Shadow Swarm

Shadow Swarm

by D. Robert Pease


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ISBN-13: 9781622534128
Publisher: Evolved Publishing
Publication date: 06/02/2014
Pages: 350
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.73(d)

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Shadow Swarm 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Aisazia More than 1 year ago
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!
MomsChoiceAwards More than 1 year ago
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natzers More than 1 year ago
Not a bad read but slightly predictable. Arbethol Nauile is the promised saviour and the rightful heir to the throne of the Nuadaim. He just doesn't know it yet. When he wakes up in a mausoleum not knowing his own name, or anything that has happened to him in the past 300+ years, it looks as if the ancient prophecy has failed, and the Neglafem's sacrifice to protect him has been in vain.  Elise is more than ready to give up on the prophecy and leave the strange man to fend for himself after watching her grandfather, Iliam, being killed on the day of the King's Presentation, but her grandfather's sacrifice and faith means more to her than anything in the world. Leading Nauile out of the citadel where they were beset by the enemy, she is soon taken hostage by the enemy to be used against Nauile.  Because Arbethol is remembering things in flashes as well as being told them by the people he meets, you do get a rather good background of the Nuadaim over the course of the book, usually when you need to know it. The list of names and terms at the back was also quite useful, though a little clunky to refer to on the kindle (that really only works well on paperbacks). The world is pretty well-built, and the narrative is well-written. The characters seem a little flat and one-sided at times - it's not to say that they weren't well-developed. It's just that they felt a little stereotypical, especially Elise. Other than her kidnapping being the catalyst that launches Nauile to start a war against the enemy, I don't really see why he falls in love with her or how. I guess traipsing through the woods together might make you attracted to one another, but... that was it? Shadow Swarm is very strongly Christian allegory - I could smell it from the middle of the book, though that's probably because I'm extremely sensitive to these kinds of things. It doesn't really detract from the story itself; it's only just a little predictable at the end.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite A man awakes in a mausoleum, with no idea how he got there or who he is. As his memories are hazy, the murals on the walls seem to hold clues to his identity. When he finally has the chance to get out from the tomb, he finds himself in a large hall with the Neglafem or Keepers of the Heir. After he demands to know his name, an old man reveals the answer that he desperately seeks – Aberthol Nauile, rightful heir to the throne and Lord of all Nuadaim. I really appreciated the ‘Names and Terms’ section provided by author D. Robert Pease, who even provided a link to that section at the end of every chapter. This is a very well-thought assessment of a perfect readability format for a fantasy novel.  Aberthol learns that he’s actually 327 years old, a reborn Nuadaim’s savior, and the one that people have been waiting for. Aberthol hesitantly prepares himself for his Presentation, the day he meets his people as king. However, Aberthol and the Neglafem are attacked. The chieftain of the Neglafem, Illiam, is killed. Elise, Illiam’s granddaughter, continues to fulfill her grandfather’s duty to look after Aberthol, despite her grief and anger at Aberthol’s failure to save her grandfather. I couldn't help but sympathize with the protagonist, as too much is expected of him in a very short time. Yet, Aberthol regains his identity as the story moves along.  Pease’s Shadow Swarm is a complete fantasy tale; a hero, a magical sword, dragons, and dark enemies with enough illustrations of maps which further provide a greater understanding of the world-building. Fans of epic fantasy fiction will find Shadow Swarm a deeply engrossing, fantastic read.