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- Print Length: 304 pages
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- Publication Date: October 25, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MA6PH52
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Amir’s novel deals with (among other things) a character who is a necromancer. For those unfamiliar with the term, according to Wikipedia ‘Necromancy is a supposed practice of magic involving communication with the deceased – either by summoning their spirit as an apparition or raising them bodily – for the purpose of divination, imparting the means to foretell future events or discover hidden knowledge, to bring someone back from the dead, or to use the deceased as a weapon, as the term may sometimes be used in a more general sense to refer to black magic or witchcraft.’
Amir’s stylish prose opens an invitation to follow the journey established in the opening sentences - ' Shadows danced across the walls and ceiling, unattached to anything. Nobody but Dieter seemed to notice them. Raspy whispers echoed off the walls of the small lecture hall and drowned out the professor’s voice. Diederich Lindemann looked up from his notebook, his mouth twisted in annoyance. ‘Shut up,’ he almost hissed, ‘I’m trying to listen here, you ***holes.’ But nobody’s lips were moving. Everyone’s heads were bowed over the long tables, scribbling in notebooks or on tablet screens, or tapping away at keyboards, or dicking around on phones. They’d called it paediatric schizophrenia when it first started, and regular schizophrenia as he got older. It was the easiest explanation for the Shadows and the Voices that no-one else saw or heard. Medication didn’t help much, but the therapy wasn’t bad. He could tune them out most of the time now. Key word being ‘most’. Dieter tried to turn his attention back to the lecture. Easier said than done when all he could hear was nails scraping against wood. It was as if the Shadows were trying to claw their way through the dark paneling on the walls. He ignored it as much as he could, but the scraping just wouldn’t stop. It was all around him, practically inside his skull. His stomach twisted into an anxious knot. He was three seconds from puking. If he had to listen to it for another minute, he was going to scream.’ That is a fine overture to where this talented writer is taking us.
The story is distilled on Amir’s website – ‘Physics major Dieter Lindemann is perfectly content living in a world where the Shadows he sees and hears are nothing but hallucinations. But when one attacks him, he's forced to confront the fact that the Shadows are not only real, but dangerous. Though Necromancer Alistair Cudmore offers to help him, Dieter quickly realizes that what he and Alistair want are two very different things, and it's difference that could cost him his life. Controlling and possessive, Alistair pushes him further and further into blood magic. An incident at a club forces him into Necromancy, and he's dragged down into a world he never wanted any part in. As the spirits and Alistair grow more and more violent, Dieter must break away from his mentor and learn to control the Shadows on his own before they destroy him. Only, Alistair isn't about to let him go without a fight.
This is act one of an ongoing series that almost guarantees that after finishing SHADOW MAKER the reader will be addicted. Very fine sci-fi fantasy with a solid footing in psychosocial variations and a refreshingly comfortable integration of same sex feelings and actions and responses. Grady Harp, March 17
I loved learning about Dieter and the people in his life - and how everything isn't quite what it seems. I'm really keen to check out Book 2, so I can see how the new-found understanding of his abilities develops even further.
I'm not sure I fully got what it meant to be a 'familiar', 'sensitive' or 'empath' but that could just be because I'm pretty new to the genre. And I don't know if this is a spoiler, but I was so glad Dieter finally met some positive influences, because his world was pretty dark until that point.
If you're after something a little different and a bit dark, definitely check this out.
No Spoilers. Advanced Reader Copy read voluntarily.
The exploration of character is beautiful, not just the protagonist’s but the main antagonist’s as well. The world building gives us a look at this universe coexisting within normal human realms, together yet separate. It’s fairly simplistic, but it’s that simplicity to lends itself to the idea that the witches and others with paranormal or supernatural abilities fit so well within our own world. The different types of powers gives the story more depth, and lends to creating folklore and beliefs within the world of witches, which is truly interesting to read about and see unfolding throughout the story.
The inclusion of LGBT characters is amazing, but better than that is how they are included; the information isn’t thrown in our faces, it’s something that’s unveiled with such modesty and sophistication that it’s accepted just as easily as the sky being blue, or my hair being brown. It was a relief to me personally, as a bisexual transman, to see it this type of subject matter handled so well. Likewise, Amir has represented many different cultures and ethnicities within their book, expanding the world of witches with a melting pot of ideas and beliefs that are touched on with the same grace used while portraying LGBT persons.
The main protagonist has several issues he fights to overcome, and the struggles he suffers through seem very real and personal to my own, though they’re different; it’s the way he and those difficulties are written that allows them to be read as metaphors for things each of us face. His development as a character is realistic, the growth he accomplishes wrought with hardship, both wins and losses.
Between the flow of the story, the subject matter, and the characters, I give this book an easy 10/10. If you enjoy fantasy stories with magic and witches, LGBT, cultural, and ethnic representation, and characters with depth who learn through mistakes and trial and error, you’ll likely enjoy Shadow Maker. I look forward to reading the next book in the lovely Morrighan House Witches series.