Thursday, July 19, 2012

Book Review: The Shape of Darkness

Title - Xor: The Shape of Darkness
Author - Moshe Sipper
Genre - Young Adult Fantasy
Series or Standalone - Standalone
Publication - March 24th 2012
Format - Paperback Review Copy

On his twelfth birthday Lewis Nash comes home from school to find that his house has blown up to smithereens, killing his father. Having lost his mother in a accident four years earlier, Lewis realizes he is now an orphan-but he has no time to dwell on it. The boy is saved in the nick of time by Master Long, who reveals to him that he's a Shaper from a place called Xor, which is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Lewis learns that he must do his utmost to become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be. 
Because, it would seem, he's the one and only chance Xor has. 

I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. The story is about Lewis a twelve year old boy who up until his twelfth birthday thought he was different. His thoughts are confirmed when he wakes up in bed with the body of a bug, which he passes off as a dream. However seconds later while brushing his teeth he turns into a raptor with razor sharp teeth, realizing he's not just a normal boy he instantly wonders if he's a mutant. 

After school Lewis comes home to find his house has burned down, and his father has passed away.  He doesn't have time to decide what to do, he's attacked by a drake a wolf man who was sent to capture him, and saved by Master Long who takes him to Xor. Once in Xor Lewis meets the king who tells him that the world of Xor is in trouble unless they can stop the Realm Pirates from covering the planet in darkness. 

Lewis embarks on a quest to save Xor, with his new friends Master Long, Grand Magician K'Bol's, Professor Nand and Five. The group sets out stop the Realm Pirates before they can rule all of Xor in darkness. The group decides that finding Dalith the Beneficent the most powerful sorceress will know how to help Lewis save Xor. On the way to finding the elusive Dalith, they encounter many beings along the way, saving people from a monster who feeds on free will and Building a lake in a underground cave just to name a few. 

This book has instantly draws you in within the first few pages, you want to know more about who Lewis really is and what he can do. The characters are well written, you instantly fall in love with them and rooting for Lewis to fight the darkness. I like that he's not alone, even though his parents are gone and his biological parents have been kidnapped by the Realm Pirates he still keeps his cool and works hard to do whatever it takes. The book is a non-stop adventure, I had a hard time putting it down I wanted to know what would be next. I found the whole concept unique and refreshing.  

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