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Shadow’s Lure by Jon Sprunk

Shadow’s Lure by Jon SprunkShadow's Lure by Jon Sprunk
Series: Shadow Saga #2
on June 7th 2011
Genres: Epic, Fantasy
Pages: 340


The unforgiving Northlands . . . In Othir, he was at the top of the food chain—an assassin beyond compare, a dark shadow in the night. But Caim left that life behind when he helped an empress claim her throne. And now his past has come calling again. Searching for the truth behind the murder and disappearance of his parents, Caim discovers a land in thrall to the Shadow. Haunted by temptations from the Other Side, he becomes mired in a war he does not want to fight. But there are some things a son of the Shadow cannot ignore, and some fights from which he can’t run. In this battle, all of Caim’s strength and skill won’t be enough. For none can resist the Shadow’s Lure.From the Trade Paperback edition.

I picked up the second book the Shadow Saga series because I found the first so incredibly entertaining and I was still in a place where I needed pure entertainment.

In this second book, we follow Caim as he travels to find his roots and we also follow Josey’s story which takes us through treachery and the building of a new empire.

As with the first, I absolutely loved the shadows and how Caim used them. It was just as engaging to me and even more so than the first. We had a few more side plots going on compared to the first, and for most that will be welcomed. For me, I wanted more of Caim’s PoV. I’ve said it before, palace intrigue will usually bore me pretty fast. You’ve got to have a character in that setting that I’m in love with. I enjoyed Josey’s character, but I’m not obsessed by her, so those chapters in her PoV I ended up skimming a bit. Not that they were bad, it just wasn’t what I was in the mood for. We also got a PoV from Kit. That one was interesting. I’m not sure I loved them, but it threw out enough story questions and action that I stuck with them. Of course, Caim’s magic and PoV were my favorite sections. It really boils down to his struggle with his magic and trying to understand what it all really means. I enjoyed his confusion. It felt real. I also enjoyed his growth in this book. Finding one’s self is damn hard, and you felt that with him. And of course when he did use his magic it was just darn fun.

We got a bigger view of the world in this book and I thought it was done well. Remember I’m not a huge world fan, so I’m not always the best source on this one. I was satisfied. It felt big enough. It had life. It had variety.

Though this book didn’t rate as high as the first, it sure did set up a possibility of an amazing third book. I’m very much looking forward to reading it, soon. Very soon. From where it’s going, Caim’s going to be entering some rather fun lands and I hope the adventure is crazy. I also think we’ll be getting out of the palace in Josey’s PoV, which will help me enjoy that plot a bit more.

Overall, if you enjoyed the first one, I’d definitely pick this one up. It’s a middle book with setup, some fun fights, and a cast of new characters.

About Jon Sprunk

I grew up in central Pennsylvania. The eldest of four children, I attended Lock Haven University and graduated with a B.A. in English in 1992. Athough I had always been an avid reader of speculative fiction, it was during my college years that I developed a broader passion for literature and began my first awkward forays into fiction writing. Encouraged by my professors and peers, I set out after graduation to become a “Serious Writer.” Unfortunately, I had failed to notice the specter of Reality stalking at my back. When my disastrous first fantasy novel failed to find a publisher, I bent my knee to the Real World and sought gainful employment. Crushed, I thought my dreams were over.

Over the next decade I married (twice), changed jobs (numerous times), and after much soul-searching, returned to writing. Like most writers, I suspect, I tried to go it alone, seeking to pound my head through the glass ceiling of my innate talent through sheer willpower and effort. Finally, after many more rejections, I joined Pennwriters and attended their annual conference in 2004. I am both proud and ashamed to admit that I learned more in those two days about the business of writing than I had in the previous ten years. I was also getting the first inklings of why my fiction had not yet made me a household name. Up till then, I hadn’t known how to fashion a true story.

So, I did what any Serious Writer would do. I joined a writers’ group (Pennwriters, to be exact). And I read about the art of writing, a lot. I started to admit to myself that perhaps I could use a little help, that the next Great American Novel wasn’t going to spring from my head, full-grown and ready for world acclaim like some literary Athena.

Since then I have seen some success. I’ve had several short stories published and in June 2009 I signed a multi-book contract with Pyr Books. Best of all, I have the love and support of my wife, and that makes all the difference in the world.

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