Sunday, August 17, 2014

Book Review: Shadow Swarm + Giveaway

Genre: Fantasy

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About the book: 
Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that cannot be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, and saw his mother die while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a volcano.

Aberthol doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, as his grandfather eight generations before took the planet ravaged by a war of the gods and began anew.

All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin in a tomb, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior. All he really wants to know is his name, and why he keeps hearing voices in his head.


This story was a little harder for me to get into which is probably due to my lack of reading more classically written epic fantasy books. The writing is on par with language of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. As I am more of a sci-fi/urban fantasy reader I discovered this was a challenging read for me. Also the fact that this story is more for an adult instead of the YA I usually read could be a factor, although I could imagine this could be read by younger readers.

I enjoyed the story but the pacing for me was a bit long and I personally wished for it to be more straight forward. Perhaps I have the attention span of a gnat but I found myself skimming some of the parts to get to the good stuff. There was a lot of description in the story that I wasn't sure was relevant to the story so those were the parts that I skipped. It was well written but I may not have been the target audience for this book.

The dialogue was also unfamiliar to me as I tend to lean more towards modern or futuristic stories. Still there was a certain formal lyrical lilt that I found to the dialogue that I did find pleasing. Unfortunately, there was little to no humor in the story. As a person who loves comedy or characters that make me laugh, this story was lacking in that department. This story was not light-hearted like most of the books I like to read. It was a little darker and heavier than what I'm used to.

I found myself not really drawn towards any of the characters in the story. I tried to care more about the characters and their actions, but more often I found myself indifferent to them. I also didn't quite care for the love at near first sight either. I mean they did spend a lot of time together but I didn't feel it was enough to warrant love in the span of weeks or months. I usually am pretty indifferent to love at first sight ideals but this was a little hard to accept for me just because of the situation the characters were in when it happened.

The ending was decent. The climax was adequate to what the story was building up to but again I find it was hard to get to that point. Again, because I didn't really have an emotional connection with the characters I didn't find myself upset over any of the multiple deaths in the book.

I don't mind the damsel in distress trope but sometimes I feel they are over done a little. It also bothers me when we don't get a glimpse of the damsel trying to fight or find a way out. We didn't really get this in the story so I found it frustrating that the hero has to go save them. I mean that it's good that he does go but I would like to imagine that the damsel is fighting for a way out. I would like the knowledge that they are at least attempting to fight their way out with or without the knowledge that the hero is coming to save them. I suppose that goes to the pet peeve I have of my dislike for useless characters or characters who do nothing.

Perhaps I lean more towards the happy, light-hearted, humorous fantasy stories that this book didn't touch me as one who is a fan of the epic fantasy. Those who are fans of Lord of the Rings and other similar books will find this book more appealing. I'm glad I gave this book a chance because it did awaken my interest in other certain parts of epic fantasy that I may or may not quite enjoy. You should give this book a chance if you like epic adventure stories with rescuing lots of people!

2.7 out of 5 rating for me!

(An ARC was provided for an honest review. I was not compensated in any other way.)

About the Author: 

D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he brings to life.

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About the prizes:

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