The Shadow Sorceress - Spellsong Cycle 4 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Tor, Jun 2001, 27.95, 544 pp.
ISBN: 031287877X

    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.
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    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

The review of this Book prepared by Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat Coming of age    -   Yes Youngster becomes    -   a powerful magician Spying & Investigations    -   Yes 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    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   saving govt/kingdom from external overthrow    -   factions fight within govt for control    -   preventing/managing clash/war between govts/kingdoms Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Cultural problems, alien culture    -   Yes Culture clash-    -   one culture tries to impose its culture on another group

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   mage/magician Age:    -   20's-30's If magical mental powers:    -   fire/lightning/weather cntrl    -   mind reading    -   can see into the future    -   can cast many different spells    -   is very quick    -   healing


Earth setting:    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

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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