The Shadow Master

The Shadow Master

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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. "File Under" Fantasy[ Wherefore Art Thou - Fathers of Invention - Unexpected Journeys - Secrets & Lies ]"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 342 pages
  • 106.68 x 172.72 x 22.86mm | 181.44g
  • Angry Robot
  • United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0857665154
  • 9780857665157
  • 565,361

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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 Societyshow more

About Craig Cormick

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. "show more

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103 ratings
3.15 out of 5 stars
5 17% (17)
4 17% (17)
3 39% (40)
2 22% (23)
1 6% (6)
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