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James Clemens biography and books reviewed

James Clemens was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1961. With his three brothers and three sisters, he was raised in the Midwest and rural Canada. There, he explored cornfields, tadpoles, and frozen ponds, dreaming of worlds and adventures beyond the next bend in the creek.

Eventually, forced to grow up, he went to school at the University of Missouri, where he graduated with a doctorate in veterinary medicine in 1985.

During one especially icy Midwestern winter, the lure of ocean, sun, and new horizons eventually drew him to the West Coast where he established his veterinary practice in Sacramento, California. Presently, he shares his home with a Golden Retriever named Penny and a Miniature Dachshund named Paiwakit.He has been a spinner of tales since his childhood; Wit'ch Fire was his first novel, translated into a dozen languages worldwide. Shadowfall is his latest novel, introducing a new world, new magik, new adventure.

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Shadowfall by James Clemens

Four millennia have passed since the gods came to Myrillia, creating the nine lands of peace as a haven from the nightmarish, accursed Hinterlands. In all this time nothing has disturbed the harmony of the nine lands.But now the goddess of the Summering Isles has been murdered. The only witness is Tylar de Noche, a crippled and disgraced former Shadowknight. As he holds the dying goddess, her last breath bestows a powerful blessing on him-a mark that heals his broken body. A mark that many see as proof that he killed a god. A mark that unleashes a powerful force of darkness within him. Chased across Myrillia by enemies both human and ethereal, Tylar must uncover and face down a being powerful enough to kill an immortal-the true godslayer. For if he fails, all of Myrillia will fall into shadow.

"I like finding books that I really enjoy. I come away refreshed and happy, knowing that if ever I need to go back and reread a book to make myself feel better – to hide myself from the wealth of mediocrity that rocks up on my doorstep each year – I have yet another book to read, and from first appearances, Shadowfall by James Clemens is just such a book."

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Hinterland by James Clemens

Hinterland by James Clemens is the second book in the authors ‘The Godslayer Trilogy’. I loved the first book, giving it a high score in the 90’s, because the story was brilliant, well-paced, and utterly ingenious. This time, I have to be a little bit harsher, I think, though we’ll see how I feel by the end of this review.

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