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Shadowborn [PDF / EPUB] Shadowborn From the author of Lightborn, the third book in a Regency flavored fantasy series of magic and manners Magic dies with the mage, or so the Darkborn believe That s why Lady Telmaine Hearne has been con From the author of Lightborn, the third book in a Regency flavored fantasy series of magic and manners Magic dies with the mage, or so the Darkborn believe That s why Lady Telmaine Hearne has been condemned to death for sorcery She s escaped but is now bound with her mageborn allies for the Borders and war Meanwhile, her husband, Balthasar, has learned of his family connection to the Shadowborn and is fighting for survival and sanity as magic turns him against everything he holds dear.


10 thoughts on “Shadowborn

  1. says:

    After two books of setting up factions and mysteries, Shadowborn had a lot of loose ends to tie off Unfortunately, I found its knot work less than satisfying view spoiler The good guys spend rather a lot of time puzzling over the bad guys capricious timing and oddly varied level of attacks, concluding there must be some reason for this we don t understand So Iexpected there to be a reason for it that we didn t understand yet And there is, somewhat, if you squint and fanwank a li After two books of setting up factions and mysteries, Shadowborn had a lot of loose ends to tie off Unfortunately, I found its knot work less than satisfying view spoiler The good guys spend rather a lot of time puzzling over the bad guys capricious timing and oddly varied level of attacks, concluding there must be some reason for this we don t understand So Iexpected there to be a reason for it that we didn t understand yet And there is, somewhat, if you squint and fanwank a little, but a lot of it fundamentally comes down to, well, they re insane This is not interesting character motivation.Maybe the books are intended as some kind of meta commentary on the fantasy genre and its obsession with Evil Overlords an obsession that I think ended a decade orago But I don t think even that works Now, if the Shadowborn had sparked the powderkeg between the Lightborn and Darkborn as some sort of accidental side effect of their own internal conflicts, and ultimately didn t care about the Lightborn or Darkborn at all that would have been interesting, both as plotting and as commentary hide spoiler It s particularly frustrating because there s so many opposing goals within the Lightborn and the Darkborn, so many alliances being made and broken, that I don t really understand why the books needed the Shadowborn at all There were plenty of other opportunities for conflict human conflict, understandable conflict that could have driven the plot.But I was always reading these books for the characters, not for the plot And in that respectin that respect, this book exceeded my expectations and made me squee I read lots of books with love triangles It s hard to find YA fantasy without them these days I know how they go eventually, the girl picks one of them if one of the guys doesn t die off first And so when I came out of the first book loving Balthasar Telmaine Ishmael as an OT3, it was with the belief that this was about as likely to show up on screen as Kirk Spock I braced myself for the inevitable end view spoiler And then And then And what about when we find Ishmael she flung back at him What if he still loves me I will take you on any terms, Balthasar said, softly And then they go off searching together And they reunite with Ishmael And the book fades to black And this is me, going YES YES YES Ahem Oh, yes, and then there s Floria How many books do I read in which my fannish OT3 becomes in canon not a pairing but an OT4 Not many Not many at all hide spoiler So, in summary not a perfect book by any means, but I am willing to forgive a lot in something that hits my personal narrative kinks so well


  2. says:

    I liked the domestic fantasy of the first two volumes occurring in the interstices of epic fantasy, so it was really disappointing to me when this volume became all epic, all the time I also had a hard time following some of the Shadowborn machinations, until they broke down into something ironically too simplistic Tip Because s he s crazy is not actually a good motivation for villains.It s good the villains were mostly off screen, given how poorly thought out they were, but it s not good I liked the domestic fantasy of the first two volumes occurring in the interstices of epic fantasy, so it was really disappointing to me when this volume became all epic, all the time I also had a hard time following some of the Shadowborn machinations, until they broke down into something ironically too simplistic Tip Because s he s crazy is not actually a good motivation for villains.It s good the villains were mostly off screen, given how poorly thought out they were, but it s not good that several key character interactions also seemed to take place off screen Also, Sinclair s penchant for having characters fall in love at first sight continues to bewilder me


  3. says:

    Conclusion of divided species trilogy This worked very well for me in some ways, and fell down significantly in others Biggest fall the storyline overlaps the previous book in the series But I read _Lightborn_ a year ago and I just don t have the details to hand The viewpoint characters here are explicitly far away from the previous batch, so they don t know what s going on, and this is part of the story Nonetheless, the plot threads do pass occasionally, like trains in the night Liter Conclusion of divided species trilogy This worked very well for me in some ways, and fell down significantly in others Biggest fall the storyline overlaps the previous book in the series But I read _Lightborn_ a year ago and I just don t have the details to hand The viewpoint characters here are explicitly far away from the previous batch, so they don t know what s going on, and this is part of the story Nonetheless, the plot threads do pass occasionally, like trains in the night Literally, at one point When this happens I wind up noticing only belatedly and only what the narrative nudges me with, so all the fun of the intertwined plotting is lost The titanic battle of magic at the end wound up kind of confusing, simply because all these threads came together and half of them were blurry I know what happened it wasn t unclearly written I just wasn t in the moment.This is the sort of storytelling where everyone goes through hell, and the sort of trilogy where the hell ramps up to a carefully orchestrated sequence of catastrophes I like that in a trilogy Plenty of variety military assault, then kidnapping, then assassination take politics for granted as a running theme and all very personal, both for the protagonists and antagonists Many, many awesome people in these books Then we finally get to meet the Shadowborn, and of course they and their problems are just as complex as the ones we ve gotten familiar with.Another good point this series really gets across that your average semi immortal semi omnipotent sorcerer is not a healthy member of society Last time I was theorizing the Lightborn nobility are nuts because they get assassinated three times a week and sometimes twice before breakfast Here it s clear that the higher level mages are just plain nuts, as a group We re not talking genteel robed chuckleheads and Voldemort style evil By and large, they regard other people as toys malleable toys and hundreds of years is plenty of time to get into a rut.This was my other problem with the book The rationale for the setting was always Mad Archmage Imogene cursed the entire population of the continent, which is an awesome premise because it s clearly crap One, nobody gets that mad just because their daughter was killed two, if you are you probably can t convince your whole mad mage s guild and mad sewing circle to join you in enacting the curse, especially when the backlash will certainly kill you all three, revenge usually involves horrible murder and not, say, handcrafting two new species of human being who are perfectly adapted to their new lifestyles Vengeance curse comes with free sonar senses Really Plus the earlier books note that the Darkborn have zero incidence of congenital deafness similarly the Lightborn and blindness Stuff like that So we get to the end, and spoiler the truth is that Imogene really was that crazy, after all Albeit also good at mind control, which helped out with the sewing circle business This is a small disappointment amidst a generally satisfactory wrap up, but I wish there d beento that The young crazy Shadowborn mage is a great character, but everybody from the Elder Days on stage or in historical recollection is to some degree an opaque plot contrivance


  4. says:

    I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkborn The next one Lightborn expanded on the characters and the plot, bringing in politics and tension So I had high hopes for the conclusion, Shadowborn This one s lighter on the characters I enjoyed in the previous two books namely Lady Telmaine Hearne, her husband Dr Balthasar Hearne, and Baron Ishmael di Studier They re here, don t get me wrong and with important roles to play But with everything else going on the Lightborn nobl I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Darkborn The next one Lightborn expanded on the characters and the plot, bringing in politics and tension So I had high hopes for the conclusion, Shadowborn This one s lighter on the characters I enjoyed in the previous two books namely Lady Telmaine Hearne, her husband Dr Balthasar Hearne, and Baron Ishmael di Studier They re here, don t get me wrong and with important roles to play But with everything else going on the Lightborn nobles, the Shadowborn, and the mages all make a showing in this installment which means less of my favorites Because you can only fit in so many events and people into 358 pages There s a lot of action and a lot of revelations, so much so that I went back and re read a couple sections to keep my head straight Not because I was ever confused, butfor the oh yeah, that explains it kind of clarification The characters can be confounding in its numbers especially as to who s Lightborn, who s Darkborn, and who s Shadowborn But the storyline is tight and doesn t meander All in all, a nice wrap up to the series.drey s rating Pick it up


  5. says:

    A very convoluted by necessity ending to a good fantasy story arc The first book was the best Darkborn and this third one was the weakest.The action overlaps that of Lightborn for the first hundred pages or so, that we might come up to speed on the action in the South involving Ishmael and Balthasar Hearne And it is pretty much all action, as they fight the Shadowborn and their creatures And that sets the tone for the rest of the book lots and lots of action, a lot of it very confusing.We A very convoluted by necessity ending to a good fantasy story arc The first book was the best Darkborn and this third one was the weakest.The action overlaps that of Lightborn for the first hundred pages or so, that we might come up to speed on the action in the South involving Ishmael and Balthasar Hearne And it is pretty much all action, as they fight the Shadowborn and their creatures And that sets the tone for the rest of the book lots and lots of action, a lot of it very confusing.We bounce around the countryside and from POV to POV there are many plot threads to follow as we work our way to the conclusion.The big, big disappointment to me was finding out just what was the driving force of the Shadowborn Oh really However, the final wrap up was realistic and satisfactory.So all in all it was good but it could have been fantastic And that s a reason for disappointment


  6. says:

    This was a satisfactory ending to the trilogy If I sound a little ambivalent, it is because I am I m not sure what I expected Was the ending predicatable I didn t predict it I could see one possible outcome that I knew would annoy me The book didn t go there I think my biggest problem is dealing with accepting beings who border on the omnipotent I quess that it my only complaint with this novel And it can t be a big complaint, because Ms Sinclair handled it well She did not opt for th This was a satisfactory ending to the trilogy If I sound a little ambivalent, it is because I am I m not sure what I expected Was the ending predicatable I didn t predict it I could see one possible outcome that I knew would annoy me The book didn t go there I think my biggest problem is dealing with accepting beings who border on the omnipotent I quess that it my only complaint with this novel And it can t be a big complaint, because Ms Sinclair handled it well She did not opt for the happy ever after cliche ic ending Neither was it all dark I was pleased that after all the all powerful magical battle the ending wasdown to earth This trilogy is definately worth the time The concept is rather unique and handled well


  7. says:

    This was a good book, but I found myself not able to follow all the storylines as well as I would have liked There s a lot to try to follow The writing wasn t as good as the first one, I thought But a great ending to a great trilogy Wish she would write


  8. says:

    complicated but well worth the read and something about the ending left me hanging forlet s hope that there is .


  9. says:

    Rating 3.0 Genre Fantasy Science Fiction Review Shadowborn, by Alison Sinclair, is the final book in the Darkborn Trilogy Unfortunately, I am one of those who really didn t enjoy this story as much as the first two It was a convoluted story that took the identity of something that appeared to have been thrown together in order to finish the series.In summary, Ishmael and Balthasar Hearne are in the border lands trying to find outabout the sudden influx of Shadowborn incursions and dis Rating 3.0 Genre Fantasy Science Fiction Review Shadowborn, by Alison Sinclair, is the final book in the Darkborn Trilogy Unfortunately, I am one of those who really didn t enjoy this story as much as the first two It was a convoluted story that took the identity of something that appeared to have been thrown together in order to finish the series.In summary, Ishmael and Balthasar Hearne are in the border lands trying to find outabout the sudden influx of Shadowborn incursions and disruptions that have put the Lightborn and Darkborn on the brink of all out war There ends up being a war between the Shadowborn and those Darkborn trying to protect Stranhorne Manor from incursions including Ish, Balt and those intent on bringing Ish back to Minhorne to answer questions For some reason, the Shadows only want the manor and something about the library which perhaps holds the history of the Shadowborn within.This probably is the best part of the entire book as we get a first hand look at the distorted former Darkborn that have been transformed into monsters Ish ends up in the Shadows hands with a face to face meeting with the daughter of Imogen who Eight Hundred years before, cursed the Dark and Light because of her anger towards the mages Both races have been living with the curse ever since.Lady Telmaine has become a mage of significant powers, but they are uncontrollable at times She now finds that her reputation and life are on the line Darkborns aren t supposed to be that powerful She is also working in close proximity to Lord Vladimir after several Shadowborn tried to kill him Telmaine does play an important role in the final outcome between two factions of the Shadowborn and of course, she has strong feelings for Ish even though she is married to Balt.If you ve read the previous two books then you know the Darkborn are near enough to be considered vampires They are unable to be in the light for long before dying horribly They also use a form of sonar to get around and know to whom they are speaking and dealing with since they have no eyes The Dark are somewhat anti technology unlike their Lightborn brethren, but they are able to sense when a Shadowborn is around them.The Lightborn are the opposite from the Dark They can t go out at night without sufficient lights They enjoy the use of magic and technology and basically run the city of Minhorne while the Dark are sleeping The Lightborn are also having a tremendous power struggle between the Mages and the Prince of the Lightborn and have somehow determined that there is no such thing as Shadowborn interference happening in their city I am a fan of the struggle to hold Stranhorne which took up much of the first half of this story After that, it was a matter of trying to piece together who would be coming out alive in the end The Epilogue really puzzled me although anyone who has read this series from the first knows that eventually Ishmael would end up with the person he desires most.I would recommend reading this series starting from Darkborn, and then Lightborn before trying this one This book tries very hard to wrap things up in a nice little ball so that the reader is left satisfied I m not satisfied


  10. says:

    Spoilers for earlier books below I enjoyed this final book in the trilogy, though not as much as Lightborn Using the first third of the book to catch up on a plotline that runs concurrently with the second book works fairly well, and though the ending is rushed and leaves some threads hanging, it isn t as bad as I d been led to believe This is the book that shifts the focus to fighting Shadowborn, but as a reader not crazy about action scenes I enjoyed these parts without feeling that the Spoilers for earlier books below I enjoyed this final book in the trilogy, though not as much as Lightborn Using the first third of the book to catch up on a plotline that runs concurrently with the second book works fairly well, and though the ending is rushed and leaves some threads hanging, it isn t as bad as I d been led to believe This is the book that shifts the focus to fighting Shadowborn, but as a reader not crazy about action scenes I enjoyed these parts without feeling that the fighting dragged on too long Unfortunately, characters tend to be blas about events that ought to be horrifying for instance, Telmaine never does seem to care much about the supposed best friend who took a bullet for her and died in her arms presumably because the supposed best friend lacks plot importance , nor, despite their posturing at the end of the last book, are the Lightborn appropriately furious or frightened by faceless enemies attacking the heart of their power, in a way that threatens their survival as a people Instead they simply take the opportunity to maneuver for advantage, presumably because author and readers know the Darkborn won t repeat it and aren t really trying to wipe them out It is too bad the author felt this trilogy needed evil villains as an organizing principle, because farinteresting conflicts are brushed aside to make room for fighting them Still, I did enjoy these books There are some very strong moments and unexpected plot twists, and somewhere along the way these characters endeared themselves to me Sinclair is especially good at creating strong secondary characters my favorites were Olivede, Phoebe, Farquhar, and Laurel Laurel is notable for being not only badass but also pregnant Not for any plot related reason, not to create some cheap tearjerker moment, but because while you wouldn t know it from most fantasy, people can t reproduce without sometimes being pregnant And I appreciate that despite the focus on it in the first book, the love quadrilateral doesn t take over the story and that the author doesn t pair everyone off at the end Overall, this is a fun fantasy trilogy that, while it has plenty of flaws, is still as good as manypopular works and deservesattention than it gets Not world changing, but a good find and enjoyable while it lasted


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