The Rise of the Red Shadow by Joseph R. Lallo

The Rise of the Red Shadow

By Joseph R. Lallo

  • Release Date: 2013-07-30
  • Genre: Epic
Score: 5
From 55 Ratings
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Every story must begin somewhere. For the warrior who would come to be known as the fearsome Red Shadow, the story began in a forgotten glade deep in the land of Tressor. It was there that a pair of trackers, eager to retrieve a lost slave, instead found an orphaned malthrope. Had it been a human, it might have been treated with compassion, but in the eyes of human society a malthrope was a monster, a mix of fox and man believed to be a murderer and thief by its very nature. The beast was to be sold for a handful of silver, but fate intervened in the form of an old blind slave named Ben. Under the learned hand of the one human who believed in his potential, the young malthrope would instead be given the wisdom to take his first steps on the long journey to his destiny.

The Rise of the Red Shadow chronicles the early life of one of the most mysterious figures of the The Book of Deacon trilogy, the creature called Lain. It tells of his years working and learning on a Tresson plantation until a dark day of vengeance and bloodshed finally set him free. From there you will follow as he finds his place in the world, learning what it is to be a malthrope, and turning to the purpose that will guide him for the rest of his days. It is a story of love, hate, and lessons hard-learned, revealing the painful choices one must make to become the hero the world needs.


  • Loved it!

    By Helion Cruz
    Even though it stars a malthrope, an incredible type of hero, the story is excellent, well told, and quite exciting. I will be looking for more.
  • Wonderful

    By Other sci-fi guy
    Having readthe first two books of the trilogy , I was not isappointed with the prequel. The only bits that dragged somewhat were some of the Potteresque moments of banter shared with Shadow's peers in Entwell. Certainly not a spoiler by any means but only some mild constructive criticism for a superb author whose only equal to date is Patrick Rothfuss.
  • Stand alone wonderful novel

    By Cllarre
    Honesty - even better then the rest of the series. It's the book the author should have written instead of the trilogy. Clearly he shows the most affinity for the red shadow and the story line is much neater. A great read.
  • The rise of the red shadow.

    By Topolino52
    I read your for books so far. Enjoyed them a lot and can't wait for more of the trilogy. What an imagination you have. Your presentation is such that you make us believe that such people and places really exist and that you have been there. I'll definitely will by more books from you. Thanks for taking me to your place. John V. Cellini
  • Loved it

    By Bleh bleh bleh*
    This is now and forever more my 2nd favorite book(;