Robin Wayne Bailey
- Title: Shadowdance
- Author: Robin Wayne Bailey
- ISBN: 9781565049468
- Page: 215
- Format: Paperback
Paralyzed since birth, a young man named Innowen happens upon a sorceress along the road She grants him the ability to walk, but there are two conditions he can only walk between dusk and dawn and, to keep this ability to walk, he must dance each night What at first seems harmless comes with a sinister price Anyone who witnesses Innowen s dance is soon compelled to actParalyzed since birth, a young man named Innowen happens upon a sorceress along the road She grants him the ability to walk, but there are two conditions he can only walk between dusk and dawn and, to keep this ability to walk, he must dance each night What at first seems harmless comes with a sinister price Anyone who witnesses Innowen s dance is soon compelled to act out his or her darkest, most horrific desires Eased of his physical affliction only to be burdened with a moral one, Innowen sets out on a quest to find the nameless with in order to lift the curse What he finds instead are long protected secrets that threaten to bring down an entire kingdom.
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Innowen is cursed. And blessed. And cursed.Born crippled, one night his life is changed forever when his caretaker is bitten by a snake. The beautiful witch who comes to his calls for help not only saves his caretaker's life, but gives Innowen back the use of his legs, for a price. Every night he can walk -- but he must dance. Once the sun rises, his legs are useless once again.But worse; if anyone sees Innowen dance, they are forced to enact their deepest, darkest desire. And that leads to trem [...]
Okay, I was wondering how comes that the blurb of this book sounded so awesome but the rating was so low. Now I know :) I admit that, maybe, if I'd read it in 1999, I would've been ecstatic just because there were some m/m bits there. But now I am spoiled and I wanted a good story to go with my m/m.The first 19% of the book were beautiful, though. So bright, and expressive, and memorable. All right, some things didn't make much sense, like (view spoiler)[Innowen who's spent all his life in the c [...]
Innowen grew up crippled below the waist and in the primitive society he lives in, there are no wheelchairs or other tools, so he's spent his life helplessly reliant on others to carry him around or having to drag himself along the ground. So when a witch comes along and gives him the power to walk every night, as long as he dances some part of the night, he is overjoyed. However, he soon finds out there's a dark side to the witch's magicwhoever sees him dance is compelled to act out their darke [...]
I have mixed impressions on this most peculiar book: the five-star rating is a homage to the writer's skill and originality.Set in a pre-historical, probably mycenaean, Greece -a hypothesis supported by garments' descriptions, warfares' strategies and proper names-, this book stands out from the many historical novels available because of the supernatural touch in it.The plot is not particularly interesting in itself: the main character, a crippled boy healed by a mysterious witch, is on a quest [...]
Shadowdance captivated me from the first paragraph of the book. The writing in this novel is exceptionally fluid and sensual (which I found quite compelling) and the descriptions are rich and innovative. At the same time I liked the air of darkness and mystery surrounding the story.The story itself is a unique perspective from a crippled boy, Innowen, whom acquires the ability to walk and dance at night through the strange and malevolent workings of a woman known as a fearful witch. No gift as g [...]
Terrible misleading - dance the world awayMagical, promising, wish upon a whispering stone begging for help Innowen "saw the narrow road stretching before him and the trees on either side that loomed like mighty soldiers of an era before the Age of Man." that must have been the Age of Demons, a never ending lesson about their kind and if the main purpose was to emphasize that deals with demons can't turn otherwise but sour the book deserves a better ratingBut aside the glorious beginning everyth [...]
I had bought and read this book some years ago but didn't keep it--a sure sign that it wasn't "good enough." Recently I ran across a cheap copy and decided to reread because the premise was interesting. Unfortunately, 174 pages in, I am giving up.While the cover is amazing and some of the descriptions in the interior are quite lovely, I have issues with many other things. For instance: for a crippled child raised in the remote cottage of a woodcutter, Innowen is remarkably knowledgeable about lo [...]
I couldn't finish this book. Too much was about half naked men caressing each other, which wouldn't have been so bad if there was a decent story to go with it. For example, when the guy sweated, he didn't just sweat, the sweat "ran down his groin." Who ever says that?
This book had so much potential, but it falls flat due to weak dialogue and even weaker sexual scenes in the book, what should have taken a couple a days to read became a chore to finish. What started off to be a good story started dragging and all I wanted was for he book to be over and the ending left much to be desired.1/5 STARS: **I want to thank the author and/or publisher for providing me with a copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review; all opinions are mine.**
this book wasn't terrible, but it certainly wasn't amazing, eitherrstly, the character development in Shadowdance is less than spectacular. Innowen remains the same more or less throughout the whole book, and he never comes to terms with his disability, like one might expect out of a book about a character with disabilities. i was looking forward to the ending, thinking, innowen will finally realize that you can still be a valid human being while also being disabled, but that moment never came.s [...]
Crippled from birth, abandoned to die but then rescued by a woodcutter, Innowen at the age of eighteen is given the power to walk by a beautiful witch, but only between sunset and dawn; the one condition being that he must dance every night. He also at this time acquires the nick-name Innocent.Taken in and then adopted by Lord Minarik, uncle of the King, Innowen soon learns that his ability to walk will cost - whoever sees him dance must act out their darkest desire, with often tragic results. T [...]
The premise of the book - that a crippled, young man is cursed with the ability to dance at the cost of evoking shameful desires in anyone who sees him - is ambitious, in that I imagined a million ways that it could go down a melodramatic route, or a gay-stereotypical route, or just awful, unintended comedy. By and large, I thought that Bailey handled it well, and the gender-bending aspect of this fairytale-like story was refreshing and surprising. I liked the fact that in Innowen's "world," his [...]
Great little book from an author that was unknown to me. I picked this one up because out the title/cover/description combo and it proved to be a great little story. I loved the idea based on magic which gave him the ability to walk yet was a curse. Throughout the book though I was certain that Robin the author was female because of how HE depicted the scenes between rascal and Innowen. I wasnt expecting such a homo-erotic touch to the book but it did make some sense in the end. The ending howev [...]
This book wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. It had some squicky bits that I had to challenge myself to continue with (rape, incest, homo-erotic undertones) Clarification: I'm not against gay content, I'm just not used to reading it yet and when I picked up the book, I didn't realize it would have homosexual undertones so it kind of surprised me. That's more of a reflection on the fact that more books like this one need to exist. Anyway, besides the aspects that made me uncomf [...]
Overall I enjoyed this book, and found the language and descriptions very beautiful, often in a dark and haunting way. I do feel, however, that too much time was given to the imagery that could have been better invested in developing the character and their relationships. So many interesting characters and complex relationships are presented but never really seem to grow. Things are revealed to us about them, but the reader is never really given the chance to discover with the characters - which [...]
Robin Wyne Bailey's Shadow dance is epic fantasy at its finest. It is a pleasure to see this novel re-released in ebook form.Innowen, born without use of his legs, yearns to walk and to dance. A chance encounter with the beautiful Witch of Shanalane grants him his dearest wish at a price. He may only walk from sunset to sunrise. In order to keep this ability, Innowen must dance each night, and anyone who witnesses his dancing is made to enact the darkest desires of his heart. The terrible cost o [...]
Bloated, with stutter-stop pacing (two characters develop a plot-essential emotional bond during a five-year timeskip; a civil war briefly pauses so the protagonist can go off and explore his roots). I would give it an extra star for its attempt to mimic classic Greek tragedy, a mode rarely explored in genre literature, except it loses any goodwill it gained for its unusual setting by chickening out from tragedy at the last minute and letting its protagonist run away and escape all consequence. [...]
Stop what you are doing and get this book! Then curl up and enjoy! This book was marvelous! I was not sure I was going to be able to connect with the story but decided to give it a go and I was NOT disappointed. I have never read anything by Robin Bailey. I will certainly read more after this book. There are some uncomfortable scenes, topics and disturbing family dynamics (very disturbing). The writing was wonderful. The story was unique and woven together masterfully. If you enjoy fantasy or ev [...]
this book was stupid and it had nothing to do with the homosexual tendencies. 3 stars BECAUSE of the homosexual tendencies. because they weren't in love-men's relationships are complicated. but then rascal's hard on for innocent was going to be exploited? did not care enough about the bland characters to find outrhaps the crappiness comes from the overwhelming misogyny? though women do get in the way of the sweat covered muscular make bodies, the wind blown nipples and creamy froth on male thigh [...]
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley for an honest review.Having read other reviews of this book being beautifully written with a plot that was unique and dark, I was not disappointed. The revealing of dark desires I found particularly interesting and there was a sense of dread after learning a character had seen Innowen dance.The imagery was so well described that I could literally see it in mind down to the details. The characters were believable and each had their own distinctive con [...]
Creepy, disturbing, and engrossing is this fantastical look into the dark side of human nature. The characters in this book are great, but not one of them has much in the way of redeeming qualities, but you see your own foibles in them and realize how easy it is would be to fall given power or challenged with a disability. Its also a fantasy-laden treatise on lust and love and how these intertwine with power. Nice twists at the end in regard to who you think the bad guys/good guys are and about [...]
Hard to find, but truly a gem. The setting was surprising, ancient greek/rome style with a fantasy twist; a violent, gritty world, where the whims of gods and witches are the rule and mortal creatures would do better not to attract their attention. There is passion, and imagery that tends to linger long after the book is read; the main revelation is rather anticipated, but what the main character uses it for makes keeping up with the story worth it. There could have been more between the lead (g [...]
Innowen, dragging himself through town to find someone to save his guardian, has a meeting with a Witch that changes the course of his life. She saves his guardian from a deathly snakebite, and asks her God to heal him and let him walk. Innowen does gain the ability to walk - but only at night, and he must also dance. The terrible catch is that whomever sees him dance will act out their darkest desire. Transitions could have been smoother, and more detailed back story on some of the characters w [...]
This was a random book find on the local Goodwill shelves, and I am happy to have picked it out. The author's writing, and Innowen's journey, is wonderfully breathtaking. Though there are some triggery events not for the faint of heart: (view spoiler)[ rape, incest (hide spoiler)] those really add to Innowen's challenge. I didn't expect to be swept away by a slow growing gay romance, since the story's focus is more on plot and the MC, but by the end of the book, I was seriously wishing the autho [...]
Good Iron Age-ish fantasy read. Not a whole lot of action, lots of introspection, but the sparse bit of magic that informs the main character's choices provides enough reason for that introspection, and his attempts at self-knowledge and discovery. The M/M relationship is handled very thoughtfully. A bit on the explicit side, and a couple of the "action" scenes inspired a surprised but amused "What, now?" from me. (Mind you, those are NOT the M/M scenes.)
Not bad. There were some truly nifty ideas, but the whole thing feels like it could have been better with another pass of rewriting. The biggest issue is that there's a 5-year time skip in which the protagonist meets the companion who will mean more to him than any other, and the whole thing is just an accomplished feat when the story picks up after the skip. Almost if the author chickened out of writing an important and difficult part.
This book is absolutely amazing. It has the great parts of all good novels, and Robin Wayne Bailey isn't afraid to go places most authors wouldn't. I was VERY Impressed with this book.On third reading, I find it to still be a good book, but I am not drawn to it as I was previously. It is a book that you want to read again until you are reading it. But it is still a wonderful book.
I rediscovered this book after many years and was excited to find out that it was just as enjoyable the second time around. It's a fun fantasy story with a dash of mystery. Razkili is a great character. Innowen got on my nerves at times but by the end you can't help but like him as well. The world building is decent and the consequences of magic original. Good book all around.
What a wonderful idea for a book, a wonderful, original, haunting concept. Only the execution fell a little short of the novel's potential. It was boring, at times. Something was simply missing. What a pity. Truly.
I actually abandoned the book. It wasn't that bad and maybe one day I will continue it, but I couldn't feel anything for the characters. The plot had a great start so I may continue it one day to know more about what is going to happen.
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