The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2) by Django Wexler

The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)

Anyone can plot a coup or fire an assassin’s bullet. But in a world of muskets and magic, it takes considerably more to seize the throne. The ailing King of the Vordan lies on his deathbed. When he dies, his daughter, Raesinia Orboan, will become the first Queen Regnant in centuries—and a ripe target for the ambitious men who seek to control her. The most dangerous of these is Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and master of the secret pol...

Details The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)

TitleThe Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2014
PublisherDel Rey
GenreFantasy, Epic Fantasy, Fiction, War, Military Fiction, High Fantasy

Reviews The Shadow Throne (The Shadow Campaigns, #2)

  • Petrik
    4.5/5 StarsDifferent from its predecessor but in my opinion, a superior book.The Shadow Throne is the second book in The Shadow Campaign series and it’s really not an exaggeration to say that this is almost a completely different book in comparison to the first book. Where The Thousand Names focused mainly on campaigns and actions, The Shadow Throne centered on a revolution in the city of Vordan; filled with intriguing scheming and politics.The...
  • ❄️Nani❄️
    Totally different than what I’d expected but Django Wexler did not let me down. RTC~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~Brain: Not going to read this until the end of February as “planned”. Me: I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t stop thinking about Marcus, Winter and Janus. I can’t stop thinking about the guys at the infantry. Brain: Stop thinking, chill the Fk out and “stick to the plan”!Me: Just a sneak peak...*reads the fir...
  • Mary ~Ravager of Tomes~
    YES. SO. MUCH. YES.I enjoyed this book immensely! Holy cow.I never would have guessed that I'd find myself loving a piece of military fantasy this much, but there's something about this series that keeps me so entertained.While reading this story, the words were completely wrapping me up in a blanket of politics, magic, and war. I was entranced, breathing hard, shaking my fists, making faces, the whole nine yards. Stories that are heavy on polit...
  • Django Wexler
    As has become tradition, I'll leave the first review on my own book. I, um, liked it?
  • Rob
    Are you tired of the same old fantasy? Would reading yet another story about a chosen boy who goes on to be a great hero and save the world from an ancient evil make you want to punch a baby in the face*?Well look no further. I present you the second book in Django Wexler's Shadow Campaigns.We've got not one, but TWO female protagonists. (The third one's a dude, but he's pretty cool so we won't hold it against him.) And if that's not enough there...
  • Conor
    4.5 Stars. A second great instalment in what is quickly becoming one of my favourite new fantasy series'. After receiving some criticism for his intense focus on a flintlock fantasy military campaign in The Thousand Names Wexler showed here that he can write a more traditional fantasy adventure with the best of them. While I didn’t enjoy this as much as the last one it was still a fun, easy read that kept me turning the pages and the finale, wh...
  • Will M.
    My review of the first novel: The Thousand NamesIt's nothing new that the second book of an ongoing fantasy series didn't live up to my expectations. I had very high hopes for this, but the execution was a bit lacking. No way near as good as the first book, but still better than most fantasy novels out now. Better for my taste, at least.My major complaint with this novel would be that Wexler added in another voice in the novel. The dual point of ...
  • Haïfa
    You can find this review and more at Booksprens.Remember when I told you The Thousand Names was pretty heavy on military jargon, tactics, drills...? Well, guess what? You will (almost) find nothing of the sort in The Shadow Throne!I found the drastic switch of tone, setting and context to be a masterstroke on Wexler’s part and a very refreshing change. I don’t think I ever read a sequel so completely different from its predecessor. “This ...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum Guest post by author on "Writing the Revolution" in The Shadow Throne used to think military fantasy wasn’t my thing, but ever since I started reading a lot again for book blogging, it’s become even more apparent that what I like or what I don’t like isn’t so much about the genre or sub-category, but is in the way...
  • Aristea
    I loved it. Amazing female leads - I cannot recall one I did not like or cared for! -, a great inspiration for this particular book, reference to magic (but just a hint and I hope book 3 will investigate in detail magic!). Amazing continuation in The Shadow Campaigns!
  • Jody
    Django strikes again! The story and world continues to expand in this second installment of The Shadow Campaigns. The setting takes place in Vordan City and has a mix of old and new characters. The number of POV's has also increased from book 1. Along with Winter and Marcus is now the Princess Raesinia of Vordan. Mr. Wexler has moved from the desert of Khandar in book 1 to the sprawling metropolis of Vordan City and an almost entirely new cast o...
  • Daniel
    Gosn Wexler nastavlja da me odusevljava. Velika knjiga sa puno likova, prica koja drzi paznju, elokventan stil pisanja koji nije zatrpan sa 10 strana nepotrebnih detalja. Isto tako sami likovi su realni, motivacije razumemo, svi se ponasaju ko da umeju da razmisljaju (sto na zalost ume da bude retkost u fantazijskim knjigama). Moj omiljeni lik je bila sama princeza koju upoznajemo na vrlo interesantan nacin i koja se ponasa drugacije nego sto bi ...
  • Liviu
    sequel to the superb Thousand Names, The Shadow Throne keeps the same exuberant storytelling, great characters and wonderful pov's in Winter and Marcus, while adding Princess Raesinia as 3rd pov. now the action is back in Vordan, the setting is urban and the storyline is a mixture of revolution and magic rather than colonial war and magicheir to the throne, Raesinia is assumed by sinister Duke Orlanko to be his tool for reasons one finds out in t...
  • Michael Pang
    Less "martial" than the first book. In book 1 there were good number of large scale battles (plus accompanying skirmishes) and the story focused on the characters while campaigning across a foreign map. Here, the action is focused close to home in and around a single city. We get to see the seeds of discontent and scheming plans blossom into a full scale revolution.Great story, characters and writing, just wanted to point out that it is a little ...
  • Esmerelda Weatherwax
    Wow, that was a change of pace from the first book. No longer out in the fields fighting, it's inner city turmoil and political plotting. We get a new POV, the princess soon to be Queen .... and I'm not sure I liked her very much. I also didn't really like Jane, oh well I still LOVED Marcus and Winter so that more than made up for it. the action didn't pick up until about halfway through the book, so this book took me much longer to get through t...
  • Nathan
    Fantasy Review BarnI am not sure I have ever seen a series do a complete one eighty in book two like this one has; I am certain that if I have it didn’t pull it off so successfully. There is no middle book issue in this series; The Shadow Throne improves on the very strong start provided by The Thousand Names.Wexler introduced us to this world with a book that was at its heart one strong military campaign. The Thousand Names was pure military f...
  • Sumant
    The shadow throne which is the second book in the shadow campaigns series, completely changes gears as regards to the first book is concerned. The first book was a military fantasy while this book is all about the political intrigue going on the city of Vordan. The book started solidly for me, but I think the battle scenes in the book were a bit unconvincing and Wexler wrapped them up in just a few pages. Some of the strong points of the book are...
  • Manju
    I was really looking forward to this book after the glowing reviews of my friends and the people I follow here on GR. but I only I liked it whereas I wanted to love it. book started as very strong for me with Janus assigning work to Marcus and Winter which seemed important enough at that time. I liked the new character of Raesinia and her little plan of snatching the power from the hands of Minister of Orlanko (the same man whom I thought to be s...
  • Anirudh
    What came as a surprise when I read the first book, could not repeat the magic the second time around. The shadow Throne is quite different from its predecessor to the point of wondering if it is even the same series.What started off as a brilliant Flintlock fantasy, full of mysterious demons, desert warfare and some great writing has suddenly turned into yet another book about court intrigue, and lacks everything that made the first book wonderf...
  • Megan
    Wow. I didn't think it was possible, but I actually enjoyed this more than the first novel. Honestly, this series is going from strength to strength, and only getting better.This time we move from non-stop military action back to a more politically-charge Vordan, meeting characters who've only been mentioned in The Thousand Names. But there is still plenty of action, fighting, and excitement that happens.There's so many things I love about this b...
  • mich
    This book has:-An officer who is a girl disguised as a boy who goes on an undercover mission disguised as a girl (yeah, you read that right)-A clever princess-soon-to-be-Queen who, also under disguise, helps to spark a revolution among her people. . .against herself (sort of)-A steadfast loyal Captain who never goes under disguise, not even once. (so basically, the boring one, lol)I’m really enjoying this series. With the change in setting from...
  • Mark
    Shortest review, ITS BRILLIANTLY GOOD. Think thats enough.
  • Michael Campbell
    A vastly different novel from the first but just as interesting in it's own way. We've moved from the far off battlefield of a distant land to the capital city of Vordan. Where muskets and sabers ruled the first book, and court intrigue and politics were kept to subtle background maneuvering, the first book flips that all the way around. There are some battles, but this novel is obviously meant to set the stage for things to come. The new POV cha...
  • Milo (BOK)
    The Review Can Also Be Found Here: http://thefictionalhangout.blogspot.c....The King of Vordan is dying, and his daughter, Raesinia, is destined to become the first Queen in centuries.But politics knows no loyalties, especially for Duke Orlanko, Minister of Information and spymaster of the empire. The most feared man in the Vordan will bow his knee to no Queen, unless she is firmly under his influence.Freshly returned from their recent victories ...
  • Geek Furioso
    Django Wexler continúa su noble misión de intentar dejarme los huevos congelados con sus libros. Y lo consigue, el cabrón, lo consigue. He de reconocer que en muchas cosas que me esperaba me ha dejado algo frío, pero en otras ha demostrado que es un magnífico escritor.
  • Lancer
    As close to five stars as possible. I liked it more than the first which I also highly enjoyed. Love the characters, the shadowy black priests and all the intrigue of what Janus really is. Straight to book 3 we go.
  • Skylar Phelps
    3.5 StarsI’m left with mixed feelings. The plotting, the surprises and the action made for quality content but the experience for me was dampened by some notable differences from The Thousand Names. Many of the things that were so unique and compelling to me in book one sadly didn’t carry over. There was also a slight slackening in polish to the prose, it was less crisp and more drawn out which made the narrative drag in places.I do have to g...
  • Lys
    I read a lot of mixed reviews over this one, but I liked it.It's very different from The Thousand Names and I can understand why people who loved the first could have felt a bit off with this one, but I think it was a good move on Wexler part. To change so much the background and the kind of story-line(s), from a war novel to a political one, it was a smart way to build the worldbuilding and to make us see the complexity of his worlds.The shadow ...
  • Scott Hitchcock
    I was torn between a 4 and a 5. The book starts out on a new continent back in their home country and the start of the book is pretty slow and the new characters not never really developed the way I hoped. There's a lot of world building and it's not bad, just very slow. The duke particularly who I was really looking forward to came off flat. I love that Wexler didn't go for the prototypical villain but at the same time I just never bought into h...