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Lord Tophet picks up where Shadowbridge left off with Leodora in the Dragon Bowl. After she is favored by the gods in the Dragon Bowl, Leodora, Soter, and Diverus stay in Colemaigne and perform to continually larger crowds. Unbeknownst to them, they are being pursued by agents of a dark master in a matter that is related to Leodora's family's past. The story reveals the relationship between Soter and Leodora's parents, the secrets Soter has been so determined to keep hidden, and who Lord Tophet and the Coral Man are.
I'm one of those people who prefers the book over the movie, and never have I read a book and I thought it would make a great movie. However, I would love to see this duology, Shadowbridge and Lord Tophet, on the big screen. It would be fun to see the spans of Shadowbridge, the puppetry of Leodora as she retells the stories and myths, and to hear Diverus' music. It would truly be a visual and oral treat.
One of the few things that I didn't like about the book were the riddles and vague sayings scattered throughout the story. Call me dimwitted, but I just don't like riddles. They are fine when the answer becomes clear, but often times I'm left scratching my head in puzzlement. Even when the characters in a story have finally figured out the riddle or saying, often times I'm still at a loss. At the very end of the book there is a reference to one of these vague sayings from Leodora's conversation with Shumyzin that she had at the beginning of Shadowbridge. I've read the passage at the end of Lord Tophet several times, and I think I understand what was said, but I can't be absolutely certain, and now I'm left at the end of the book with no hope of ever coming to a firm conclusion.
Shadowbridge is an intriguing world, and it's one that I will enjoy re-visiting again and again.
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