|Submitted by Christopher Ware|
(May 15, 2001)
(Shadow War, Book 3) This is the concluding volume of the SHADOW WAR trilogy (book one was SHADOW MOON and book two was SHADOW DAWN), the sequel to the movie WILLOW. The series as a whole really impressed me. Chris Claremont's writing style, although weak in a couple places, fits perfectly in the fantasy genre. His characters are vivid, their interactions realistic, and I'm constantly asking myself if his beautiful prose rolls off his brain and onto the page or whether he needs to actively think about his word selection. This series is definitely darker than the movie, but it was still very enjoyable. If you haven't seen the film, you can still enjoy these books, but you won't get the full effect. Claremont continues his brilliant writing in this book. It's fun just to read his prose because it evokes such vivid images and feelings. As in the previous books, there are a couple of instances where his descriptions are vague and confusing (I read one scene three times and still was unable to figure out exactly what he was trying to convey). He also seemed to rush the climax just a bit, but it was still a compelling ending to the book and the series. I especially liked the final chapter...it kind of left things open for us to revisit this world and these characters at a later date. I would love to see how things are going in another ten years (in their time, not ours!). Speaking of the characters, we get to see them develop even further in this book. Elora completes her "ascension" on her own terms and it is nothing like what it was expected to be in the first book. Thorn and the brownies continue to struggle in the face of adversary and we get a glimpse into Khory's past life. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this series. I was a fan of the movie and, even though these books had a lot darker tone, they were a wonderful continuation of the story.