The Shadows is a compelling fantasy tale set thousands of years in the future, after the destruction of Earth. Mankind survived and dispersed throughout the many civilizations of the Illumenal Galaxy. After years of humanity's presence among the Illumenal systems, the corrupt Balithian government waged a genocidal war against Earth's descendants and their allies. The gruesome war proceeded for two years, and the fighting primarily transpired on the planet of Genisis until the Balithian forces were finally defeated. A decade after the conflict originated, a famed assassin known publicly as Red Blaze, makes an attempt on the life of a beloved political figure. Questions are raised of the motive being linked to the war brought on by the Balithians, and actions are taken to bring the criminal to justice. It is through these actions that an epic journey is undergone by a band of agents as they search for answers. Skilled veterans from across the galaxy, these agents are hired to find Red Blaze and his employer, by any means necessary. A sense of mystery evolves as the layers of this larger-than-life story are slowly and methodically unveiled. For every lovable character that is presented there is another on the opposite side of the spectrum, creating truly dramatic interactions from start to finish. Relationships are built, tears are cried, lies are made, and blood is spilt in this sensational quest across the darkest parts of the universe, the shadows.
|Publisher:||Outskirts Press, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)|
About the Author
My name is Jordan Acker, and The Shadows is my first book. I grew up loving fantasy and sci-fi stories. I have always had quite the imagination since I was young, and writing this story was my way of bringing that to life.
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite The Shadows is a science-fiction novel by Jordan Acker, set in a distant future version of the universe. The plot focuses on a universe that is post-conflict, after a corrupt force known as the Balithian government had faced defeat in the battle to destroy the descendants of Earth. Years after the conflict is supposedly over, the deadly assassin Red Blaze targets a key figure, the King of Helios, and reopens old wounds of the war. With an assassin on the loose and very little clue as to who sent him, the Illumenal system gathers a crack team of incredible agents from the farthest reaches of the universe to track him down. Part Star Wars, part X-Men, and all thrilling and enjoyable, The Shadows will make an excellent read for fans of science fiction and fantasy everywhere. This short novel packs a great deal of punch in terms of interesting backstory, action, heroes and villains. There are a lot of different characters to contend with (my favourite was Marine), but the story sets each one up nicely for future books, and will certainly leave you wanting to know more about how this crack team of agents developed their skills. Jordan Acker builds a confident and believable universe in which to set the story, with plenty of political overtones and galactic history to delve into. Overall, however, The Shadows is a story of emerging heroes who have yet to face their worst foes, and it promises to be an exciting start to a fascinating series.
This is almost a novella as it is only 181 pages long. I am giving it a 4.5 but rounding up and here is why I am rounding up and not down with this book. It is really good, but there is SO much information that my head almost exploded. There are races, planets, systems, outfits, names, conflicts, planes, etc etc etc that you have to reconcile if you want to know what is going on. I liked it though, I wish it was 500 more pages and gave more background on the races, on the conflicts, of why they wear what they do, etc etc etc. The reason I am giving it a 4.5 though is due to the characters, there just isn't enough space to adequately flush out the characters and so you are left with almost well rounded individuals. For example I would have loved to know more about Jay but all I know is what he has told them, which is frustrating because I want to know why he could lift that much weight, why his body burns to hot, why he wears the helmet he does, and what he had to do to survive the 50 fights. Another thing, I really liked the cover, however the title and the cover do not really mesh with the story. In my opinion I think that the cover could have been a little more realistic, however I do understand who is on the cover. I also don't know if the title is really indicative of what the book is about. Yes there is a planet that is all black, but they really didn't spend that much time there, Oh maybe he is referring to the prologue where he only speaks of the individual in the shadows, or maybe the whole idea of a shadow empire. See.... It starts off a little slow but it speeds up and when it does it is a book that you can't put down, trust me I tried and it didn't happen until 1 am when I was done with it.
I was captured by this book! A fantasy mystery thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat! Can't wait for next book in series! A must read!