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The Shadow Walker: Unseen Things (Volume 1) Paperback – April 20, 2012
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At first I wasn't sure about the character,Thomas Hurd. The teen is a loner and a peeper, and I couldn't wrap my brain around how I would relate to him. But S.L. Madden has a talent for roping in the reader. Again, I love his style of writing and his pacing of the plot.
Thomas won me over.
Here's hoping there will be another book written with him at the helm. Hint, hint.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Synopsis: Thomas Hurd has always felt more comfortable watching people from a distance than interacting with them up close. But his tendencies to watch others reveals to him a creature he was never meant to see, and unleashes a horror onto his small town that threatens to consume the world. Contains mild language and violence.
My Thoughts: This is Book One of the Unseen Things trilogy. I originally received this over a year ago, but I should point out that I was notified by the author that a new version was posted and downloaded the most recent version just over a week ago.
Thomas Hurd is an interesting character; I suspect he is meant to be either mildly autistic or has Asperger's, based upon his discomfort dealing with people and his inability to figure out how to talk to Madison (or when he does, he comes up with some ridiculously bad things to say, poor guy). I really like him, though, and I liked how deeply we got into his head; yet he remains an enigma. It's fascinating.
This book is really quite dark, and it is a self-contained story, with just hints of where else Madden might take the rest of the trilogy. The editing is much better than Bravado/Dramatique, although there are still a few errors left. The story flows smoothly, and the characters are well-created and written. I really enjoyed this book and I think most fans of darker urban fantasy will as well.
The other two books in the trilogy, The Shadow Within and World of Shadows, are planned for a near simultaneous release later this year, or early in 2013. I, for one, will be anxiously waiting on them, as I can't wait to see where things will go from here. Highly recommended.
First off - I absolutely loved the cover art for this book, before I realized the painting was done by the author's five year old Autistic daughter, and modified by the author's wife. Now I positively adore it.
After reading two of the author's books in the Only Human on the Block series, I had a certain expectation of how the narrative would flow. I was greatly surprised to find the tone here is much, much darker. Once I told my expectations to hush, I settled in and thoroughly...no, not enjoyed (that, to me, implies an enjoyable journey with a happy ending), but was thoroughly engrossed in the story. There are plot twists aplenty - one I saw coming (regarding the character Bruce and I think the reader was meant to by that point), but the others were a surprise. They were all well crafted and were addressed (if not resolved) by the end (I have a pet peeve with plot holes). I look forward to reading the next two installments in this series.