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Shadow World (Book 4):Stormriders Cover


Product Line: Shadow World
Product Edition: SW
Product Name: Shadow World (Book 4):Stormriders
Product Type: Novel
Author: Roxanne Longstreet, Ian Hammel (Roxanne Longstreet)
Stock #: novel
ISBN: 0-441-00302-8
Publisher: ACE
Page Count: Novel
Release Date: 1996
Language: English

Format Cover Price Released
Novel $5.50 1996

Note: There are two editions of this book, one from ICE and one from ACE( see below). The ICE version is trade paperback size (5.5 x 8.5) and the ACE version is standard paperback novel size (4.25 x 6.5). The ACE version came out under the name Ian Hamnell. Apparently in one of them there’s a passage where Brion uses martial arts to defeat a mercenary. In the other edition this passage has been removed. I recently started comparing the two versions and there are several differences. Basically the ACE version seems to be condensed from the ICE version, just in the Prologue and the first part of Chapter 1 I noticed several paragraphs that were in the ICE version completely missing from the ACE version, and many sentences in the ACE version have been truncated from what they were in the ICE version. If you have a choice, the ICE version is definitely the better version to read. I’ve included an excerpt of the first two paragraphs of Chapter 1 of both versions as an example.

Cover/Jacket Text:
Stormriders

Lightning rips through their house, and Brion and his family are swept into a violent Essence Flow Storm, into the dangerous spellbinding world of Kulthea – the Shadow World. Brion’s son is now missing, and he will do anything in thsi strange new world to get him back. But there is one person who will stand in his way. His wife, Kella.

She is treacherous. Even murderous. And in the magical realm of Kulthea, so much more is possible. A darkly powerful sorcerer has awakened new and terrifying hungers within her. And the search for their son will plunge them all into a battle between the servants of Light and the minions of Unlife. A battle for their very souls …

Notes:
Excerpt from Chapter 1 (ICE Edition):

Iarsang sat with his back to the sheltering rock and stared dreamily into the storm. He was buffeted by wild shrieking gusts of wind, but none of his frightened charges dared to approach or disturb him even to ask after his health. There were no tales of a Navigator going mad, but — well —

A snap of lightning exploded just outside of the cave in an actinic fury; the inhabitants of the cave jerked back and cried out in panic. Nomaran Estvir, the senior of the two clerics, was praying in a frantic, hushed voice to his patron deity Phaon, but no one really expected a prompt answer to that. The senior gods of Kulthea, called the Lords of Orhan because popular theory put their home on that luminous moon, had a large but unfanatical following. The gods were casually considerate to the needs of their worshippers, but the deities (including Phaon) were far too busy to concern themselves with specifics — or individuals. This, the men of Kulthea had little confidence in divine intervention.

Excerpt from Chapter 1 (ACE Edition):

Iarsang sat with his back to the sheltering rock and stared dreamily into the storm. He was buffeted by gusts of wind, but none of his frightened charges dared to approach even to ask after his health. There were no tales of a Navigator going mad, but — well —

A snap of lightning exploded just outside of the cave in an actinic fury. Nomaran Estvir, the senior of the two clerics, was praying in a frantic, hushed voice to his patron deity Phaon, but no one really expected a prompt answer to that. The Lords of Orhan had a large but unfanatical following. The gods of Kulthea were casually considerate, but most (including Phaon) were far too busy to concern themselves with specifics — or individuals..

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