Crocken the peddler had made a bad bargain.
For a bag of gold and a chance to keep breathing, Crocken had grudgingly agreed to conduct the shadow-remnant of a murdered wizard to the distant kingdom of Armyn.
Crocken kept his end of the deal. Trailed at every step by the chill, disapproving wraith, he braved wilderness, floods, and savage beasts. But when he finally won through to the Armyn fortress of Axe-Edge, he found his term of servitude extended at his intangible master's whim. For at Axe-Edge, Crocken was mistaken for a hero.
Doors opened to a hero that would have slammed in any ordinary peddler's face. And behind one of those doors waited the wizard's murderer . . .
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Dexter ( The Winter King's War ) offers here a largely predictable tale that is not much energized by its major device: Crocken, a simple peddler, has his own shadow replaced with that of a powerful wizard seeking revenge for his own murder. The peddler is compelled by the shadow to travel to a neighboring kingdom. Along the way, Crocken saves the life of a princess from a wild, charging boar and the story takes on themes of mistaken identity. Hailed as a heroic merchant-adventurer in the new kingdom, Crocken and his wizard shadow take up occupancy inside a royal court where intrigue over succession to the throne runs rampant. Through a series of fumbles and stumbles, Crocken becomes a key player in the intrigue, ingratiating himself with the man who becomes king. Through it all, the demanding shadow leaves the peddler little choice but to follow his captor's whims. Though the writing and plotting are clear, the rags-to-riches story, unfortunately, never really gets moving, and most of the potentially interesting characters are never fully realized.
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