- Publisher: Orbit
- Format: Paperback | 736 pages
- Dimensions: 108mm x 172mm x 52mm | 358g
- Publication date: 4 December 2008
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1841497428
- ISBN 13: 9781841497426
- Illustrations note: map
- Sales rank: 35,299
A new queen has usurped the throne and is leading Cenaria into disaster. The country has become a broken realm with a threadbare army, little food, and no hope. Kylar Stern plans to reinstate his closest friend Logan as King, but can he really get away with murder? In the north, the Godking's death has thrown Khalidor into civil war. To gain the upper hand, one faction attempts to raise the goddess Khali herself. But they are playing with volatile powers, and trigger conflict on a vast scale. Seven armies will converge to save - or destroy - an entire continent. Kylar has finally learnt the bitter cost of immortality, and is faced with a task only he can complete. To save his friends, and perhaps his enemies, he must assassinate a goddess. Failure will doom the south. Success will cost him everything he's ever loved.
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Brent Weeks studied at Hillsdale College, before brief stints walking the earth like Caine from Kung-Fu, also tending bar, and corrupting the youth. (Not at the same time.) He started writing on napkins and, eventually, someone paid him for it. Brent doesn't own cats or wear a ponytail.
By Cherry 05 Aug 2010
I liked the story telling-quality of Brent Weeks. I would give the story-telling quality per sey a score of 5 out of 5. And I would have given this book 4 out of 5 if not for the ending. It is just too, too drawn out. Too dramatic to the point of embarassing to read!!
Another reason this book got lower than 4, is that there are loose ends in the story. Like for example, who is going to lead the people of Khalidor? Since their one stalwart leader has gone mad? And given that they have the culture of corruption and utter domination, I have a hard time envisioning them not deteriorating back to their old ways without a strong leader. From that perspective, it was not a happy ending.
And I really, really did not like it that somebody who has strived to do what was right against all odds for so long only ended up being mad. I mean, the reason I read fiction is to get away from reality, and here, Weeks lets reality intrude. *sigh*
I liked the idea of a VIR. I think that was original of Brent Weeks!
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5
My review online: http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2009/06/beyond-shadow.html