|Plot Summary of The Shadow Sorceress - Spellsong Cycle 4|
Tor, Jun 2001, 27.95, 544 pp.
Twenty years have passed since Anna was forcibly ripped away from her home in the Mist Worlds and sent to a beleaguered world that needed her singing abilities. In Liedwahr, singers are powerful sorcerers and Anna turned out to be the strongest winning battle after battle until peace settled in the realm. Anna adopted Secca and taught her all she knew about sorcery.
When Anna died, a nation mourned, but Secca could not remain weeping long. An insurrection in a neighboring province needs to be stopped before anyone else thinks a power vacuum has occurred with Anna's death. In spite of her efforts, Secca has a gigantic workload ahead of her including crushing a rebellion at several locales as the Sturinnn blockade needs breaking and the Nesera revolt needs halting, etc.
A new arc of the Spellsong Cycle begins starring a powerful but uncertain Sorceress-Protector who must follow her mentor-mother's incredible accomplishments. There is plenty of action with sword and sorcery battles even as the key characters are fully developed so their actions are understandable. THE SHADOW SORCERESS is a triumphant epic fantasy.
Harriet Klausner, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Shadow Sorceress - Spellsong Cycle 4|
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Tone of book
- very upbeat
Coming of age
- a powerful magician
Spying & Investigations
What is main char. doing?
- finding a killer (criminal)
- deposing an evil leader
- finding an assassin (political)
- unraveling a conspiracy
- finding a spy/saboteur
Political power play
- saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow
- factions fight within govt for control
- preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms
- coping with mental/magical powers
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Cultural problems, alien culture
- one culture tries to impose its culture on another group
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- fire/lightning/weather cntrl
- mind reading
- can see into the future
- can cast many different spells
- is very quick
How sensitive is this character?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Average intelligence
- very athletic
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a moderate amount
- during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
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