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Shadow Swarm by [Pease, D. Robert]
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Born to Rule. Lived to Heal. Died to Save. Born Again.

Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he beheld the creation of the world, ravaged by a war of the gods, and began anew; or that he led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time; or that he once rode on a dragon with his father. All he knows is that he awoke in a coffin deep within a tomb, hearing voices in his head, and now the whole world thinks he is their savior.

[Epic Fantasy, Young Adult, Sword & Sorcery, Dragons]

WINNER: Mom’s Choice Awards, Gold Medal — Fantasy & Science Fiction

SHADOW SWARM by D. Robert Pease

Evolved Publishing presents an epic fantasy adventure spanning millennia, set in a world full of magic and dark forces where creatures of legend come alive. (Great for readers 15 and up.) [DRM-Free]

Praise for Shadow Swarm:

Shadow Swarm sucked me in….” ~ Michelle Isenhoff

“Great action adventure!” ~ AllisonBurres

“It’s extremely poetic and something I haven’t seen done in any other book that I’ve read.” ~ Tara Lee

“D. has a way of spinning a story that engrosses you from the moment you begin reading.” ~ LizzieBeth

Shadow Swarm is a new novel that goes beyond touching the surface of fantasy and takes the reader into a whole new level of fiction.” ~ Lois Ann

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Interview with the Author

Q: What made you want to write epic fantasy novels?

A: I grew up on this stuff: J.R.R. Tolkien, Stephen R. Donaldson, Roger Zelazny... I could go on and on, but it was this kind of epic fantasy with dragons, and magic and fantastical worlds that filled my imagination as a kid. So the question is more like how could I not write an epic fantasy?

Q: Do you consider Shadow Swarm a Sword & Sorcery type epic?

A: There are certainly elements of sword and sorcery in the novel. With big sweeping battles and magic I poured all that I love into this story. I also worked to create a world with a rich history, political machinations and fantastical creatures of every kind. Again, this is the stuff I love. Shadow Swarm is also clean without the language and sex found in many books today, so it can be a great epic fantasy book for teens to read as well.

Q: Why publish Shadow Swarm as an eBook?

A: I love the new world we are living in, which allows us to publish Shadow Swarm in paperback, hardback and eBook format, giving you the option to read it in the way you prefer. It’s a great time to be a reader.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3664 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evolved Publishing LLC; 1 edition (28 May 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00KMX0I6G
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #792,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 16 reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent and horrible all at the same time 16 August 2014
By Paul Brew - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Okay so the author read too much Tolkien as a kid, I can forgive him that it's a genre after all, and it's perfectly okay to throw the scrabble letters on the floor to make unpronounceable names, in fact he does a nice job at it
But please, falling head over heels for a woman you've known for a few hours and that's your driving plot line?
ANd how about that lame bit of self anguish the main character seems to inflict us with in endless repeated detail! I just wanted to scream at him to get over it and man up
Really nice coming of age ceremony for his winged elves though, for a minute I. Thought he was going to abandon the hetero obligatory love quest and go for a mentoring big brother subplot, big sigh of disappointment when he let it die
Still if you like this genre, I certainly do, it's a very laid back read for a lazy summer vacation. Buy it and you'll have fun, just don't expect LOTR because it's not
3.0 out of 5 stars Too simple. 1 January 2015
By Donnie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
2.5 STARS. It's an all right story which tries to be epic but at times too simplistic for me taste.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, well done, another outstanding offering from a very talented author. 27 June 2014
By usafe7ret - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow Swarm, an epic fantasy set in the year 3967 YR, opens with the second birth of Aberthol Nauile, King of Nuadaim. Although he has no immediate recollection of his original birth and life, Aberthol quickly comes to realize not only that he is king of all the land, but also that he is the greatest hope of all the people to free them from the grip of The Dark Master. As he sets out to fulfill his destiny, he is plagued with self-doubt, unsure as to how he is to accomplish so great a task. Furthermore, he feels that he is unworthy of the deference others give him simply because he is their king. As his journey progresses he comes to know, love, and depend upon the support of the various groups of beings which give Nuadaim its character and variety.

Having read other offerings from this author, I quickly found myself fully immersed in the story, unable to willingly set it aside for anything but short periods of time. The quality of writing was such that, as I tell my students, I was able to “see a movie in my mind”; a key, I tell them, to tell whether or not you’re encountering good writing. The development of the characters made them believable, realistic, and genuine. I really appreciated seeing the flaws and weaknesses of Aberthol as he struggled to understand how to fulfill his destiny. I also appreciated the fact that many characters, although initially wary of the fact that Aberthol was/is their king, once they’ve come to a full appreciation of this, they give their allegiance and aid to the cause he is engaged in.

As a 5th grade teacher I am always on the lookout for good books to recommend to my students. Although I thoroughly enjoyed the story, I am unable to recommend it to them as I feel it is a bit too intense for their still tender minds. I do, however, foresee older middle grade readers devouring it as did I. One thing I was impressed with was the list of “Names and Terms” the author provided at the end of the book for the many unusual names of characters and locations. Additionally, in the ebook version, a link to the list is provided at the end of every chapter. I also found the maps helpful so I was better able to wrap my mind around the many locations of the events as they occurred. The one enhancement which I feel would have been helpful for me would be to have a pronunciation guide so I would have had a better understanding of how to say these names. Although initially this was a distraction, I soon found a way to compensate so it did not adversely affect my overall enjoyment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Swarm...More Like Shadow Awesome! 6 July 2014
By J W Zulauf - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I was unsure about this story walking into it. I'm not traditionally a fantasy style reader, so this was me taking a chance. The promotional video and cover art sold me on this book - no questions asked (for real, check out the promo video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5-05chBX-8).

I don't want to include any spoilers in my review, so here is what I think matters to the reader: The writing is solid with clear with clean action. There is something compelling about how the character development is delivered. I really enjoy learning about Aberthol and his journey. Each character is unique and enjoyable.

So what do we have here? Easy to read, but not too easy, good likeable characters, a solid plot, a familiar but unique story... I feel comfortable recommending this to people.It has good, strong, moral lessons regarding right and wrong, honor, love, trust, faith (and so much more, for real. It's all there if you want to find it). There are numerous lessons taught in D. Robert Pease's words. This book is worth your time and money, flat out. Please read it, please enjoy.

I will be checking out more from this author.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease 1 September 2014
By Tara Gibson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Can you imagine waking up in a tomb, not knowing who you are, where you are, or why you're there? That's how Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease begins.

Aberthol is told that he is king and that this is basically his "rebirth". Everyone expects him to have all the answers. But he doesn't. What's worse is that mere moments after being presented to the city that has waited for him for hundreds of years, or at least... to an empty courtyard in the city, tragedy befalls and people are killed. With the help of the granddaughter of the man who was supposed to help Aberthol remember who he was and the history of his family, he manages to escape.

First, I would like to say that I looked back through my books read this year and noticed I haven't really read an epic-like fantasy all year. I've read paranormal books, fairytale retellings, and science fiction... but nothing with dragons and people who fly and a king who's a descendant from a Creator. It was about time I remedied that.

It was an easy enough story to get drawn in to. I mean, it starts out a complete mystery. We find out the details of Aberthol and how he began where he did right along with him. However, it lost me for a bit. From the names that looked like someone just ran their fingers across the keyboard so they were impossible to pronounce to a song Elise sang that went on for pages and pages... I was worried I wouldn't finish it.

Elise is captured, however. And who attempts a rescue? Why, Aberthol and Elise's very own dead-but-not-dead father. WITH the aid of a golden dragon that I picture MUCH larger than the one on the cover of this book. Haha. He is a handsome thing though isn't he? Moving on... in their quest to rescue Elise, Aberthol and her father discover that myths passed down from generation to generation are, in fact, truth. And that truth ends up needing to be rescued and fought for just as much as the kingdom that Aberthol has been told he's in charge of.

I think that's something everyone has dreamed of at one time or another right? That something they thought was merely fairytale or folk lore would end up being true? Aberthol allies himself with dragon and people who can fly.

The more I read this the more I picture Avatar the Last Airbender. That's how I see Aberthol. Latest in a long line of this particular type of man who is supposed to be the good in the world. Who has the power to heal and kind of journeys in to his own "spirit world" seeing visions of the past and visions of things that could have been or of people who he has never truly known but are as real to him as he is.

It's a good story. I'm glad I stuck it out. The imagery and description in this book is just absolutely amazing and almost lyrical in how it's portrayed and delivered. Things are described in such detail that I can picture them in my mind as I read them. And with fantasy stories that's always one of the best parts.

I'd have to say one of my favorite characters is the dragon, Dwairomore. He is ancient and wise and friendly. And I loved the way that he spoke.

"No one that doth achieve great things ever sets out to do them. Only when thou dost think thyself worthy of greatness will all hope be lost... Remember, thou needs only to call and I shall come."

It's extremely poetic and something I haven't seen done in any other book that I've read (the Bible aside).

If you're like me and have yet to read a true fantasy novel this year, this one is for you. If you like tales of magical and mystical things like people with wings and dragons and kings of old this is for you. If you like quests and battles and good vs. evil this book is definitely for you.