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Die erfolgreiche russische Fantasy-Serie findet ihren spektakulären Abschluss: Im Kampf gegen die dunklen Armeen des Unaussprechlichen müssen Garrett und seine Gefährten in ein unterirdisches Labyrinth vordringen. Doch der Weg ist voller Gefahren und todbringender Überraschungen …Die Welt treibt auf den Abgrund zu. Eine Armee aus Giganten, Orks und Kreaturen des Todes verbDie erfolgreiche russische Fantasy-Serie findet ihren spektakulären Abschluss: Im Kampf gegen die dunklen Armeen des Unaussprechlichen müssen Garrett und seine Gefährten in ein unterirdisches Labyrinth vordringen. Doch der Weg ist voller Gefahren und todbringender Überraschungen …Die Welt treibt auf den Abgrund zu. Eine Armee aus Giganten, Orks und Kreaturen des Todes verbreitet Leid und Schrecken. Es obliegt dem Schattentänzer Garrett und seinen Gefährten, das dunkle Heer ein für alle Mal zurückzuschlagen. Doch sie haben einen hohen Preis gezahlt, um ihr Ziel zu erreichen, und nun liegen die gewaltigen unterirdischen Paläste Hrad Spines vor ihnen. An diesem sagenumwobenen Ort soll das Horn des Regenbogens verborgen sein, das über Sieg oder Niederlage entscheidet. Allein muss sich Garrett der Finsternis stellen und in die Tiefe hinabsteigen. Ihn erwarten nicht nur tödliche Fallen, sondern auch Entdeckungen, die seine Welt für immer verändern und auf die Wahrheit über das Schicksal aller ein neues Licht werfen....

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Schattentänzer Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2018-10-27 01:34

    This is the last book of the trilogy; try as I might spoilers are unavoidable. Below are my attempts to minimize them. Take the biggest dungeon you can imagine; multiply its size by hundred. This is where Shadow Harold spent almost half of the book. It would seem wanderings of a lone guy among the giant burial place of humans, elves, orcs, and ogres would be too long and boring (I am sure some people might find it such), but in the reality this part was great. From starters each location was unique and presented in a way that it really feels alive (sorry, dead and spooky in this case). A large part of the dead flatly refused to to what dead are supposed to do and made Harold's life full of excitement. To make his excitement reach even higher levels add numerous ingenious traps (no self-respected dungeon would be caught dead without a great assortment of them present), deadly monsters - not counting the restless dead - and you can understand why I found this part to be great. Unfortunately all the excitements must come to an end. Here came the second half of the book. During my read of the first two books I kept saying that Kli-Kli the Goblin is (arguably) the best character of the book who made Harold - a colorful character in his own right - move to the second place. Quite unexpectedly came a plot twist related to the little green guy; I have not seen it coming and it was great. On the negative side after that part Kli-Kli did not feel the same and became yet another character upgrading Harold to the first place.So Harold's wondering in the super-dungeon was great and so was aforementioned revelation about Kli-Kli. What was bad about the book? Everything else. I would not even say it was bad, it was more like unsatisfying. I felt exactly like eating bland food: in the end you feel full, but you did not enjoy the process. The worst part, I cannot even tell the exact reason I was mildly disappointed. The book did a decent job of finishing the trilogy. The fate of survivors was logical (at one point I began to doubt if there would be any left). Let me count the total rating: 3 stars for the serviceable ending and 4 stars for Harold's wandering in the first half. The average is 3.5 stars which I round up because of Kli-Kli's twist. Is the trilogy worth reading? Very much yes, but expect some weak parts. I like it more than The Cycle of Wind and Sparks of the same author.

  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    2018-11-07 23:42

    Αυτή την τριλογία την ξεκίνησα έχοντας δύο βεβαιότητες για το περιεχόμενό της: ότι όντας κάτι έξω από την αγγλόφωνη παράδοση στο χώρο της επικής φαντασίας θα ήταν κάτι υποδεέστερο κι ότι ήταν θα ουσιαστικά αντιγραφή αυτής. Τελικά μπορώ να πω ότι το αποτέλεσμα διέψευσε σε μεγάλο βαθμό και τις δύο. Στο πρώτο σκέλος μπορώ να πω ότι πρόκειται για ένα έργο που που μπορεί να σταθεί άνετα δίπλα τα πιο γνωστά αντίστοιχα αγγλόφωνα, στο δεύτερο ενώ είναι σαφείς οι επιρροές από τον J.R.R. Tolkien και άλλους συγγραφείς ο συγγραφέας καταφέρνει να βάλει μία ιδιαίτερα έντονη προσωπική πινελιά. Να τα πάρουμε τα πράγματα από την αρχή. Η τριλογία είναι ένα εξαιρετικό δείγμα παλιομοδίτικης επικής φαντασίας που όμως δεν ξεχνάει και το σήμερα. Υπάρχουν, ας πούμε, μέσα σε όλα τα πλάσματα - Ορκ, νάνοι, ξωτικά και πολλά άλλα - που συναντάμε σε κλασικά έργα, ο τρόπος όμως που τα χρησιμοποιεί και περιγράφει τη μεταξύ τους σχέση ελάχιστη σχέση έχει με το παρελθόν. Ο συγγραφέας δίνει ιδιαίτερο βάρος στην περιγραφή του φυσικού περιβάλλοντος και γενικά σε μία γραφή όμορφη, δεν λείπει όμως και το χιούμορ, η ειρωνεία και μία δόση κυνισμού χαρακτηριστική των έργων της εποχής μας. Φυσικά το όλο ύφος παραπέμπει περισσότερο στο παρελθόν κάτι που θα ξενίσει πολλούς, άλλοι, όμως, πιστεύω ότι κάτι θα βρουν και θα εκτιμήσουν ιδιαίτερα ένα έργο όπου δεν ξέρεις ποια μαγικά πλάσματα θα συναντήσεις στην επόμενη σελίδα. Προσωπικά το αποτέλεσμα με αφήνει ιδιαίτερα ικανοποιημένο. Η ιστορία μου κράτησε το ενδιαφέρον στο μεγαλύτερο μέρος της, στην αφήγηση διεισδύουν ενδιαφέροντα ερωτήματα, η γραφή είναι όμορφη και σε πολλές στιγμές ιδιαίτερα ποιητική, οι χαρακτήρες είναι όλοι τους πολύ ενδιαφέροντες και σε καμία περίπτωση μονοδιάστατοι. Το φινάλε είναι απόλυτα ικανοποιητικό, με πολλές συγκλονιστικές στιγμές - όπως η σκηνή που φαίνεται στο εξώφυλλο - και αρκετές ανατροπές. Ότι χρειαζόμαστε δηλαδή, οπότε θα κάνω μία προσπάθεια να έχω τον συγγραφέα υπό παρακολούθηση, κάτι που όμως έχει κάποιες πρακτικές δυσκολίες. Βλέπετε ο Alexey Pehov γράφει στα ρώσικα και οι μεταφράσεις των βιβλίων του σε γλώσσα που γνωρίζω έρχονται μάλλον αργά και αρκετά αραιά.

  • April
    2018-11-01 22:26

    While there is no doubt that our lowly thief hero ended up with quite a few more arrows than he could have possibly have carried through all their adventures, and the time spent in Hrad Spein seemed endless, it was still quite fun.I liked that there were some standard tropes but everything seemed to be twisted around so that the story was fresh and interesting.I liked how the author wasn't afraid of killing off those in the group either. Often I wonder how so many people get through so many dangerous situations without death and/or dismemberment.In any case, a wild ride of a book despite the length of the Hrad Spein trip that kept the pages turning.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2018-10-29 05:40

    Where to begin? The journey started in previous books has come to an end, well ok not really. It's just getting started.Harold (I do love thieves) and his gang are approaching Hrad Spein. Kli-Kli, it's always good with a comic relief, the dark elves, and human warriors are with him. And they have lost a lot of friends already. Pehov does have a way of killing off people. But then not all should make it, people must fall during the way cos it's a dangerous road so I liked that he is not afraid to do just that.Much of the book takes places in the darkness that is Hrad Spein. Fights, horrors, revelations, all to save a kingdom and the world. So much more than others think are actually going on. The Dancers, the creators of world, the Houses, and the person that created Siala. Not to mention that Harold is supposed to be a dancer too, which means that he could create a world. He is such an unlikely hero and that makes him better.The second part took place outside of Hrad. The quest is not yet done and more battles are to come. It's fighting and quest fantasy. I did feel that there is so many more stories still to tell and I would like to stay in this world, but sadly this was the end of this trilogy. But Pehov has created a very interesting world, and a world I would he happy to visit again. And it feels like home too, it's a world I know, yet it's so very new.Some of the fight scenes at the end did feel a bit jumpy, but eh, that's life and war. And something did happen that made me sad, but again that's life and sadness is needed in books too.

  • FantasyWereld
    2018-10-29 04:26

    Meesterdief Harold de Schaduw is eindelijk op zijn bestemming aangekomen: de ingang van het eeuwenoude Hrad Spein. In dit ondergrondse bouwwerk, dat ook wel het Bottenpaleis wordt genoemd, ligt in het graf van de ooit machtige generaal Grok de Regenbooghoorn op hem te wachten. Als Harold die kan meenemen naar de Orde van de Magiërs, heeft hij zijn opdracht voltooid en zijn eigen lot weer in zijn handen. Na een inspannende reis die niet zonder kleerscheuren werd afgelegd in de afgelopen twee boeken, zijn de verwachtingen over dit afsluitende derde deel hooggespannen. Want niemand weet wat voor gevaren op Harold liggen te wachten in Hrad Spein. En vanaf nu is Harold weer op zichzelf aangewezen…Epische fantasyAlexey Pehov werd bij de publicatie van het eerste deel van zijn trilogie, De Kronieken van Siala, gepresenteerd als de Russische Tolkien. Zijn wereld, die bevolkt wordt door elfen, orks, dwergen en gnomen, voelde inderdaad heel bekend aan en ook de queeste naar een magisch artefact door een gemengd groepje avonturiers om een groeiende duistere macht tegen te kunnen houden is een bekend thema in de epische fantasy. De uitwerking van Pehov is echter zo prettig dat je hier al snel vrede mee hebt en het verhaal in zijn eigen recht ziet.Wil je de gehele recensie lezen? Klik dan hier:

  • Octavia Cade
    2018-11-16 00:32

    Of the three books in the Chronicles of Siala series, this is my favourite. As a series, it got better as it went on, I think. And this book in particular has a really very well done section when Harold is in Hrad Spein searching for the Rainbow Horn - it was eerie and creepy and really fascinating to read.That being said, most of the characters continue as cardboard cut-outs, and the appearance of the Dryads is something of a deus ex machina, where they conveniently pop out of nowhere to save the heroes. (Have they even been mentioned in the many hundreds of pages of the series, up until that point? I don't remember, but they came across as awfully convenient...) And I grant that the Horn is powerful, but it does seem to wrap stuff up awful quick. Three books about finding the thing and getting it back to Avendoom, then what... 30, 40 pages or so and everything's all over - including the twist?I read this series because my Dad recommended it - he thought it was just great. It doesn't do as much for me as it did for him - I found it relatively generic as epic fantasies go, with the high point of Hrad Spein not compensating enough for the rest of the series. Still, it's competently executed epic fantasy, if not exactly ground-breaking.

  • Jonas Skoglund
    2018-10-22 00:48

    Simplistic and generic in an almost ironic way. The ending book of "Chronicles of Siala" was still enjoyable (as well as the trilogy in general). There is something to it, the quest feels grand, the action is a bit over the top for me (the fighting sequences does not want to stop), the book(s) is imaginative enough, but just barely and the characters should have been more developed (in my taste). Maybe yet more takes on the classical (Fantasy)themes never gets old. For me it feels a bit like an homage to the genre as well.Completely fine for relaxed reading.

  • Sergey Lenkevich
    2018-10-16 03:39

    This is my favorite book in the "Chronicles Of Siala" trilogyЭто - моя любимая книга в "Хрониках Сиалы"

  • Feyfire
    2018-11-01 01:33

    I loved the Chronicles of Siala. Shadow Harold was a fantastic character to follow along with and all the other characters in the book. I mourned when characters died - Alexey Pehov is like George R.R. Martin and other authors who aren't afraid to kill characters off-so be prepared for that.Looking forward when other Pehov books are translated to English.

  • Keith
    2018-11-05 23:51

    This book felt like two separate stories. The first half of the book (view spoiler)[the time spent in Hrad Spein (hide spoiler)] was really good. That was the highlight of the series. The second half of the book seemed anti-climactic. (view spoiler)[ For reading about the Nameless One for three books, I expected to get more than a few spells before he runs away. You never even see him. (hide spoiler)] The second half was still interesting, but it wasn't as intriguing. One of my complaints with this series is it was often hard for me to fully understand who everyone was and what their motivations were. Things began to make sense in the end, but we should've been given more information on who people were, like the Messenger and the Player. The series was good.

  • Ashley
    2018-10-16 22:40

    http://readfantasybooks.wordpress.comAfter 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!

  • Midnight Blue
    2018-10-26 00:24

    Ich bin mir noch nicht ganz sicher, was ich insgesamt von diesem letzten Band der Trilogie halten soll... Was mir durchgehend gut gefallen hat, war Garretts Humor und der abwechslungsreiche, spannende Schreibstil. Die Erzählung hat kaum an Tempo verloren und es war immer was los. Schade fand ich, dass sich das Ende ein bisschen verlaufen hat, der Showdown war vergleichsweise unspektakulär und hat mich leider nicht ganz zufrieden gestellt.(Achtung Spoiler!)Nachdem Band 1 die Reisevorbereitungen und Band 2 die Reise selbst enthielt, erreicht die Gruppe in Band 3 das Ziel, Hrad Spine. Für mich war das Spannendste an diesem Buch eher das erste Drittel - der Weg durch die Beinernen Paläste, bis Garrett dann das Horn erreicht. Das war auch alles genial beschrieben, ich hatte ganz starke Assoziationen mit Moria^^ Danach war es zwar nicht langweilig, es passiert ja immer wieder was und die Gruppe kommt ständig vom Regen in die Traufe. Für mich war nur die Luft irgendwie raus, nachdem er den Auftrag erfüllt und das Horn geholt hatte. Es stand die Frage im Raum, wie es weiter geht, aber da war kein konkretes Ziel mehr und ich glaube, das hat mich gestört... Und für mich stand noch ein bisschen die Frage offen, wie es mit der Welt des Chaos weitergeht und wie Garrett als Schattentänzer weitermacht. Dass er da Gegenstand einer Prophezeiung war, hat sich ja nur dahingehend ausgewirkt, dass halt zufällig und in letzter Sekunde doch immer noch alles geklappt hat. Sonst hat er von seinen Fähigkeiten als Schattentänzer nie aktiv Gebrauch gemacht, das hat mir irgendwie gefehlt, weil ich glaube, dass man da noch einiges hätte draus machen können.Um zu einem positiven Ende zu kommen: ich hatte Spaß beim Lesen, hab nur zwei Tage gebraucht (die Geschichte hat mich also durchaus gefesselt) und es war eine unterhaltsame Geschichte ;)

  • William Bentrim
    2018-10-22 01:23

    Shadow Blizzard by Alexey PehovShadow Prowler was the first book in the Chronicles of Siala. Shadow Chaser was the second. Pehov may be well known in his native Russia but I had never heard of him until I read these books. I think the quality of that book will insure that Pehov will be known far and wide as well as in Russia. Shadow Harold, a master thief, finds himself enmeshed with the establishment to save the world as they know it. This book finishes the story and gets the band of misfit compatriots further along in their journey. The imagination of Pehov has to be read to be believed. The gamut of scenery and beings and animals is beyond broad. Saying the descriptions are colorful is doing them severe injustice. The imagery is practically poetic. Then there is Harold. I can safely say I have no recollection of a protagonist named Harold. Harold visualizes himself as the ulltimate pragmatist but has a very broad streak of conscience much to his verbal dismay. Shadow Harold, an enjoyable rogue continues as the main protagonist. However other characters such as Kli-Kli, the jester, become more important as the story progresses, this final book reveals a surprising fact about Kli-Kli. Harold, a master thief of exceptional skill and a healthy interest in avoiding heroics, finds himself changing and to his horror perhaps even becoming heroic. The philosophic under pinning’s are more fully explored in this third volume. The term Shadow Dancer is clearly explained as well as leaving doors open for future works. I can only hope the person who translated one of my books for me does as masterful job as Pehov's translator. This trilogy should end up regarded as one of the classics. I highly recommend the book and the series.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-04 22:40

    C2003: This was the 3rd of the Chronicles of Siala and I was left......wanting. **sob sob**. It read like a description of a game so, for me, there was no character development and only a modicum of back history or plot. I liked the new character of Glo-Glo but think that the author should seriously have rethought the name of “Fluffy Cloud” – such a discordant name but perhaps this sounded better in the original Russian. Strange that I should read this straight after the Chronicles of Sirkara written within 5 years of each other. Chronicles is clearly a really popular device in spec-fic. Once again, the author has no fear of killing off characters and I could hear, in the back of my mind, the tinny music of the old time video games alerting you that you have died. Looking back on the series, I believe that with a bit of skilful editing – one really good book could have been a better outcome. Disappointed. Before concluding my thoughts – I had a look at the author’s website and, guess what, a video game is being developed based on the books!!FWFTB: underground, obstacles, orcs, war, devastation. FCN: Shadow Harold, Kli-Kli, GLo Glo, Fluffy Cloud (I kid you not), Egrassa. “So evil is different for everyone? If a man wants to kill you, that is evil. If the same man gives you a gold piece, saves your life, and kills someone else, is that good?”

  • Elysium
    2018-11-06 02:27

    4.5 starsLarge part of the book is about Harold and his quest through Hrad Spein. It’s also called as Palaces of Bones and it’s very describing name... Creepy place! I like Harold as the hero because he’s not your typical hero. Thieves are rarely called heroes but Harold is very likeable. And then there’s Kli-Kli, who wouldn’t like the jester? And speaking of jester, I totally didn’t see that coming! Even though I liked Harold my fav people were the elves. I wish there would have been more of them and I would have liked to learn more about their world and history.As it is in war, we lose more characters and I understand that it belongs to war but how could you do that! And it was evil to do it so soon in the book! But we meet few people who I had totally forgotten about which was nice. I should have reread the first 2 books before this...My only complaint is that the part in Hrad Spein could have been tiny bit shorter and the battle scenes in the end less jumpy. There were too many perspectives to the battle and from people we hadn’t meet before.I enjoyed these books so much and I’m gonna miss this world. I hope more of his books gets translated because I’m reading those for sure!

  • Susana789
    2018-11-11 02:48

    Nakoniec 4 hviezdičky. Cesta k strašidelnému hradu, blúdenie jeho chodbami (ako pamätník Baldurs Gate II som tú jednu hviezdičku pridala z čisto nostalgických dôvodov) bolo zaujímavé a z mojej strany aj čitateľné. Kým stredná časť nedávala priestor na atmosféru, tajomný strašidelný hrad je priestorom, kde sa nápadité riešenia určite uplatnia. Počet hrdinov sa znížil, dobrodružstvá si vybrali svoju daň. Zopár obratov a zvratov v deji (zásahy zhora, zásahy obetavé) a priestor dostala aj svižne napísaná epická bitka. Áno, čítala som už aj emočne vypätejšie opisy stretu dobra a zla (Malazská kniha je neprekonateľná) ale aj gýčovité dojáky, prezentované ako osudový konflikt medzi dobrom a zlom. Tu som sa našťastie ničoho nedočkala: páči sa mi, že kniha od začiatku nemala ambíciu byť tzv. veľkou epikou a ani v poslednom dieli nezvíťazilo klišé nad zdravým literárnym rozumom. A nie je tu emocionálne klišé. Suchý opis, doplnený cynickým komentárom hlavného protagonistu. A to je ďalšia vec, ktorá ma zaujala: hrdina, ktorý nechal priestor na hrdinstvo ostatných. A samozrejme pár obligátnych prekvapení (ktoré sa dali očakávať, lebo s jednotlivými motívmi autor pracoval od začiatku, neobjavili sa len tak).

  • Leo (Rahien Sorei)
    2018-10-22 03:38

    I wish that there was more to be excited about with this book, but sadly, there is not. Pehov's first two books were fun and interesting spins on a grand tradition, but his third book of the Siala Chronicles falls short of the already middling mark left by its predecessors. The endearing novelty is lost with this book, probably somewhere deep in the Palaces of Bone. I love to read - I often lose sleep because of it. However, that wasn't the case here. Shadow Blizzard grew dull enough at times - mostly in Harold's overly long and winding passage through the Palaces of Bone - that I fell asleep with the book in my hands. Pehov seems to have forgotten here that readers don't like being told what's going on - they like to be shown. Hrad Spein is just one dry bout of imagery after another - the book is honestly 200 pages longer than it needs to be. I'm not just irked by the content, the writing is just drawn out far longer than it needs to be, especially for an ending that is beyond predictable.I don't have a lot to say about this book - I read it mostly for closure, but after finishing it, I can't say I'd recommend it. Even if the ending is apparent, the journey there is usually entertaining - but that just isn't the case here.

  • Jane
    2018-11-02 21:28

    Actual rating 3.5 stars.For the first three quarters of the book (or even more) I was quite prepared to give Shadow Blizzard a 4 star rating, but then the ending kind of ruined it for me. While most of the book was from Garrett's POV, then there were about 50 pages or so that were not and while this might be considered spoilerish, I'll say that it those pages were from several other characters' POVs that we had not even met before and therefore I had no connection to them. And while making a connection to the characters isn't as important in a fantasy novel as it is in a romance novel, I'd still like to know more about the characters before I'm thrown into their POV in the last pages of the book in the middle of a battle.But more about the things I liked... /Want to keep reading about my thoughts? Read all about it on my book blog."My review for the first book in the series, Shadow Prowler can be foundHERE and my review for the second book in the series, Shadow Chaser can be found HERE.

  • Nathan
    2018-10-16 01:43

    Our cynical thief and his band of doughty warriors arrives in the orcs' forest, where they hope to enter the dungeon that contains the artefact that can save their kingdom from the sorcerer king. This one wasn't as good as the first two. It is clear that Pehov has lovingly created a world and its peoples (some of whom are obvious rip offs, some of which are new twists - love the flinnys).However, there are deep flaws in this volume. There is a very extended journey through a dungeon where the thief character spends dozens of pages at a time by himself, with only Pehov there to tell us what he encounters (and not always clearly). There is a 50 page battle scene that is related to us via the mechanism of a dream, which is a cheap move. The ending is forced and hurried and, while perhaps 'realistic' in the sense of that is what happens when someone is working for someone else, did not really give a sense of completion.This could have done with an edit that removed a large chunk of the dungeon sequence and inserted a more comprehensive third act.Rated MA15 for frequent fantasy violence and supernatural themes. 2.5/5

  • Dorianne Vervoort
    2018-11-14 03:46

    Hoewel ik erg genoten heb van de vorige twee delen en ook dit boek erg vlot las, was ik best teleurgesteld in het verhaal. Twee boeken lang was Harold met zijn gezelschap op weg naar het befaamde Hrad Spein. Twee boeken lang werd zowel Harold als de lezer bang gemaakt voor de verschrikkingen in deze Bottenpaleizen. Uiteindelijk loopt Harold nog geen half boek rond in dit beroemde, angstaanjagende labyrint. Bovendien waren de beloofde gruwelen helemaal niet zo schrikbarend als voorspeld. Ik was erg teleurgesteld in het feit dat de zijlijnen van het verhaal uiteindelijk bijna meer uitgewerkt werden dan de hoofdlijn. Als deze verhaallijnen dan toch zo belangrijk waren, hadden ze ze in de eerste twee boeken wel meer aan bod mogen laten komen. Al bij al was het zeker geen slecht boek. Het las erg vlot en het was op bepaalde momenten zeker spannend. Ook waren er wel wat plottwists die ik niet had zien aankomen. Omdat ik toch wel genoten heb van het boek, en vooral de twee eerste delen van de trilogie, geef ik 3 sterren.

  • Ziburan
    2018-10-24 05:24

    Book 1 and 2 got 3 stars, but this one I cannot give the same rating I'm afraid.This book do with 200 pages less, maybe even 300.The journey to get the horn in the bone palace Hrad Spein was very lengthy.At the end of the book the war finally starts. The book is told by Harold in the first person. Harold is not present in the war, he's behind the battlefield. But to be able to still tell about the war, he gets a dream for 50 pages, and the focus changes to several other persons. To me this sounds like a cheap way of still be able to tell about the war.These 50 pages were too long for me anyway. I couldn't stay focussed enough to read every letter of the battle.Also a number of deus-ex-machina's appear whenever Harold is close to death. Which happens on more than one occasion.

  • Roland Cavanaugh
    2018-10-16 05:27

    Perhaps the finest series of classic fantasy I have ever read, LOR and The Hobbit being excluded. Explore the mystical world of a thief (Harold), who ends up on a journey to defeat an enemy so evil, so powerful that it looks like his world will be totally destroyed. While he initially does it for a King's ransom, his character's evolution from book-to-book is actually very moving. I stumbled across this while looking at a Bookburb email (which I highly recommend anyone signing up for). One of those nice surprises from a Russian author that I might not have known about. The trilogy is exciting, fast-paced, and should be on the "must read" list of every serious Fantasy lover--of which I personally belong.

  • Keith
    2018-10-31 04:32

    Excellent series, excellent author. This is the best fantasy book/series I have read in a VERY long time. The characters are well drawn out, there is good development in many of them, and my favorite part is that Pehov changes some things around in his world that "mix-it up" a little regarding elves, orcs, dwarves, goblins, gnomes and ogres (I don't think I have forgotten anyone else....). Eminently readable and very satisfying. And the lead character, Shadow Harold, is fabulous. I can't recommend this book enough to anyone who enjoys fantasy novels.

  • Simon
    2018-11-10 03:43

    All in all an enjoyable read only made possible by the strength of characters like Harold and kli kli, in this book pehov hits his stride especially while Harold is traipsing through hrad spein. I believe that the earlier books where all a bit rushed, the same can be said after Harold finally retrieves the rainbow horn. It's as if the author can't wait to put this story to bed, yet leaves it open for a possible return. If the author does return to Siala I hope that we find Harold in his element as we experience in this book.

  • Joseph
    2018-10-16 05:37

    And here we are at the end of all things. Harold finally reaches Hrad Spein, the legendary megadungeon that houses the magical macguffin. Complications, ensue, of course, and the scale opens up considerably at the end with a full-on war. (Although since this is a first-person narrative by someone who's nowhere near the battle lines, we have to get the battle scenes in the form of a dream or vision or something.)An enjoyable conclusion to an enjoyable series -- probably closer to a 3.5 than to a 4.0, but we're stuck with integers here.

  • Yvonne Boag
    2018-10-26 03:31

    I have to say that this book was one of the most disappointing books I have read in a long time. It was a filler book which I have never, ever come across in a third book in a trilogy. I skimmed, I turned pages without reading a word and it has one of the most anticlimactic endings that I have ever come across. I normally, in a review write about what the book was actually about but this time I will simply say, don't bother. You will never get those wasted hours back. It gets two stars because the only interesting characters in this book were the two goblins.

  • Mike Gevers
    2018-10-27 21:38

    The story of Harold keeps being thrilling and exciting, but the pace of the story is considerably lower than the previous two books. THe ending is also quite disappointing, because the story really ends in one or two sentences. The epilogue, however, is very touching and I'd say it rivals Tolkien's epilogue of Lord of the Rings. In short: not a bad book, but the storyline ends really, really abrubtly.

  • John Dugaw
    2018-10-20 21:50

    Finishes off a nice and subtle story about Harold the master thief. In this book he finally makes it to Hrad Spein and the journey there is enough to put the book down and never return. It needed some serious edits to get rid of monotony. If you push through that section the book gets a lot lot better. My favorite chapter is #15 titled "Sing Flute Sing". Very compelling and well written. I reread the sections from which it gets that title four times.

  • Alfonso Junquera perez
    2018-10-30 23:42

    La descripción de las catacumbas del Palacio de los Huesos ha calado hondo en mi corazón de rolero de la vieja escuela. Desde luego si alguien quiere dirigir y/o jugar una partida en un Dungeon de esos inmensos que no dude en leer este libro que logra captar perfectamente el ambiente de opresión, tensión y peligro al girar cualquier esquina que han de tener esos escenarios. (Si hasta hay setas enormes e insectos gigantes).

  • Talitha
    2018-11-04 02:24

    For the creation of an entirely fantasy world, I think this author did a good job. Th one thing that I did not like about this series, is that it took too long to reveal the secrets that the author had been hiding. I felt like I was blindly stumbling along for two and a half books because the author gave no hint of what was going on.