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Preview — Greatshadow by James Maxey
Greatshadow (Dragon Apocalypse #1)
The Church of the Book has assembled a team of twelve battle-hardened adventurers to slay the dragon once and for all. But tensions run high between the leaders of the team who view the miss...more
Our protagonist is Infidel, a magically overpowered woman working as a mercenary and occasional thief. She has super strength and is impervious to most damage. When her closest friend dies, she decides to take one last big job so she can retire in style. Her best chance is to join ...more
I liked the heroine, Infidel, though I wish she'd been a little less objectified. All of the secondary characters were really interesting, and I wanted ...more
Narrated by the ghost of a deceased drunkard, Greatshadow shows off the strengths I've come to expect in James Maxey's writing: it gushes with cool ideas brought to life; it moves at speed through unexpected and intriguing plot turns; and it features sympathetic characters who are larger than life and twice as flawed.
Some of the phenomena in this book rank with the most fascinating I've seen in any story anywhere: a chamber constructed of false matter, invulnerable a ...more
While this isn't a book that will change you world, is was vastly entertaining. Take your usual cast of quest characters in a world with some interesting non-h ...more
And then the uniqueness of the point-of-view character keep pulling me forward. It is not every day the POV dies in the first chapter. Truly an inspired twist that was never ...more
I really liked the narration style of this book but plot-wise ehhhhhh. And the last couple chapters were even more ehhhhh than the rest.
So the narrator dies in the first chapter - which is pretty neat - and then spends the rest of the book as a ghost/spirit who can sometimes regain form if the knife that he's attached to is dipped in blood. The main character, nicknamed Infidel, is a treasure hunter who has unnatural strength and impenetrable skin. Take those aw ...more
This is probably best classified as a "quirky" book. Though it involves many staples from the fantasy genre, they are all given a fresh, new, light. Maxey writes in an engaging way and one that drew me in instantly. Just the right amount of humor, questing, action, plot building, backstory, and intrigue to keep every page engaging and interesting. Even a little romance that ...more
I'm really happy I won this book, as honestly, it probably would have taken me forever to get round to it otherwise. That would have been a shame, as I really enjoyed this! From the cover and description, I was expecting an epic, high-fantasy novel. This wasn't what I got, but I'm actually kind of glad. Instead, this was a fun, quirky fantasy that separated itself from the norm. I haven't read any Terry Pratchett (shame on me) but from what I know, ...more
It was a pretty fun read, and there was a lot that I admired about it. I appreciated that the descriptions of place and people were vivid without being florid. The author gave enough information that I could visualize a person, place, or thing while leaving enough room for interpretation that my imagination never got tripped up by unnecessary and trivial details. Personally, I think that makes for a much richer reading experience.
Shadowhawk reviews the first novel of the Dragon Apocalypse series by James Maxey.
“It’s very rare to find a novel packed to the brim with heart-pumping action, laugh out loud humour, and a protagonist who wants cake. Greatshadow is a brilliant book.“ ~The Founding Fields
Its not often I come across a novel that makes me giddy with laughter in the middle of some tense scenes between characters, when ev ...more
But being James Maxey, he has plenty of surprises and twists along the way.
Greatshadow is the primal dragon of fire, a giant lizard big enough to show up on a map. Over the course of thousands of years
Greatshadow is a very ambitious book that aims high and, for the most part, gets there. When I read the premise of the novel I was intrigued and penciled it in as something to keep an eye out for, hence why I leapt at the chance to get an advance reading. I had read one of Mr Maxey’s earlier books and, while I had found it a bit rough around the edges, I had really enjoyed the fast p ...more
It is difficult to begin without resorting to cliche, assuming that the opening about winning a book in a GoodReads giveaway is not already cliche. Maxey's work, to sum it up, has a touch of every ...more
Although this is supposed to be a romantic fantasy (which it is), the book also contains some rather philosophical content as to the reason for existence and where people originated from. The book was exciting and ...more
The only big issues I had with this book were the awkward 'romantic' parts. They weren't written as fluently as the rest of the novel, which made it a bit uncomfortable to read.
But then again, it might've just been my own awkard romantic brain influencing how I read those parts...but I dont think so.
A thrilling read, it really got me sucked into the story. There's lots of action, gets you hooked from the first page.
I loved the majority of the characters (even the bad guys).
The narrator is a ghost, which I thought was fairly unusual, and made for an interesting point of view.
I can't wait for the sequel to come out.
My excitement to read this book dramatically increased once I started reading it due to the casual use of 'defenestrated' in this first paragraph. My level of enjoyment for reading hasn't dropped since.
I won't say too much about why exactly I like this book for fear of spoilers, but I will say that I quite enjoy the way the wording changes when the focus of the narrator shifts.
I'm also a writer. I wrote my first book as a kid, an adventure about pirates and ghosts. When I was a teenager, I used to write superhero adventures. The ...more