Southwest Airlines. Why do our dreams become so much smaller when they finally come true?

We read fantasy to find the colors again, I think. To taste strong spices and hear the songs the sirens sang. There is something old and true in fantasy that speaks to something deep within us, to the child who dreamt that one day he would hunt the forests of the night, and feast beneath the hollow hills, and find a love to last forever somewhere south of Oz and north of Shangri-La.

They can keep their heaven. When I die, I’d sooner go to middle Earth.”

I agree wholeheartedly. Fantasy for me is being able to live that dream in my mind, to allow my imagination to soar, from magic to epic battles to castles and lands only a mind that lives and dreams in the fantasy world could imagine. Add characters with their own goals, dreams, trials, loves and conflicts and have them be able to use and manipulate the incredible to find a resolution. How could you not love it?

If I had a choice between a Mercedes or Pegasus. Guess which I’m choosing?



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