Shadowmancer: What can stand against an ancient evil.

Shadowmancer: What can stand against an ancient evil.

by G.P. Taylor

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ISBN-13: 9781591856658
Publisher: Charisma Media
Publication date: 05/09/2005
Pages: 174
Sales rank: 681,649
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

G. P. Taylor has spent his life pursuing God’s secrets of the universe. He has had a multifaceted career spanning the music industry and law enforcement. Today, he is the vicar of Cloughton and lives near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast, a countryside of cliffs and moors, richly steeped in history and folklore. He initially self-published Shadowmancer—and even sold his motorcycle to fund the venture—printing it through a local writers’ co-op. Taylor’s goals were modest—he hoped to sell his book in local bookstores. However, it rapidly caught on via word of mouth, was republished by the prestigious Faber and Faber, and in no time it all became a huge bestseller in England.

NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLING AUTHOR

In his first novel, Shadowmancer, reached #1 on the New York Times Best Sellers List in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His second novel, Wormwood is another New York Times best seller which was nominated for a Quill Book Award.  G. P. Taylor also authored The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street, Tersias the Oracle, and Mariah Mundi

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Shadowmancer: What can stand against an ancient evil. . . 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Ashna More than 1 year ago
You better read this book when you've a day off and you can curl up in your bed and read the whole of it!!! it's fantastic.... it's all about the evil forces and powers sought out by Demurral, the Vicar of Thorpe, who will go to any length to get hold of the 2 Keruvims.... it's a twisted tale told in a thrilling manner with all sorts of turns and twists and people who you can never trust...... a must read for those who like fantasy, horror and thrill!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book so many times and every time it has never faild to capture my imagination. I recommend it for the teen age group.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book and thought that it was going to be an amzing book that would take the reader into another world. I thought it would be like Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter. The plot is related to the books but the details are lacking. It has a Christian background, though Taylor uses it in a way that pushes non Christians away. It is boring and I found myself dragging through the whole book. Even in the end I was very disappointed. When you read the end, the whole book seems to be pointless. There was no true sacrifice and the only thing that carried Thomas, Raphah, and Kate throughout the journey was luck. I think this would be better if the things in the book weren't as obvious and predictable. Taylor wrote more than once... It seemed like they waited for a lifetime. That gets boring. More imagery and better descriptions of the characters' feelings would have grabbed me better. I felt like I had no connection and had no sympathy for any of the characters. From this I will say that this book is not worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A good solid book in its own right, and well worth the read for anyone who enjoys fantasy with a dark edge. The comparison to Tolkein ¿ I think ¿ does an injustice to both this author and to Tolkein. They are not in the same league and a reader who goes to this book expecting Tolkein¿s writing style cannot help but be disappointed. Yet I recommend it without hesitation on its own merits. A basic Bible knowledge will be of help to the reader in following some of the symbolism, although word-plays and coined words often disguise the symbolism that is there. Many ¿ perhaps most ¿ Christian readers will struggle with some of the occult references. It is not a ¿feel-good¿ book for Christian readers. It grapples with key issues and exposes corruption in high places within the church, although the time period allows some distancing and cushions the impact. Very much a genre book, this story is somehow breaking across typical genre boundaries and drawing a wide and diverse readership. It is worth checking out and forming your own opinion.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is so touching and moving. I started crying in some parts, thinking about how true this book is; the awesome miracles Jesus Christ did and still does for those who love and believe in Him. If you are someone who is feeling lost right now, and thinking that you're alone in this world; searching for something you know you need, but can never quite find - this book is for you; the way it is written is soooo... powerful and moving; about Gods' love and the wonderful and amazing things He can do in your life, if you just believe in Him.
nesum on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not a great book, but certainly a fun one. Taylor brings just a little wonder and mystery into the English landscape in this book, which is ultimately a battle between heaven and hell with three young people in the middle. It is rather fun to see how he weaves some rather deep theology into a story without making it overly religious.For those looking for a decent Christian Fantasy novel, this would be a good choice. Parents should watch the theology a little, since I think Taylor makes a couple of slips in that area, but generally it would be a good way to introduce some spiritual ideas to the kids.
ohdeer on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I read the sequel to this book, Wormwood, before I read this one. I loved Wormwood, it was one of the few books I would describe as being "cool", it was full of action and just a really fun book to read. So I was expecting the same from Shadowmancer, obviously. But just didn't get it. I got about a third of the way through it before I gave up. I don't like to give up on books, but I felt I was just wasting my time with the book. And the Christian theme (which was much heavier in Shadowmancer than it was in Wormwood) really put me off. Maybe the last two thirds of this book is better than the first, and maybe one day I'll give it another chance, but really, there are a whole lot of better books out there than this one.
eejjennings on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Full of non-stop action, this YA fantasy is a thinly veiled Christian allegory with a variety of evil spirits who serve the devil in his attempt to conquer and world and kill God. It was an entertaining audio book, but I did wish for a little less action and a little more character development.
mattlhm on LibraryThing 8 months ago
In Shadowmancer, by G.P. Taylor, two English youths, Thomas Barrick and Kate Coglan, assist a visitor from far off named Raphah in stealing the much coveted Keruvim from the powerful vicar Demmural. The Keruvim is a device that can give the one possessing it ultimate power over all dimensions of time and space. The three are on the run and must face the treacherous obstacles thrown in their path by the unrelenting vicar, who'll conjure up all forms of terror to regain that which will make him all powerful. This story starts off well enough and is high drama in explaining how a central character arrives on scene to reclaim a religious object stolen from his land. But the reliable theme of good vs. evil gets transformed into a heavy-handed parable of Christian elements that detract from a rollicking chase of the story's three main characters through the English countryside. Additionally, the reader will need a scorecard to keep track of all the vile, iniquitous creatures the author conveniently places in the way of the young protagonists throughout the story. This book could be used by high school English teachers as one possible selection students can read and summarize for a book report in the genre of fantasy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Arrogantly advertised as 'Hotter than Potter,' and as an appropriate non-occultic Christian alternative, Shadowmancer is neither. As Graham Taylor told the BBC, 'A lot of the pagan stuff in my book is genuine material. Part of Demural's prayer to invoke the sea is taken from the witches' rite of invocation. So people can find far more stuff in my book than in Harry Potter.' Also disturbing, and more than slightly sacrilegious, is the toted magical powers of a self-aware (read 'living') golden cherub stolen from the Ark of the Covenant. With it, the Arch-villain believes he can wield power over the god of the book. Make no mistake: this god is (wink) God. Yet although the religious symbols are taken from Judaism, Christianity, and Muslim tradition, Graham renames the Almighty, lest the reader suspect the plot is slightly (gasp) religious in nature. Not content with 'borrowing' themes from C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, Steven Spielberg, and J.K. Rowling, Graham re-writes sacred biblical material. Poorly written and possibly profane, Shadowmancer is a cheap imitation of its betters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When i found this book i thought for sure this was going to be weird, Now usally i don't read fasntasy books but i figured since my teacher didn't have any better books i might as well. So i was at my house reading it and for a fantasy book it wasn't that bad. It had alot adventure and the charaters were really sharp (don't ask) The plot was a little bit confusing and the author could of put a little more of spark to it thats just my opion. If you like books that have to do with magic, swords, and enchanted forests then you will love this book Duh Duh Da Duh
Guest More than 1 year ago
YEAH!! this book was awesome it was amazing i loved it, i just couldnt put it down. i even read it again after reading his other books, i liked it that much. G.P. Taylor does an amazing job bringing you into the story. it was an incredible read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
All right...this is really bugging me now,. Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings are their own tories, their own authors. G.P. Taylor has his own mind! You cant expect a book to be like another one. That is utterly rediculous. Stop comparing it to other books. That isnt what it was meant for. It was amazing, end of story. Read it for it s own plot and basis, not the basis of antoehr book, it was meant to be different, not like everything else that comes out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
OMG! This book was great. I seriously had never really read a book that big before this one, and I am so glad I did. I was absolutly amazed by it. Your are drawn into the characters, and you learn to love them. If they are bad, you lvoe to hate them. There's no way around it, this book was absolutly amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I bought this with hopes it would be the next Harry potter. Instead, predictable plotting, unimaginative writing and dull plot development sank this. Not worth it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is, by far, one of the best I have ever read. It is scary, with religion mixed right in. It makes you wonder about the supernatural occurences that happen in this book. It also made me wonder about life and about magic. This is the most unique fantasy book i have ever read-and i've read many. It is more fantastical than Harry Potter, and more gripping that Lord of the Rings.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadowmancer is a horribly written book. if its your first book ever then you might enjoy it, but if its not you won't, unless you can't read very well. I bought it with high expectations but i didn't even finish it. For its seqeul, Wormwood i had lower expectations and mine are even lower for the last book. Teritas.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't believe this book actually was thought to be good. I felt as if my brain was going to wrot as I read it. I only wish I could get the time that I lost back from reading this book. Thumbs down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i like action/adventure and fantasy books like this. Its supposed to be a Christian version of Harry Potter but its not exactly harry potter and not totaly Christian. It has Christian themes but it still has a great storyline and cool magical things that happen throughout the story. There are some major twists and it will keep you intrested. Note: Wormwood isnt a sequel to this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shadowmancer is a fresh new approach to exploring age-old spiritual conflicts. The characters are wonderful, the story keeps you reading, and the message is inspirational. Great for teen and adult readers alike. I've already bought the sequel.