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Shadowrealm by Paul S. Kemp

Posted by travizzt on October 30, 2009

The Shades are overrunning the country of Sembia on one side while blackness overtakes the other. Can Erevis Cale and company save Sembia?


Shadowrealm by Paul S. Kemp- This is the final book in The Twilight War trilogy. It picks up directly after Shadowstorm, with the events that are occurring in Sembia. The story centers around Erevis Cale, Drasek Riven, Magadon, Rivalen Tanthul, and Abelar Corrinthal and their trials and fight against Kesson Rel. The first book is Shadowbred and the second is Shadowstorm.

As I mentioned above, the this part focuses mostly on Erevis Cale, Riven, and Rivalen’s attempts to stop Kesson Rel and the Shadowstorm from destroying Toril. While Abelar and Magadon faces inner turmoil.

Negatives:
1) Confusion between Riven and Rivalen. When they group up, there were spots and saying in which something that Rivalen would say would come out of Riven’s mouth. I guess the problem was that they are so similar in name that Paul S. Kemp or the editor didn’t really notice these slight problems.
2) Abelar and Jiriis. The “love interest” plot between them didn’t work out at all I felt. It felt forced and not really interesting. Basically, I thought it was just there to move parts of the story along. But not once did I think that they “loved” one another. It was just very poorly executed.
3) Cale and Riven “sharing a look.” I wasn’t a big problem, but after seeing it within each chapter in the earlier books and seeing it in here, it just got a little repetitive and stale. How many times can two people share a look? Apparently not enough.

Positives:
1) Cale, Riven, and Abelar. I liked how each of these characters were the main focus in the story. You really see the friendship that forms throughout this trilogy between Cale and Riven. The eminence growth of these two’s personalities and traits is just outstanding and at the same time, amazing. Then the struggle Abelar goes through is wonderfully done and believable. I really could try to understand what he went through.
2) The last 100 or so pages. The fast pace  makes it unbelievably exciting. I really didn’t put it down, or want to put it down in the closing pages. Paul S. Kemp really draws you into the action and doesn’t really let go. I was just that impressed.
3) Ending. I won’t give anything away, but how everything ended, I liked. The only thing I wanted to know is what happened to the Lathanderians and Abelar. But the “cliffhanger” at the end, makes me just want more and more. It was exciting, closed a lot of questions, yet opened others that would be worth exploring in the future. The end just was near perfect.

Overall: 5/5
*Exciting, fast, well-developed characters, and the overall quality of the story made it near perfect. The biggest problem was the “love interest,” it just need more information or developed a little farther. However, Erevis Cale and Drasek Riven just made the story perfect.*

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