Wednesday, 24 March 2010

ARC Review: Shadow Prowler - Alexey Pehov

Shadow Prowler
The Chronicles of Siala, book 1

Genre: Fantasy
Published: UK April 2010 Simon &Schuster
Pages: 400

Check out a sample here of the first 3 chapters

After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring.

An army is gathering; thousands of giants, ogres, and other creatures are joining forces from all across the Desolate Lands, united, for the first time in history, under one black banner. By the spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom.

Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them.

Epic fantasy at its best, Shadow Prowler is the first in a trilogy that follows Shadow Harold on his quest for a magic Horn that will restore peace to the Kingdom of Siala. Harold will be accompanied on his quest by an Elfin princess, Miralissa, her elfin escort, and ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world…and by the king’s court jester (who may be more than he seems…or less).

I love fantasy, I have said it before and I will say it again. it is my true love. So when I read on twitter about Simon and Schuster looking for reviewers for this book I jumped at the chance. And I was not disappointed.

This book and series is very popular in Russia and has now been translated into English. For that I am grateful. This is great epic fantasy and just what I like to read.

It is the story about Shadow Harold, a thief in Avedoom, the capital of a Northern kingdom. He lives his lief like he always have when things suddenly change. he has two choices, get the horn or rut in jail. The choice is not as easy as it seems. The horn is hidden far away in caves filled with dangers and magics from different races that have buried their dead there. With him he has an elite band of warriors, a Princess, and a jester.
This world has all sorts of races, the elves (dark and light)  who are not as fair looking as you would imagine. Orcs that wants the world for their own as they are the first race of Siala. Ogres, gnomes, goblins, dwarves and of course men. In the far north there is the danger of the Nameless one, but there are more dangers than just him stirring. This world is heading for a war, and this time the orcs might just win.

I liked Harold, but then I do have a soft spot for thieves and assassins. He is an unwilling hero, and they are the best. But my fav is by far the jester Kli-Kli, a goblin who is more than he seems. And I can't wit to see what he really is about, until then I will laugh in amusement. Miralissa, the princess most be some sort of love interest, cos Harold is interested, fangs and all. But I just have to wait and see. The wild hearts are a great bunch too, the constant bickering between the dwarf and the gnome being what i enjoy the most.

Negative part, I love maps, and there was no map. I like to see where everything is located, and where they are going. It gives me a sense of direction that is useful in fantasy. But I am well aware that many forget about those maps.

This had everything I need, a quest, danger of war, and war that is surely coming, a bunch of characters that are both amusing and likable. There was danger, there was darkness, and there was history. Which I of course always want.

Now, oh sighs, why didn't I take that course in Russian in high school instead of German. If I would have I could have read the next book in Russian. Now I just have to wait to get hold of book 2 whenever that one comes out. Because this was a good start to a fantasy trilogy, and it made me want more.

Blodeuedd's cover corner: What can I say, it looks like fantasy so I like it
Reason for Reading: Review copy from the publisher
Final thoughts: I do want to read more Pehov, and especially the next book in the series.

Ok tried to create a rating system, will show you all later. This book would then get a 4 (an amazing read)


  1. AWESOME! I've had my eye on this book, after hearing about it. I love that fantasy is being translated more now :-) So exciting!

  2. Liked your post. Someday I hope to write a book where the royalties will pay for the copies I give away.

  3. I'm glad you found yourself a new trilogy that you're loving! It's always a bummer having to wait for the next one though.

  4. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it. I like the sound of this,especially as it is a Russian translation.

  5. sounds like a fantastic start to a great series for sure!! I like maps in my fantasy books too...maybe the next one will include that for you!

  6. Aarti,
    Truly exciting :D I love that too. Just think about how much great fantasy there can be out there, fantasy we can't read.

    Thank you Natima!
    That is a great dream

    Oh yes the downside of reading a series, but I can't do anything else than keep on waiting.

    It was such a good translation too, and truth be told, have I ever even read a Russian author?

    Perhaps it was only not in the ARC? Dunno, if not then yes they should get one for the later book. Then again perhaps he didn't have one in his books

  7. Sounds like a great book. I do love a good fantasy, but I think I may have to wait until they're all translated. I'm not very patient at times, especially if I love a story and the end just leaves me hanging.

  8. You will not suck me into reading fantasy! ;)

  9. G R E A T review! I want to read this! I read a review of Shadow Prowler over at The Nightstand a short while back and have been pining for this book ever since :) Sounds good! I'm glad you liked it.

  10. Carol
    That could be one option, I am so bad at waiting myself, still I torment myself lol

    Resistance is futile. Come over to the dark side, we have cookies.

    Have to go read that review and see what it said.
    I am very happy I liked it too, it is hard with fantasy since I like this sort, and there are so many kinds

  11. This sounds great! Thanks for adding yet another awesome book to my TBR pile! LOL! I love the cover, too, by the way! :)

  12. Krista
    I never say no to fantasy covers, and it looks even better when you can look at it close

  13. You make me think I need to read more fantasy!

    Diary of an Eccentric

  14. This sounds exciting! Guess I will have to start following S&S on twitter.

  15. When I heard this was being released in english - I have my google alert set for it...

    I didn't read your review - I don't want to spoil it for me...

    Good of you to feature this book..


  16. Anna
    Everyone needs to read more fantasy ;)

    It was a lucky strike, I like read twitter once a day and only two pages. I miss everything

    Oh really, cool!
    Yes better not spoil anything for you.

  17. your love for fantasy adventure is shining through your excellent review. I like maps too becuase it helps me to visualize and put me in the story. Especially fantasy novels.

  18. Jenny
    Yes maps are so important with fantasy, and I do love to visiualize



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