Tuesday, July 20, 2010

What We're Reading - Shadow Prowler by Alexey Pehov.

Shadow Prowler, by Alexey Pehov (first of a trilogy), is a refreshing take on epic high fantasy. While many of the themes of this story will be familiar to fantasy readers, Pehov handles them well, with interesting twists to keep the tale enjoyable. The story revolves around master thief Shadow Harold, as he is coerced into the role of hero. The characters are dynamic and interesting, leaving you wanting to know more about them. The only downside is that the next book will not be translated and released until April 2011!

Thanks to Tim for his review.

[Blog editor's note: I'm not much of a fantasy reader, but I first became intrigued by this book because of an October, 2008 article in Publishers Weekly, about the coming wave of Russian fantasy writers. Pehov in particular was mentioned, and I was intrigued enough to keep a reminder for myself of the publish date (February 2010). Was the wait worth it? Absolutely. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, the world it creates, and particularly the character of Shadow Harold. Knowing of reviewer Tim's love of epic high fantasy, I asked him to read it and was pleased by his confirmation. So it's two thumbs up on Shadow Prowler. And yes, the wait for the second book will be long (and excruciating!), but then shouldn't the wait for the next book by any good/favorite author feel that way?]

To visit the author's website, click here.

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