Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bookworming: Shadowmarch

Shadowmarch, Tad Williams, **
I want to like this book, I really do. Williams writes well and his worlds are well imagined, but this first-in-a-series book simply fails to be a self-contained story. Of the three main plot threads, only one reaches any kind of conclusion, and that conclusion is rushed at the very end of a very long book. Even a sudden plot explaining monologue from a previously-off-stage antagonist admits that the motivation for the triggering event of the plot thread is not clear. The other two threads have no attempt at closure. One even ends exactly in the same state it began. There may have been a time in my life where I would tolerate multi-thousand page journeys without any sense of progress or motivation, but those days are long gone.

Well written, but plodding of pace and unsatisfying of ending, I think it best to present Shadowmarch with a recommendation to read Williams's The Dragonbone Chair instead.

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