Shadowheart: Volume Four of Shadowmarch

PART ONE - THE KNOTTED ROPE

Chapter 1 - A Cold Fever

Chapter 2 - A Letter from Erasmias Jino

Chapter 3 - Seal of War

Chapter 4 - The Deep Library

Chapter 5 - Haunters of the Deeps

Chapter 6 - The Tree in the Crypt

Chapter 7 - The Battle of Kleaswell Market

Chapter 8 - And All His Little Fishes

Chapter 9 - The Thing with Claws

Chapter 10 - Fools Lose the Game

Chapter 11 - Two Prisoners

Chapter 12 - Willow

Chapter 13 - A Glimpse of the Pit

Chapter 14 - The Queen of the Fay

PART TWO - THE TORTOISE

Chapter 15 - Heresies

Chapter 16 - A Cage for a King

Chapter 17 - Defending the Mystery

Chapter 18 - Exiles and Firstborn

Chapter 19 - Mummery

Chapter 20 - Words from the Burned Land

Chapter 21 - Call of the Cuttlehorn

Chapter 22 - Damnation Gate

Chapter 23 - A Storm of Wings

Chapter 24 - Disobedient Soldiers

Chapter 25 - Tooth and Bone

Chapter 26 - By the Light of Burning Ships

Chapter 27 - Full of the Stuff

Chapter 28 - Better Than Expected

PART THREE - THE OWL

Chapter 29 - A Little Man of Stone

Chapter 30 - Slipping on Blood

Chapter 31 - The Gate to Funderling Town

Chapter 32 - A Coin to Pay the Passage

Chapter 33 - Spearpoint

Chapter 34 - Coming Home

Chapter 35 - His Dearie-Dove

Chapter 36 - When the Knife Falls

Chapter 37 - The Blood of a God

Chapter 38 - A Visitor to Death’s Estate

Chapter 39 - The Very Old Thing

Chapter 40 - Fiery Laughter

Chapter 41 - Snakes and Spiders

Chapter 42 - The Pale Blade

Chapter 43 - Fever Egg

Chapter 44 - The Screaming Stars

PART FOUR - THE PINE TREE

Chapter 45 - Only in Dreams

Chapter 46 - The Guttering Candle

Chapter 47 - Death of the Eddons

Chapter 48 - By the Dark River

Chapter 49 - Two Boats

Chapter 50 - Cuckoo in the Nest

Chapter 51 - A Shared Admiration

Chapter 52 - The Crooked Piece

Chapter 53 - Shadowplayers

Chapter 54 - Evergreen

Epilude

Appendix 1

Appendix 2

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