In between burning down villages, the minion's primary directive is taking out heroes. Wh The moon has not changed in the fifty years of the dark lord Magna's rule - but everything else has. When a man in golden armor and his faithful companions sneak across the border on a quest to assassinate the Dark Lord Magna, long live the Magna, it's up to the Shadows to cut his quest short.
As always, things do not go quite according to plan, and one henchman ends up lone-wolfing it across the permafrost lands, following the stench of valor. A story of sword and sorcery, tooth and claw, and wyvern wing. Book one of Moonblind. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Shadowing , please sign up.
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Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Writing this book was a fun experience. Sep 26, Katy rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Now this lone henchman is left following the heroes across the frozen wastelands trying to work out what he alone could do to stop them.
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I really loved the viewpoint that the novel took and it really reminded me of a few video games I have played in the past such as Dungeon Keeper and Overlord where you take up the role of the bad guy in a fantasy world. As with those games, this novel was also full of comic lines as the henchman viewed some of the rather generic heroic actions most people would recognise from many other traditional fantasy novels. One element of the novel which does let it down a little bit for me is its length. I found it to be very short which meant there was little time to fully describe and develop some aspects of the plot, world's history or the characters.
The length did help really keep the tempo of the novel up and this did a great job in giving some of the action scenes a realistic feeling of chaos and mayhem. Overall however I would still have liked to have known a little bit more about the world and characters that I was following. Overall, I found the novel to be an amusing, engaging and fun novel that kept me smiling throughout. Its short length does stunt some of the development but there are some good elements there which can hopefully be expanded upon in any sequel.
I found this to be a minor issue though and would still recommend it to any fans of the light fantasy looking for a slightly different viewpoint. Jul 01, K. Perry rated it really liked it. Kat Zantow does a wonderful job of combining humor, a unique view-point, and a true fantasy genre story all in one short book. It is astounding and entertaining how Kat, while still holding true to the core elements of the genre was able to develop an ironic twist to it.
Shadowing: A Henchman's Tale by Kat Zantow
He loves his role, probably because the world really sucks for everyone else. Prophecies, fights, and magical creatures as well as more than a few sheep keep everyone busier than they should be in this Arctic and totally wonky world. A fine balance between humor and a well-developed pot create a fast paced novel that is nearly impossible to put down. The story itself is magnificent and engaging. It is common in eBook publications to find terrible grammar and spelling mistakes.
Fortunately, Shadowing defies this stigma in a wonderful way. The writing was concise and accessible, and had very few editorial flaws. In fact, many traditionally published books have more flaws. Kudos to Kat Zantow for creating a wonderful story that is as well-rounded in style and grammar as it is in entertaining narrative.
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Jul 30, Red Haircrow rated it it was ok. More transitional phrases could have helped in this area, improving pacing and flow, which often seemed stuttered and abrupt. Oct 27, Gordon rated it it was ok Shelves: I had really high hopes for this one and had largely read positive things but despite being a great idea, telling the story from the evil henchman's point of view it just didn't work for me.
The story telling is simple and straight forward so its not complication of plot that gets it a pretty poor rating.
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Unfortunately I think this suffers from being a great idea that I simply thought would be far better than it turned out to be in reality for me at least. I was expecting more dark turns and act I had really high hopes for this one and had largely read positive things but despite being a great idea, telling the story from the evil henchman's point of view it just didn't work for me.
I was expecting more dark turns and actually just mind numbing days for the henchmen which would hopefully be brightened up by some gallows humour but instead its a fairly straight forward story told from an unusual perspective and personally I wont be picking up any future books in the series. Shame really as I still think its a cracking idea but just didn't work for me.
This short novel — the first book of The Moonblind Journey — consists of a henchman of the great Magna, long live the Magna, telling his story to a storyteller. Fans of hero quest fantasy should find this story entertaining.
Jun 25, Brad Sheridan rated it really liked it. Pleasantly surprised by this one. Downloaded it for free during a promo at Smashwords and went into it with few expectations. The central idea is clever--this is a fantasy novel not about the hero but about one of the nameless minions of evil who usually gets killed by the thousands. Imagine LTR told from the point of view of an Orc grunt.
It's not perfectly written but the main idea is a good one, and Zant handles action sequences well. I don't want to talk too much about the plot because there Pleasantly surprised by this one. I don't want to talk too much about the plot because there are a lot of little surprises along the way that I don't want to spoil. She leaves the door wide open for a sequel too. Jun 20, Nathalia rated it did not like it Shelves: I wanted to like this book, but the story-line just wasn't enough to keep me interested.
The novel actually started out really well and I was feeling quite positive in the direction the story was taking. However, as soon as I got halfway with the third chapter Salamander Shadows , I just didn't feel compelled to continue. Lynne rated it it was amazing May 21, I greatly look forward to the future instalments in the Moonblind series.
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