The moon has not changed in the fifty years of the dark lord Magna’s rule—but everything else has.All too often, the servants of Dark Overlords are dispatched with a lazy flick of the hero's sword. But in Shadowing, the job benefits of fire, mayhem, and shapeshifting almost make up for it. In between burning down villages, the minion's primary directive is taking out heroeThe moon has not changed in the fifty years of the dark lord Magna’s rule—but everything else has.All too often, the servants of Dark Overlords are dispatched with a lazy flick of the hero's sword. But in Shadowing, the job benefits of fire, mayhem, and shapeshifting almost make up for it. In between burning down villages, the minion's primary directive is taking out heroes. When a man in golden armor and his faithful companions sneak across the border on a quest to assassinate the Dark Lord Magna, long live the Magna, it's up to the Shadows to cut his quest short. As always, things do not go quite according to plan, and one henchman ends up lone-wolfing it across the permafrost lands, following the stench of valor.A story of sword and sorcery, tooth and claw, and wyvern wing.Book One of Moonblind....
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shadowing a henchman s tale Reviews
Very fun book! Shadowing tells a recognizable story of a heroic fantasy quest, but does so from the point of view of one of the nameless villains/monsters who routinely get offed on the way to the rousing finale. Imagine The Lord of the Rings told by one of the orcs and you get the idea. It's a clever setup, but one that could have been bungled by poor execution. Happily, Zantow is a strong author who is adept at describing action sequences (there's plenty of action here) as well as inhabiting her pithy, moody, often-grumpy narrator. That narrator is a shape-shifting baddie who morphs from wyvern to wolf to human (and occasionally to other things) in a way that's convincing and fun. Come to that, the whole book is convincing and fun. It's a perfect quick weekend raed. Bring on the sequel...This is available as an eBook for I think 99 cents. A diverting, entertaining spin on the fantasy genre that's well worth the price of admission IMO.
This is a hard review for me to write.I was offered a chance to read this book via Twitter by Ms. Zantow and, of course, I never turn down a chance to read a free book, so she sent it to me and here we are. The plot is as follows:"The moon has not changed in the fifty years of the dark lord Magna’s rule—but everything else has.All too often, the servants of Dark Overlords are dispatched with a lazy flick of the hero's sword. But in Shadowing, the job benefits of fire, mayhem, and shapeshifting almost make up for it. In between burning down villages, the minion's primary directive is taking out heroes. When a man in golden armor and his faithful companions sneak across the border on a quest to assassinate the Dark Lord Magna, long live the Magna, it's up to the Shadows to cut his quest short. As always, things do not go quite according to plan, and one henchman ends up lone-wolfing it across the permafrost lands, following the stench of valor.A story of sword and sorcery, tooth and claw, and wyvern wing."Shadowing is a true fantasy epic, complete with Heroes, elves, swords, Dark Overlords, shape shifters, etc.... which, taken all together, I thought would work for me but, as it turns out, it didn't for whatever reason. I know the age old adage that you can't please everyone but I really WANTED to like this book but it just didn't hit me like I hoped that it would, which is not a knock on Kat or her story telling abilities per se.My problem was/is that I couldn't get into the book at all, even at a short 83 pages. Even at such a short amount of pages it took me a while to finish it as I kept putting it down and then picking it back up later and I found myself actually wanting it to end just so that I would be done with it. When I did finish it I had a hard time telling my wife what the story was about when she asked because it really made no impression on me.As I said, no one likes all books and this happened to be one that I really didn't like for whatever reason. Will you like it? It's a good possibility. Would I give Ms. Zantow's next work a shot? Most definitely as, being a writer myself, I know how difficult it is to to even START a book so if someone takes the time to write something then I owe it to them to take the time to read it. So, check the book out and judge it for yourself because books, like art and music, are in the eye of the beholder. Not everyone likes Thriller and it's the top selling album of all time. I didn't like Avatar and it's the top grossing movie ever!
Writing this book was a fun experience. Sequels planned.
“Shadowing: A Henchman’s Tale” is an intriguing fantasy novel which included all the usual hallmarks of epic fantasy, elves, swords, shape shifters, despotic overlords, etc. However, instead of focusing on the heroes, it is centred on one of the overlord's henchmen. It was this element that really piqued my desire to read the book and I am glad I did as Kaz Zantow managed to combine this unique viewpoint with some great humour, adventure and action that had me entertained from start to finish.As I have already mentioned, the story is focused around one of the overlord's henchmen, who like all great henchman doesn't actually have a name. Given the ability to shape shift he quite enjoys doing as he is commanded, be it razing a village or killing a group of elven bandits. However, things begin to go wrong for him when a group of heroes sneak across the border and manage to hack down all his comrades. Now this lone henchman is left following the heroes across the frozen wastelands trying to work out what he alone could do to stop them.I really loved the viewpoint that the novel took and it really reminded me of a few video games I have played in the past such as Dungeon Keeper and Overlord where you take up the role of the bad guy in a fantasy world. As with those games, this novel was also full of comic lines as the henchman viewed some of the rather generic heroic actions most people would recognise from many other traditional fantasy novels. One element of the novel which does let it down a little bit for me is its length. I found it to be very short which meant there was little time to fully describe and develop some aspects of the plot, world's history or the characters. The length did help really keep the tempo of the novel up and this did a great job in giving some of the action scenes a realistic feeling of chaos and mayhem. Overall however I would still have liked to have known a little bit more about the world and characters that I was following. Overall, I found the novel to be an amusing, engaging and fun novel that kept me smiling throughout. Its short length does stunt some of the development but there are some good elements there which can hopefully be expanded upon in any sequel. I found this to be a minor issue though and would still recommend it to any fans of the light fantasy looking for a slightly different viewpoint.
Shadowing: A Henchman’s Tale is in one word: fascinating! Kat Zantow does a wonderful job of combining humor, a unique view-point, and a true fantasy genre story all in one short book.Hilarious lines like, “The Moon is a two faced whore.” pepper the novel adding tasteful and edgy humor without disrupting the narrative. The “flip side” view of traditional high fantasy is wonderfully presented and really makes the reader think, “That is so true!” As a lover of fantasy I found myself laughing at my ready acceptance of the sometimes generic and over played themes in traditional fantasy novels.It is astounding and entertaining how Kat, while still holding true to the core elements of the genre was able to develop an ironic twist to it.“The Henchman” our main character is a minion for the bad guys. He loves his role, probably because the world really sucks for everyone else. But when the typical gold armored and elf aided Hero turns his life upside down, The Henchman realizes that there is a lot more going on the world when you don’t have claws and fangs.Prophecies, fights, and magical creatures (as well as more than a few sheep) keep everyone busier than they should be in this Arctic and totally wonky world. A fine balance between humor and a well-developed pot create a fast paced novel that is nearly impossible to put down.The story itself is magnificent and engaging. I do wish for a little more description, but it would dilute the fast paced tempo of the “Henchman’s” tale. In fact, the lack of too much background prose will keep readers turning every page so they can understand every nuance of “Shadowing”.It is common in eBook publications to find terrible grammar and spelling mistakes. Some eBooks I have read (here’s looking at you Charlaine Harris) look like an editor never so much as glanced at them. Fortunately, Shadowing defies this stigma in a wonderful way. The writing was concise and accessible, and had very few editorial flaws. In fact, many traditionally published books have more flaws. Kudos to Kat Zantow for creating a wonderful story that is as well-rounded in style and grammar as it is in entertaining narrative.I strongly recommend “Shadowing” for any fan of light and engaging fantasy, clever references, and a good story. Can’t wait for the next in the series!Reviewed on http://www.Judgeabook.org
“Shadowing: A Henchman’s Tale” is the type of fantasy story where you can literally feel the author’s enthusiasm for the genre and their story in every word. Yet like the dedication to all the fantasy books they’d read, there was a little of everything in this tale, and sometimes it’s seemed a little too much all at once. The writing style was somewhat problematic for me also, as there’s lots of telling going on when I’d have preferred to be shown itself. More transitional phrases could have helped in this area, improving pacing and flow, which often seemed stuttered and abrupt. The first person point of view also didn’t help in this regard.I thought “Shadowing” was a good idea for a story, one that could evolve and continue in installments, and would be interested in reading the next book but I tired of the main character as he was presented in book one of the Moonblind series. There was plenty of action throughout, yet the stilted nature of the narrative I felt held the henchman’s tale back from being as good as it could have.
I had really high hopes for this one and had largely read positive things but despite being a great idea, telling the story from the evil henchman's point of view it just didn't work for me. The story telling is simple and straight forward so its not complication of plot that gets it a pretty poor rating. Unfortunately I think this suffers from being a great idea that I simply thought would be far better than it turned out to be in reality for me at least. I was expecting more dark turns and actually just mind numbing days for the henchmen which would hopefully be brightened up by some gallows humour but instead its a fairly straight forward story told from an unusual perspective and personally I wont be picking up any future books in the series.Shame really as I still think its a cracking idea but just didn't work for me.
This short novel – the first book of The Moonblind Journey – consists of a henchman of the great Magna, long live the Magna, telling his story to a storyteller. In this world, when a true hero comes to try to destroy the Magna, all henchmen are supposed to die – but this one doesn’t, and he’s telling the tale explaining why that is.Obviously I can’t tell much of the plot without spoiling the story, but I do want to say that I found this story immensely entertaining and I plan to continue by tracking down the next book, named “Gloaming,” which word basically means that time of day right after sunset when the dusk is settling. I’m interested to see where the story continues. Fans of hero quest fantasy should find this story entertaining.
Pleasantly surprised by this one. Downloaded it for free during a promo at Smashwords and went into it with few expectations. The central idea is clever--this is a fantasy novel not about the hero but about one of the nameless minions of evil who usually gets killed by the thousands. Imagine LTR told from the point of view of an Orc grunt. It's not perfectly written but the main idea is a good one, and Zant handles action sequences well. I don't want to talk too much about the plot because there are a lot of little surprises along the way that I don't want to spoil. She leaves the door wide open for a sequel too.
I wanted to like this book, but the story-line just wasn't enough to keep me interested. The novel actually started out really well and I was feeling quite positive in the direction the story was taking. However, as soon as I got halfway with the third chapter (Salamander Shadows), I just didn't feel compelled to continue.