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The Shadow Road
The Warlocks of Talverdin, Book 4
By author: K.V. Johansen
Selling Points: "Prejudice, genocide, ice ages, climate change"
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Pub Date: Apr/01/2010
Pages: 240
Fiction Ages 12+
Price:  $9.95
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I surfaced, struggling from a well of dreams in which I had floated for time out of mind, drowning, with nightmare creatures surrounding me, pawing me, claws and slimy frog fingers on my skin. In the nightmares, the monsters were my own family, their faces horribly distorted by expressions of hatred and hunger.

In Book Four of the popular Warlocks of Talverdin series, the struggle passes on to the next generation. Betrayed by a member of his own family, abducted, poisoned and forced to recreate an ancient spell that might—if it doesn't kill him—open the lost shadow road, Nethin, son of a Nightwalker lord and a human witch, is thrown into a struggle for survival in a dying land. In that land, the Homeland, he meets Alabeth, an orphan who survived the slaughter of the last warlocks by their own kinsfolk. She is willing to trust him, but her people have rejected her. Capture means execution for both, but an even deadlier foe plans vengeance against Nethin, and the life of every Nightwalker rests on what Nethin does next.
PSLA Best of the Best Reviews - June 1, 2011
"Followers of The Warlocks of Talverdin will relish this fourth book, while those new to the series can jump right in with very little confusion and become fans themsevles. Readers will be hooked from the first few pages."
Puget Sound Council for Reviewing Children's Media - April 1, 2011
"The reader is gripped, shocked...Characterizations are solid, and the language paints a picture of setting which is believable. Readers who enjoy well-written fantasy ought to get some satisfaction from the series."
TriState YA Book Review - September 1, 2010
"Very exciting."
VOYA - August 1, 2010
"The novel contains a good balance of heroic physical exertions with magic-use, and presents brave, resourceful young heroes of both genders."
The Georgia Straight - July 8, 2010
"The Tolkienesque scale of the story is clear in the large glossary of characters at the end of the book...What better balance for cheery summer weather than a landscape clouded by looming evil?"
Resource Links - April 1, 2010
"The adventures that ensue are complex and carefully constructed; Johansen is adept at presenting intricate political and social intrigue, supported by strong characterization...She has created a fascinating, original fantasy world, one which readers will want to enter in to dwell. As with Middle Earth, we imagine the shadowy spaces outside of the narrative, peopled by characters we have yet to meet, partaking of incidents that have yet to happen, and we fervently hope that K. V. Johansen will continue to tell their tales for years to come."
CM Magazine - February 19, 2010
"Fast paced and dramatic, Nethin's adventure took swift hold of my imagination and provided a splendid imaginary escape to another world...Highly recommended."


Resource Links "The Year's Best", commended  CA  2010
PSLA Top Forty, commended  US  2010

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