Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan — book review

Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan, Tor ‘17.99

Reviewed by Craig Knight

Skyships, military invasions, assassins and even a talking disembodied head ‘ Stands a Shadow has it all. Col Buchanan’s latest book in the Heart of the World series continues the story of Ash and Ch’ as they deal with the invasion of Bar-Khos by the Empire of Mann ‘ and their own personal vendettas.

I approached Stands a Shadow with a little trepidation not having read Farlander, the first book in the series These fears were soon allayed as Buchanan does a great job of subtly introducing the characters for new readers, and the lack of familiarity with previous events doesn’t detract from this novel.

Stands a Shadow is told from the viewpoints of a host of characters, with the narrative switching between them as the story unfolds. This keeps the events exciting and allows for some great interweaving of sub-plots. The downside is that it is hard to keep up with who is who, at least initially, and you really do have to pay attention to what is happening. This is a small grumble and soon forgotten once you become familiar with the characters.

The story is masterfully written with a depth of description that brings the events to life. The characters are vividly portrayed, especially the aging ninja-like Ash, and take on a life of their own, making you desperate to keep on reading to see what happens. This is a great book and I’m looking forward to the next one already.

Stands a Shadow by Col Buchanan, Tor ‘17.99

Reviewed by Craig Knight

Skyships, military invasions, assassins and even a talking disembodied head ‘ Stands a Shadow has it all. Col Buchanan’s latest book in the Heart of the World series continues the story of Ash and Ch’ as they deal with the invasion of Bar-Khos by the Empire of Mann ‘ and their own personal vendettas.

I approached Stands a Shadow with a little trepidation not having read Farlander, the first book in the series These fears were soon allayed as Buchanan does a great job of subtly introducing the characters for new readers, and the lack of familiarity with previous events doesn’t detract from this novel.

Stands a Shadow is told from the viewpoints of a host of characters, with the narrative switching between them as the story unfolds. This keeps the events exciting and allows for some great interweaving of sub-plots. The downside is that it is hard to keep up with who is who, at least initially, and you really do have to pay attention to what is happening. This is a small grumble and soon forgotten once you become familiar with the characters.

The story is masterfully written with a depth of description that brings the events to life. The characters are vividly portrayed, especially the aging ninja-like Ash, and take on a life of their own, making you desperate to keep on reading to see what happens. This is a great book and I’m looking forward to the next one already.