Saturday, August 22, 2015

REVIEW: The Lord of Shadows Rises

The Lord of Shadows Rises
By: James Terzian

Genre: Fantasy
Publication date: 1.6.2015
Pages: 206

Recommended by: Sage's Blog Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 8.20.2015

I have so much to say on this book, and yet I have no idea where to begin.  It's a really interesting story, with a lot of action and fight scenes galore.  I enjoyed it quite a bit, which I wasn't so sure that I would at the very beginning, but the story and characters kept me wanting to know more.  I think the author has a lot of imagination and talent, and I am interested in reading other things that he comes up with.  When I was talking to a friend about it last night, one of the things that I said to her was that I think this book would be really good for middle school and high school boys.  Now, I know that's considered sexist, but I've worked with a lot of younger boys in helping them find things that they would be interested in reading, that would keep their attention, and to me this book has that - the action and fight scenes that would pull them into the story and keep them there, and a really neat main character that they could potentially imagine themselves as.  

My issue with the story is actually more centered on the editing of the book.  See, I think that the editor did not do the project justice.  James Terzian has a learning disability, and he's very honest about it.  When you look at the issues with the story, you can kinda understand that they're there and why they're there.  I mean, story alone I was really impressed, and having known people in my life that have learning disabilities, I know how hard it is to be able to put your thoughts onto paper.  I feel like the job of a good editor is to help an author pull their thoughts together and make sure they make sense, and there were parts of this story that just ... didn't.  There were issues with grammar and other stuff, which made parts of it hard to get through, and it's so unfortunate because the underlying story has so much potential.  I could see this being a five star book, and I really hope that the author takes the time to get this book reedited so that it can stand out and be the amazing book that it can be.

About the book:
It has been 200 years since the Lord of Shadows was called in a horrific battle with the Order of White Rose.  Now the year is 1998, a boy with murdered parents must gather allies to stop the once powerful Lord of Shadows from regaining his full power and breaking the seal.  Learning from the Order of the White Rose guardians, he must fight or his parents' death would be in vain.  From Norway to United States of America, from China to Korea, he must join with the other students and fight.

1798, Norway

It had been two hundred years since the battle of Twin Peaks was decided and the warriors of the Order of the White Rose fought a long and grueling battle, losing over half their fighters against the Army of the Lord of Shadows.
            The reason for the losses of these brave heroes was due to the evil dictator known as the Lord of Shadows.  With his army, he descended upon the Scandinavian countryside to destroy all who stood in his way.  Pillaging and selling the vanquished into slavery, he showed no mercy to his victims.  He was defeated, however, not by the army, but by one man.  That man was the leader of the Order of the White Rose, Master Eirik.  He was a monk who had studied the ways of the warrior and mastered Aikido and Stav fighting.  He fought the Lord of Shadows near the evil one's temple.  He was able to seal the Lord of Shadows using the forbidden technique of the Soul Seal, banishing him into an object.
            That was Master Eirik's last battle because he gave his life to seal the evil one.  The Lord of Shadows had been imprisoned for two centuries.  This left five keys with the five Masters of the White Rose.  The Lord of Shadows became imprisoned inside a statue of a Norse god.  His power was dispersed among the five keys, and only if those five keys were brought together within the temple would he regain his power.  The Guardians were there to make sure that did not happen.  To further protect the keys, the Guardians eventually spread out among the world.  For generations, the keys had been passed down from master to student.

About the author:
James Terzian is an upcoming author with a learning disability in writing.  Writing a novel to prove to others that having a disability does not hinder you in any way.  He was born in the Ukraine and came to America in 1992 at the age of five, found his love for writing after graduation and is hoping to share his journey.  He graduated on the honor roll in high school despite his disability, and he strives to do what he loves, write.  He started to write fan fiction based on his childhood shows.  He is currently working in the school system in building services, maintaining the building for bright minds to learn and get an education.

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