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A Dance of Cloaks

Book 1 of Shadowdance (Shadowdance)

By David Dalglish

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Format: Paperback, 480 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 08 October 2013
The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins . . . they fear only one man. Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets.Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond poison, daggers and the iron rule of his father.Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.

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About the Author

David Dalglish currently lives in rural Missouri with his wife Samantha, daughter Morgan, and dog Asimov. He graduated from Missouri Southern State University in 2006 and currently devotes himself to perfecting his craft. He spends his free time playing racquetball and watching PBS with his daughter.


Fans of A Game of Thrones should most definitely take note of this extremely exciting first book in the Shadow Dance series. Bring on book 2! * FICTION FASCINATION * The prose is solid, the pace wonderful and when the action happens its quick, fast and to the point . . . Back that up with a cracking supporting cast alongside an inventive world and all round I was a very happy reader. Great stuff * Falcata Times * An excellently paced, character driven fantasy novel * BOOKBAG * A gritty book with intriguing characters and has a plot which will keep you hooked till the end * FANTASY BOOK CRITIC * Dalglish concocts a heady cocktail of energy, breakneck pace and excitement that a reader could get drunk on -- Sam Sykes, author of TOME OF THE UNDERGATES A winning combination of A Game of Thrones, sword-and-sorcery RPGs, and vivid description . . . The point of view shifts continually, encompassing bit players and major characters from every angle of the struggle, and Dalglish handles his cast of thousands with aplomb . . . this is a fun read. Dalglish puts familiar pieces together with a freshness and pleasure that are contagious * PUBLISHERS WEEKLY * Fast, furious and fabulous * Michael J. Sullivan, author of THEFT OF SWORDS * Dalglish is well on his way to join the ranks of Peter V. Brett and Brent Weeks as influential authors in a new generation of fantasy * FANTASY FACTION * Buy the book and budget for the rest; you'll want to see this story through to the end * SFX *

EAN: 9780356502786
ISBN: 0356502783
Publisher: Orbit
Dimensions: 19.8 x 16.9 x 3.2 centimetres (0.31 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Kenneth on
Dance of Cloaks is the first book in David Dalglish's Shadowdance series. It takes place in the dark underworld of Veldaren where thieves assassins rule the streets.

Reading Dance of Cloaks, I felt like this is another crack at a Game of Thrones feel. With the point of view jumping from character to character, having a young king rule the city and also countless deaths here and there. Although that may be the case here, I can confidently say all of it was very well written. In which I believe is one of the strong points of this book.

The setting allows you to feel each and every detail of the story, from the city of Veldaren itself to every blood splattered death that occurs. It is a graphic and gritty journey and it is one you want to keep going.

With unpredictable twists and turns you will be afraid for you the character you are rooting for, except of course for Hearn as you definitely know he will live due to his involvement in Half Orcs, but apart from that no character is secure. Not only this, but even if you had picked a favorite character, you he/she may turn to be the most despicable person in the book. Of course non of these will confuse you for once again the writing is superb.

To conclude, if you love a dark gritty fantasy that involves well written characters, story arcs and fight scenes. A Dance of Cloaks is a great book to read, with two books already published and one on the way. It will only be a matter of time till this series gets the recognition it truly needs.

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