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Shadowplay

By: Terry Mancour, Emily Burch Harris
Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
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Summary

From the world of Spellmonger...blessed darkness conceal her!

Born into a mysterious family, Gatina always knew there was something special about those around her. But when the duke and duchess of Alshar - close friends of her family - are brutally assassinated, her idyllic countryside life is upended by secrets emerging from the shadows.

The family she knew proved to be more than mere Alshari Coastlords and occasional magi, as she once believed. For centuries, her ancient and distinguished House has been secretly both Shadowmagi and highly skilled thieves. With a devious count seeking to capitalize on the assassination, the future stability and peace of Alshar hinges on Gatina learning both arts.

Slavery and piracy loom malevolently in the distance as the Count allies himself with a merciless criminal organization to seize power.

Gatina’s House has vowed to stand against the rising tide of wickedness - no matter how hopeless the task may seem. Working in secret beneath the tutelage of an enigmatic and mysterious master, Gatina finds herself disguised as a street orphan. She runs the filthy gutters of Falas as she puts her training into practice amid the dismal reality of its most destitute neighborhoods.

Brutal thugs, violent riots, cunning soldiers, and the constant threat of discovery by the Count and his allies, all put Gatina’s life at risk as she struggles in secret against the rising tyrant.

For as the blessed darkness conceals her movements by night, she and the Brotherhood engage in a clandestine struggle, something much more deadly than mere...shadowplay.

©2021 Terry Mancour (P)2021 Podium Audio

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great story poor narration

the story was great as expected from Terry Mancour, a really good addition to the spellmonger series! The only thing to let it down was the narration unfortunately, I understand that each narrator is going to pronounce things a bit differently but considering this is part of such a large book collection I would expect the major words to be pronounced correctly such as irionite and magocracy which are prevalent in every single book! It did unfortunately make it hard to listen to which is a shame because the spellmonger series is by far and away the best series of books I've ever listened to!

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Brilliant book to compliment the series

I really loved this peek into the lives of some much loved characters. Seeing the start of Kitten's adventure was fun and entertaining.

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A good story

This was an enjoyable read that offers greater insight into an interesting family and aspect of the war taking place in the Spellmonger series not yet covered fully in the main series. Anything that adds more details of this world and characters is appreciated.

Read the main series first to appreciate this book fully.

I look forward to the next book.

The narrator did a good job mostly although how the name Thinradel and the term irionite was pronounced differently from the main series which I found jarring. Given that the usual narrator was exceptional and has established how things are pronounced over a long series I hope the next book can be consistent with John Lee's work. Irionite is a frequently used term and I would find a different pronunciation annoying in the rest of the series.

I hope other characters and families will get their own book eventually and maybe even the point of view of the brotherhood of the rat, the undead or other factions would be interesting

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amazing.

loved it, but the narrator needs to learn how to pronounce a few of the words to be more in line with the rest of the story arch. it doesn't distract from the story though.

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Good Story - Irritating Pronunciation

I love the Spellmonger series and generally like the spin-offs. This story is good and promises more and the narration is generally engaging BUT, as a spin-off from a major series, surely someone should have corrected Fiona Hardinham's pronunciation of key words. It makes listening jarring when key words such as magocracy, irionite, Falas, Trygg and others are so very different from John Lee's wonderful narration of the main series. PLEASE don't let it happen in the next Legacy and Secrets book - it would be such a shame.

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pronunciation

It is a little annoying the narrator did not listen to the rest of the series and keep to the same pronunciations

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Great side story!

Really enjoyed the story, only complaint is that the narrator completely butchers some of the all ready established names in the series.

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The smallest of criticisms

Excellent story as always Mr Mancour, such a good idea to expand on their family history. My only criticism and it is so small but I think important given how far down the story line and book series we are is, the consistency in the pronunciation of both place names and other magical things with different narrators.

This is no slight on Fiona Hardingham's narrative as I think she was really good overall and formed great characters, but when Mr Lee who has performed the majority of the series, has been pronouncing a place such as Falas or item su h as Irionite one way for a long time, it's strange to be pronounced differently in Shadow play.

I think it's great to have differnent narrators playing their role in expanding the series and character base, would just like that tiny detail consistant :)

Keep up the great work and looking forward to Hedgewitch!!!

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Refreshing and fun

The narrator was brilliant, the story a nice change and best of all it revisits previous and remote history of the spellmonger series, adding a richness and depth that makes for an excellent tale 🙂

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New spinoff

Overall - better than the hawk lady spin-off.

Narration overall is ok, but some pronunciation is a little off.

If you’ve listened to the rest, give it a go.

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