I normally try to see the good in any story, but in Shadowmancer there is nothing. It remains to be my most hated of novels, and here is why.
The story is flat and exceptionally uninteresting, hardly building in pace throughout the story and leading to an utterly anti-climatic conclusion. Many plot threads are thrown into the story at random, often being abandoned without any kind of adequate explanation to why they were their to begin with. The end result is a story that just seemed muddled and often contradictory.
The characters are also utterly flat and possessing of no interesting personality traits. They do absolutely nothing to impress themselves on the reader and I often had difficulty telling one from another. Its female lead is by far the worst of the bunch as her plot arc actually causes her to unravel rather than develop - starting her off as strong character and having her grow increasingly ineffectual as the story progressed.
Worst of all was the heavy-handed religious message which lacked any kind of subtlety. The general message that the novel gave was anyone who did not believe in the Christian God was possessed or otherwise deceived by demons. The novel reads as little more than an evangelical pamphlet, as numerous characters are converted through Raphah's 'compelling arguments'.
Abysmal literature. I would not recommend this novel to anyone.
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