Title: The Shadowverse
By: John-Clement Gallo
Published: November 21st, 2018
By: John-Clement Gallo
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Johnny Sparks longs for a higher purpose, a destiny greater than the ordinary. After an encounter with a mysterious stranger, he and his friends are imbued with incredible powers—at last giving his life meaning.
But this dream soon disintegrates once one of the friends is taken by an alien warlord named Titan. In a rescue effort, the remaining group is sent across the galaxy in search of the only possible aid—a legendary, immortal warrior missing for centuries.
During the spectacular intergalactic journey, the team must join forces to reclaim their friend and stop a sinister scheme devised against humanity by Titan and his vast empire. The multiverse-spanning, millennia in the making conflict for the soul of reality is set in motion, but even if the group prevails, they risk losing what it means to be human.
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Thank you SO much to the author for sending me a copy of his book in exchange for an honest review
I’m still processing everything that happened in this book, and I honestly think that it’s much better than I expected, it has surprised me for good, which is always very pleasant. The Shadowverse is a book about a group of guys who get superpowers and must fight a fearsome villain in order to save the world. It’s the typical Superheroes story but it has an interesting twist where we’ll meet other worlds, which is great. I had a lot of fun with the book, the sci-fi is not usually my kind of genre, so this may have prevented me from enjoying certain aspects, but on the other hand, I really enjoyed the characters and I adore the superheroes theme.
I think the plot is very well thought out, from the beginning I felt super committed to it, and although there’s a lot of information being thrown at the reader from the moment one, this didn’t prevent me from enjoying and feeling interested in, I also think they’re very solid first pages. I also like how everything is planned to surprise, the plot twists are really good and have taken me by surprise. I adore that the author isn’t afraid and just go for it and include from funny scenes to the saddest and most tragic ones, that makes me personally feel more hooked and feel that the plot is thought carefully and in detail, and not only put there just because. I usually enjoy character-driven books, but I think this book shows how a good plot should be handle.
The Shadowverse is a parallel world to ours, so there are parallel worlds and temporary travel going on, all these things seem very interesting to me, although I think they could have been better used and more explored.
Other aspects that I enjoyed a lot were the characters, I think that although I wasn’t SO interested in some of them, I can see that they’re realistic, their personalities and actions make sense to me, although sometimes I don’t share, I think they act very naturally and everything happens organically, including the relationships between them. Having a main character with whom you can feel connection is very important to me and this time that was what happened.
Although I highlight the construction of the characters I must also say that it has many unnecessary chapters, by this I mean that each chapter has a character as the most prominent or protagonist, and I think that less would have worked better, maybe something more general. I understand that the author wants to give them the importance they deserve and highlight each character, though, but can become dense, especially when there are so many of them.
The writing style was quite good, I like the fact that there are many dialogues in the book since I’m a big fan of them, also this makes you move faster inside the book. Believe me, despite having more than 500 pages doesn’t feel long or heavy at all, and I give all the credit to the writer for that, it’s a great job.
Although I enjoyed several aspects of the book and I would definitely recommend it, I don’t think it’s for those people, who like me, don’t usually read or enjoy sci-fi because it’s very heavy in this aspect, I mean, I enjoy it anyway, but it’s something that I wanted to mention because at times I felt kind of lost and even disinterested due to this. But if you like the genre, GO FOR IT, you’ll surely love it.
There’s a lot of action in the book from the first moment, and although some of those scenes are really good, others are confusing, especially the fight scenes, of which I’ve never been a big fan of anyway.
There’s a lot of potential in this story, it’s very good in itself, but I felt that there’s a lot of chapters that don’t contribute much to the main plot, so we could reduce the length of the book quite a bit. Anyway, it is VERY good, I had a lot of fun with the characters and their goals. Despite having many aspects of fantasy is a book that touches a lot of human things and real aspects of daily life, which I find very interesting. I think you could enjoy it if you like sci-fi and superhero stories, it has a very entertaining plot and it’s a book with a lot of potential. I also understand that the author is very young, so the fact that he has built a whole world and writes high sci-fi it’s incredible. In short, I enjoyed it and read it faster than I thought it would, which always makes me happy. Give it a try and support the author, if you like the genre, you’ll not regret it.