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Shinigami [Paperback]

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Item description for Shinigami by Django Wexler...

At age fourteen, Sylph Walker died in a car accident. That turned out to be only the beginning of her problems. She and her sister Lina awake to an afterlife, of sorts --- the world of Omega, ruled by cruel, squabbling, and nearly all-powerful Archmagi. When Lina finds a magical sword of immense power, she becomes the unwilling epicenter of the conflict. The sisters are forced to join the Circle Breakers, rebels sworn to prevent the tyrants from expanding their rule. Lina, bearing the ancient artifact, is hailed as the Liberator --- the latest in a long line of heroes expected to destroy the Archmagi. Sylph finds herself at the head of the rebel armies fighting to take back the land and the lives of its people. But what kind of a land is it? Is Omega really the world that lies beyond death? And who is the legendary Lightbringer, a being greater even than the Archmagi?

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Item Specifications...

Pages   688
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8" Width: 5" Height: 2"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2006
Publisher   Medallion Press
ISBN  1932815716  
ISBN13  9781932815719  

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More About Django Wexler

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Django Wexler graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh with degrees increativewriting andcomputerscience, and worked for the university in artificial intelligence research. Eventually he migrated to Microsoft in Seattle, where he now lives with two cats and a teetering mountain of books. When not planning Shadow Campaigns, he wrangles computers, paints tiny soldiers, and plays games of all sorts. He is also the author of a forthcoming middle-grade series.

Django Wexler has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Shadow Campaigns

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1Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Epic
2Books > Subjects > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Shinigami?

Shinigami  Feb 8, 2008
Great read. The story line is a little confusing but it all comes together in the end of the book.
What a read.  Jun 5, 2007
I picked up a copy of this book at the 2007 book expo in NY 3 days ago and i nearly already finished this book. Hands down it is the best epic fantasy book i have read in a very long time. Very well done and i recommend this read to anyone that has any interest in fantasy. The landscapes are beautiful, the charactors rich with history and the epic journey is enough to keep you up reading until 3 am.

great book

-Andrew Jamieson
enjoying very muc  Jan 9, 2007
Truth be told i have been having trouble reading fiction for a year now. Nothing i have picked up has gripped me.

Shinigami i can't put down.

Great Book.
Gritty, immersive fantasy  Dec 23, 2006
I may be a biased reader, as I've known Django for a few years now, and read Shinigami in manuscript form. Nonetheless, I've been waiting for it to come out to leave a review, as I'm such a fan of this book, and think it's a big improvement over Memories of Empire (also a good read, but not as neatly tied together, I don't think).

What really struck me is the immensity of this book--you really feel like Sylph et al have landed in a world that stretches beyond the borders of the imagination. This is reflected in the scope of the battles, which are described in careful detail and seem realistic for the tech level found there. I know writing battle sequences is a weakness of a lot of fantasy writers, so this especially impressed me. Django also manages to inject humanity and pathos into a world riddled with violence--I'll warn the potential reader that this is a novel with a high body count, but I don't feel like any of the deaths were trivialized.

I don't think I'm capable of giving a perfect five stars to anyone, so I will add the minor qualm that the ending was a little confusing. Eventually it works itself out, but there are a few moments where I was boggling at the physics of it all.

Overall, I recommend this book to anyone who likes a grittier, immersive fantasy in a relatively low-magic world.
Everything you could want from a fantasy book.  Dec 20, 2006
I picked this up after a friend recommended and lost a whole night's sleep thanks to him. All I can say is this book is amazing. A clever, well thought out and intriguing book, I just can't say enough. The heroine... smart, brave (but believably so) yet so undeniably human with every flaw and shortcoming only adding to her charm. The story... Breathtakingly in-depth without exhaustive descriptions of otherworldliness; philisophical without meaning to be; action packed (and I mean real action, not that wave your hand and destroy the oncoming army I wrote myself in a corner "deus ex machina" type crappola) and (best part) pleasurably long. Right now I am getting Django's other book, I don't even care what it's about. He's just a refreshingly original author and I recommend him to just about anyone, but it is a must for fantasy lovers.

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