by K. J. Parker

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A man wakes in the wilderness, amid scattered corpses and inquisitive crows. He has no memory of who he is or how he came to be there. The only clues to his former existence lie in his apparent skill with a sword and the fragmented dreams that permeate his sleep.

Alone in a hostile world he moves from village to village, masquerading as a god to obtain food and shelter. But the shadow of his past pursues him relentlessly. It whispers to him a riddle far more complex than he could ever have imagined - and a truth he may not wish to believe.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781841491059
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 03/28/2004
Series: Scavenger Trilogy Series , #1
Pages: 576
Sales rank: 494,969
Product dimensions: 4.37(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Having worked in the journalism and the law, K. J. Parker now writes and makes things out of wood and metal.

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Shadow 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
DodgerChaser More than 1 year ago
K.J. Parker is a great writer. From "The Hammer" to the "Engineer Trilogy" his/her world has been more than a fun twist on the old fantasy sword'n'sorcery stories, with a realistic bent a mile long and darkness so black a man would be forgiven for thinking he'd gone blind. But what of the 1st book in the Scavenger Trilogy? Well, this is the first book of Parker's (that I've read) where there may very well be a supernatural element to it all. It all starts when a man awakens on a battlefield to find he's the only survivor, and has amnesia to boot. He's understandably confused about what all is going on, and when he winds up playing the part of a folksy God in the Cart in place of another man, he begins to wonder (along with the reader) whether he may in fact be the fabled god Poldarn, who is said to bring the end of the world once his cart has reached its destination. What follows is dry wit, a good dose of sarcasm, and humor right beside the ever darkening plot. The only downside I found was that at no time did the main character simply grab someone, put a dagger to their throat, and demand an explanation to what is going on and who the heck he is. But I guess that'd ruin the plot, so it can be forgiven. All in all, I'd definitely buy this series. Again, if I had too. Worth every penny if you like your fantasy based in realism.
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I ordered this book based on the other reviews I was seeing on Amazon. I have to admit the book is a very interesting concept and really keeps you guessing. Neat concept, very thought provoking. Definitely not what I would call a "candy" book (all good action, entertaining, but you never think twice about it after reading it).Unfortunately I feel that it could have had more depth and more action. As you follow the character through the book you end up looking at everything very dispassionately. Which may be the way you would see things if you had lost your memory I suppose...but I feel you would still have very strong opinions and views. This approach to writing made it so I didn't really care what happened to any of the characters, I didn't like them, I didn't care about them. I believe these are very important things to make a book engrossing.The other thing that was lacking was good pacing. The middle of the book plods along...vvveerrryy sslloowwly. I really didn't care what type of buttons the lead character, Poldarn, ended up selling, I mean who really cares. It had no benefit to the story except to show that Poldarn was lost and confused and I picked that up in the first half. If you had cut out about 100 pages and given the characters some passionate opinions then I would rate this book 4-5 stars.All that being said I will probably read the 2nd book. If you had asked me if I was going to continue the series 3 chapters before the ending of this book I would have told you I am selling this book and shame on me for purchasing the next two in the series. But, the last few chapters were enough to re-spike the curiosity that the first part of the book generated. I am hoping the pace and depth of the characters picks up in the second book.
surreality on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Plot: Partly quite straightforward, partly complex and twisted. It's a little difficult to keep the individual plotlines straight at times at the first read. Characters: There's a pleasant lack of an essentially good character. Everybody has a convincing agenda, and there are enough layers to the main characters to keep them interesting even during the times when the plot lags a little. Style: A little too confusing at times. This is a book that needs full attention when reading; skimming over a page or two can get you lost already. Nicely written, with good pacing and the chapters just the right size. Plus: original idea, good setup, interesting worldbuilding. Minus: A little too confusing at times. Summary: Good start into a trilogy, but not for bedside reading. This book wants attention.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont know what was here. I forgot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Did you RP BlazingPaw of LeafClan once?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is A good Fantasy novel. I am truly surprised I am the first to review this book here K.j. Parker needs praise for writing such a good book. It goes out of that Tolkien mindset that any fantasy is based on. It was a good read and I hope the other two are even better