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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.

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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.

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G.P. Taylor's first novel in his trilogy 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. Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village--"foolishly he 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. Readers of all ages will find the good that lies deep inside.

About the Author

G. P. Taylor has spent his life pursuing God’s 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 Shadowmancer—and even sold his motorcycle to fund the venture—printing it through a local writers’ co-op. Taylor’s goals were modest—he 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.

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Gladgifer, November 9, 2007 (view all comments by Gladgifer)
One day i was going along my business, collecting pictures for a scrapbook i wanted to make. the scrapbook was to be about my various travels through time and space, which you can read about on a different book review. =] let's just say, it was an exciting time, and i wanted to preserve it in a beautiful scrapbook. anyway, i was going along getting my photos, when a friend called me up. "hey," he said, "have you read the magazine today?" i hadnt. he told me to go to page 56 and check out the book reviews. i was annoyed at being distracted from my task, but i did it anyway. i found a review of a book called "shadowmancer." the various comments about the book said things like that it was amazing, ten times better than harry potter, etc, etc. however, there was a sentence near the bottom saying how it shared similiarities with the harry potter series.
like any good harry potter fan, i was incencsed. the people in the review had blatantly put down my beloved harry, and for what? i had to find out what this "shadowmancer" was.

the next day i broke into a bookstore and stole only a single copy of the book. it was fairly pointless to break in as i left the money on the front desk, but i hate waiting in lines, and breaking in, honestly, is just fun sometimes---try it, you'll see. reminds me of my old niagara-jumping days...well anyway, i went home and started reading the book. about 2 chapters in, i could see how the book did share similarities with harry potter. there were 3 main characters, 2 boys and a girl; the main boy was an orphan; they did not get along with the girl at first; they were trying to take down a magical sorceror; they had a giant friend whos name was ruben; the character beadle was exactly like wormtail. gross, right? such blatant copyright violations should NOT be allowed.

also, the book was unbearably BORING! it took a lot of willpower to get through it...and i just didnt have the energy to even pick up the 2nd one. i was too exhausted after getting through the first incredibly dull volume. it went along at a snails pace, and did nothing to grab my interest throughout the WHOLE TERRIBLE 200-WHATEVER PAGES. icckkk. torture? nothing compared to reading this book.

after reading it, though, i was inspired to get the message out, that harry potter was SO MUCH BETTER than shadowmancer, and my scrapbook became, instead, a book of how much better harry potter is. i published it the year after, and i called it "the potter manual: why harry will always beat out tommy, or whatever that kid's name is." it sold an astounding 16,000 copies in the first 60 seconds of existing--and many, many more came after.

(dont worry, though---i managed to get around to my scrapbook eventually, and many days i like to curl up in my armchair with it and relive my mafia, czar-overthrowing, albert einstein-being days.)

the point is...DONT read this book =]
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781591856658
Author:
Taylor, G. P.
Publisher:
Charisma House
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Magic
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Children s All Ages - Fiction - Science Fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
General Religion
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20050531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
174
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 0.65 lb
Age Level:
04-12

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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.

"Synopsis" by , G.P. Taylor's first novel in his trilogy 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. Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn't satisfied running the affairs of his village--"foolishly he 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. Readers of all ages will find the good that lies deep inside.
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