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Dinniman's characters are rich in substance...his action scenes are compelling and graphic...the best book I've read this year. -- Yet Another Book Review, October 2003

The writing is excellent. An original concept with a diverse cast. Dinniman has shown an amazing maturity of writing ... Superb! -- The Alien Online, January, 2004

a gripping, fast-moving fantasy -- Books 'N Bytes, October, 2003

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Cibola, home of the angels, grand metropolis of Heaven. But now the city is overrun with demons, destroying the beautiful structures, worshipping their cruel gods, and indulging in their desire for human slaves.

Such is the state of Heaven when five humans arrive on a forgotten Beacon. For Indigo, Dave, Hitomi, Rico, and Gramm, death is more dangerous than life. They mistakenly unearth the periscepters, powerful weapons of legend, sought by angels and demons alike. The surviving angels, fueled by an ancient prophecy, begin to regain the hope they thought was forever lost. But the demons have their own plans, and another war in Heaven is brewing, a great storm with the strength of a thousand choirs and the undeniable power to shiver the sky.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 452 pages
  • Publisher: Silver Lake Publishing; First Edition edition (June 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931095515
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931095518
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,076,803 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Richard A. Siler on September 15, 2004
Format: Paperback
I first encountered this book about 2 years ago. I was working for an independant publishing house at the time, and Matt had submitted the first ~75 pages of THE SHIVERED SKY to us. I enjoyed the read very much. Unfortunately, we had just taken 3 other "heaven and hell" novels, all by first-time novelists, and simply couldn't take on another one for the same year. I wrote Matt back, offered some editorial advice, and respectfully declined. We kept up an email exchange for quite a while afterwards. Once TSS finally came out from another company, Matt graciously sent a copy to me.

It took a while (other things got in the way), but I've finally had chance to finish reading it. I found it to be a very enjoyable book, and I look forward to reading more of his work.

As you're probably aware from other reviews, the story involves five human teenagers who have died and arrive at what is basically the heavenly receiving port, but are met by no one and have no idea where they are, how they got there, or at first, even who they are. It takes each of them a good while to piece together their identity. The five kids are from very varied cultural and societal backgrounds, and at first are trepidatious with each other. Each is given a very interesting background, and you feel the tragedy of each of their deaths.

There are two main things that set this book apart from other "heaven and hell" novels:

First is the way it deals with both angel and demon societies. Matt doesn't go the expected, white/black "angels good / demons bad" route. As you'd expect, as the five teenagers interact more with the angels, you learn more about angel society and human "afterlife".
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By A Customer on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book because it was so different than the standard fantasy. However, as a Christian, I was left feeling very uncomfortable. Especially with the biggest part of the plot, that Heaven has been abandoned by God. But I just couldn't put it down. For that I have to give 5 stars with some warnings.
Despite all the good reviews I think a lot of people will read this and not like it at all. If you take offense to fiction that strays from what the Bible teaches you'll find this blasphemous. If you're someone who prefers traditional fantasy you won't like it either. There are a lot of parallels between Lord of the Rings and the Wheel of Time series in this but the author writes and structures like someone who has read a lot of Tom Clancy novels. And Horror. The result is a technothriller with Angels versus Demons instead of Americans versus Russians. But there is a gore element too, and there are scenes where humans are treated like livestock and it will be sickening to people who don't like horror.
Strangely, some of the most compelling moments in the book are set during flashbacks when the characters remember their deaths or the stuff with Dave which I can't give away without ruining the best part of the book. Also, the scenes of war where there are billions of angels fighting billions of demons are chilling. You feel like you're there, and for that it was worth the 500 pages alone. I would love to see a movie made of this.
No one has mentioned the demons in their reviews. There are two demons Ko and Ungeo that are followed throughout the book, and they are very real characters. Ko especially who has a very tragic storyline. I cared more for him than any of the humans or angels.
If you like war novels, fantasy novels and horror novels, you'll love this. If you dislike any one of those three, or if you don't like books that require a glossary (there's a big one in the back that was very helpful) you might want to stay away.
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Imagine waking up naked in the middle of a vast beach with no ocean in site. Not only do you not know who you are - but you have no clue if you are dead or alive - in heaven or hell. Then others begin arriving in the same condition. So starts the Shivered Sky by Matt Dinniman.

The world of the Shivered Sky is not heaven or hell - it is another existence altogether. Cibola, the city of Angels has been overrun with demons from other worlds. The billions of Angels are caught unawares and the city is lost one fateful day.

The war is over and the Angels are trying to just survive. Our wayward humans; Indigo, Gramm, Dave, Ricco, and Hitomi find themselves thrust into this war without knowing whose side to fight on. The Demons attack them, but the Angels treat them like slaves. Confused about all this, our gang realizes nothing is as it seems. Luckily, this group has been given possession of an awesome weapon, periscepters. These weapons look like a simple flashlight, but the light blasts from them disintegrate any Demon in its path. Periscepters have `true light' which destroys Demons but is harmless to Angels and humans. The war between the Angels and Dominion controlled Demons escalates with our human's caught in the middle.

Shivered Sky is not what it seems. This Dark Fantasy is extremely engaging with an original story line. Each chapter brings more understanding of the world and its inhabitants. The ending is climatic and a complete surprise. Cibola is an amazing city with incredible buildings with unknown characteristics. Dinniman has created a diverse, imaginative world that will entertain you just with its descriptions.

Another interesting aspect of the Shivered Sky is that God is missing.
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