By Alexey Pehov
(Tor Fantasy, Mass Market Paperback, 9780765363671, 412pp.)
Publication Date: February 1, 2011
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After centuries of calm, the Nameless One is stirring.
By next spring, or perhaps sooner, the Nameless One and his forces will be at the walls of the great city of Avendoom. Unless Shadow Harold, master thief, can find some way to stop them.
But Harold isn’t alone. An Elfin princess, Miralissa, her entourage, ten Wild Hearts, the most experienced and dangerous fighters in their world, and the king’s court jester all join him in his quest. These companions will form a bond of friendship and honor that must carry them over a series of frightful obstacles before they can reach their goal: Hrad Spein, the mysterious Palaces of the Bones. Only there will they find the key to undoing the ancient curse that hangs over their world and ridding the land of the Nameless One forever.
Reminiscent of Moorcock's Elric series, Shadow Prowler is the first work to be translated into English from Russian by the bestselling, new generation fantasy author Alexey Pehov.
Alexey Pehov is the award-winning author of The Chronicles of Siala, a bestselling series in his native Russia. His novel Under the Sign of the Mantikor was named “Book of Year” and “Best Fantasy Novel” in 2004 by Russia’s largest fantasy magazine, World of Fantasy.
Andrew Bromfield has many translation credits to his name, among them the bestselling Night Watch series.
Praise for Shadow Prowler:
"Toothy, gritty, and relentless. Alexey Pehov sneaks up on you and fascinates with the wry voice of a young Moorcock. Clear space on your shelf--you'll want the whole series."
--E.E. Knight, author of the Vampire Earth series
“The story is engrossing, the characters intriguing and dynamic; there are mysteries galore and the very real sense as we set out that far creepier things are waiting down the road. In short, a book I didn’t want to put down.”
--Chris Claremont, bestselling writer for the X-Men and Wolverine comic book series
“Those who like fantasy novels offering ogres, elves, undead creatures, wizards, and the like joined in an epic quest will be delighted . . . pitched battles are described so well that they seem to unfold before one’s eyes. A first book in a series that piques interest for the others.”
“Bestselling Russian author Pehov translates easily in his English fantasy debut…. protagonist Shadow Harold proves modest and witty enough a narrator to carry the series.”
“[Shadow Harald is] almost like some character out of The Adventures of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser saga by Fritz Leiber. He’s an unlikely sort of hero for a series, which added to my growing interest in The Shadow Prowler. . . . Shadow Prowler is a very good beginning to Alexey Pehov’s trilogy.”
“A book that most fantasy readers will want to read and explore. . . . In short, if you like reading fantasy, you’ll love reading this book.”
--Graeme’s Fantasy Book Reviews
"Shadow Prowler is a fresh, exuberant take on territory that will be familiar to all fans of classic high fantasy. Alexey Pehov introduces a cast of charming, quirky, unsavory, even loathesome characters in a fast-paced, entertaining adventure."
--Kevin J. Anderson, co-author of the bestselling Dune novels