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Shadow Blizzard (The Chronicles of Siala) - Alexey Pehov

Shadow Blizzard (The Chronicles of Siala)

Author: Alexey Pehov
Book title: Shadow Blizzard (The Chronicles of Siala)
ISBN: 1847375650
ISBN13: 978-1847375650
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (April 12, 2012)
Language: English
Category: Fantasy
Rating: 4.7/5
Votes: 652
Pages: 464 pages
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Product Description Shadow Harold, master thief, and his band of companions have reached the deep catacombs of Hrad Spein, where Harold must go in alone to face unknown horrors and retrieve the Horn that will save Siala. He is magically bound to the Key with which the dark elves sealed Hrad Spein, and the Master's servant, the sorceress Lafresa, is close behind him. Harold and his companions must face H'san'kors, evil magic and the agents of the Nameless One, but unless they find the long-lost Horn darkness will overrun the realm of Valiostr. Harold's destiny is tied to the fate of the kingdom... About the Author Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of The Chronicles of Siala, a bestselling series in his native Russia. His novel Under the Sign of the Mantikor was named Book of the Year and Best Fantasy Novel in 2004 by Russia's largest fantasy magazine, World of Fantasy.
Reviews: (7)

After reading the previous two books and anticipating Harold's adventure into Hrad Spein (Palace of Bones) it is finally here! I was hoping that it would live up to its expectations since it's all that was really talked about in the series, and it definitely does! It is awesome and creepy! A good portion of the book is spent on the adventure through Hrad Spein and it is incredibly fascinating. I like how much detail there is to the point where you really feel like you're there, but not so much that this part just drags; I think it is described perfectly. We also learn a lot about Siala by traveling through the all the levels of Hrad Spein, such as the Dancers and the one that created Siala, as well as the first true people. There was always enough to keep me interested, which made this long portion of the book easy to get through.

There are a few other big events that happen in this book, but I really can't say anything about them without giving things away. I don't think anything in the book was unnecessary or should have been cut out, which is good. Everything seemed to have a purpose even when I thought it didn't. There was one part where we get to live among the Orcs for a little while, which I thought was pretty interesting. You don't get to learn too much about them, but more than we knew before.

The plot also moves at a reasonable pace. There weren't many times when it dragged out or become too uninteresting. The only exception was at the end of the book when the author decided to switch to a different point-of-view. We get to follow some of the battles that are taking place throughout Siala and follow many characters we know nothing about, which made it a difficult part to pay attention to. The point-of-view just jumps all over the place and I actually skimmed though most of these battles and it didn't take anything away from the story. I also thought the big battle with the Horn to save Siala would have been a pretty epic part of the book, but I was a little disappointed. There really wasn't much to it. At least I was entirely satisfied with the final ending to the series!

One of the big things that bothered me with the series was the large number of main characters. By the end of the book we are left with only a few of the group who set off in search of the Horn. I was a bit surprised as to who the author killed off near the beginning of the book and I can say that I was upset about it. Many more followed, but they weren't quite as depressing. At least most of the book was spent just following Harold, which made it a bit more enjoyable. That doesn't mean I didn't like the other characters because I did, I just didn't think the author did a great job of developing them and I had trouble remembering who some of the characters were.

Speaking of characters, we finally find out more about Kli-Kli and lets just say that I was surprised and totally did not see that coming! :) Kli-Kli was probably my favorite character in the series!

Overall, this is a great ending to a very interesting series. I would recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy!
What a wonderful fantasy world creation, well translated and a good solid read, even if it seemed like the actual end of the book was a bit rushed. Close to a 5 star rating! Some really great, almost classic, fantasy coming out of the former soviet union which reaches back into the dark and misty russian lore. A well translated fantasy journey, with well developed characters, and lots of adventures along the way

I feel I would be remiss if I didn't make special mention of a significant section of this book which has our unlikely hero, deep, deep underground for an extended period of time. Upon conclusion of that part of the story/adventure, my relief, almost catharsis like, was strong, palpable!

Well done Mr. Pehov! Well done! Thank you. I do look forward to your future books.
While parts of Pehov's Chronicles of Siala seems a little slow to reach it's climax this final installment was not one of them. This is the third and final book of the series which continues where Shadow Chaser ended. The author is Russia which shows in his rich depictions of the landscape and the character have a diverse background that plays into the story helping to drive the plot to its final conclusion. I especially like Pehov's creative flair while writing the narrative for the dungeons which the main character (Shadow Harald) must travel through to reach his final goal.
While this story doesn't lack for creativity, the realism is often marred by narrative of the opposing forces that does detract from the story. Some parts are to unrealistic and detract from the final destination. Overall I enjoyed the story and would recommend the series to classic D&D fantasy enthusiast.
This whole series was a joy to read. I wish Alexey would continue the story. But he did a great job tying up all the story lines. I am not going to go too share to main details from the story but I really liked the interaction between Harold and the rest of the characters, especially Kli Kli and The Messager. I really wish Alexey would continue writing about the world of Salia. It honestly is a fine fantasy world worthy of Tolken of Howard. I highly recommend this book and the series to any fan of either of those two authors. Harold is a great main character and his wit is refreshing. He honestly doesn't want to be the hero, Dancer, but he keeps to his code and fulfills his Commission as a great master thief.
I had enjoyed the pace and the banter and even the lightness of the previous volumes, so this conclusion came as a disappointment. I did not feel much connection with any of the characters, the exploration of the under-world by Harold was incredibly lengthy and required a major dose of belief suspension, (I have to acknowledge that I almost always find descriptions of other or earlier worlds in fantasy just unconvincing.) The final battle was hurried and unconvincing, and the final twist in the plot (no spoiler!) was as unpleasant as an ankle twist! Not recommended.
The story continued on nicely enough that I wanted to keep reading. A worthwhile read if you like fantasy. But you shound definitely read the first two books before delving into this one. It will make it more enjoyable.
I could not put this series down. I'll admit that at times it seem like the story is lingering for no reason but those times are over with almost no warning.
I found this story gripping and fun. I haven't read such an amusing character as Kli-Kli since Oberon from the Iron Druid Chronicles.
This series is a must read for those who can appreciate a story done in an epic style.
Brilliant work!
Excellent trilogy! I recommend all three of these great books. Hope to read more from this author soon!
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