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A coup has thrown the kingdom of Farshores into turmoil, and one of the pretender’s first moves was to order mercenaries to invade the Mage District and put all its inhabitants - men, women, and children - to the sword. There is one survivor: Horace Stonecutter, the youngest son of the Stonecutter family. Though a member of a stone-cutting mage family, his stone-cutting gift had yet to manifest itself. Instead, he had a talent he first used playing hide-and-seek with other children. He discovered could hide “inside” shadows, and the other kids nicknamed him “Hyder”, because no one could spot him once he hid. Embarrassed to tell his family about this seemingly useless talent, he kept it to himself.

But his ability to hide saved his life when the soldiers came to kill his family. Though there was no love lost between him and his five elder brothers, he dearly loved his mother, and the mercs killed her. That night, vengeance - in the form of an enraged Horace - moved from shadow to shadow, killing the attackers without mercy. After all, it takes no arms training to bury an axe in the back of an enemy’s head when attacking from deep shadow. 

Consumed with anger and a hunger for retribution, he journeys out to find who ordered the murder of his family. He owes someone a blood debt, and he wants to collect. 

Along his bloody journey, he meets kings, princes, princesses, noblemen - and not so noble men. He learns that in troubled times, few are to be trusted. Join him as he becomes a fully developed Shadow Mage and follow as his abilities and powers grow while he seeks to collect the blood debt he is owed. May God have mercy on his enemies - because he won’t.

©2021 James Haddock (P)2021 James Haddock

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Really good

WOW i did not see those plot twists coming and please tell there is more of this. the narration was awesome but i kept thinking the MC was a dwarf with the Scottish accent but i really hope there is a book 2

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Terrible

I absolutely hated this book. No depth. No character development. Same pattern of plot repeated over and over again. And it seemed that the main character was a bit off, with a grievance everywhere he turned that fully justified him killing everyone in sight from the shadows every time there was a conflict. Total waste of money.

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start of another chapter? Give him 5 more powers!

This is not a great book. Not bad. but not great. or even really good. honestly its pretty boring. Character gets a hard start, then almost literally every half chapter he is just thrown some new powers that make him even more unstoppable. There are "twists" but they are very bland and pointless resetting things back to 0... EXCEPT he still has all his new super powers, plus some extra and he quickly neutralizes the issue and starts over still amazingly rich and powerful.

they try and spice this up with intrigue and lots of little tot but honestly the books just boring, and you can usually see the "twist" coming from miles away. Not really worth it.

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James Haddock's best! 10/10

I've read a few James Haddock books before and I've noticed they tend to follow a formula, but I swear this is somewhat of a breakout novel for the author to me so far. The twists are quite clever and even though its 12 hours long, I just couldn't put it down. The plot didn't seem to bore me and I felt like I was right there living the life with the MC. I couldn't really say that I could predict anything about the direction of the story while listening and thats exactly where I wanted to be right now. Although the icing on the cake is Daniel Wisniewski. His audio is easily top 10 for me. His range and voice changes are perfection in any story and it certainly shows with this one. There are quite a bit of characters and I was able to easily distinguish between each of them, allowing me to just focus on the story with ease. Good show!

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Engaging

The story is engaging and well developed though it does get a little nebulous at the end. Sudden change to the plot line. All in all would recommend and if there's ever a sequel I'll be eager to listen

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great but....

loved the story till the last half hour way to many extra plot twist that felt like it invalidated the entire story.

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I think this is kinda good

this book has a op mc that can basically do anything like he controls shadows and earth and he just gets whatever he wants there is alot of killing not alot of fighting, to make the book more interesting the author just added more plot twists and details, I think I heard the word sweat rolls at least 50 times in this book this book isn't even a litrpg or a wuxia or nothing like that it's just your born a mage or not so since he was born a mage with alot of power there's not that much to go of off I don't know how he will continue this series, (SPOILER WARNING)also at the end the plot twist does not make since he breaks out of an dragon illusion and in the epillouge he was in the dragons dream so I'm not sure what that is supposed to mean I feel like this series could have been finished in one book just had a few more chapters with a spice of romance and the book is finished that's why I think that this book is not really a keeper it just seems like he has all this knowledge alot of power a dragon body and enough gold too fill the capital of Rome (I hate the Dwarven Scottish accent) other then that this book is pretty well made I think the author was... I don't even know what was going through the authors head I'm pretty sure in this book the Mc has literally killed enough people to look over the peak of Mount everest on the other side of the world

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The performance is unmatched.(SPOILER WARNING!⚠️)

The narration is second to none, but there is only one thing holding the story back and that is the total headache from allusions to Visions to more illusions. and in the end a sense of nothing mattered the entire time.

other than that the story is amazing. Totally worth getting.

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Loved it!

Absolutely loved it I truly hope there is a book 2 though how it ended I would be content with it as a singular book, if nothing Else I hope to read more books taking place in this fantastic world presented in this audiobook.

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Mostly similar to wizards ally with a twist.

There is a strong resemblance between Wizards Ally and this book. Both characters start weak and become phenominally strong. tgeir powers are very similar too. I enjoyed the ending and wish there was a little more.

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  • 01-18-22

Love the story and the narrator

I always enjoy the author and the narrator but didn’t like the end was left waiting for more

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  • 01-26-22

Loved it but it confused me

This is a really good book, it seemed to jump around alot on me and I did have to go back few times in it to understand what was going on but in the end I loved it.
Over all really good book but kinda confusing (to me at least) if you want an odd ball book give it a go