George V. Reilly

Review: Shadowfall

Title: Shadowfall
Author: James Clemens
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Publisher: Roc
Copyright: 2005
Pages: 507
Keywords: fantasy
Reading period: 4–8 August, 2009

For four thousand years, the gods have dwelt in human form amongst the people of Myrillia, rooted to the very land. When the goddess Meeryn is found murdered and the disgraced Shad­owknight Tylar de Noche is found at her side, mirac­u­lous­ly healed of his maiming, he is accused of being the godslayer. He escapes and uncovers a dark conspiracy of corruption and evil.

As an exercise in world building, this book succeeds. For example, the gods’ humors—blood, seed, menses, sweat, tears, saliva, phlegm, and yellow bile and black bile (“piss and shite”)—are collected by their acolytes, since they contain the much-treasured Grace, the blessings of the gods. The writing, however, is clumsy and the plot, pedestrian.

Mildly enjoyable.

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