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When Worlds Rage by D. Shane Burton
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.02" Width: 6.02" Height: 1.08" Weight: 1.46 lbs.
Release Date Jun 30, 2004
Publisher Xulon Press
Series Orianus Creation Series
Series Number 2
ISBN 1594675767 ISBN13 9781594675768
Reviews - What do customers think about When Worlds Rage?
An excellent follow-up to BSR! Feb 16, 2007
When Worlds Rage, D. Shane Burton's second book in the Orianus Creation Series was an outstanding second novel for the author. The originality and action from the first novel remained strongly intact. In fact, this work offered even more suspense and action than the first. I found myself honestly intrigued as to how the characters would get themselves out of their latest predicament and then extremely happy that the outcome was nothing that I could've predicted. One of the reasons I love these books is because the author has managed to take a fictional world and make it completely believable. I'd also like to point out, in a world of books with cookie-cutter characters and oh-so-predictable plot lines; I congratulate Mr. Burton for writing from his heart instead of conforming to current literary fads. This and the other books in the Orianus Creation Series offer characters and plots which require the reader to think, to use their imagination. I give this book a hearty WUGGA!
Disappointed in First Two Books Nov 17, 2006
First, I wish to say that D. Shane Burton has a great imagination. Also, he has a very original premise about rifts in space allowing life from Earth to inhabit other worlds.
However, I was disappointed. The previous reviews gave the trilogy five stars. I didn't go any further than the second book because, in my opinion, they were not well written. The pace is fast and there is a lot of action, but the characters, which are many, are not fleshed in. That is, they are not well developed and have little depth. I couldn't really get to know them.
The books also incorporate characters or themes from Arthurian legend, J. R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis , the Bible, and Star Wars. There are flying saucers, robots, artifical intelligence, genetically altered humans, angels, demons, nephilim, medieval knights, wizards (including Merlin with Excalibur), Old Testament prophets, dwarves, elves, blue humans, humans like us, and so forth. I enjoy books with these types of things and characters, but in these books it's too much, too fast. It seems he has thrown together everything he loves into one epic.
Lastly, the books don't "lead" you to make certain conclusions concerning what is truthful or spiritual from a Christian viewpoint. From the Historical Background onward, Burton spells out his views on origins of life, church denominations, salvation, etc. People who are not like-minded as him would tend to be put on the defensive right away. I don't have a problem with sharing the plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, so please don't misunderstand me. But in other areas he could inject circumstances or ideas into the story-telling to either lead his readers to the desired conclusions or at least get their minds spinning in that direction, rather than telling them up front. So I find the books preachy.
I realize that these are Burton's first books and that they were published through Xulon Press, a self-publishing company. I applaud him for his effort. He has real potential to be a good writer-maybe even an outstanding writer-but he needs to take a few of his main characters and develop them so that his readers can "walk in their shoes".
Get Ready For A Wild Ride. Aug 23, 2006
Ok folks, hold onto your hats as the occupants of Kerron's Memory might say, characters you will meet in this wonderful novel. The landscapes, worlds, and characters you met in Volume 1, Black Storm Rising, are greatly expanded upon in this second of the Orianus Creation Series. New civilizations are introduced and new friends and foes are woven into this facinating epic. Mr. Burton leads the reader down an ever changing path of intrigue, battles, surprising twist, and planetary conflicts. The story also is a balanced mix of Fantasy and SciFi, with just enough of each to keep fans of both categories happy. It was a most enjoyable and wild ride. Thanks Shane Burton. I can't wait to see what awaits in Volume 3.
Gripping tale with Jesus at its core Aug 14, 2006
I thoroughly enjoyed "When Worlds Rage" which is Book Two in D. Shane Burton's Orianus Creation Series. I had enjoyed Book One ("Black Storm Rising") and wondered if book Two would be as good. It ended up being better.
The plot is well-woven, with each strand contributing to the beautiful whole. Battle scenes and tales of love are equally well-written, maintaining a balance that thrills this reader.
I rejoiced seeing the continuing stories of well-loved characters, while at the same time I was fascinated by meeting new characters along the way.
While the story is fiction, it clearly embraces the Truth embodied in Jesus Christ. I applaud D. Shane Burton for giving us this gripping tale with Jesus at its core.
Even better than the first one... Nov 8, 2005
If you liked the first book (Black Storm Rising), you'll also like this. If you haven't read it, I'd recommend reading it first. When Worlds Rage can be read for itself, but most of the characters are presented in the first book. (The appendix is a great help, refreshing the characters and words from the first book).
Although this is a sequel, it goes far beyond the story of Black Storm Rising, not only in the conflict portrayed, it's also much better. It's style is still much like the BSR, a good mix of sci-fi and fantasy, and a really good portrayal of the spiritual realm much unlike anything I have read before.
You thought Lord Daroth was a villain, but in WWR a people much older, more advanced is taking the role as the chief bad-guy-character. And, to say the least, it's getting quite interesting at some points. An old war is reinvoked, some supposed friends turn their backs on the truth and fight against the good guys, new allies are found and meanwhile, the characters also have their own personal problems to fight.
The author proffesionally jumps from place to place, making it flow naturally, although there are more main characters than in most other novels. This is in no way a bad thing, though, but it requires you to be awake when you read the first couple of chapters. It's a really nice touch, making the book different from other ones.
I'm anxiously awaiting the mailman to bring me #3...
PS: In these times where everyone gives 5 stars for everything, and 4 has become a mediocre rating, it is hard to know when a book is *really* good. This one is. :)