Shadowmancer. by G.P. Taylor

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British author G. P. Taylor arrives on U.S. shores with an epic fantasy of good versus evil, having already garnered critical acclaim and bestsellerdom across the pond. In this harrowing tale, readers are transported back to the 18th century, where a black-hearted parson, Obadiah Demurral, has designs on world domination by controlling two sacred items called the Keruvim -- and he quickly gets one in his possession. Standing in his way are three youngsters: Thomas, Kate, and mysterious Raphah, who has the ability to call on Riathamus, the power of good. Ultimately, the major players come face to face with the power of darkness, and after a dramatically surprising turn of events, Taylor delivers a shocking ending that'll leave you gasping.

A vicar himself, Taylor skillfully uses characters and themes that lean heavily on Christian teachings while weaving in elements of English folklore. The result is an atypical novel that will delight lovers of religion-based fiction and also appeal to diehard fantasy fans. Combining the atmospheres of classic books by Philip Pullman, C. S. Lewis, and other renowned authors of the genre, Taylor creates a dynamic world of polarized forces in which you'll rapturously immerse yourself. Matt Warner

 

About G.P. Taylor

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G. P. Taylor has spent the whole of his life searching for the hidden secrets of the universe. He lectures on the paranormal and folklore, and lives in a secluded graveyard. Now Taylor is the Vicar of Cloughton, a village in Yorkshire, which is close to the spooky setting of Whitby, the location of many a devilish tale rich with a spiritual heritage.
 
Published January 1, 2003 by Mount Publishing Ltd. 261 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction

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Taylor changes names, but the major players are still recognizable: Raphah prays to “Riathamus,” who puts in several appearances in various guises to utter such familiar lines as “I will be with you always, even to the end of time,” and dispatches angelic Seruvim at need, while, preceded by falle...

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Taylor's debut novel, a bestseller in his native England, is a dark and weighty morality tale set in 18th-century England about a black-hearted vicar with designs to take over the world and ove

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The sudden changes of heart of Beadle, Demurral's withering right-hand man, and Jacob Crane, a murderous smuggler, seem unfounded, and some readers may be deterred by the heavy Christian shadings ("Riathamus stands at the door of your life and knocks," Raphah preaches, "if you hear his call and a...

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PW said of this debut novel set in 18th-century England about a black-hearted vicar with plans to overthrow God, "there are enough surprises to keep readers madly turning the pages."

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A deep voice that moves easily from whisper or hiss to loud rumble is at the heart of Malcolm's fine portrayal of evil vicar Obadiah Demurral, a megalomaniac intent on using magic and otherworldly powers (such as speaking to the dead) to take down God and rule the world.

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Taylor describes his parents as “hardworking, loving people,” but all those hours at work took a toll on Taylor.

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Raphah recruits Thomas to help steal back the Keruvim, stolen from Raphah's people.

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Instead he worships power, and as absolute power corrupts absolutely, Demurral becomes absolutely corrupt.

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The bewildering popularity of this novel has only grown since then, with three other books having been released to make up the Shadowmancer quartet (Wormwood, Tersias and The Shadowmancer Returns), and I understand that a film is also being made of this book by Universal Pictures (which just goes...

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I believe in the message spoken throughout this tale, but for me – stories consist of characters.

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