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Shadow, from the Sorcerer in the North book cover.

is a female Border Shepherd (a breed known for their intelligence and loyalty), found by Will in The Sorcerer in the North, it was almost dead

Alyss whose wedding she attends

and had been injured by John Buttle, though Will did not know that yet. She is currently Trobar's dog.

The Sorcerer in the NorthEdit

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Will, her former master

Shadow was discovered by the side of the road leading to Seacliff Fief with a long, but not deep gash, going from the bottom of the right shoulder to the base of the rear haunch on her left side. By the time she was found, she had lost a lot of blood. Will used a human medical kit on her, numbing the wound before cleaning it and then sewing it closed. Since he didn't want to leave her on the side of the road, she was taken to Seacliff to recover at Will's cottage. The dog became a welcome part of his day-to-day life, and he taught her slight commands, but then found out that she once belong to John Buttle, who came to get her back after proving he had wounded her because she disobeyed him. After Buttle was dealt with, she remained safe in Will's care, though he still could not come up with a proper name for her and usually just called her "the dog."

Shadow went through a several names, including Blackie, Traitor, and Bread and Butter Pudding, but it was Trobar who thought of the name Shadow because of her shadow-like movement. In the end, Will let Trobar keep Shadow, on the condition that if Shadow ever had puppies, Will would get the pick of the litter.

Halt's PerilEdit

Shadow makes another appearance in Halt's Peril. When Will returns to Malcolm's cottage in Healer's Clearing to get help for Halt, Shadow is the one that leads him to the house. Will whistles for her many times and she appears, leading him to Healer's Clearing as Will couldn't find it in the tangled wood.

Later in the book when Will is saying goodbye to Malcolm, Trobar gives Will a surprise. Shadow is now a mother with a litter of puppies. She acts motherly toward them and Will ends up with one of her puppies as his own, the pick of the litter, because the puppy has one eye brown, and the other a manic blue; just like her mother. Trobar named Shadow's daughter Ebony and Will brought her home to Redmont as his new pet/companion.

The Lost StoriesEdit

Shadow makes a brief appearance in And About Time Too... at Will and Alyss' wedding, Trobar and Malcolm having travelled from Norgate Fief to be at the event.


She is all black with a white ruff at her throat and chest and a white tip to her bushy tail. Her legs are white and she has a black head with a white blaze running from her muzzle to between her eyes. Her left eye is brown and her right eye is "a manic blue". She is friendly and welcoming to people she feels are kind, but has a good sense for danger.

Will trains her to respond to many commands which prove useful. He also uses her in his jongleur act.

Under Trobar's care, she had four puppies, one of which was Ebony, who was given to Will



Will saved Shadow from John Buttle and was her owner for some time, therefore creating a close relationship with her.


Shadow loves Trobar, her current owner and the one who gave her her name.


Her puppies probably stayed little time with her, but, like all mothers, she loves her children.

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