Where the Shadows Lie, Paperback Book

Where the Shadows Lie Paperback

Part of the Fire & Ice series

3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


Amid Iceland's wild, volcanic landscape, rumours swirl of an eight-hundred-year-old manuscript inscribed with a long-lost saga about a ring of terrible power.

A rediscovered saga alone would be worth a fortune, but, if the rumours can be believed, there is something much more valuable about this one.

Something worth killing for. Something that will cost Professor Agnar Haraldsson his life.Untangling murder from myth is Iceland-born, Boston-raised homicide detective Magnus Jonson.

Seconded to the Icelandic Police Force for his own protection after he runs afoul of a drug cartel back in Boston, Magnus also has his own reasons for returning to the country of his birth for the first time in nearly two decades - the unsolved murder of his father. And as Magnus is about to discover, the past casts a long shadow in Iceland.Binding Iceland's landscape and history, secrets and superstitions in a strikingly original plot that will span several volumes, Where the Shadows Lie is the first in a thrilling new series from an established master.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781848873995



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It's got Iceland's economic woes, an Icelandic saga and its magical ring that was supposedly the inspiration for Tolstein's ring storyline in Lord of the Rings, the obligatory murder or two, an Icelandic-American policeman from Boston helping out while on witness protection, interesting characters, and Iceland the place. You do get a sense that this is written by an outsider, but that is not a criticism. He has researched well and Ridpath's fondness for, and knowledge of, Iceland are evident. This is a new departure for Ridpath who 'til this crime thriller wrote financial thrillers. I liked this new departure, it is well structured, pacy, inventive, and overall a good read. Should be of interest too to Lord of the Rings fans. First in his 'Fire & Ice' series, I can highly recommend.

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This was quite interesting until the Viking sagas and Tolkien took over the plot, but if you're a LofR fan you may appreciate it more than me!

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Loved this. A good blend of mythology, Icelandic sagas, modern skullduggery and quite a lot of boinking people on the head and pushing them off things. Looking forward to more - this is supposed to be the first of a trilogy.

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