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Shadow Magic (1982)
by Patricia C. Wrede
Farm Boy Fantasy (42)
Sarah's Wish List (43)
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First in the Lyra series, written in 1982, first book by author. Although the tropes were well-worn, I still enjoyed the book very much. Will continue with the series. Good world-building, characters who are well drawn, and a plot that, although not all that surprising, still moves well. ( )
Shadow Magic is about as traditional a fantasy as you can get. Dark beings, thought vanquished long ago, reawaken and the kingdoms of men, Shee (ahem...), Wyrds, and more must find ancient artifacts and the chosen one to wield them before all is lost.
It's not all that original but there is something comforting in that. The characters are clearly drawn and pleasant, and the writing is smooth as glass. There is not a lot of surprise here, but quite a lot of warmth and fun.
I liked it. It isn't going to change the world, but it doesn't need to.
Enjoyable fantasy with likeable characters and interesting plot. I liked Alethia and Har and Maurin. The romance between Alethia and Maurin was nice. There were some funny lines. Solid 3 stars.
I picked it up because of the author and it sat on my shelf for some time. I enjoyed the idea but the characters were a little thin. I hope this was one of her early books but I'm trying to remember what SF was like in 1982 when she wrote this. For the time frame, it's good. We've come a long way in writing.
first of all, YES. second of all, super glad my "bought in 2016" shelf finally delivered. third of all. patricia c wrede has been a big fave since i was in high school and i discovered "dealing with dragons" and i'm so glad to find that some of her other books are just as good. i love alethia and her proposal at the end of the book was just
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A princess fights a faceless enemy in a forest filled with magic in this tale of "high-style fantasy and adventure" from the author of Dealing with Dragons (The New York Times). Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom's noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her twentieth birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess. When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom.
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)813 — Literature English (North America) American fiction
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