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Shadow on the Wall: Superhero | Magical Realism Novels (The SandStorm Chronicles | Magical Realism Books Book 1) by [Tyler, P.K.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 560 KB
  • Print Length: 248 pages
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  • Publisher: Fighting Monkey Press (17 April 2012)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007V98F4Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
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I read Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler few months ago, but it took me some time to finally write the review. Shadow on the Wall is a book which you read and then it haunts you in a good way. It was a page turner for me, but it woke so many thoughts which I had to get settled before putting down the review.

Shadow on the Wall is well-written and even though it is a page turner, it is dark, raw and beautiful in the same time. The writing is very smooth and the story flows on a quite quick pace. The characters are above fascinating and thought-wakening and the plot thrilling!

Plot:

The plot is complex and there are few different story lines to follow. It's like a puzzle which you have to put together step by step and you find few awesome surprises on your path. There are two complicated things for me with Pavarti's book: the first one was to determine which genre it is because you can actually put several different labels on it and all of them would be correct; secondly, describing the plot. I will do my best.

The story is taking place in Turkey where you meet the main character of the story Recai Osman who is Muslim, billionaire, victim and a hero. Recai finds himself in a desert, saved by a man called Hasad. Recai is brought to Hasad's home while his daughter Rebekah is nursing Recai... Until Islamic morality police RTK finds them and interferes. Things get ugly. Very ugly.

Then the story jumps few years ahead and Recai is a changed man. The reader is introduced to whole new set of characters who are smartly woven into the story. You are drawn into the world of Elih city where religion, values, traditions, people are given colorful and suffocating meaning.
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I've never read any of Pavarti's work before but as we communicated about her book tour I was expecting nothing short of spectacular. As an author, she strikes you as professional, approachable and well organised.

Then you read her book, and she completely blows you away.

She describes Recai as a "vehicle of change" but one cannot help but wonder about the undercurrents that this novels brings forth. Deep down, do we all feel emotions like Recai? Do we each have this raging inner desire to strip ourselves of our fears and oppressions and rise against the world? In a way, are these the same undercurrents that are capable of projecting issues such as the Middle Eastern uprising?

Yes, it is a fiction novel but it taps into your imagination and you cannot help but wonder... This isn't a book you can curl up with as you go to bed and dream of happily ever afters, it is the kind of book that will make you think. It is the kind of book that will leave its mark in history, one way or another.

In a nutshell, the story is centred on good versus evil and the delusion we create that these two things are as clear as black and white. They are not. This book will tell you that. Pavarti's descriptive scenes will show you. And life will teach you that.

Overall assessment:
Story: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Editing: 5/5
Pacing: 4.5/5
Offensive content?: Yes, (violence, swearing etc.) Not at all recommended for children. I would give it a PG15.

Disclosure: I received a review copy of this book from the author through Orangeberry Book Tours. I did not receive any payment in exchange for this review nor was I obligated to write a positive one.
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I couldn't put this book down. It is extraordinarily gripping from the first page to the last, and the characters are so unusual and well-developed that you just want to discover more about them. The book is set in Turkey, in a real place called Elih (fun fact: Elih is the Kurdish name for a real Turkish town called 'Batman'. Nice.) Although the Elih that the author creates is fictitious and nothing like the real place, she chose the Turkish setting because she wanted somewhere with religious tensions between Muslims and Jews that didn't instantly evoke 9/11. You really do learn more about the Islamic faith from the book, as it describes and portrays many rituals, prayers, greetings and passages from the Qur'an and religious tensions. Different groups' interpretations of religious texts are at the heart of the story. Tyler has clearly done her research and, for me, it really paid off.

In this story, there is a 'morality' police force called the RTK. They are a Muslim group who are in control of the city and are, basically, armed policeman who make sure that certain Muslim practices are being followed. There include: not drinking, not smoking, not eating pork, women must wear their burkas and be accompanied by male chaperones, reading material is restricted, women are not allowed newspapers, etc etc. They are an intimidating and brutal force and, as we soon realise, very corrupt.

The RTK become the villains of the piece right from the outset of the book. If you are averse to brutal violence (including sexual and incestual) then you are going to find this book hard going. And I am not exaggerating. I have seen the most violent films out there and read incredibly violent books in the past, and this is definitely up there with them.
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