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Shadow’s Witness by Paul S. Kemp

Posted by travizzt on October 27, 2009

A party at the Uskevren’s  family estate is attacked, leaving the dead and dying behind. Erevis Cale, the families butler, goes on a search for revenge.


Shadow’s Witness by Paul S. Kemp is the second book of the Sembia: Gateway to the Realms series.

It follows the events of Resurrection by Paul S. Kemp, the short story in The Halls of Stormweather anthology.

The story is about the Uskevren’s butler, Erevis Cale seeking revenge for a tragedy that befalls the Uskevren household. Along the path of revenge, Cale goes up against demons, Harpiers, and the struggle to except a god.

Negatives:
1) Wounds and Damage. The thing that really bugged me about the story is that Cale can take insane amounts of damage and live. I would think that getting cut from your gut to your throat would be very fatal. But I guess not.
2) Uskevren complications. The other thing that bothered me was I would want to know what happened after Cale returned. Hopefully, the following stories will answer my questions.
3) A Certain Character. Drasek Riven didn’t seem as developed and really lack a lot of depth. And seeing that I’m a fan of Riven in the Erevis Cale Trilogy, I was really let down.

Positives:
1) The characters. I really enjoy the character of Cale. To be a killer and yet have a sense of humanity is pretty interesting (to say the least). I also liked Jak Fleets ability to find some humor even when he is absolutely scared.
2)The books pace. The story read really well. I didn’t want to put it down for to long and I finished it fairly quick. There were some parts that weren’t as well paced but most of the story flowed well.
3) Simplicity. I was most impressed by how easily the story read. Most author use ‘fancier’ words to spice up a lot of Forgotten Realms stories, here everything is pretty basic wording. Yeah, sure it may not seem that impressive, but reading other authors, I’ve noticed that they place in words that didn’t fit in with the other wording.

Overall: 4/5
*I would have given it a 4.5 but Riven really was a disappointment

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