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Shadowmancer: Taylor, G.P.

Shadowmancer

Taylor, G.P.

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ISBN 10: 0954342100 / ISBN 13: 9780954342104
Published by Mount Publishing Ltd., Typeset U.K. / Printed in Finland, 2002
Condition: As New Soft cover
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Unread as new. First edition stated. Minimal shopwear to edges; book shows no reading creases whatever and is in same condition as would be found on the racks of any "new" bookstore. Square and tight; NO corner curl. Page stock is not a brilliant reflective white, but that's "as made." Cover painting shows full moon with a few clouds; title text is black outlined in red. Self-published fantasy novel, Christian allegory after the fashion of C. S. Lewis' "Chronicles of Narnia." Taylor says he wrote the book to counteract what he saw as a rise in atheist propaganda in children's books such as Pullman's "His Dark Materials." Two follow-ups titled "Wormwood" and "Tersias" were released soon after, followed by "The Shadowmancer Returns: The Curse of Salamander Street" in 2006. The book has generated some controversy for its negative portrayal of witches and pagans. Reduced from $75. Bookseller Inventory # 002170

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Title: Shadowmancer

Publisher: Mount Publishing Ltd., Typeset U.K. / Printed in Finland

Publication Date: 2002

Binding: Soft cover

Illustrator: Cover Illustration By Percy Hope

Book Condition:As New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

Edition: 1st Edition

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Synopsis:

Vicar Obadiah Demurral isn’t satisfied running the affairs of his village. Now he wants to control the world, as well as God and His angels—and he will stop at nothing. As a shadowmancer, a sorcerer who speaks to the dead, he even commands restless souls to do his bidding. Who will stand against him? Raphah has come a long distance to reclaim the ancient relic Demurral has stolen, but Raphah is young. Even younger are Thomas and Kate, accidentally drawn into this war between good and evil. Their struggle against Demurral will bring them face-to-face with the powers of darkness in an epic battle . . . and the world holds its breath.

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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

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