Tracing the Shadow

Tracing the Shadow Sarah Ash s acclaimed trilogy the Tears of Artamon was a stunning blend of sorcery and intrigue politics and breathtaking imagery Now this gifted storyteller returns with a tale of a siege between

  • Title: Tracing the Shadow
  • Author: Sarah Ash
  • ISBN: 9780553805192
  • Page: 236
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Sarah Ash s acclaimed trilogy, the Tears of Artamon, was a stunning blend of sorcery and intrigue, politics and breathtaking imagery Now this gifted storyteller returns with a tale of a siege between kingdoms, and a battle between heretics and believers each with their own truths, their own lies, and their own soul shattering discoveries waiting to be made.Book One of theSarah Ash s acclaimed trilogy, the Tears of Artamon, was a stunning blend of sorcery and intrigue, politics and breathtaking imagery Now this gifted storyteller returns with a tale of a siege between kingdoms, and a battle between heretics and believers each with their own truths, their own lies, and their own soul shattering discoveries waiting to be made.Book One of the Alchymist s LegacyThe kingdom of Francia has purged its magi But when a young Guerrier rescues an orphaned street waif, little does he know that she is the daughter of a magus who met his end on their pyres or that she is guarded by an aethyric spirit and driven by the name of the traitor who condemned her father to flames With the gift of song infused within her, the child s voice will bring her before the most powerful heads of state And she will craft herself into a weapon aimed at the heart of the man she despises From the alchymist s apprentice whose discovery leads him into a dark partnership to a girl who will become the toast of three nations, a new magic will grant powers and ignite dangers beyond all reckoning.A timeless tale of adventure, battle, and beauty, this dazzling story spans the realms of the human and the immortal, the schemes of the power hungry, the dreams of lovers, and the resurrection of the fallen in one magnificent epic fantasy.From the Hardcover edition.

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    1. Another failed-to-engage book. It has all the hallmarks of a typical fantasy plot, and I wanted to like it, but I wasn't sucked in after a handful of chapters. Life's too short to plod through books you don't really want to read.

    2. I expect much better world-building in adult fantasy. I repeatedly checked to see if this wasn't YA. It's not often you can say a book would've been better with an additional 200-300 pages. I thought it would intrigue me enough to hate-read the next book but the end was sod that I don't care to. Would not recommend.

    3. A Fantasy writer that I definitely recommend. Tracing the Shadow, Sarah Ash's first book in the Alchymist's Legacy, is a fast-paced adventure with magic, romantic love (both unrequited and fulfilled), religious & political intrigue, and friendships that transcend familial ties. There are a number of main characters who stem from the world of Francia. My favorite among them is Jagu de Rustephan, a young musician turned warrior monk who is in love with the beautiful and talented soprano Celest [...]

    4. I had already read Sarah Ash's Tears of Artamon trilogy, so the second I saw this book i said to myself "mine!" and went home with it the same day expecting a wonderful start to a brand new series by an excellent author.But I was wrong. This is not the wonderful start to a brand new series by an excellent author, but rather the wonderful start to the PREQUEL story line of the Tears of Artamon trilogy by an excellent author.In the Tears of Artamon we are introduced to the Drakhoul 'daemons', a ma [...]

    5. I was thinking three stars---until I hit the last chapters. I am a sucker for doomed romances, evidently. This novel involves music, magic, inquisitions, political conflicts, and cults. There are numerous plots intertwined; a young girl, a goddess, a young man that gets involved with a magus, musical/ opera conflicts, royalty, assassinations. Oh, also several romances. I found the link between a person and a powerful hawk from another realm intriguing. I don't tend to like plots where folks can [...]

    6. This is a pre-companion book to Ash's first trilogy "Tears of Artamon", where the second book in the duology will be a true companion novel (just different characters), and this first book setting that second one up. As is often true for Ash, her books take some time to get into, and the writing isn't necessarily fabulous but the stories are pretty good. This book follows the same vein. It is the first of the duology, so it isn't surprising that there are still a handful of un-answered questions [...]

    7. I like sword and sorcery and have no issues with complex world building, but this was too hard to follow. The names of the two main male characters were so similar that every time she switched between them I had to stop and think, "Which one is he, again?" Gave up at page 186 -- It wasn't interesting enough to grab me. The characters were hard to differentiate. The lack of a clear protagonist is realistic - there are two sides to every story - but makes for unsatisfying reading; I found myself n [...]

    8. This book. This book!This is one of the most frustrating books I've read in a long time. Don't get men wrong. The story is incredibly interesting and the characters are complex. However, it just around SO MUCH and the handling of time is terrible. The switching between character points of view so often made my head spin and at times I wanted to throw the book at a wall. Also, the romantic relationships in the book . . . Heartache for the reader is one thing but you don't even get to enjoy the re [...]

    9. I was reading Tracing the Shadow, going along just fine until page 200 or so. All of the sudden the main character turned from a whiny apprentice coward, to a magically powerful evil person. I couldn't stand to read pages and pages and pages about a little girl, and in the end that is why I stopped reading. This would have been better if there was more time spent on making consistent believable characters and less time switching viewpoints to cover events that barely even matter. Just tell us wh [...]

    10. This is a solid fantasy novel. The author tries to create various countries and cultures to base the story around and in doing so never full develops any of them. She does a good job developing the main characters but there are so many secondary characters that at times I was confused as to which character was a part of which country. If the author has just spent more time at the beginning explaining the politics between the different countries, then the story would have flowed better.

    11. I just finished reading TTS. This book is set in the same world as the Tears of Artamon. One of the things I love about Sarah Ash is that she really explains the characters of her novels and thus explains the choices that they make. None of her characters are ever one dimensional, they all have depth and even as they make mistakes and suffer from various personal flaws there is a rational behind it all. And behind it all are the themes of religious freedom, politics and greed.

    12. You definitely need to read the Tears of Artamon before picking up this book, but once you do it's a great addition to the series. It feels like Wicked does to The Wizard of Oz - you get to see another side of all of the events, learn more about a few of the characters, and meet some new ones. The book follows some very likable characters through some harrowing experiences, and it's fun to read about.

    13. It took so long for me to finish this book -- not because it was difficult, but because so many characters were given equal time and weight at the beginning, and it wasn't until I was halfway through that it seemed to have a path. The author's writing seemed to become better and more fluent towards the end, which is a shame. I don't know that I'd purchase the sequel.

    14. A real page-turner, especially if you're already a fan of the 'Tears of Artamon' series. Lovingly written in a world that takes on a life of it's own. I always enjoy delving into a book by Sarah Ash, I know it will never disappoint. It was great to see the background to some of the slightly minor characters in her original trilogy.

    15. Au final tout est trop survolé et l'histoire ne m'a pas intéressée. Je n'ai pas adhéré à la manière dont était racontée l'histoire, moi qui aime avoir plus de détails ici il en manque pas mal. Le résumé était alléchant mais l'histoire s'est révélée décevante.Ma chronique complète : bloggalleane/2010/

    16. I enjoyed reading the book and I'll keep an eye out for the next book in the series, but if I should happen to forget to pick it up any time soon I will not be too disappointed.My recommendation would be to borrow the book.

    17. I really enjoyed this book. Once I got into it, I could barely put it down. I hope that the next book expands on the main characters, as it did feel sometimes that in order to introduce them all, they were left a bit thin. But the story has me hooked.

    18. Took awhile to get into, but once I did I couldn't put it down. Celestine/Klervie is such a great character, and I love the fact that the "villians" and "heroes" are rather ambiguous, rather than black and white. Looking forward to the next one.

    19. I enjoyed this prequel to Tears and I loved getting to know Jagu and Celestine and their stories. I can't wait to continue with the next book. I also like how Sarah keeps you on your toes with her writing style, she gets better and better as she continues to write.

    20. Pretty good. But I've definitely OD'ed on fantasy for the time being, so I'm not sure I'm objective. I'll likely pick up her earlier books a little later this year.Fans of Guy Gavriel Kay would like this, I think.

    21. This book skipped around so much that I can't possibly give it a glowing review, but I think I will be getting the second in the series, just to see what happened. The plot was pretty original, though there was a lot of influence on the French Inquisition and medieval times.

    22. There's a lot of characters to keep straight, and I still get confused with all of the places, but I'm fascinated by the story lines of the three main characters.

    23. I thought this was going to be another mediocre cliche-ridden fantasy novel, but it turned out to be fairly interesting, though not brilliant.

    24. Book 1 of the Alchemist's Legacy . Pretty good, but I wish I had read this first and/or sooner after the second one.

    25. took a while to really get into the book because it switched back and forth so much in the beginningenjoyed the second half once i could recognize characters and knew more of what was going on

    26. There were some characters that I just didn't care about and I almost quite reading three different times. I finally finished by just reading the one character's point of view that I did like.

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