Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor

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Obadiah Demurral no longer wants to worship God...He wants to be God! 

Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village—he foolishly wants to control the world.  And if his plan works, he will obtain a weapon so powerful that all of creation will fall down at his feet.  Demurral will stop at nothing—even commanding restless souls to do his bidding. 

Who will stand against him?  Raphah, a young man on a godly mission, has come a long distance to reclaim the ancient relic Demurral has stolen—dangerously volatile in the wrong hands—but he can't do it alone.  Even younger are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this ongoing war between good and evil.  Their struggle against Demurral brings them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in this unforgettable epic battle.  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.

 

About G.P. Taylor

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G.P. Taylor has spent his life pursuing the secrets of the universe. He has had a multifaceted career spanning the music industry and law enforcement. Today, he is the Anglican vicar of Cloughton and lives near Whitby on the Yorkshire coast of England, a country side of cliffs and moors, richly steeped in history and folklore.  
 
Published January 1, 2003 by G.P. Putnam's Sons.
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, 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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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

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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 otherworl

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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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Examiner

Knowing Taylor, he needs to focus on a story or book in the Bible and what better book concerning end times would be more perfect than the Book of Revelations.

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Book Reporter

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

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USA Today

Putnam's Sons, a division of Penguin Group (USA), paid Taylor an impressive $500,000 for Shadowmancer and his next two books Wormwood (out in September) and Tersias (due in fall 2005).

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Teen Reads

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

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Curious Book Fans

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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