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From George Lucas, creator of Star Wars(r) and Indiana Jones, and Chris Claremont, author of the bestselling X-Men adventures, comes the thrilling sequel to Shadow Moon, taking readers deeper into a stunningly original world of magic, myth, and legend.  The momentous Ascension of Princess Elora Danan should have brought peace to the Thirteen Realms.  Instead, an intense ShFrom George Lucas, creator of Star Wars(r) and Indiana Jones, and Chris Claremont, author of the bestselling X-Men adventures, comes the thrilling sequel to Shadow Moon, taking readers deeper into a stunningly original world of magic, myth, and legend.  The momentous Ascension of Princess Elora Danan should have brought peace to the Thirteen Realms.  Instead, an intense Shadow War rages, spearheaded by the evil Mohdri.  He has dispatched his dread Black Rose commando assassins to capture Elora and her sworn protector, Thorn Drumheller.  But Mohdri himself is just a facade for a more dangerous entity: the Deceiver.  But who--or what--is the Deceiver?  And how can Elora, Thorn, and their ragtag band defeat this unspeakable force?  The answer lies in a perilous journey to a land undisturbed since the dawn of time.  A journey that will end at the unbreachable citadel of the dragon, where a chilling betrayal will change the fate of Elora, Thorn, and the Thirteen Realms forever.  ...

Title : Shadow Dawn
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ISBN : 9780553572896
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 511 Pages
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Shadow Dawn Reviews

  • Scurra
    2019-03-19 11:31

    For me, this is the best of the series. Sure, the first one gets the fun of defining the world and the plot for the reader, and the third gets the big finish.But this one is the story of Elora Danan growing up. The central plot is a fairly standard mythic arhetype, but it provides a perfect hook to permit Elora to move from spoiled brat to perhaps understanding how she can be the prophesied Saviour of the Realms, and it does it in a most unexpected way. Dougay is a fine creation, and although there are times when he gets annoying, this is actually in keeping with who he is (in the same way that Rool and Franjean work well.)Again, the descriptive work is excellent, the expansion of the world continues (Sandeni is very well realised) and the narrative flow fits together cleverly so that the reader can stay just far enough ahead of the characters whilst still being properly surprised. And the big revelation at the end is a genuine shocker, whilst still making perfect sense out of everything we have learned. In passing, let me note that this book comes with a little Venn diagram at the front, showing the Twelve Realms and how they interact and relate to one another. Now I have to say that I wonder if there was a change between the first volume and these last two, in order to make the big finish actually work. Given that one of the threads is that all the Realms should have been present at Elora's Ascension, it's abundantly clear that although one is significantly absent, there are two others that are only present by implication (death, in the form of the death of a significant presence, and despair in the sense that the Ascension was flawed.) It is strongly implied that there should have been physical manifestations of all the Realms, but that would be tricky for those two. And, of course, the whole issue of Chaos/Demons is skipped over entirely - are they a Realm, or are they outside the Realms? I'm still not entirely sure...Anyway, that's beside the point. This is the highpoint of the series for me, because it gets to have fun - it doesn't have to resolve anything, the characters grow and evolve and the plot can take a bit of a backseat whilst still being important.

  • Kaitlin
    2019-03-09 11:20

    Actual review: 4.5This was a wonderful sequel; I was in no way disappointed. Everything that I loved and found fascinating in the first book was brought more fully and beautifully to life here. 1) The unexpected continuously occurred, which kept the pace fast and the suspense high. I spent most of the book much as Elora did: trying to fit together the puzzle and figure things out before they were revealed.2) Old characters return and are even better and more intriguing than before. A small new cast of characters who are just as fascinating and integral are introduced. 3) The sequel is told from Elora's point of view. The three year time jump between stories gave Elora time to grow and develop, so that the reader was able to get to know her even as she began to understand her self. I felt, several times, extremely close to her and almost a part of her--that, to me, is an indication of Claremont's incredible ability and range as a character author. 4) There was a more definite plot, goal, and conflict this time around, so the story was much easier to follow. That did not, however, tone down the pace or the suspense built into the story with the introduction of new characters, problems, and developments. 5) The three big reveals at the end are as shocking as they are stellar. Why it's not 5 stars:1) Claremont is too wordy and his writing style is very strange and somewhat convoluted. You have to be a patient, open-minded reader to enjoy and properly appreciate this book. It can become very confusing at times and he has a tendency to go overboard on details and descriptions. I am eager to begin reading the final book and learning the outcome of the Shadow War. Being the huge Lucas fan that I am, I know that he believes in happy endings, so I have faith that Elora will succeed in binding the Realms together.

  • [Name Redacted]
    2019-03-10 11:30

    After the amazing "Shadow Moon" I waited with bated breath for the sequel, certain it would live up to its predecessor. To say that this book disappointed me would be giving it entirely too much credit. Derivative, cliched and nauseatingly predictable, "Shadow Dawn" also had the misfortune of becoming thoroughly incomprehensible towards the end. I hated Elora Danan even more than I did in the first installment, and by the end I couldn't believe I had to buy HER as the savior of the world. Thanks to this piece of tripe, I didn't even bother to pick up the third book and just gave up on the series.

  • Kelly
    2019-02-24 09:47

    Truthfully, I find the middle books in a trilogy to drag a little. I love where we get to in the end of the book, the final mystery revealed is huge, so worth it. However, there should be more action and sub-plot in this one to keep it moving faster. I love the world, the characters, the humour and the good and evil both around and within. This is a re-read but each time I discover another theme to ponder.

  • Ben
    2019-03-18 11:19

    After reading Shadow Moon, I was ready for Elora Danan to stop being a bitch, and this is the book that delivered. Willow reprises his role as Thorn Drumheller, and the characters that were new and different in the first sequel are now familar friends.I really liked this book, although it naturaly has to be read as a follow-on to Shadow Moon.

  • Christal
    2019-03-12 08:47

    I liked the first book in this series, but this one fell flat for me. Not sure if I will pick up the third book or not.

  • NightAuditMan
    2019-02-24 07:39

    The second book in the continuing Saga of Willow, again very detailed and thick with plot. Another fantastic read.

  • Christy
    2019-03-23 06:33

    I really enjoyed the twists and turns this book presents

  • Sebastien
    2019-03-23 09:21

    Bon je vais faire ça simple, j'ai vraiment essayer de finir ce roman mais là c'était juste trop. Je ne suis pas fan des livres avec des scènes incohérente, fucké et écrite avec de l'héroïne, de la coke, de l'acide et du buvard dans le sang. Le premier était encore lisible et suivable même si sa prenait un jet de will juste pour prendre le livre (le fan de jeu de role me comprennent) et le lire. Mais celui-ci, il ma vidé ma bank de will.L'histoire part sur la suite du premier et Elaura Dannan apprend la magie, elle voit un genre d'assassin et croit le reconnaître. Lueur d'espoir de voir un personnage du film, he non, on le connait pas finalement. Donc Elaura décide durant la nuit de tester ses pouvoir et décide de voyager dans la pierre... pendant 40 pages, toute décrit au maximum dans les plus intimes détails. Shit, je savais pas que la roche sa avait du poile et des organe génitaux!!??!!! (bon ok j'exagère un peu). Mais vous voyez le principe. Après 40 pages, Elaura décide de retourné à sa chambre car la roche commence à s'opposer à elle et c'est dangereux. Je me dis bon y'était temps, on va passer à autre chose. Mais non. Le soir suivant elle fait la même maudite affaire dans les même maudit détails (là on a la longueur des organes génitaux) et là ben j'ai abandonné.Ce livre et l'autre d'avant auraient dû être édité et couper pour faire un livre, pas une trilogie. Mais les deux auteur sont des plein de cash qui savent contourner la bonne et dû forme. Ils ont donc écrit leur scrap, ils l'ont printé et on fait du cash sur le dos de tellement de monde incrédule plein d'espoir comme moi car ils étaient fan du film.Il existe un troisième livre dans la série et je veux même pas le lire. J'ai été lire les résumer sur le net (j'ai taper "Willow sequel with full spoiler" et j'ai pu lire le résumer) et y'avait pas dequoi me forcer plus longtemps.Je vous le dit, perdez pas votre temps avec ces romans. Tentez votre chance seulement si vous êtes des méga-fan de Willow et si vous avez vraiment rien de mieux à lire.Vous êtes averti.

  • Vincent Asaro
    2019-03-08 10:38

    Shadow Dawn isn't as strong as its prequel (Shadow Moon) or its sequel (Shadow Star) but it's still very good for 90's fantasy. As with the entire trilogy, the content is really unique, avoiding the timeworn epic fantasy cliches. The world it describes is quite wonderful and filled with Oz-like anachronisms. The characters are strong, notably Willow ("Thorn"), Elora (no longer a brat), Luc John and Khory Bannefin, a mysterious woman possessed by a demon but on the side of good.The book has its weaknesses. Claremont's already cluttered and difficult prose gets even more obtuse in this volume, making some of the major sequences hard to picture. There are masses of details describing everything, characters get clothing descriptions from undergarments to jewelry! Patience and close reading are required. But there are big pluses: the Dragons are elaborated on and they are truly unique and wonderful; the long, slow middle section that is mostly character building; we get to see other Nelwyn, mountain dwelling folk, a nice addition to the series; there's also an abundance of magical races, including some magnificent and truly fierce High Elves. And it's all building up the spectacular climax, Shadow Star . . .

  • Keith
    2019-02-26 04:39

    Actual rating: 2 1/2 starsI didn't realize when I initially picked this up that it was the middle book of a trilogy. Once I did realize it, I decided to go ahead and give it a try. In hindsight that decision was probably a mistake. The book's young protagonist is engaging, but there were too many times when events or relationships felt underdeveloped. I suspect most of that was due to my lack of familiarity with the previous title. A major reveal near the end of the story also felt somewhat anticlimactic, though I again found myself wondering if seeds had been planted in the previous book that might have made it more significant. Otherwise it was a pleasant enough read, but few of the elements seemed terribly original to me. That wasn't really too much of a surprise since the story was credited to George Lucas, whose strengths typically lie in how he presents action rather than the storyline driving it. Overall this didn't seem like a waste of time, but it wasn't compelling enough that I feel obligated to seek out the other volumes. Perhaps if I'd started with the first title I'd feel differently, but as a stand-alone title this one seems a little underdone.

  • Cathy Smith
    2019-03-13 03:24

    I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. Another brilliant book, the second in the series. I had to use my imagination a bit to connect the first book to the second. It seems like there were a few instances where things happened that weren't covered in the first or second, but overall, what a great story! Complicated, it is. But I enjoyed it most and am looking forward to reading the third. Understanding comes as the further you go, and I can't wait to see what happens at the conclusion. Go Elora Danan!

  • Matthew Collins
    2019-03-06 07:37

    It is pretty good, it introduces you to some new characters and plot twists. Again, it has it's extremely cheesy moments that make you want to cringe, but it is still a good story overall. I did not like it as much as the first one though, the ideas seem to be stretching a little and I felt there was too much emphasis on the Princess, who I hate. Overall though I liked it.

  • Matthew Siemers
    2019-03-23 04:42

    Author has a confusing writing style so the book was a little hard to follow. There would be two girls and the author would write something like "She pushed her over." Which one did what? Pretty good book. Ending was weird and a little cheesy.

  • Jenn
    2019-03-10 05:31

    This was exceedingly slow going and the writing was convoluted to the point where I had to reread certain passages to understand what was happening. All in all, the plot is interesting, but unfortunately it suffered at the ends of an overly ambitious writer.

  • Nikhilā
    2019-03-03 08:46

    I'm not sure what i can say that won't be a spoiler, except that i really enjoyed this book and think, for a man, Claremont has written the part of an adolescent woman very well. So much better than the first book.

  • Kerry
    2019-03-23 10:39

    Wisely skipping some years from book one allows the protagonist to become a teenager, as the coming of age story is one of Claremont's strengths. Some good action, but it does suffer for being the middle book in a trilogy.

  • Dave
    2019-03-02 09:36

    Somehow, defying the very laws of reality, this was even worse than the first book in this series. A feat, which, I promise you, borders on the impossible. I got through maybe 20% of this brick of shite before my eyes and brain simply rebelled and would not allow me to continue.

  • Kurt Vosper
    2019-03-12 10:34

    see book 1

  • Larry
    2019-02-23 05:45

    need to write a review.

  • Karaline Everett
    2019-03-06 08:30

    A great second book

  • Hannah
    2019-03-17 06:26

    Really hard to get used to the reading style but it's a great story when you do

  • Jenn
    2019-03-22 03:42

    Shadow Dawn (Chronicles of the Shadow War, Book 2) by Chris Claremont (1998)

  • Krista
    2019-03-18 06:48

    3.5

  • Joshua
    2019-03-11 08:25

    Much better than the first one. I loved every bit of this magical book and can't wait to start the beginning of the end.

  • Chris
    2019-03-08 06:31

    Even worse the the first book in the series... so damn boring. How the hell did Chris Claremont write this???

  • Alison (Lady Coffin) S
    2019-03-22 09:31

    Read these three books years ago, but remembered really liking them and being bummed that there were only three. Alos, surprised when i realised that the movie Willow was a part of this.

  • Ian James
    2019-03-16 10:25

    everyone downs on this book/series as much as the movie. I loved the movie it brought me fantasy on TV/Movie Screen. While not great it filed in more of the world of Willow.

  • Jenny
    2019-03-23 06:25

    Loved this one the best of all three.

  • Eden
    2019-02-28 06:26

    See my Review for Shadow Moon.