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  • King of Shadows

  • Matthew Corbett, Book 8
  • Written by: Robert McCammon
  • Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
  • Length: 18 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)
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King of Shadows

Written by: Robert McCammon
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
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It’s January of 1704, and Matthew Corbett continues his mission to Italy, accompanied by Hudson Greathouse and former enemy Professor Fell. They seek Brazio Valeriani and information about the mirror created by his father, the sorcerer Ciro. Legend claims the mirror can be used to summon demons from beyond.

But fate has other plans for Matthew as their ship is disabled by a pod of whales, and they seek refuge on a secluded island. The islanders welcome them with a massive feast, but all is not what it seems. As the island pulls them deeper into its influence, the castaways struggle to maintain their grip on reality, even their very identity. Matthew must keep his wits about him and solve the mystery enshrouding the other side of the island, where an active volcano looms and a secretive creature lurks.

The King of Shadows is the eighth installment in best-selling author Robert McCammon’s acclaimed series of historical thrillers featuring Matthew Corbett, a brave “problem-solver” who now faces a challenging foe that threatens to take over his most valuable resource: his own mind.  

©2022 Robert McCammon (P)2022 Audible, Inc.

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FANTASTIC ADVENTURES

I’ve listened to this entire series. It’s fantastic story telling. Hope I don’t have to wait too long again for the next adventure for Mathew!

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  • Mrs
  • 2022-08-30

Disappointed

I had so looked forward to this book but sadly I thought it not up to the usual McCammon standard. Robert McCammon is my favourite storyteller but the only thing that kept me going with this book was the fantastic narration of Edouardo Ballerini. I thought the story of Mac’s early life was wonderful and he could have written a whole book about this subject. The same with Cardinal Black. But really they were just fillers and the book would have hung together just as well, maybe better because they showed up the weakness of the main plot, without them. He is a master of description and can transport you to wherever he wants and it was no different here. We were definitely on the island, on the boat, close to the fire but I thought the story was weak, boring and contrived. I loved all the other Matthew Corbett books, Speaks the Nightbird being my favourite book of all time, but King of Shadows has completely put me off. I think the amazingly talented Robert McCammon can do a lot better than this.

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  • Briona Foiles
  • 2022-07-01

Love Matthew Corbett

McCammon has an amazing talent for storytelling. His backstory for each character gives such depth and emotion. I will not give any spoilers except that I blew through this in 2 days. Now, the wait for the last one, which will be bittersweet

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  • Little Llama
  • 2024-01-09

I’m done with this series

I should have stopped several books ago when this series first jumped the shark. I thought this was the end since it has already ready gone on far too long, but no, it continues, but I won’t. I am no longer interested in the fate of any character in this universe.

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  • kudrasea
  • 2024-01-20

Entertaining and engaging

R. McCammon does not disappoint! Love that he brought the whole band back together again and on fantasy island, no less!❤️

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2023-07-16

So disappointed!

I was looking forward to something good happening to the main character, Matthew Corbett. This story was too dark and depressing. I have read all 8 books in the series so far and they got more and more gruesome and dark starting with Mr. Slaughter. I was hoping for more from the good guy and was very disappointed with the direction the author is going with this series. I don't think I'll bother with any more of them. It's too bad because Matthew Corbett is a wonderful character.

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  • Amy Kee
  • 2023-06-27

Not my favorite

Definitely not my favorite in this series, but good none the less. Why is it that in every other novel Matthew speaks several different languages but in this one only English? Weird! Looking forward to the next book…..I will keep reading this series as long as it goes! As always, impeccable narration!!

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  • OregonWoodman
  • 2023-06-21

Interesting, yet engaging

This installment was somewhat lacking in story progression. The writing was enjoyable and the narration was fantastic, but the topic/situation hung too long on what could have been a shorter diversion. However, the back story of certain characters was fantastic and long overdue. I’d love to see more of this in future installments, or possibly side novels based solely on the various characters. Overall, I was pleased and look forward to the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2023-05-24

So disappointed ‼️

What happened to everyone ❓ ❓❓
Left hanging with no conclusion😳
Very disappointing ‼️‼️‼️
Has to be another book or what a total let down 👎

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  • robin renee kendall
  • 2023-05-19

It shouldn’t have been a Corbbit book

It would be ok as a stand alone story. But did nothing for the series. And I had figured it out immediately. So I truly hope the next book in this series is as good as most of the rest. And it would really been very interesting if Matthew really does deal with actual unexplainable paranormal

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  • Deborah
  • 2023-05-06

Unsatisfying

I love this series, however I felt this book really had no ending. It just stopped, with hints of a future adventure, but with so many loose ends. I was disappointed.

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  • Roland
  • 2023-05-29

Fantastique

La saga se termine pour le moment, vivement le prochain !!!
Admirablement lu et jouer
Une histoire super

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