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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review & Giveaway: Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles, #1) by Pavarti K. Tyler

4 Stars
Title: Shadow on the Wall
Series: The SandStorm Chronicles #1
Author: Pavarti K Tyler
Genre: Dark, Political, Speculative, Suspense, Magical Realism,
Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press
Ebook/Paperback
Words: 55k
Book Description:

Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

WINNER OF THE GENERAL FICTION/NOVEL CATEGORY OF THE 2012 NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDS!

Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah's call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?

Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.

Buy it. Read it. It was wonderful.  --Naif Al-Mutawa of the99.org


My Review:

I really liked this book, going in did not know what I was expecting honestly it had been a long while since I read the book description and I just picked it up and started reading. I read it in about five hours, and I am a slow reader usually.

Recai is a wealthy man and wanted for pretty much nothing but recent events has set his life on a course that will push him though trial after trial.

Recai woke up in the desert without recalling how he came to be there, with the sun beating down on him and no shelter in sight he has no choice but to try to find his way back to the city. But disaster strikes and leaves him for dead until a man stumbles upon him and rescues him.

After witnessing the horrors of the RTK, the Morality Police, first hand he is both consumed with rage and guilt. He disappears. For four years until he reappears in the city that now feels so foreign apposed to the desert sand. The years away have changed him, in more than just appearance.

He doesn’t understand why he survived but he does know that change has to be wrought, and it seems like only he and a few friends are the only ones willing to try to make change for the better while everyone else clings to powerful men who exploit their fears ever tighter as the city crumbles.

We get quite a few points of view in this book, Recai’s, Hasad (the man who rescued him in the desert), his daughter, two other women (one who could be considered the protagonist), another man who was most definitely a bad guy and more. The swapping of POV was not confusing but it did add more to the plot

Can I aptly describe to you the plot of Shadow on the Wall? Honestly, no. Can I tell you about the religion or setting of this book? No. But what I can tell you is that Pavarti has created a book that is both gut-wrenching, suspenseful and literally gave me chill bumps in a few scenes.

The only thing that slowed me down and confused me at times in the book was the religion I think—not that I had anything against it but just that I do not know much about it so I was a little confused on a little of the terms and society rules and such. But after I figured them out the book went by like a breeze.

My favorite part of the plot and what has me most curious I admit is Recai and his connection with the sand/desert. The description saying he is a superhero… and we really only touch on it a little but by the end of the book it is definitely there in the plot and n the for-front of Recai’s mind so I am looking forward to picking up the second book and seeing what Pavarti does with it.

While I did really liked Shadow on the Wall book I have to admit that I felt like a few things never got answered, like how in the world Recai ended up in the desert in the first place, and with all of the different POV’s and more plot, that of course left a lot of unanswered questions for other characters as well—especially the epilogue! lol

This is only the first book though so hopefully all the questions I have will be answered in the next installment and I have said it before, from a reader stand point the cliffhanger sucks but one has to appreciate it because I know I am going to be picking up the next book to find out what is going on.

Altogether Shadow on the Wall was fast paced, dark, gritty, intriguing. I would recommend Shadow on the Wall book to most anyone.


*I received a hardcover/paperback/eBook copy/ARC of this book for free to review from the author/publisher/tour site; this in no way influenced my review, all opinions are 100% honest and my own.



Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.

Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.

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11 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking the time to review Shadow on the Wall :)

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  2. Enjoyed reading about the book. I love when I find a book that is first in the series.
    debby236 at gmail dot com

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  3. As an author I do love cliffhangers and this book sounds like a good one, thanks for the review and giveaeau!

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  4. I would love to read this series. It sounds very good. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  5. Very nice review. The book sounds good.

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  6. Sounds like my kind of reading :)

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  7. I love the premise of this book and the fact that it is not your usual hero makes the thought of reading it intriguing.

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  8. Please Enter Me In Your Giveaway.
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  9. Sounds like a good book to read

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  10. Your review was great, and I'm going to have to check this book out!:) Thanks for the post and the giveaway! :)

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  11. Thanks for the contest!!
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