The Shadow Master

The Shadow Master

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By (author) Craig Cormick

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  • Publisher: Angry Robot
  • Format: Paperback | 342 pages
  • Dimensions: 107mm x 173mm x 23mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 24 June 2014
  • ISBN 10: 0857665154
  • ISBN 13: 9780857665157
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 359,124

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In a land riven with plague, inside the infamous Walled City, two families vie for control: the Medicis with their genius inventor Leonardo; the Lorraines with Galileo, the most brilliant alchemist of his generation. And when two star-crossed lovers, one from either house, threaten the status quo, a third, shadowy power - one that forever seems a step ahead of all of the familial warring - plots and schemes, and bides its time, ready for the moment to attack... Assassination; ancient, impossible machines; torture and infamy - just another typical day in paradise.

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CRAIG CORMICK is an award-winning author and science communicator. He has published over a dozen books - short story collections, novels and non-fiction - with both independent and mainstream publishers. He includes amongst his greatest writing junkets being a writer in residence at the University of Science in Malaysia, and receiving an Antarctic Arts Fellowship to travel to Antarctica - where, against expectations, he did not uncover any secret Nazi bases.

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"The Shadow Master is one of the best written books that I have come across in a long time when you look at the narration and writing style that Craig Cormick uses it is just impossible to let this book down for just a few minutes. The whole idea behind the story of The Shadow Master again is something that I haven't encountered in a long while, yes I read fairy tale adaptations but a retelling of Romeo and Juliet wasn't something that I had dared to imagine. And lets above all not forget the ever presence of two of histories most adapt inventors: Da Vinci and Galileo. Pretty cool and Craig Cormick really knows how to build the right setting for the occasion. I have high hopes for the sequel." - The Book Plank "What I did not expect when I first read the synopsis for this novel was Cormick's dark sense of humor. This is a story filled with assassins, murders, kidnappings, and both graphic and unsettling visuals. But even in some of the darkest parts of the book I found myself laughing out loud. I guess if I would have to make up a genre for The Shadow Master it would be called acid grimdark." - Avid Fantasy Reviews "I recommend you to read The Shadow Master, a story that takes an adventure where love is the key for everything; happiness, justice, revenge, and always does what is better for the everyone. Read of a land lost to diseases and a battle for power where there is more than just two adversaries but much more hidden in the shadows." - Open Book Society