Your Memberships & Subscriptions
Download the free Kindle app and start reading Kindle books instantly on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. Learn more
Read instantly on your browser with Kindle Cloud Reader.
Using your mobile phone camera - scan the code below and download the Kindle app.
Enter your mobile phone or email address
By pressing "Send link," you agree to Amazon's Conditions of Use.
You consent to receive an automated text message from or on behalf of Amazon about the Kindle App at your mobile number above. Consent is not a condition of any purchase. Message & data rates may apply.
Xor: The Shape of Darkness Kindle Edition
Can Lewis Nash become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be and save Xor?
On his twelfth birthday Lewis Nash comes home from school to find that his house has blown up to smithereens, killing his father. Having lost his mother in an accident four years earlier, Lewis realizes he is now an orphan — but he has no time to dwell on it. The moment he gets off the school bus a fearsome wolf-man tries to grab him. The boy is saved in the nick of time by Master Long, who reveals to him that he’s a Shaper from a place called Xor, which is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Lewis learns that he must do his utmost to become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be.
Because, it would seem, he’s the one and only chance Xor has.
"... so well written and so funny I couldn't put it down!" -- Sarah's review
"This is a funny, imaginative and clever adventure perfect for middlereaders... Moshe Sipper shows tremendous potential with thisinterplanetary debut." -- Dragons Who Read
"There were so manyadventures and antagonists to keep the book from becoming boring... ifXor turned into a movie I predict it'd be a big hit." -- Your AverageBook Worms
About the Author
- ASIN : B007HKOS90
- Publication date : March 5, 2012
- Language : English
- File size : 332 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 297 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,925,514 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
About the author
Top reviews from the United States
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
As a shifter he has the ability to change forms into pretty much anything that he is thinking about and has to undergo training to stabilize his thinking and maintain his magical powers. He is told that his parents are still alive and his shifter powers are possibly the most powerful that anybody has ever seen. He just maybe the key to saving the planet and finding his parents.
There was a lot of descriptions and world-building so even middle grade readers will need to have a good attention span as there is not a lot of action in the book, but mostly imagery, magic and has a good theme to the ending that is thought provoking and good a discussion topic.
This was a cute book. The story had a very fairy tale feeling to it.
Guys with rabbit ears, magical socks, magicians, genetically altered wolf men - what's not to love? Those weren't the reasons behind my rating, though. (Well...maybe the rabbit man factored in *just* a little.)
What I liked best about this book was its tone, and message. A lot of books aimed at younger boys tend to try to use anger as a connecting point - the main character is mad at how things have turned out, and has to learn to control his anger throughout the book. Or they'll focus on how awkward and pimply the boys feel. This book tried a different approach - connecting through sadness.
The main character suffers through all sorts of terrible things that happen to him. It becomes an internal struggle between Lewis and his personal demons, so to say. And the moral of the story isn't that if you hit something enough, you'll win. There is no fight at the end. Lewis saves the day because he finds a way to not necessarily overcome sadness, but by remembering that for every sad memory he has, there are even more happy ones.
It was just a wonderful message, and it was worked into the story very nicely.
I liked the half magic, half science fiction approach the book takes. The imagery is vivid, and interesting.
(Follow my book reviews at: [...]
I received this book in return for a honest review from the author. The story is about Lewis a twelve year old boy who up until his twelfth birthday thought he was different. His thoughts are confirmed when he wakes up in bed with the body of a bug, which he passes off as a dream. However seconds later while brushing his teeth he turns into a raptor with razor sharp teeth, realizing he's not just a normal boy he instantly wonders if he's a mutant.
After school Lewis comes home to find his house has burned down, and his father has passed away. He doesn't have time to decide what to do, he's attacked by a drake a wolf man who was sent to capture him, and saved by Master Long who takes him to Xor. Once in Xor Lewis meets the king who tells him that the world of Xor is in trouble unless they can stop the Realm Pirates from covering the planet in darkness.
Lewis embarks on a quest to save Xor, with his new friends Master Long, Grand Magician K'Bol's, Professor Nand and Five. The group sets out stop the Realm Pirates before they can rule all of Xor in darkness. The group decides that finding Dalith the Beneficent the most powerful sorceress will know how to help Lewis save Xor. On the way to finding the elusive Dalith, they encounter many beings along the way, saving people from a monster who feeds on free will and Building a lake in a underground cave just to name a few.
This book has instantly draws you in within the first few pages, you want to know more about who Lewis really is and what he can do. The characters are well written, you instantly fall in love with them and rooting for Lewis to fight the darkness. I like that he's not alone, even though his parents are gone and his biological parents have been kidnapped by the Realm Pirates he still keeps his cool and works hard to do whatever it takes. The book is a non-stop adventure, I had a hard time putting it down I wanted to know what would be next. I found the whole concept unique and refreshing.
Mandy @ [...]
Top reviews from other countries
12-year-old Lewis gets a shock on the morning of his twelfth birthday when he wakes up to find that he has the body of a giant insect! Fortunately he's able to think himself back to being a boy, and he tries to forget the incident, that is until he changes into a dinosaur whilst brushing his teeth.
Figuring that this must been some mysterious gift that he has he spends most of his day thinking about different things to change into, only to get on the bus home and find that his house has burned down and his father is dead.
Narrowly avoiding being grabbed by a wolf-man, he finds himself in the company of a man with rabbit ears, who informs him that he is no ordinary boy, he is in fact Lord Shaper - the son of high lord and high lady shaper from a planet called Xor!
Taking this news in his stride, Lewis goes with the strange man to the planet Xor, where he learns that his biological parents have been kidnapped by pirates, and are being used to slowly destroy the entire planet! Now it is up to Lewis to try and stop this destruction, before the whole of Xor is lost forever, if only he knew how!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it was so well written and so funny I couldn't put it down!
To be honest it reminded me in part of `The Hobbit' and partly of `The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' - What an amazing combination! An epic fantasy adventure, with so much hunour! Lewis was a sweet kid and perfect for the role, and even though he had the gift of `shaping' he was down-to earth, and didn't abuse the power that he had.
If I had one criticism, it would probably be that I didn't think that the prologue needed to be there (the story of how Lewis' adoptive mother was killed), it didn't fit very well with the rest of the story, and in my opinion was a bit weird - partly because you know nothing about shaping at this point.
Overall though this is a great book and I'm so glad that I gave it a chance! If you're looking for a fantasy adventure, with a bit of humour, look no further, and your kids will love it to!
9 out of 10.
(Book length: 5009 kindle locations)