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url 2017-07-20 17:08
New bookclub for Shadowdance series in case anyone wants to join the read
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish
A Dance of Blades - David Dalglish
A Dance of Mirrors - David Dalglish
A Dance of Shadows - David Dalglish
A Dance of Ghosts - David Dalglish
A Dance of Chaos (Shadowdance) - David Dalglish
Source: booklikes.com/book-clubs/info/94/shadowdance-series
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review 2017-07-20 15:51
Review of "A Dance of Cloaks" (Shadowdance, #1) by David Dalglish
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

I will be reading the next book in this series—which is probably the best indication of how I felt about the read.  (No, this book did not end with a cliffhanger).

 

It's fairly usual for fantasy genre gone a bit dark with thieves, assassins, corrupt folk in high places, religions, magics and a whiff of larger worldbuilding with snippets of other countries and races.  Yet also orginal.

 

Frantic almost in the pacing and everything that happens.  Somehow managed to not be chaotic with all the new characters that show up.  Great story arc — something many first-in-series books miss.

 

Yet that "frantic" kept me from rating higher because it meant I was slower to get into specific characters and the worldbuilding stayed pretty light (for example, new magics show up with no explanation; kinda video game-ish because as soon as one character seemed too powerful *poof* here comes an opposing power).  Even the main character did not really get a great deal of "on stage" time.

 

I read the traditionally published (Orbit) reissue of the self-published book.  Lo and behold, I had actually downloaded and shelved the self-published one when free (partly because the series had several books in it but mostly because liked the sample).  I won't be curious to read the self-published version — but, the author added a note to the new edition about how the self-published one was even more frantic with even more stuff thrown in.  I'm having trouble imagining ...

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text 2017-07-19 22:03
Reading progress: 36%.
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

This is certainly building.  I like it more and more and am more and more drawn in.  A bit dark in places.

 

It's also unfortunately easy to set aside between chapters because each seems to switch off to other scenes or characters.  I have a feeling I will like this book and the series — but, not likely to binge read back  to back because have to know immediately what happens next.

 

I'm hoping to prove that last statement wrong by the end of this book (but this is almost the halfway mark so doubt it).

  

 

Old Man's War - John Scalzi    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey   Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me this A Dance of Cloaks while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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text 2017-07-19 03:50
Reading progress: 22%.
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

This seems headed into becoming either a great fantasy genre series or levels of a video game (this character, X skills, y weapons, this allegiance ...).  

 

Potential is there, I'm enjoying the action so far, I think I could get invested in some characters (jumping POVs so don't really "know" anyone yet, definitely no pure-as-driven-snow ones), wisps of worldbuilding and magic, society a bit different (oligarchy? with three trade families but also a king), 

 

 A library borrow with rest of series also available (with a waiting list).

  

 

Old Man's War - John Scalzi    Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey   Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet - Darynda JonesDeath's Mistress - Karen Chance

 

Plus whatever library ebooks I borrow (lots on waitlist which just brought me this A Dance of Cloaks while binge-ing some series) will interrupt regular reading schedule.

 

Another bookclub read of whatever TOR offers free has turned out to be  Kushiel's Dart - Jacqueline Carey;  the 24in48 readathon July 22-23 will also disrupt or remake plans.

 

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text 2017-07-15 23:18
My Fairy Librarian just sent me this
A Dance of Cloaks - David Dalglish

Just got this first in fantasy genre series off the library waitlist.

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