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Lord Tophet by Gregory Frost
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Lord Tophet (2008)

by Gregory Frost

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Series: Shadowbridge (2)

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This is a review for both books, Shadowbridge, and the second part, Lord Tophet. This is essentially one big book that should be read together, so it makes sense to review both of them at the same time.

First, I love this world. The way the bridges work, the way the world changes from bridge to bridge. I also liked the magic - it is there, but it is subtle. There are also Gods here. They are not quite what you think they should be, nor do they play a large part in this story.

The story follows a performer named Leodora - she is a storyteller, using shadow puppets to tell her story. She is the daughter of a legendary performer and might even exceed her fathers talent. As she gains fame, she attracts unwanted attention.

Its a slow story. Sometimes a bit too slow - sometimes, it is told as a story within a story. This is story of discovering oneself - finding a voice. This is not a traditional fantasy story. No swords, or epic battles. Highly recommended if you want a fantasy story with a modern feel. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | May 24, 2014 |
Tiptree shortlist 2008. This one and Shadowbridge might have made one mildly interesting novel if all the dull bits had been pruned. ( )
  SChant | Apr 22, 2014 |
Continuation of Shadowbridge, engaging fantasy. ( )
  coz_6 | May 25, 2011 |
An excellent conclusion to Shadowbridge. This book has been sitting in my work tote for over a year while I failed to get around to reading it, but luckily slow internet met lack of work last week and I finally got started on it. I very nearly forgot where I left off but soon enough I was right back into the thick of the story and loving it.

Our adventure-prone puppet troupe finds themselves favored again by the gods, this time bringing life back to a gods-blighted span where troupes had been banned for years. Luckily they almost immediately meet up with the proprietor of the theatre where Jax's father had last played. The proprietor insists they be her premiere act and the troupe settles in to their routine.

Something is coming, though. Something is looking for the child of Bardsham and has gotten wind of Jax...

Another quick read, with some excellent, funny, and even recognizable fairy tales told by and too Jax. She nearly loses herself in an upside-down world listening to all the world's tales, but love succeeds in distracting her and she escapes. How she is able to pull the story she needs most from a reluctant storyteller is the product of divine coincidence and how she then uses the story to defeat the big bad and save her love make for an exciting finish.

Highly recommended. ( )
  cabri | May 11, 2010 |
Strong fantasy novel, the second half of Shadowbridge. Satisfying if bittersweet ending. Full review of both books here. ( )
  fascination | Aug 8, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0345497597, Paperback)

“A sparkling gem of mythic invention and wonder . . . Frost draws richly detailed human characters and embellishes his multilayered stories with intriguing creatures–benevolent sea dragons, trickster foxes, death-eating snakes and capricious gods.”
–Publishers Weekly, on Shadowbridge

Daughter of the legendary shadow-puppeteer Bardsham, Leodora has inherited her father’s skills . . . and his enemies. Together with her manager–Soter, keeper of her father’s darkest secrets, and a gifted young musician named Diverus, Leodora has traveled from span to span, her masked performances given under the stage name Jax, winning fame and fortune.

But Jax’s success may be Leodora’s undoing. Years ago, following a performance by Bardsham, the vengeful god known as Lord Tophet visited a horrific punishment upon the span of Colemaigne and its citizens, a reprisal inflicted without warning or explanation. And as the genius of Jax gives rise to rumors that Bardsham has returned, Lord Tophet takes notice and dispatches a quintet of deadly killers to learn the truth behind the mask.

Now, upon the cursed span of Colemaigne, where her father achieved his greatest triumph and suffered his bitterest tragedy, Leodora is about to perform the most shocking story of all.

“Stunning . . . Frost could be on his way toward a masterpiece.”
–Locus, on Shadowbridge

“Beautifully written and realized.”
–Jeffrey Ford, author of The Empire of Ice Cream, on Shadowbridge

Lord Tophet is the completion of a two-book adventure.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:08:28 -0400)

Daughter of the legendary shadow-puppeteer Bardsham, Leodora has inherited her father?s skills . . . and his enemies. Together with her manager?Soter, keeper of her father?s darkest secrets, and a gifted young musician named Diverus, Leodora has traveled from span to span, her masked performances given under the stage name Jax, winning fame and fortune. But Jax?s success may be Leodora?s undoing. Years ago, following a performance by Bardsham, the vengeful god known as Lord Tophet visited a horrific punishment upon the span of Colemaigne and its citizens, a reprisal inflicted without warning or explanation. And as the genius of Jax gives rise to rumors that Bardsham has returned, Lord Tophet takes notice and dispatches a quintet of deadly killers to learn the truth behind the mask. Now, upon the cursed span of Colemaigne, where her father achieved his greatest triumph and suffered his bitterest tragedy, Leodora is about to perform the most shocking story of all.… (more)

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