The Shadow Swarm review tour has gone pretty well. I’ve read all the reviews so far, and some of them are great! There’s a a link to the tour page below which has all the reviews of Shadow Swarm so far.
First, a disclaimer, I work for Novel Publicity. So there won’t be any stars for my review here or on Goodreads. For that reason, I won’t post a review at Amazon, but would really love to because I did very much enjoy the book, and would have chosen to be part of the tour even if I wasn’t working for NP.
In this world of indie books, and self-published titles, and small house pubs, I find reviewing an increasingly difficult task. I’ve had my share of blogger bashing, and dealt with hard to handle people. I deal with that in my day job too, and honestly bullying and bashing has become far to common place everywhere (in my opinion).
Why the rant?
Precisely because D. Robert Pease is DEFINITELY NOT one of those authors. In fact, every author I’ve ever dealt with from Evolved Publishing has been wonderful so far. The books are always well edited, and don’t make me scream at grammatical errors, and even better, the authors are approachable, and professional.
Not every book is for every person – but Shadow Swarm was definitely for me.
I’ve found some of the comments interesting. One blogger mentioned not finding the relationship between Aberthol & Elise believable. I clearly must be more of a romantic. He obviously fell in love with her because of the song, and the poetry… right? There’s something absolutely charming and undeniably beautiful about the possibility of ‘love at first sight’ that I found in the beginning of their relationship. While it requires a suspension of belief, I still enjoyed the story, and didn’t have a problem believing in the relationship.
I’ve also read some reviews with remarks about the religious content. While I agree there’s definitely symbolism there, I don’t think its necessary to call it Christian, or anything else for that matter. many books use symbolism, and whether we’re talking about creation stories, Ark stories, or anything else, they are common in many religious, and not just Christianity. So, my ‘official’ thought on the use of symbolism in Shadow Swarm, is that it works, and it works well. I wasn’t bombarded with undertones of a particular slant or religion, the song Elise sings in the beginning of the book is certainly ‘hymn-like’ but I definitely wasn’t offended, and I’m definitely not a Christian either. My opinion is that you could read this book whatever your religious background and still enjoy it and not be distracted. After all, geeks all over the world love Tolkein’s Lord of the Rings. It has religious symbolism all over the place.
The story is generally well told. The descriptive elements are wonderful. The use of adjectives and adverbs was not over done, and the imagery really played out throughout the tale. If I had teenage kids, or maybe a little older, I would definitely recommend this as an entry level book into the sci-fi genre. It’s a saga, and not nearly as daunting or difficult to read as so The Gormenghast trillogy, but equally as intriguing.
Finally, a note about chapters. This is one of my personal pet peeves. I like chapters that are chapters for a reason. The end of the chapter should be an END of some sort. The cut of a scene, and indication that an event is over. SOMETHING CONCLUSIVE. I find with many, MANY self-pubs and indie books, they chapters are super short, and I’m not always sure why.
Shadow Swarm hit it out of the park with chapters for me. There was only one instance where I questioned why a chapter ended where it did, and as an editor I would have made the same choice (to end it where it was). There wasn’t a super clear spot in the next chapter to end, and combining them would have made for a very draggy long chapter near the beginning of the book. This wasn’t jarring enough to distract from the general story though. Convenient though, that it can bring up a good talking point.
What is it with all the super short chapters I find in ebooks now?
About the Book – About the Author – Prizes!!!
About the prizes: Who doesn’t love prizes? You could win one of two $50 Amazon gift cards or an autographed copy of Shadow Swarm! Here’s what you need to do…
- Enter the Rafflecopter contest
- Leave a comment on my blog
That’s it! One random commenter during this tour will win the first gift card. Visit more blogs for more chances to win–the full list of participating bloggers can be found HERE. The other two prizes will be given out via Rafflecopter. You can find the contest entry form linked below or on the official Shadow Swarm tour page via Novel Publicity. Good luck!
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.Get Shadow Swarm through Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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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