Item description for Shadowmancer: What Can Stand Against an Ancient Evil... by G. P. Taylor...
Overview When Obadiah Demurral, the power-hungry Vicar of Thorpe, attempts to become a god by dabbling in magic, Raphah (who has come from Africa to get back the artifact stolen from his Temple and sold to Demurral) joins forces with Kate and Thomas to stop him.
An apocalyptic battle between good and evil is vigorously, violently fought in British author G.P. Taylor's suspenseful, action-packed fantasy. The story, set in the 1700s on the Yorkshire coastline, revolves around Vicar Obadiah Demurral, a corrupt-but-inept, dead-conjuring "shadowmancer" who desires to control the universe by overthrowing God, or Riathamus. When two hard-luck near-orphans, (13-year-old Thomas Barrick, a bitter enemy of Demurral, and his troubled friend Kate Coglund) band together with a young African stranger named Raphah, they spend the rest of the book trying to stop the wicked Vicar as if their very souls are at stake...they are. Along the way, the three youths meet an enormous cast of friends and foes, some agents of Riathamus, others of Satan (Pyratheon), and some godless (but not for long) smugglers like Jacob Crane.
Readers who love fanciful storybook characters will find mermaidlike Seloth, smelly hobs, leg-dragging servants, goodhearted whores, and benevolent boggles. Age-old superstitions abound, though old magic and witchcraft are clearly denounced here as the work of the devil. Indeed, the author, an English vicar himself, tells a very Christian story and his often deliciously dramatic adventure lapses into stiffly presented glowing-halo Touched by an Angel moments(readers will be lured into the Enchanted Forest, but tricked into Sunday school). Nonetheless, Shadowmancer, the first of a series, is a pageturner bursting with magic and myth, and will appeal to fantasy lovers who don't mind the Bible mixed in with their boggles. (Ages 11 and older) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Studio: Charisma House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.22" Width: 6.34" Height: 0.82" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date May 28, 2005
Publisher CHARISMA HOUSE #135
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 1591856655 ISBN13 9781591856658
Availability 0 units.
More About G. P. Taylor
A motorcyclist and former rock band roadie turned Anglican minister, Graham Peter (G. P.) Taylor has been hailed as "hotter than Potter" and "the new C. S. Lewis" in the United Kingdom. His first novel, "Shadowmancer," reached #1 on the "New York Times" Best Sellers List in 2004 and has been translated into 48 languages. His other novels include "Wormwood "(another "New York Times" best seller which was nominated for a Quill Book Award), "The Shadowmancer Returns" The Curse of Salamander Street, "Tersias the Oracle," and "Mariah Mundi." Taylor currently resides in North Yorkshire with his wife and three children.
G. P. Taylor currently resides in Whitby.
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Hazy in My Mind Nov 25, 2008
I saw this book at a book store in Cape Town, South Africa. The edition was pretty and had an intriguing title: "Shadowmancer."
I took it off the shelf, flipped it over, and was even more intrigued when I read the ardent praise on the back cover:
"The biggest event in children's fiction since Harry Potter," wrote The Times.
"The adventure unfolds at a vivid and breathless pace," said The Observer.
"A compelling and dark-edged fantasy ... highly recommended," issued The Independent.
That was enough for me to not put it back on the shelf but take it to the counter, buy it, and start reading it.
My experience while reading in one word: disbelief. Disbelief that this has not only been published, but has been "flying off the bookshelves as if a wizard had incanted a charm on it," to once more quote the hyperbolic descriptions from the back cover.
I don't doubt that G.P. Taylor tried very hard to write a gripping, dark fantasy imbued with Christianity, the story about a sorcerer who desires to be God but fails because of someone being willing to sacrifice himself. I don't doubt that Taylor gave his best, and he has potential of becoming a much better writer than demonstrated in this book, but "Shadowmancer" is, unfortunately, only the first try of a novice writer. It should have been left unpublished and seen as creative practice for better works to come.
I really wanted to like this book, and I dislike writing negative reviews. Usually, if I don't like a book at all, I don't bother writing a review on it. The very lowest I bother writing is a three-star review.
But I just can't help it in this case.
I give "Shadowmancer" two stars because it has individual scenes that are dark and gripping; it does convey a mysterious atmosphere at times, but overall it fails as a novel. Overall, it is closer to one star.
At the end of it, I felt as if I had just come out of a fog: the characters and events all stayed hazy in my mind. No clear shapes remained - the very opposite of Harry Potter, Narnia, Bartimaeus, Artemis Fowl, or any other clear-shaped Fantasy with memorable characters.
If you have absolutely nothing else to read, then read this. But there are many, many other books of Juvenile Fantasy more worth your time and money.
I wish people would stop comparing everything to Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings Jul 8, 2008
First off I want to say that if you were directed to this book because you like Harry Potter or The Lord of the Rings, You'll be disappointed and a little hacked. If I were forced, and I mean FORCED to draw a comparison, it would be to C.S. Lewis and Susan Cooper.This book resembles H.P. and LTR like a scorpian resembles a puppy.
That being said, I really liked it.
This book is obiviously christian and is about the fight between good and evil with the typical David and Golith theme. But on the other hand if it was easy, it wouldn't make a good story. The setting is vaguely medieval and vaguely England. The main characters are who you would expect to see in a Christian fantasy. There is the god-forsaking villian, his souless and pathetic minion, the fallen woman, a motherless tween boy and his friend, a smuggler,and a stranger from a far away land. I find that it is well plotted and an easy read. If I were to say this was a read alike for any book, I would say fans of C.S. Lewis and especially the Screwtape Letters as well as Narnia would enjoy this story. Also fans of Susan Cooper and her "Dark is Rising" series may well enjoy "Shadowmancer". I don't think that people who like Harry Potter would like Shadowmancer and I can't quite tell why anyone would say that it's a read-alike. I certainly wouldn't say it's a read-alike for the LTR either.
Ugh, another boring book Jun 3, 2008
Yeah, boring book. Most reviewers have already said all that needs to be said. This is unoriginal in every way, meaning in essence, the characters are boring and typical and predictable, the ending was a "no duh good was going to win" and therefore predicatble, there were no good lessons that I can remember learning from the book. . . do I need to go on? Its just boring. . .
If you want a great Christian series then Legends of the Guardian King, Chronicles of Narnia, and Binding of the Blade are probably the best you can get, though I haven't read much christain stuff. If you want non-christian books that are amazing then got Sword of Truth, Tales from Earthsea, Song of ice and Fire, Legend of Drizzt, the Bartimaeus Trilogy, or Artemis Fowl. All mentioned are better in ever way imaginable than this book and are of many different styles.
A Yorkshire Pudding Apr 15, 2008
GP Taylor's "Shadowmancer" had pretensions of being the "Christian Harry Potter." The good British vicar Taylor thought his series would bring children to Jesus through an allegorical fantasy set in 17th century Yorkshire. The only positive aspects of this book are that he was trying something new- he had potentially interesting concepts- but he never developed them.
The plot is simple: evil pastor Obadiah Demurral wants the Keruvim (Cherubim) of the Ark of the Covenant so he can control the cosmos. Two abused children, Thomas and Kate, do battle with him, along with a reformed smuggler named Jacob Crane. They meet an Ethiopian slave named Raphah who causes instant conversions, quotes Scripture, and is the book's deus ex machina. The children have visions of the King (Jesus), and it concludes with a predictable battle between Riathamus (God) and Pyratheon (the Devil). Along the way, there are heavy-handed lessons about Halloween, alcohol, and the occult- and plenty of political correctness. Despite its PC-ness,its heroine, Kate, goes from being a strong-willed tomboy to wearing dresses and a damsel in distress. The characters have conversions, but it's due to the Plot. It's a bland, boring book. One slogs dutifully through it. Taylor lacks Tolkien's poetry, JK Rowling's creativity and whimsy, as well as CS Lewis' genius in melding evangelical Christianity with fantasy.
At best, "Shadowmancer" is a cure for insomnia. At worst, it's yet another example of heavy-handed Christian fantasy. This book casts the spell of sleep. If you want good Christian fantasy, try Tolkien instead. Or the Narnia series. John White's Anthropos series is an interesting derivative melding of the two. As for "Shadowmancer",it makes a good doorstop.
What a suprise Dec 17, 2007
When you first here the word shadowmancer what would you first think about? When I first saw this title i was thinking it would be a fantasy novel with wizards and dragons and when i started reading it it had those things but it had something that really suprised me . there was a bit of religious influence because in the story the villain Parson Demmural an evil priest is trying to take the powers of God by using these holy statues called the Keruvim which when brought together and used by a the wrong hands can cause terrible things to the world.But the story is something that can keep you reading even though it can get boring in some parts like when Thomas and kate two of the heroes in the movie go up Boggle Hill to the wind mill called boggle mill.
There are many things that confused me like when Thomas is with the seruvim Azrubel who was neither male or female but was evry good looking says the book.
What also suprised me was the diversity of names because while i was reading the names like Raphah, Riathamus, keruvim and demmurral were very well thought up because i was just expect normal names like Thomas and Kate even though they were the names of the characters they were more creative than the names from other books such as Eragon because when I read that book the name eragon sounded alot like the name aragorn the name of one of the main characters from lord of the rings.
The story has many twist and turns such as raphahs enslavement.Also how Mrs. Landas is a taro card reader in a christian fantasy book.The most amazing thing i read in that book was when Raphah had used the will of Riathamus(God)to give mrs. Landas' son john his hearing and speech.
This story is something for every reader who is a christian or not because of its characters and its story lines and plots and personalities and deserves all the publicity. It was sure worth having to sell his motorcycle to publush it.I read the about the author and he lives in the countryside near whitby off the yorksire coast and is the vicar of cloughton. that is my review on this very entertaining book.