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Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky
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Spiderlight (original 2016; edition 2019)

by Adrian Tchaikovsky, Alexander Páez (Traductor)

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The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen. Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And, the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting... Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.… (more)
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Title:Spiderlight
Authors:Adrian Tchaikovsky
Other authors:Alexander Páez (Traductor)
Info:[Madrid] Alethé, [2019]
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Spiderlight by Adrian Tchaikovsky (2016)

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What IS the definition of evil? ( )
  jazzbird61 | Feb 29, 2024 |
3.49 stars, rounded down, unfortunately.

A good story, and, as it says on the cover, one that plays with outdated (and very well-known to be outdated) tropes. But... ehh, very much on-the-nose. A little too much. ( )
  dcunning11235 | Aug 12, 2023 |
Great sword and sorcery from Tchaikovsky adding to the genres he writes in. As you might guess fromt he title it features Spiders again, so don't read if you're phobic. Perhaps not quite as bad as the SF version, which is more famous. I don't know which came first.

This is the traditional band of heroes, mage fight thief ranger and lead by a cleric. They have a prophecy to defat the Dark Lord and vow to succeed where many have failed before them. It requires both a Spider Fang and the path of the Spider, and this is where the story opens, with our valiant heroes destroying a horde of giant spiders in order to reach the Brood Mother. Communication is established and she sacrifices Nth to the group so that the rest of her nest may survive. The Heroes now have to work out a way to transport a giant spider through the land s of Light to the Dark Lords tower. the mage suggests a transformation, and lacking better alternatives Enth joins the party. At first he can hardly walk let alone speak, but as they progress he becomes more human and less monstrous - to the dismay of the righteous and leaving them with several moral quandaries. There's some nice tongue in cheek homage to Tolkein and Mordor, and more generally at the fantasy worlds with their clearly defined Evil and Good. I much enjoyed this more ambiguous look which is closer to reality.

Fast paced well balanced and carefully crafted it's great fun. Don't take it too seriously, but the underlying message of how we determine a monster remains pertinent to all. ( )
  reading_fox | May 13, 2023 |
Aqui encuentras todo lo que buscas de un juego de rol, de libros y libros de fantasia que repiten esquemas ya usados, pero a si mismo le da el enfoque distinto necesario para que el libro resalte por si mismo, lo sientes que esta echo a proposito asi, alguien dijo que todo esta ya escrito y que lo que varia es la forma de narrarlo, aqui tenes un ejemplo. Con momentos humoristicos y de sorpresa impecables que tienden a querer hacer parodia de lo que siempre encontras en la fantasia, con personajes que reflexonan internamente de una manera muy creible y tienden a esos cambios que queres encontrar en un libros, y las relaciones entre personajes estan bien planteadas a tal punto que pueden ser para muchos lo mejor.
El final podes esperartelo, debe de haber finales asi, pero no me deja un mal sabor, lo siento digno.
No es el libro mas imprecindible ni me ha atrapado con locura pero uno que no me arrepiento de haber leido. ( )
  Enzokolis | Jan 17, 2022 |
Rating: 4.5 stars

This book’s blurb didn’t sound very interesting, but I’m glad I went ahead with it anyway. Rather than a boring old fantasy quest adventure (yawn), we get a spider turned into a man (of sorts) who allows us to see the hypocrisy of the characters on the side of the Light. The spider, Nth or Enth (depending on whether he’s in spider or human form), is a creature of Darkness who gets dragged into Dion’s mission to defeat the Dark Lord. Dion, a priestess of the Light, would be an admirable character in any other book, but we rapidly see her flaws and the rigidity of her mindset here.

Parts of the book read as a kind of tongue-in-cheek spoof of the typical fantasy adventure, right down the title of the first chapter: Mirkwood Blues. Overall it has some very serious themes among the laughs, though, and I recommend it. ( )
  natcontrary | May 21, 2018 |
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Lief himself said nothing, because he was thinking about all those powerful men and women of the Light sitting on their hands for decades, knowing that Darvezian was out there, and defeatable, but feeling no particular inclination to go do it, because they knew that someone else would eventually take up the slack. Which is exactly the problem with prophesies.

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The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen. Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And, the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting... Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.

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The Church of Armes of the Light has battled the forces of Darkness for as long as anyone can remember. The great prophecy has foretold that a band of misfits, led by a high priestess will defeat the Dark Lord Darvezian, armed with their wits, the blessing of the Light and an artifact stolen from the merciless Spider Queen.

Their journey will be long, hard and fraught with danger. Allies will become enemies; enemies will become allies. And the Dark Lord will be waiting, always waiting…

Spiderlight is an exhilarating fantasy quest from Adrian Tchaikovsky, the author of Guns at Dawn and the Shadows of the Apt series.
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