• Sword and Shadow

  • The Wolves of Elantra, Book 2
  • By: Michelle Sagara
  • Narrated by: Khristine Hvam
  • Length: 16 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (192 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Beyond the Emperor's law

In the city of Elantra, the law is upheld by a few groups, and the most feared are the Wolves—the Emperor's executioners. The newest member of this elite force is Severn Handred.

Granted a leave of absence to pursue information about his unknown past, Severn joins a mission to an enclave well outside the boundaries of the Empire. And he will be in danger the entire time. Still, the instincts that led him to the Wolves and the sense of duty that keeps him there can't be discarded as easily as the tabard he wears. 

While he's in the heart of the West March, enmeshed in a tangled web of mysteries that have been held for centuries, Severn's belief in justice is going to be tested. It's one mortal man and his single ally against a community of immortals who will kill to keep their secrets. But they don't know who they're up against. 

"This world feels so complex and so complete." —ReadingReality.net on The Emperor's Wolves

©2022 Michelle Sagara (P)2022 Harlequin Enterprises, Limited

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Excellent

Helped to fill in some of gaps and mysteries surrounding Severen and his storytelling ! Loved it!!

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I Love Severn Even More

I am loving the backstory about Severn Handred. Lots of surprises and a perfect compliment to the Severn in the Chronicles of Elantra series. It definitely makes me want to relisten to Chronicles of Elantra series, well at least through the West March episode.

Khristine Hvam, narrator, hits it out of the park again.

Can't wait for the next book.

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Interesting story

I’d have gone with 4.5 stars on the narration if I could have. The cadence, inflection, and emotion was all very good. I just think it would help if the narrator could manage more distinctive voices to differentiate between the characters.

As usual, the author weaves a tale that, while not world-shattering, is interesting and thought-provoking.

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fans of the cast series, this is a great filler

I will admit in the cast series. I often think Severn Handred gets the short end of the stick. he is such an unappreciated character in the series that is integral to the success of all of the adventures that Caitlin has. whether she's aware of it or not. I'm glad that Ms Sagara has gone back and started filling in the time of Severn as he joined the wolves and how some of his own backstory leads to his ability to be the person he is. it's not easy to be the supporter. the defender, the person who is the pillar of and backbone of somebody who has a lot of power into struggling to learn how to use it is series has showing us how he has developed his own ability to wield weapons. he should not as a human or pass through life without a true name, but be able to speak to those who do. it actually makes me wonder how she's going to interweave some of the stories of the time that he's a part from Caitlin while she stumbles along. how much of Severn's story will be revealed in the books ahead.

while it is not necessary to have read all of the cast series, I actually would recommend reading the cast series first before the wolves not necessarily because Caitlin is so much more important, because I think the introduction you get in all the cast series helps with minor details of the world understanding. For example, at this point in either it first two books are the elders referred to in any way. other than that they came before everything and that they could have helped. not that they created the worlds or the species and you get a better understanding of the shadow and why it's creeping into the green is so important. that seems skirted by in this book and can give you a better understanding of why the green is having issues and factions are starting pit against each other.

Albany said I absolutely Ms Sagara ability to weave together a story then powerful enough and colorful enough to engage the reader both on an intellectual as well as for the love of reading.

I do enjoy the narration, I have yet to listen to a book Ms Hvam has completed that I haven't enjoyed. Her cadence, alliteration, and pitch are easy to follow and a joy to listen to all while making the characters come alive in our ears.

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Great Prequel Story!

This is a wonderful back-story about Severn Handred. Explains a lot about this character in the Cast series.

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loved it

It is nice to learn about Severn and to have the gaps of the story filled

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Deep insight

A back story that gives details to the main story that solves mysteries to many a question… and I have a feeling will lead to many a new books by Michelle Sagara

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Love it!

I want to know more about each of the characters that was introduced. I loved learning more about Berani society and especially Severn's life.

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Another excellent adventure

I Loved this story. It's wonderful to finally get to know the history of the other significant human in the world of Dragons and Super Humanoids. As with any backstory there are secrets and conflicts as well as the required family drama. Given that I refuse to tell you the plot all else that I will say is that the all the supreme beings can't be happy when a insignificant human is given some significance. Now I have to go reread the book to see what details I might have missed the first time. Enjoy

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Outstanding

Michelle never fails to entertain. I was captivated from beginning to end and eagerly waiting for the next amazing story. Thanks!!!!

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  • Anna
  • 02-28-22

Oh my f-ing gods!

I knew I wanted to know more and holy hell now I know more. But so much is still unsaid?!
The twirls and twists Michelle takes us on are wonderfully intricate and extremly enticing. Even though I wanted to reach in to the book and shake some of the characters and closed the book and told them they've better not have done what I thought the did... Yeah, I so want more! Pretty please?

And wow! As always this narrator blows my mind with her reading. She is my all time favourite!

Pick it up! Now!