Item description for The Shivered Sky by Matt Dinniman...
The War is over.
The demons have won.
Cibola, the citadel of Heaven, has fallen.
On Earth, life goes on. No one knows of the war, of the death, of the fire. No one knows that when you die all paths lead to the same eternity: one of torment, slavery, and eternal pain.
For Indigo, Dave, Gramm, Rico, and Hitomi, death is more dangerous than life. Afraid and naked, they awaken on a forgotten beacon. They set forth seeking answers, revealing a shattered landscape, one crawling with bloodthirsty demons, defeated angels, a Heaven that continues to burn, and a prophecy that offers only the barest sliver of hope.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.9" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Publisher Silver Lake Publishing
ISBN 1931095515 ISBN13 9781931095518
Reviews - What do customers think about The Shivered Sky?
Pretty good, but not really for adults Jan 5, 2007
The only problem with the book is that it is written at what I would consider the 7th to 9th grade level. It is a fantasy. You do not get tired or hungry. You heal quickly if hurt. There are armys of demons you can slay by waving your flashlight at them. I did not find anything stupid or in any way offensive but I was hoping for something with a little more zap - a touch of "Perdido Street Station" or "The Black Company", perhaps. If you are in the 8th grade and looking for a fantasy, this may be your book.
Take a chance on a small press fantasy gem. Oct 21, 2006
Are book publishers following the example of movie studios? Do major publishers put out routine by-the-numbers fare, while small press publishers are free to take chances? If so, the difference is that unlike screenwriters, book authors have unlimited budgets for their storytelling. That's why an "indy" book like The Shivered Sky can be HUGE.
A group of people wake up in the afterlife and find themselves in the middle of a war between angels and demons. Wow. Good luck finding anything that outrageous on the shelves at Borders. Of course, you can't just be outrageous and write a good book. Thankfully, Dinniman keeps it grounded with some well-realized characters. No, were not talking about Dickens or Twain here, but believe me, the characters in this story are a level above many of the cardboard cut-outs that inhabit the Sci-Fi/Fantasy section of the bookstore.
So if you're considering entering the world of small-press genre books, I highly recommend starting here. No, it's not a masterpiece. I'm giving it 5 stars to attract people to it, but man, is it refreshing to read something DIFFERENT; an author who is willing to just go there, and let his imagination run wild.
By the way, for some of the older and/or more mature readers, don't let the cheesy cover discourage you from getting this book.
Dark and complex first novel-- three and a half stars. Oct 9, 2006
An interesting debut novel from a writer who could be one to watch, if he continues to develop with the promise evident in this book. The Shivered Sky is a dark moody treatment of the heaven/hell concept which should make action fans very happy with its military flavor.
It suffers from some common first novel flaws: uneven pacing and occasionally overly complex plotting-- Dinniman is clearly in love with the material and loathe to leave anything out. With luck, this will even itself out in his later works.
If you are a fan of writers like Steven Erikson, then you may want to give The Shivered Sky a try. It is quite dark and often very violent, probably not suited for younger fantasy readers.
A few words from a common man... Jan 21, 2006
I am usually brief with my words, and this will be no different.
I picked up the book from the reviews on this site, as well as my own curiosity about the book. I have to say, it's more than what I expected. Matt has a very interesting concept on the whole heaven vs. hell debate and it makes a very good story.
I do find it somewhat curious that this book is labeled as Religious Fiction; I guess it is, but it definitely reads more like a great fantasy novel. The depiction of the hierarchy of angels and demons is fascinating, and also accurate to the classical catholic beliefs, well, other than their personal attitudes and wearing of space age armor...
If you enjoy reading books that challenge belief systems you gotta have this, even if you just like a great story of triumph of good vs. evil, Matt does a great job of portraying the grey area of good IN evil and evil IN good, some of those angels sure have bad attitudes. Also, some of those demons really just want peace.
Just buy the book, you'll dig it!
A sci-fi genre with depth Feb 10, 2005
For one to enjoy this book, you must be a fan of the sci-fi/fantasy genre. This a fairly "heavy" sci fi novel which includes an appendix of different angel and demon groups. (A very helpful appendix, by the way) Unlike most "different worlds" novels, the characters in this book have real depth and evolve over time. One of major problems with the genre is the "cookie cutter" characters (i.e.) the "hero", the "villain", the "girl/damsel". The characters in this novel, who have soap opera type names for some reason, have separate personalities that relate to their experiences in the real world. Thus during the novel, I actually care about the characters. I wish more new sci-fi authors can follow this example of having some character development, instead of falling into the trap of non-stop, often pointless, action driven novels. The world that Dinniman creates is great fun. The hierarchy of angels creates conflicts amongst the angels, which makes them much more interesting than the usual do-gooder approach taken with most good versus evil novels. It is also great fun for the human characters to learn that they have special powers in this world and learn how to develop them. I hope his next work is as good as his first try at a full length novel.