The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer--more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. Read more...
The history of the Land may remember the slaughter at Moorview or the horror of Scree's fall, but there were other casualties of the secret war against Azaer--more tales surrounding those bloody years that went unrecorded. In the shadow of memorials to the glorious dead, these ghosts lie quiet and forgotten by all but a few.
A companion collection to the Twilight Reign quintet, these eleven stories shine a rather different light on the Land. Look past the armies and politics of the Seven Tribes and you will find smaller moments that shaped the course of history in their own way. But even forgotten secrets can kill. Even shadows can have claws.
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-09-02
- Reviewer: Staff
Lloyd’s five-volume Twilight Reign epic fantasy series (concluding with The Dusk Watchman) chronicles the larger-than-life exploits of heroes of the Land who turn the tide of destiny. This shiveringly gruesome collection, darker in tone than the novels in the series, frames those grandiose events with short stories that add depth, color, and moral ambiguity to the larger picture. In “A Beast in Velvet,” a mysterious killer stalks the streets of Narkang, leaving behind a trail of hideously savaged bodies and weird runes, but no other trace of his passing. In “The God Tattoo,” mercenary Daken realizes that mages tend to lie to get their own way, and that the gods care nothing for the reality of humans. In “A Man from Thistledell,” Marshal Calath learns that sometimes no good comes of trying to do the right thing. In “Shadows in the Library,” Gennay Thonal’s noble aspiration turns deadly in a way she could never have imagined. Lloyd has done a fine job of adding to the Twilight Reign mythos with these well-crafted works. Agent: John Richard Parker, MBA Literary Agents. (Nov.)