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Shadow Magic (The Lyra Novels) (1982 original; edició 2011)

de Patricia C. Wrede (Autor)

Sèrie: Lyra (1), Lyra- Chronological (3)

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A princess fights a faceless enemy in a forest filled with magic in this tale of "high-style fantasy and adventure" from the author of Dealing with Dragons (The New York Times).   Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom's noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her twentieth birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.   When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom.… (més)
Membre:Ely.sium
Títol:Shadow Magic (The Lyra Novels)
Autors:Patricia C. Wrede (Autor)
Informació:Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (2011), 268 pages
Col·leccions:Read
Valoració:****
Etiquetes:classic-fantasy, high-and-epic-fantasy

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Shadow Magic de Patricia C. Wrede (1982)

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    Shadows over Lyra de Patricia C. Wrede (sandstone78)
    sandstone78: Shadows over Lyra contains a revised, tightened-up version of Shadow Magic. I believe the same revision is available alone in the ebook edition.
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Always a good Wrede. Alas, probably not even the hundredth time that pun's shown up. ( )
  wetdryvac | Mar 2, 2021 |
A fantasy with an historical flavour ~ well-worth reading for adults who enjoy the fantasies written 30 or more years ago. This novel was Patricia Wrede's first fantasy (if not her debut novel). The plot was a little thin on details in places ~ not explained, spoiler tag doesn't seem to be hiding the comment.

This novel didn't feel dated although the character development was a little too superficial and the action galloped in places where some evocative description would have painted a more interesting scenario. Slavish adherence to the usual tropes was avoided. The main character, Alethia, was a little wishy-washy at the end, but the YA reader will enjoy her trials. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Oct 14, 2020 |
I love me some Patricia Wrede, but this was manifestly not a good book. I only kept at it because (a) as stated, I love me some Patricia Wrede, and (b) there are 4 others in the series, so I kept thinking it must improve otherwise why would the series have continued?

It reminded me of the novels I wrote when I was 15--competent but derivative, with uneven pacing, a plethora of fancily-named people, sparse character development, etc., etc. She has the rudiments of creating a novel, but has clearly not blossomed into the worthy storyteller of her later years.

If I were to do it again, I'd start by reading a later, apparently better, book in the series. Here are my issues with the first book:

1. No characterization. There are a lot of people with a lot of names, impossible to distinguish because everyone sounds the same and behaves the same.

2. Everything important happens by accident, with no sense of Fate guiding the actions.

3. Uneven pacing.

4. No character development (this is a given, since there's a lack of characterization from the get-go).

5. The plot is one-of-those "The Lord of the Rings is popular, let's write something very much like it" books so common in the 70s/80s before people realised how broad fantasy can be (middle-school writers excluded, who always knew this!)

6. Thus, with a dull, trite, meandering, derivative plot, and uninteresting indistinguishable actors, it's not a good read. (It gets 2 stars because it's not gut-wrenchingly awful, just dull).

Apparently I've read a new-and-improved version because her original novel suffered from not having been workshopped. I feel for the author--it must be hard to silk-purse this sows' ear after the fact, with her current skills, when it's never going to hit the heights of her later work. I wouldn't have bothered.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
I've enjoyed other book series by the author (Enchanted Forest and Dealing with Dragons), and so I was curious about the first book she wrote. I don't think it's aged at all well although I'd probably have liked reading it when it was originally published in 1982 (I was obviously a lot younger then...). But now? The plot feels linear and basic. The characters come across as tropes with very little nuance. Main character Alethia is pretty much a Mary Sue, who happens to do all the right things via a combination of impulses and coincidences rather than active decision-making. Otherwise, I found it hard to remember which character was which. Large chunks of the writing were the characters telling each other about the plot or worldbuilding. Overall, I found this an effortful read. I'm very glad this wasn't the first of Wrede's books I tried, or else it might have put me off reading the others.
  MHThaung | Aug 7, 2020 |
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A princess fights a faceless enemy in a forest filled with magic in this tale of "high-style fantasy and adventure" from the author of Dealing with Dragons (The New York Times).   Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom's noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her twentieth birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.   When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom.

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