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G.P. Talyor's first novel takes readers on a breathtaking voyage, full of suspense and intrigue, where fallen angels and demonic forces come in the night and where the ultimate sacrifice might even be life itself.
Number of Pages: 288
Vendor: Charisma Media
Publication Date: 2005
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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.
G. P. Taylor has spent his life pursuing Gods secrets of the universe. He has had a multifaceted career spanning the music industry and law enforcement. Today, he is the vicar of Cloughton and lives near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast, a countryside of cliffs and moors, richly steeped in history and folklore. He initially self-published Shadowmancerand even sold his motorcycle to fund the ventureprinting it through a local writers co-op. Taylors goals were modesthe hoped to sell his book in local bookstores. However, it rapidly caught on via word of mouth, was republished by the prestigious Faber and Faber, and in no time it all became a huge bestseller in England.
Justin1 Stars Out Of 5October 12, 2009JustinThis isn't a Christian book! Mr. Taylor himself says in his interviews that "Shadowmancer is not a Christian book, it is a book about good and evil and appeals to Jews and Muslims as well as atheists" (http://www.theweeweb.co.uk/gp_taylor.php). This book actually misquotes the Bible in one spot, and goes against Biblical values. If you care about the books you read, you probably shouldn't read this book.
CMR4 Stars Out Of 5September 16, 2009CMRI picked it up at a sale at a Christian bookstore and wasn't disappointed! Very fast pace, and without many dull moments- no wonder it was a best seller!
steven5 Stars Out Of 5June 12, 2007stevenThis book is great. It's easy to read and madly exciting! It has great characters and an amazing plot! I have never read a better Christian book in my life!
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