Shadowmancer by G.P. Taylor is a horrendous book. While his subject matter certainly had potential, the man is a horrible writer. Taylor rushes through the book when the background and subject matter require more detail and explanation. He has great potential in the book for some excellent descriptive writing, but ruins it with poor similes and metaphors. When he could draw the readers into the scene with descriptions of sights, smells, sounds and other sensory images, he merely cuts to dialogue; he completely ignores the opportunity to pull the reader into the world he has created. There is little if any character development in even the main characters. We get only basic motivating factors and we read about characters having complete changes of heart at a seeming drop of a hat.
GP Taylor uses many quotes from the Bible, but does not do a good job applying the quotes to the situations and the characters lives. He seemingly just throws the quotes out there so people can read them, but does not delve into the deeper meaning behind the scripture. For any reader not versed in the Bible, these additions could be confusing and out of place. If the author intended to use scripture as teaching material for non-believers, he completely botched his attempts. Yet again, Taylor’s lack of description and detail ruin any opportunity he had for capturing the readerï¿½s attention and teaching them any kind of a lesson he may have wanted to get across.
Before reading this book I asked someone else what they thought of it and he told me it was ‘preachy.’ I can tell what he meant after reading the book. It is a definite example of ï¿½do thisï¿½ (but not really, truly the deeper reasons why) and ‘don’t do that’ (again without the deeper spiritual reasons). While I didn’t consider it overly preachy (any more than, say, any children’s book that teaches a lesson), I did find the whole thing to be a very poor presentation of writing overall. Shame on everyone and anyone who has made this book popular in the least little bit.
PS: Have I mentioned that the guy is a horrible writer?
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