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Saddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his companions continue their journey to the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. There, knowing that armies of warriors and wizards before them have failed, they must fight legions of untold, mysterious powers before they can complete their quest for the magic horn that willSaddened because they have left one of their number in a grave in the wilderness, Harold and his companions continue their journey to the dreaded underground palace of Hrad Spein. There, knowing that armies of warriors and wizards before them have failed, they must fight legions of untold, mysterious powers before they can complete their quest for the magic horn that will save their beloved land from The Nameless One. But before they can even reach their goal, they must overcome all manner of obstacles, fight many battles…and evade the frightful enemies on their trail.Shadow Chaser is a novel of intricate plots, surprising twists and finely drawn characters that will not leave you when you put the book down. Shadow Chaser is truly something different in the world of fantasy, something special; it is something truly Russian, a fantasy that is gripping and haunting, fascinating and imaginative....

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Shadow Chaser Reviews

  • Evgeny
    2018-11-19 15:50

    The band of travelers had to make a detour to the second largest city of the kingdom and its former capital Ranneng knowing that it most probably was not a good idea at all. Considering that the book is full of battles, betrayals, daring escapes, even more daring thefts (after all Harold is a master thief) and that more than three fourths of it takes place inside the said city it is easy to see that the idea was not good indeed. Despite a gruesome ending of the first book this one began on a very humorous note and remained such for a couple of chapters. This time the humor was not due to something Kli-Kli did or Harold commented, but mostly to Hallas and his little problem. As it was obvious from the first paragraph the action was practically non-stop, there was more of it compared to the first book. Unlike the latter this one lacked very powerful flashbacks (I can recall at least 2 such in book one). The only one present was quite boring speaking honestly and probably the most boring part overall. Kli-Kli the Goblin has a great chance of becoming my second all-time favorite character in fantasy. Nobody and nothing can move Matrim (Mat) Cauthon of The Wheel of Time from position number 1. Coming back to Kli-Kli the little green guy never fails to amuse. He also managed to save Harold's butt a couple of times to Harold's complete surprise as he never took the guy seriously. Who ever takes a royal fool seriously? Very smart people, that is who. Anyhow Kli-Kli by his lonely self deserves an extra half-star. It is his own problem what he is going to do with it as I have to round it down. Thus in my humble opinion the second book is slightly weaker than the first one which gives 4 star rating. There are also quite a few signs that the last book is going to be much darker, or at least the ending is not going to be exactly HEA. I look forward to read it.

  • Sotiris Karaiskos
    2018-11-11 19:05

    Σε αυτό το δεύτερο βιβλίο της σειράς η κατάσταση βελτιώνεται σημαντικά. Οι περιπέτειες αρχίζουν και μέσα από αυτές γνωρίζουμε πολύ καλύτερα τους χαρακτήρες. Επίσης η γραφή γίνεται αρκετά πιο ενδιαφέρουσα, κάτι που σε συνδυασμό με την εξίσου ενδιαφέρουσα εξέλιξη της πλοκής κάνει την ανάγνωση αρκετά συναρπαστική. Με άλλα λόγια αν κάνεις υπομονή με το πρώτο βιβλίο θα ανταμειφθείς στο δεύτερο. Να δω τώρα τι επιφυλάσσει η συνέχεια.

  • Andre
    2018-12-03 22:05

    A well-paced fantasy that re-invents nothing but does the recipe well and is pleasurable to read.

  • Blodeuedd Finland
    2018-11-22 15:47

    My thoughts:It’s not often these days that I read translated books, but this is one of them as it is translated from Russian, and the translator does a good job.In the last book they all left on a long journey, and one traveller died and the loss is still felt. They all know now that they all will not make it to Hrad Spein and even fewer will make it out of there. It will not be an easy journey.Harold the thief doesn’t have the same spotlight as in book 2, in this one we get of the rest too. For example the goblin Kli-Kli, he plays the fool, but he is hiding something and he is much cleverer than what he looks. Kli-Kli is the humour in this book and that’s nice. As for the rest of the characters, I do like them, and I wonder at the same time how many will remain at the end. An interesting cast, but also a cast of warriors and warriors fall.This book is all about the journey. They are travelling, going to one city, gets into trouble, and later there is some fighting too. At the end I see a glimpse of something new and interesting. But at the same time the journey does feel a bit long, and in a way not much happen at all. The more interesting parts are the dreams Harold are having, of the Houses of Pain, Love and more, about a figure called the Master, about things passed that led to the Nameless one. And the best of all, a strange world where 3 figures wants him to come and save him. It seems worlds can be created. That whole system of magic fascinated me, and I hope we get more clues to it.Conclusion:A good enough fantasy novel, an epic journey, different characters and races, and the hunt for something that might lead to their death. What this book did bring me was more about the world itself. And I would read the next one, and hope he gets what he is after so that I can see the world saved.Rating:It was short (for fantasy) so a fast readCover:Good, I do like fantasy covers, and I checked the paperback for book 1 and liked that one, so I am sure the paperback cover for this one will be even better.

  • Roland Cavanaugh
    2018-11-09 19:50

    Perhaps the finest series of classic fantasy I have ever read, LOR and The Hobbit being excluded. Explore the mystical world of a thief (Harold), who ends up on a journey to defeat an enemy so evil, so powerful that it looks like his world will be totally destroyed. While he initially does it for a King's ransom, his character's evolution from book-to-book is actually very moving. I stumbled across this while looking at a Bookburb email (which I highly recommend anyone signing up for). One of those nice surprises from a Russian author that I might not have known about. The trilogy is exciting, fast-paced, and should be on the "must read" list of every serious Fantasy lover--of which I personally belong.

  • Kitvaria Sarene
    2018-11-21 19:54

    Really liked the humor, action and characters in the first book of this series. But the second one didn't add up to me. The jokes were kind of "flat" the characters didn't really develop, the action wasn't really exciting and overall it was just not that engaging for me.Too bad, because in the first one I thought humor and suspense pretty balanced and the dialogues witty.

  • Dinky
    2018-11-18 17:41

    Amazing!

  • Dagne567
    2018-11-28 14:39

    Suvine keskpäraste sarjade läbilugemise masohhism (?) jätkub. Tegelikult tahtsin kohe esimesele osale otsa lugeda järjed, sest olin õigesse meeleolusse häälestunud, aga need pagana raamatud peitsid end mu eest ära (kööginurka pugemine ei ole aus mäng!) ja noh, suurem osa õigest meeleseisundist oli loomulikult hääbunud. Mulle meeldib Garreti avameelne ebausaldusväärsus endale hinnangute andmise juures ja tema raamatutegelasele harukordne kinnisus oma hämmastavamate kogemuste jagamisel.

  • Moira
    2018-11-18 15:40

    Kniha je hezky designově zpracovaná, stejně jako u prvního dílu mi rozložení stránek i velikost písma vyhovovala. Co mě ale obrovsky, opravdu hodně zamrzelo je, že jsme přišli o ty nádherné ilustrace. Roman Kýbus je nadaný ilustrátor a jeho ilustrace mi hodně chyběly.Kniha navazuje na první díl, se skupinou, která doprovází Harolda Stína, se snažíme postoupit po cestě dále. Doprovází jej různorodá skupinka společníků, od elfů po gnóma. Toto se mi na knize strašně líbilo – jak autor dokázal jednotlivé rasy vystihnout a udržet jejich profil, nezapadl do šedého stereotypu, využíval výhody, které mu to nabízelo. Celkově je promyšlenost světa, různé jazyky, pojmenování a geografie, s kterými si Pechov dal tolik práce, tím nejlepším na knize. Ani charaktery, ani vtip, ani příběh, ale ty kulisy, ve kterých se příběh odehrává. I když to občas připomíná jízdu všemi možnými světy a kulturami. Elfové, zombie, mágové i zlobři. Ale je to zábava. Na chvíli jsem zůstal jako opařený – jestli se kostlivci naučili mluvit, je načase, abych zamířil na hřbitov – konec světa musí být za rohem. str. 104Abych autorovi nekřivdila, i ty postavy mají co do sebe. Není to typ charakterů, z kterých by jste nemohli spát nebo do kterých se bezhlavě zamilujete. Jsou to prostě postavy, které se vám nenápadně vkradou pod kůži a pak se tam tvrdohlavě drží. Od otravného škodolibého goblina Kli-Kliho, který jakožto králův šašek se na celou výpravu zamotal zvláštním způsobem, ale díky kterému ve skupině nikdy netrpíte nudou. Můžeme pokračovat málomluvným vojákem Úhořem, o kterém toho nevíme zhola nic, ale který chvilku před smrtí propadne sentimentu a naší hlavní postavě se svěří. A je to zajímavé čtení. Dvojice gnóm a trpaslík, kteří se jako znepřátelené rasy nenávidí do poslední kapky krve, ale kteří jsou v podstatě přáteli. Elfové – ti jsou kapitola sama o sobě, je ale zajímavé je vidět jinak než jako melancholické stíny lesa pijící za měsíčku víno a pletoucí svou krásou mladé nezkušené panny.Okamžitě jsem byl ve střehu. Temní elfové mi nikdy předtím víno nenabídli. Miralissin bratranec byl dnes výjmečně zdvořilý. A to se říká, že elfové jsou nevraživá, zlomyslná stvoření.Na druhou stranu, oni takoví skutečně jsou. str. 139-140A máme tu samozřejmě Harolda. Z počátku jsme si mysleli, že je to obyčejný zloděj. No dobře, to bylo hrubé, je to mistr zloděj. Ale obyčejný člověk. Jenže pak se připlete do staré vize o magickém zničení velké části města a odnese si z toho v hlavě vzpomínku na velkého čaroděje Valdera. Vzpomínku, která mluví, myslí a ještě stále vládne docela slušným magickým potencionálem. V tomto okamžiku už nejspíše Harold přestává být tak docela obyčejným. Když k tomu přičteme, že je v podstatě postavou figurující ve starém proroctví – Tanečníkem ve stínech – začínáme o té obyčejnosti pochybovat více než dost. A to je jen začátek.Zdálo se mi, že přestože je kniha objemově téměř stejně obsáhlá, jako první díl, není tam tolik toho děje. Autor to tam více obkecával a příběh neubíhal tak svižně, jako v prvním díle. Začátek se navíc rozbíhal pomalu a já strašně dlouho měla problém se začíst, z části proto, že se tam v podstatě nic nedělo, zčásti proto, že i ten autorův styl psaní, který se mi ze začátku zase zdál dost kostrbatý a na který jsem si zase musela zvykat, mi čtení zpomaloval.K chybičkám vytknu drobnosti jako chybějící mezera či tečka. A vadila mi i lehká zmatečnost v tom honu na naše hrdiny. V knize máme de facto dva různé záporáky. Jednoho jistého Bezejmenného, který je hlavní a zřetelnou hrozbou, která co nevidět vtrhne do hrdinova světa a může vše zničit, a poté tajemného Pána, o kterém nevíme takřka nic, ale který docela pilně spřádá další a další plány, jak Haroldovi a přátelům ztížit cestu. Možná mu nechce zabránit zastavit Bezejmenného, jistě mu však Harold dost překáží. A s rychlostí, s jakou Harold s nějakým štěstím pokaždé unikne, Pánovi nejspíše i vadit začne. Jeho Milost si nedělala žádné starosti s tím, že se tak z ní stane spoluviník vloupání, což by každý slušný šlechtický rod spolehlivě zneuctilo nejmíň na dalších deset generací. (Na druhou stranu, o žádnou skutečnou potupu by nešlo: každý ví, že většina šlechticů krade v mnohem větším měřítku než obyčejní občané.) str. 175Kdybych měla knihu zhodnotit celkově, první díl byl vydařenější. Na druhou stranu je tohle prokletí všech druhých knih trilogií – jak vést příběh tak, abychom se příliš rychle nedostali ke konci? Druhý díl je v podstatě dobrý, na druhou stranu by mohl být i lepší. Mezi klady rozhodně patří svět, který autor ještě více vykreslil a postavy, které se taky rozvinuly. Mezi zápory zasadím zadrhávající děj a lítost nad ztrátou Kýbusových ilustrací. Pokud jste již Tuláka ve stínech četli, určitě se nebojte sáhnout i po Tanci. Není to špatný příběh, navíc tuším, že závěr bude více než dobrý, protože oba předchozí díly končily otevřeně. Sáhnout však samostatně po Tanci nedoporučuju – v knize máme odkazy na děj prvního dílu a čtenář by byl jenom zmaten. Kniha je takové klasické fantasy, putování hrdiny za cílem, překonávajícího překážky. Ale je to hezké čtení. To zapřít nemůžu. :))

  • Ashley
    2018-11-19 20:56

    Shadow Chaser begins right where the previous book left off with the group heading into the city of Ranneng. Unfortunately, they spend almost the entire book just in this city because the precious key they are traveling with ends up getting stolen so they have to get it back. Turns into a big fiasco. Even though most of the book is spent just in this city, and it can be slow in parts, the story still remains rather interesting, and I really enjoyed it.The characters are great, especially Kli-Kli! However, I do believe, especially for such a short series, that there are way to many characters. There are at least 14 characters, if not more, to begin with and it becomes a little overwhelming. I can see why the author decided to start with so many (many of them probably end up getting killed, so there wont be many left), but it just makes the character development more difficult. I did notice that Harold is developing a little bit more, but not much. One thing I noticed is that he is really starting to make friends and liking it, which is something the old Harold didn't care for. A lot of the attention was focused on Harold in the first book, but we get to see a lot more of the other characters now, though not much development.There is Kli-Kli, who is a very interesting character. I knew from the last book that he was more than just a jester, and we definitely learn more in this book. He acts more serious at times, knows a lot about everything, and is keeping secrets from Harold. He knows more than he is telling everyone, and is not the fool everyone believes him to be. Which makes me wonder who he is exactly and what he is hiding. Very mysterious! He is also still up to his shenanigans, which are always fun! The author also spends quite a bit of time with Eel. We learn a great deal about who he is and where he is from. Don't want to spoil anything though! That's about it. There are many other characters including Loudmouth, Miralissa, Egrassa, Alistan, Uncle, Honeycomb, Lamplighter, Hallas, Arnkh, Deller, and Ell, who don't show any progression throughout the novel. I honestly don't know much more about them then their race. I can't begin to explain why so many characters is such a bad idea! Why can't all of his characters be like Kli-Kli!There was a huge reveal in this book, but because I didn't know the character very well I didn't really care that much. Also, as you may expect, there are several characters who will not make an appearance in the next book. I didn't really know them very well, so honestly I can say that I don't care that I wont be seeing them again. I feel like this is such a great story, but the lack in character development is definitely its downfall.So, that's enough ranting about the characters! Overall, I really enjoyed the book. There were many interesting battle scenes, and we get to learn more about the history of Hrad Spein and the Key, which makes this an important addition to the series. If you loved the first one, then you should read this one. Just do what I did and ignore most of the characters and just focus on Harold, Kli-Kli, Miralissa, and Eel, but really just Kli-Kli because he is awesome! The book was fantastically translated from Russian, so I have no complaints about the writing! Even though the story lagged in some parts, there were others that really kept me interested and by the end of the book I was excited to start the next one as they finally enter Hrad Spein!

  • Willinda
    2018-12-01 18:52

    Harold Stín je dobrák od kosti. Pravda, nemá zrovna nejpočestnější povolání, ale o záchranu světa už se pokoušeli i větší prosťáčci.Tanec ve stínech začíná přesně tam, kde „Tulák“ skončil. Děj obou knih tedy přímo navazuje. Nekoná se žádné rychlé zopakování děje prvního díla, žádné upřesňující detaily, které by pomohly čtenáři se v knize lépe zorientovat. Proto se může docela nešťastně stát, že se v knize trošičku zamotáte.Právě díky většímu odstupu mezi čtením prvního a druhého dílu Kronik Sialy může připadat začátek knihy velice pomalý a první polovina i tak trochu nudná. Zde to ale není vinou knihy, ale jen a jen naší, protože to my si nejsme schopni uchovat v paměti drobnější detaily příběhu. Jak ale příběh ubývá, objevují se nové možnosti a nová dobrodružství, se kterými se hrdinové musí vypořádat a která jsou čím dál více zapeklitější a zábavnější a i otrávenější čtenář se konečně dostává do svého živlu.Příběh knihy se v podstatě odvíjí jako první díl. Harold musí získat různé předměty, aby se mohl dostat k Duhovému rohu, což je jediná možnost, jak zničit Bezejmenného. Děj ale v této knize sleduje pouze tuto linii a žádnou jinou, jako tomu bylo u první knihy. Nenachází se tu žádné postranní vypravování, žádné vedlejší příhody, které by doplňovaly a rozvíjely děj. Jak Haroldovi, tak i autorovi totiž pomalu dochází čas na to, aby se zabývali ještě něčím jiným, než pouze tím hlavním a to je získání Duhového rohu. Pravdou ale je, že se tu taková vedlejší příhoda opravdu nachází. Jedna. Taková maličká. Je to ale jeho vzpomínka, ale i ta tu je, aby ještě více umocnila jeho příběh a otevřela nám jeho minulost a pomohla nám pochopit jeho chování a některé činy.Královská výprava pokračuje bez velkých změn v jejím obsazení. A možná právě to je menší mínus příběhu. Jen minimálně se zde totiž objeví nová postava, která by děj trochu osvěžila. A když už se objeví, je to postava, která není příliš důležitá pro celkový děj a po pár stránkách zase zmizí v propadlišti dějin. Staří známí jsou ale samozřejmě ti nejdůležitější. Jak bychom se bez nich mohli vůbec obejít? Bez Harolda to samozřejmě ani nejde, na to bychom nemohli ani pomyslet. Bez jeho poznámek by se snad ani země nepohnula. Nejoblíbenější postavou je ale pravděpodobně královský šašek Kli-Kli. Kdyby ten zmizel, pobrečel by si nejeden čtenář a i mrkve by vyhlásili národní smutek.Tanec ve stínech představuje odlehčení od ostatní literatury, která se na nás v poslední době hrne. A v ní se knihy s Haroldem Stínem v hlavní roli opravdu neztratí. Pechov píše velice poutavě. Jeho příběhy jsou dobrodružné a komediální, a někdy dokonce i srdcervoucí.Kroniky Sialy ocení především čtenáři, kteří jsou znuděni světem a potřebují si od všeho odpočinout. A jak to nejlépe udělat, než pomocí několika popsaných stránek vstoupit do jiného světa a nechat se ukonejšit a strhnout problémy někoho jiného.Především ale bude kniha v srdcích těch, kteří nepohrdnou prach obyčejnou fantasy knihou.

  • FantasyWereld
    2018-11-25 19:42

    Harold en zijn metgezellen zijn na hun confrontatie met dienaren van de Naamloze aan het einde van boek één weer op pad gegaan. Harold heeft namelijk de Opdracht van de koning aanvaard om in de krochten van de Hrad Spein, bijgenaamd het Bottenpaleis, af te dwalen om daar de regenbooghoorn vandaan te halen. Dit instrument is onmisbaar in de op handen zijnde strijd tegen de Orks van de Naamloze. De reis verloopt uiteraard niet over rozen en het gevaar loert in elk dorp dat ze tegenkomen. De aanhangers van de Naamloze zijn niet te herkennen aan hun uiterlijk, dus is iedereen verdacht. Zelfs de leden van het selecte groepje reizigers blijken niet allemaal te vertrouwen. Als de sleutel wordt gestolen waarmee de deur naar het onderste niveau van de Hrad Spein kan worden geopend, is het aan Harold om zijn naam eer aan te doen en de sleutel terug te stelen. Maar zelfs voor een Meesterdief is dat geen koud kunstje...SchrijfstijlNet als het eerste deel worden de gebeurtenissen verteld door de Meesterdief Harold vanuit een ik-perspectief. Dit perspectief is weer even wennen, maar gaat naar verloop van tijd wel natuurlijk aanvoelen. Harolds personage is sympathiek en je inleven is dan ook niet zo moeilijk. Hoewel zijn personage niet heel veel groei vertoont, blijkt hij zich steeds meer neer te leggen bij zijn lot en begint hij ook echt vriendschap en loyaliteit te voelen bij zijn medereizigers (waaronder een elite-eenheid van het leger van de koning met de naam Wildharten, en een groepje donkerelfen). Een van de personages die in dit deel wel echt begint te groeien is de kobold Kli-Kli, de hofnar van de koning. Zijn kinderlijke naïviteit, pesterijtjes en gekke capriolen worden in situaties van grote nood vervangen door vindingrijke oplossingen en daadkrachtige beslissingen. Waar je in het eerste deel al dacht dat er meer zat achter de façade die de nar ophield, komt dat nu echt tot uiting. Hierdoor vergeef je zijn, soms net iets te irritante, pesterige aanwezigheid en flauwe humor.Wil je de gehele recensie lezen? Klik hier:http://www.fantasywereld.nl/recensies...

  • Ranting Dragon
    2018-11-11 20:57

    http://www.rantingdragon.com/shadow-c...Like most readers of fantasy and sci-fi, I’m also a big sports fan. (What? Don’t look at the screen like that.) Either way, you’ve most likely heard the phrase “sophomore slump.” If not, well, think about it and you’ll get the meaning (Google works, too). This is a term I’m going to apply, loosely, to Shadow Chaser by Alexey Pehov. Shadow Chaser is the second in The Chronicles of Siala trilogy, translated from Russian to English (and quite well, I might add) by Andrew Bromfield. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good book; Shadow Chaser just didn’t meet my expectations.Caution: There may be an occasional spoiler for Shadow Prowler.Shadow Harold and his companions are back, minus one, and pick up almost immediately were they left off at the end of Shadow Prowler. Harold is still questioning his acceptance of the King’s commission and continuing his indifferent attitude toward the goblin prophecies; Kli-Kli (the jester goblin) still acts the fool—but clearly has more depth—while the rest of the group is soldiering along.Now in the city of Ranneng, the companions face a number of obstacles. Harold is bound through shamanistic magic to the Key that will open Hrad Spein, and it doesn’t take long for his enemies to steal it and hide it in the city. Harold and his group must rely on their wits, brawn, and more than a little luck to get it back and to avoid being killed in the process.Along the way, Harold begins to have nightmares that may hold the secrets to defeating a powerful enemy and possibly saving the world—if only he could understand the meanings. With the help of his new friends, Harold may save the world, or he may end up in the belly of a h’san’kor.Click here if you wish to read the entire review.

  • Keith
    2018-12-05 15:03

    This book was surprisingly interesting good for having a plot revolving around a journey. Usually, those types of storylines are really boring to me, but the author made it move along pretty quickly. This was a strong follow up to the first book of the series.

  • Mirjam
    2018-11-17 14:44

    I think I read Shadow Prowler, the first book in The Chronicles of Siala, about a year ago. Although I enjoyed it a lot, I have not re-read it since. So when I opened Shadow Chaser I found myself digging in my memory to recover the story and remember all the characters. Thankfully it did not require a lot of time! The Chronicles of Siala tell the story of a band of warriors from different lands in the Empire who join together to retrieve the magical horn that will save Siala from the Nameless One. Having several agents of the Nameless One on their tail trying to get their hands on the key that will open Hrad Spein means the journey is fraught with magical attacks and physical battle. All the action is quite entertaining and I was sufficiently caught up in the story that I was unable to put the book down. Pehov knows how to tell a story and he certainly manages to write excellent battle scenes. It's the characters themselves I find lacking in some ways. Sometimes it feels like I know characters from a book so well that they feel like friends. I do not get that feeling with the characters in Shadow Chaser. I like the character, but I do not feel any emotional connection to them. There also appears to be little character development. It's not something that puts me off the series, but I did notice. So why did I give the book 4 stars? I had a wonderful time reading Shadow Chaser, but I suppose 3,5 stars would be more accurate. I decided to give the extra 0,5 stars because Alexey Pehov is such a nice man! I met him last year at the annual Elf Fantasy Fair in the Netherlands and he was so thrilled to find a fan (me) waiting for him that I felt quite touched. So in memory of that meeting I am giving him 4 stars! The lack of character development aside, I really like this series and will definitely be buying the third book in the series Shadow Blizzard, which will be released on the 1st of April 2012.

  • Leo (Rahien Sorei)
    2018-11-16 17:48

    Another delightful romp through Siala with Shadow Harold and company. While I do have serious doubts as to whether they will ever actually get to the Palace of Bone, it was entertaining to see how many references to legendary Sci-Fi/Fantasy authors that Pehov could make. I mean the "shadows" are a clear nod to Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber. Some of his humor comes across as pretty low brow, but it's a fun ride, where you get learn more about the Wild Hearts and the crazed mythos that Pehov has crafted (which, to me, smacks of Chaucer's House of Fame).There are aspects of this book that I enjoy, but also bits that I object to. I enjoy Pehov's willingness to slowly kill off the likable Wild Hearts (it's no spoiler, if you didn't see it coming then you need your eyes checked) as well as Harold's irascible nature. He'll always be a thief, but at least he's becoming a companionable one. What I didn't take a shine to are Pehov's wishy-washy attempts at abstract imagery. A good example: Lamplighter's duel had every opportunity to be a portrait of skill and brutality, but instead, it was described abstractly, with overly much emphasis on the beauty of the display. I understand high fantasy's preoccupation with that aspect of writing, but I find that Pehov tends to lay it on a little thick. There's a time and place for everything, and a duel to the death is no time for us to be admiring how prettily their swords swing in the sunlight.The book is fun, fast paced and a wonderful tribute to the genre. However, it was not as novel as Shadow Prowler, and Pehov's style was not as refined - if anything, it almost felt as though he was trying too hard this time 'round. I enjoyed it regardless, and definitely recommend tackling this trilogy.Read it, you won't regret it.

  • Salmaneser
    2018-11-29 22:49

    When this series was translated in Dutch, it was announced as the Russian Tolkien, with a fascinating storyline and intrigueing characters. After finishing this second part, I'm still wondering why they've made this comparison.The best part of the series, is the description of the different species on Siala, and their mutual relations. Whereas most authors stick to the more classic, Tolkienesque image of the species, the portraying in this books is rather refreshing. The difference between the light- and darkelves for instance, has nothing to do with the classic division into 'good' and 'bad' elves. For this part, I could see the comparison with Tolkien, although it would have been nice to learn more about the history of Siala and its inhabitants. Instead of that, the books merely focus on the main storyline. Well, not really the main storyline, rather the only storyline. A group of people goes on a quest for an ancient relic to save a kingdom, and in addition the world, from an ancient enemy. Simple storyline with potential, but not what I would call fascinating. The only focus is on this group and its journey, there are little or no substories, where you can learn more about the world or other characters. When there actually is a substory, like the dreams of the main character about Hargan's Battle or Djok, they are more interesting than the main story.You would expect that, because of the above, you would know the main characters very well by now. Maybe apart from the main character Harold, the imp Kli-Kli, and the comic duo Deler and Hallas, that is not the case. The other members of the group are hardly elaborated, which is a pity. The developing of the characters could've been better and more in depth.

  • Ruth
    2018-11-21 14:56

    C2009: It took me a while to get hold of this second volume as my library had catalogued this book under Pekhov instead of Pehov. It took me a while to remember what had gone before and there was no summary or introduction to remind me. So, I had to go back to the first book to try and remind myself. Great pace, interesting characters and just a great plot. I think I preferred the first book but it could be because there had been quite a long period of time between the reads. The author has no fear in killing people off left right and centre but the humour prevents the book from just being “gritty”. Recommended to the normal crew. FWFTB: outcasts, obstacles, enemies, magic, horn. FCN: Shadow Harald (‘I didn’t chatter much and minded my own business, I wasn’t too worried about suddenly being stabbed in the back.’; Eel (‘He’s the silent type, sometimes he doesn’t open his mouth even once the whole day long.’); Arnkh (‘The bald head of the warrior from the Border Kingdom was truly a fearsome weapon.”, Ell (‘Swarthy skin, black lips, ash-gray hair with a fringe falling down over his yellow eyes, a pair of huge fangs, a black rose – the emblem of his house – embroidered on his shirt,’: Kli-Kli. “The minutes crept by and the drops of time dripped onto the red-hot coals of anticipation, but none of the gods even tried to make them fall faster, to turn the drops into rain and quench the heat of the fire.”

  • DulleNL
    2018-12-10 19:05

    3,5 sterretjesZit weer wat humor in, het leest lekker. Maar ik heb qua verhaal nauwelijks het gevoel vooruit te zijn gegaan tov het eerste deel. Ook is er nooit ook maar 1 poging gedaan om je 'up to speed' te brengen voor het geval je het eerste boek een flinke tijd geleden hebt gelezen. Gelijk 10.000 namen, geen enkele verwijzing naar wat dan ook.En om het nog verwarrender te maken wordt er soms iemand bij 3 namen genoemd binnen 3 regels. argh.Voor een te groot deel van het boek ben ik dit:En dan is het moeilijk om een fatsoenlijke binding te krijgen met personages en gebeurtenissen. Het beste hoofdstuk was niet geheel toevallig dan ook die waar er werd gefocust op maar 1 personage.Aangezien een deel van mijn klachten mijn eigen schuld is door een paar jaar te wachten met het lezen van dit 2e deel zal ik het naar boven afronden en 4 sterren geven. Misschien wat minder lang wachten met het 3e deel. :DWat trouwens ook niet hielp is dat er werd verwezen naar een Donkere Tijd. Nou ja zeg. Ik heb net een hele serie gelezen wat de Donkere Tijd heet. Was dit boek soms gecreëerd om me te verwarren?! ;)

  • Elysium
    2018-12-10 17:36

    The first book started little slow but I felt this has more action. There doesn’t actually happen all that much but there was still many battles. I should have re-read the last book because I had forgotten who was whoand what happened but it didn’t take long to remember everyone. Harold isn’t too happy to be the supposed hero and thinks his life was much more simple as a regular thief. But he’s also started to wonder if he has changed. He didn’t have any friends or family, which he thought was a liability, and now he has whole bunch of outcasts who he can call friends. Has this made him softer?Harold doesn’t have as much spotlight as in the last book but I didn’t feel like anyone had real spotlight over others.I couldn’t help but laugh at Kli-Kli the goblin jester . But it seems like there is much more to him than just being a fool. Can’t wait to find out what he really is about. But my favourites were the elves. I wish there was more about them in the next book! I love it that elves resemble orcs with fangs and all. I had some problems with one battle, mainly with the outcome at least but it’s better not to speak more about it here. I really liked this and you gotta love good fantasy book! Can’t wait to read the next book!

  • Ευθυμία Δεσποτάκη
    2018-12-02 18:58

    Χμ. Δεν ξέρω τι να πω γι’ αυτό. Δεν ξέρω καταρχήν αν μου άρεσε ή δε μου άρεσε. Δε λέω, πέρασα ευχάριστα, γιατί ώρες και φορές έχει ένα πολύ ωραίο χιούμορ. Αλλά είναι λίγο βαρετό. Ξεκινάει πάλι όπως και το πρώτο των Χρονικών της Σιάλα, με τον Χάρολντ σε μια πόλη (αυτή τη φορά είναι η πρώην πρωτεύουσα του Βαλιόστρ, το Ράννεγκ), κάνουμε μια μικρή περιήγηση για να βρει το γκόμπλιν της παρέας οδοντίατρο, πίνουμε στο τοπικό καπηλειό, καυγαδίζουμε σαν τους Γαλάτες, έτσι για το φίλινγκ και μετά πάμε να κλέψουμε. Κατόπιν της κλοπής, ξεκινάμε πάλι την περιήγηση εις τα εξοχάς, όπως και στο πρώτο βιβλίο. Το καλό είναι ότι έχει δράση, άσχετα που εγώ βαρέθηκα. Υποθέτω ότι η βαρεμάρα είναι αποτέλεσμα του ότι ο Πεχώφ προσπαθεί να γεμίσει μερικές σελίδες μέχρι να έρθει η ώρα να μας πει τι γίνεται στο Χραντ Σπέιν (στο οποίο με το πέρας του δεύτερου βιβλίου δεν έχουμε ακόμα φτάσει). Επίσης καλό (γουέλ, όχι για τους ίδιους) είναι ότιSpoiler το body count είναι σημαντικό: στο τέλος του πρώτου βιβλίου η συντροφιά έχει χάσει έναν άντρα, στο τέλος του δεύτερου έχουν απομείνει τρεις κι ο κούκος κι ένας ετοιμοθάνατος.

  • Susan
    2018-11-28 17:51

    As with the first book, Shadow Prowler, I was enchanted with this tale because it is not your typical epic fantasy. The Elves are brutal and none too pretty. The goblin is petite, ridiculous, and cunning. The humans, especially the talents band of Wild Hearts, are a mix of deadly and horribly vulnerable. Ogres, first born children of the world, seek domination and will not be easily turned back. Harald has been sucked into this affair and doubly bound to see it through. In this particular installment, a theft of a key object is required.While the first book basically had a single female character, Miralisa the elfin princess, the second book features a second female character (a naughty vixen who may be the death of part of the party). There are a handful of other very minor female characters…….but, yeah. Many, many males, 2 ladies. But the ladies absolutely kick ass – and that only makes me wish there were more of them.

  • Svitlana
    2018-11-24 20:51

    Brilliant!!! Read it already a couple of times, still enjoy!!! Main characters easily become your friends, so it gets quite hard to say goodbye to some of them =\ Anyway, there are three books in the trilogy, and they all are awesome, imho, so I strongly advise to read it to those, who love adventureous quest with a fine mix of magic, humour, noble loyalty, mean treason and a lot of nice riddles for mind =) Hooray for the author!ДУЖЕ класно =)Я взагалі страшний фанат квестових історій, де кучка хороших весь сюжет успішно, а деколи не дуже, протистоять всіляким бабайкам і прочая нечисті. А якщо добавити туди ще й коктейль з гумору, всяких загадок та моральних шарад, плюс головних героїв на будь-який смак -- я в захваті! скажу одразу -- Гаррет самий-самий, але я, як молоде романтично-настроєне созданіє, не могла не закохатися в мовчазного воїна по імені Угорь. Шкода, автор точно не пояснив, в чому саме він провинився, але то таке =) всім гарного читання, книга того вартує!

  • Jacqie
    2018-11-24 17:42

    I liked the first book in this series a lot. This one left me luke-warm. Looking back on my review for the first book, I think it's because what I liked about the first book (a thief doing thiefly things) is missing from this one so far (about 150 pages in). There's a large ensemble of characters, all of who blend into each other without distinct characteristics. Not a fan of the goblin comic relief, either.The first part of the book is largely about finding a dentist (seriously) and getting in a bar fight. Then things do pick up somewhat with shadowy villains and conspiracies. There may be some issues with translation here- I couldn't really follow what was going on or where anyone was.When I went to continue reading the book after putting it down, my feeling was "oh, well, here's this book again." Since there are over 300 more pages to go, I figured this lack of motivation was a sign and gave up.

  • William Bentrim
    2018-11-22 17:47

    Shadow Chaser by Alexey PehovShadow Prowler was the first book in the Chronicles of Siala. Pehov may be well known in his native Russia but I had never heard of him until I read that book. I think the quality of that book will insure that Pehov will be known far and wide as well as in Russia. Shadow Harold, a master thief, finds himself enmeshed with the establishment to save the world as they know it. This book carries on the story and gets the band of misfit compatriots further along in their journey. Shadow Harold, an enjoyable rogue continues as the main protagonist. However other characters such as Kli-Kli, the jester, become more important as the story progresses. Harold, a master thief of exceptional skill and a healthy interest in avoiding heroics, finds himself changing and to his horror perhaps even becoming heroic. Pehov provides suitable mystery and excellent action. I highly recommend the book and am looking forward to the sequel.

  • Jane
    2018-11-16 17:05

    My review for the first book in the Chronicles of Siala series can be found on my blog.Actual rating 3.5 stars.I like the Estonian title - Džanga varjudega (literal transaltion would be something along the lines of: djanga (a dance) with the shadows) more than the English one. It simply sounds better although neither makes all that much sense. If I could speak Russian, then maybe I would even prefer the original title because I believe that one makes most sense.I liked this book more than the first one in the series. Whereas the first one kind of dragged for me, this one had a bit faster pace and thinks kept happening all the time. ... /To keep reading, click here to read it on my book blog.

  • Octavia Cade
    2018-12-02 21:52

    I liked this much better than the first in the series. It's still nothing very original in fantasy terms, but it's competently done and the characters are more rounded this time, I think. Harold isn't any more outstanding to me than he was the last time, but the secondary characters - Eel and Kli-Kli especially - are much more interesting (and in the latter case, much less annoying) than they were before, and I'm beginning to feel invested in them.The book seems to read quicker than the last one, too. Possibly because of the different structure - #2 is very much an ongoing adventure, while #1 was routinely interrupted with what were essentially self-contained short stories. Overall, an improvement on the first. Hopefully #3 is even better.

  • Nathan
    2018-12-07 22:38

    Harold and his team of wisecracking hardasses and mystical elves head further towards their goal. They encounter numerous delays and dangerous foes. Of course.This one was not as good as the first. The first half of the book is drawn out unnecessarily and the second half is a bit truncated. Characters are introduced and then thrown away in grand Martin style, but before you get a chance to really know them or why you should care about them. But the action sequences seem real enough, the interplay between (some) of the characters is good, and by the end they are moving the plot along. So solid, if not spectacular.Rated M for some bloody violence, a scary scene and moderate coarse language.

  • Joseph
    2018-11-15 18:02

    Most definitely a middle book. Our heroes spend some time in a city, get kidnapped, escape, steal things, then head out into the wilderness and have more adventures that bring them closer to the giant dungeon that's their ultimate goal, but which will not come onstage until the third book.Still, I was entertained -- Shadow Harold has a very conversational style to his narration and the various incidents and adventures were well-drawn. And since it was translated from Russian, I choose to hear the narration in the voice of Rade Sherbedgia (which is, I know, not technically accurate since Rade Sherbedgia is from Croatia, I believe).

  • Jan Derksen
    2018-11-30 14:48

    Nadat Harold en zijn metgezellen in De vloek van de schaduw een van hen verloren, zetten zij ondanks hun bedrukte stemming toch hun tocht door naar het gevreesde ondergrondse paleis van Hrad Spein. Hoewel ze weten dat talloze legers van krijgers en tovenaars al hebben gefaald, zijn ze vastbesloten om hun queeste te vervullen en de magische hoorn te vinden die de Naamloze zal kunnen verslaan. Maar voordat ze de catacomben kunnen bereiken, zullen ze al hun kennis en listen moeten gebruiken om de vijand te ontlopen en de vele obstakels te overwinnen die ze gaandeweg tegenkomen. (source: dizzie.nl)