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Shadow on the Wall (The SandStorm Chronicles #1)

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Rape. Murder. Extortion. All in a day's work for the nefarious RTK, the brutal, self-appointed morality police controlling modern Elih, Turkey. In these dark times who can stand against their iron-fisted rule? Enter Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero? Shadow on the Wall is Book One of The Sand Storm Chronicles, which tells the epic transformation o ...more
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Fighting Monkey Press (first published April 17th 2012)
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Emlyn Chand
Oct 16, 2011 Emlyn Chand marked it as to-read
I have the distinct honor of writing the book club discussion guide for this novel, which means I get to be one of its very first readers. Yay!
Recently I was given the opportunity to get an ARC of the new litfic novel Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler. (For those of you not in the know, that’s Advanced Release Copy.) It’s probably my favorite thing about blogging. If I just told you whether or not I liked it, my answer would be full of profanities ending with the word “YEAH!” That being said, I’m going to try and remain professional while conveying why this book rocks my socks off.

The Set Up:
The heir to a multi-billion Euro compan
Get ready for another Batman!

Recai Osman is the multi-millionaire young lad, whose life is not any easier than a common man. When his mother committed suicide and his father left him with no parting words, Recai was a kid. Dealing these things on his own has made him insecure and angry from the inside..he thinks he could have saved him mother from leaving him. One day, he wakes up in a desert with no idea how he ended up there. He was caught in a sandstorm and nearly buried alive, when Hasad, a
Nely Cab
Recai Osman is a handsome and wealthy businessman in the city of Elih, Turkey, living every man's dream. But his life turns into a hellish nightmare the day Recai opens his eyes to find himself buried in sand, beaten and hanging on to the last string of his life. Someone has left Recai to be swallowed whole by the desert and never to be heard of again.

Recai is saved by Hasad, who hides the stranger in his home, though fearing that the monopolized community police, known as the RTK, is linked to
Java Davis
I haven't read a book this good in a very long time. Touted as Book 1 of a new series, I sincerely hope there are many more to come. I believe the author has a real passion for the premise of the series.

The book takes place in Turkey, highlighting practitioners of Islam and Judaism. Islam is predominant, and the new superhero, Recai, is a devout Muslim. Other Muslims at various stages of religious practice, or non-practice, are depicted as more than flat, stereotypical cartoons.

As I was reading

Full Review originally at Fantasy Book Critic

ANALYSIS: Shadow On The Wall is a book from an author that I had no clue about. We received a query letter about it and the book’s blurb along with its exotic setting heightened my interest in it. I was curious to see how the author would portray Islam within the confines of the superhero and urban fantasy subgenres. It was also marketed as literary fiction and this was also a plus point in consideration for me choosing it.

Shadow On The Wall is se
This is a fantastic and powerful read that grabs you right from the beginning! I did not read this right away because I thought... Muslim Superhero? Ummm riiiiiiiight, and then I said to myself, oh gods a book that speaks against the violence of muslin women... OK I am against it but do I want to read a book about it in the guise of a superhero novel? So I put it off, BIG MISTAKE! I read the author's other pieces and realized I may have jusged to quickly so Christmas Eve I gave myself an early p ...more
Shadow on the Wall is perhaps my favorite book of the entire year. Why? It offers diversity, strong and likeable characters with distinct backgrounds and voices, a view into a culture we not so often see as the focus of a fantasy story, great storystelling and a lot more.

The story starts with Recai Osman, owner of a multi-million dollar corporation in the style of Bruce Wayne. What’s special about Recai is that he doesn’t live in the middle of New York city, Manhatten or even the English country
Dave DiGrazie
Pavarti K. Tyler writes well. I had no doubt, as I read this meaty morality play with a superhero demiglaze, that I was reading an insider's exposè of how the local authorities who enforce Sharia law in large parts of the Muslim world use some of what is found in Muslim holy writings to oppress anyone who gets in their way, especially (but not exclusively) women. It shocked me to learn in the Q&A found at the end of the Kindle version, that Tyler is neither Muslim nor Turkish (this reviewer ...more
Reviewed for FMB Book Tours. I received a PDF copy of this book from the author for honest review. I was not compensated for my review, and it is an honest representation and my own responsibility.

It is rare that I find myself unable to put a book down. That was not the case with this book. We meet Recai Osman, of a Turkish father and a Kurdish mother: orphaned at a very young age: left with great wealth, a wonderful family legacy, and great guilt.

It is said that Art can bridge gaps; whatever f
Jan 13, 2013 Inga rated it 5 of 5 stars
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I read Shadow on the Wall by Pavarti K. Tyler few months ago, but it took me some time to finally write the review. Shadow on the Wall is a book which you read and then it haunts you in a good way. It was a page turner for me, but it woke so many thoughts which I had to get settled before putting down the review.

Shadow on the Wall is well-written and even though it is a page turner, it is dark, raw and beautiful in the same time. The writing is very smooth and the story flows on a quit
Jaime (Twisting the Lens)
Tyler gives us a triumph in feminist literature, while supplying a believable ‘superhero’. Recai possesses no overt unearthly powers, but instead relies on his faith in knowing of what is right and wrong. In reality, he is just a man standing up for what he believes in, within the confines of the predetermined regime. The humanity which is displayed throughout the story is what makes it a success. Tyler is also not apt to shy away from graphically violent scenes to save those who wish to hide fr ...more
I received this book for free from a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. I'm not being paid for this review, but I do appreciate getting a free book. Thanks!

Flags go up for me when I see white American non-Muslim women writing about Islam and Muslimahs, so I was more than a bit relieved to find that Tyler did this mostly right. I'm knowledgeable enough about Islam and Judaism in Turkey that I was able to follow the cultural nuances I spotted, and not knowledgeable enough to know if there problematic
Laura Graves

After reading and enjoying Pavarti K. Tyler’s Two Moons of Sera, I jumped at the chance to read Shadow on the Wall. I had no idea what I was in for. Unlike the quirky fantasy that is Two Moons of Sera, this first installment in The Sandstorm Chronicles is dark and sometimes hard to read. Still, I couldn’t seem to tear myself away from the story. It didn’t take long to catch my interest, and it kept me in horrified, stomach-wrenching engag
The story takes place in a fictional world, the center plays Turkey. Elih was the chosen town to hold a supernatural story line. The author has put up some great effort in researching the Middle Eastern culture and Islam to give a realistic picture of the characters and the theme involved in the story. With her understanding she made a remarkable input to display each character emotions and feeling of justice that we the reader can follow as an indirect background to make up our own mind.

The ma
Review originally posted here:

I couldn't put this book down. It is extraordinarily gripping from the first page to the last, and the characters are so unusual and well-developed that you just want to discover more about them. The book is set in Turkey, in a real place called Elih (fun fact: Elih is the Kurdish name for a real Turkish town called 'Batman'. Nice.) Although the Elih that the author creates is fictitious and nothing like the real place, she c
Faye {Daydreaming_Star}
This review was originally posted on my blog on the 3rd June 2012, here

I didn't know exactly what to expect when I started reading Shadows on the Wall, but I am glad to admit that I was blown away by what I did read. This story is so captivating and powerful that I simply would not hesitate to recommend it almost everyone that I know. It was a novel that really grabbed at me, that I couldn't stop thinking about, something that made me think and one that I just instantly fell in love with. It is
Gabbo Parra
Step aside, a new hero rises from the desert.

I like this new take on the rich, orphan boy turned super hero, because this one comes from a very different sphere.

With that out of the way, I have to stress other things.

It seems a little excessive the amount of foreign words, phrases and verses in this work. I understand Pavarti’s intention to immerse us in the culture. Nevertheless, in my opinion, fewer foreign terms would have helped us to be more in tune with what was happening without the const
Drennan Spitzer
As part of Novel Publicity's Book Club Bash Event, I was given the pleasure of reading Pavrati K. Tyler's Shadow on the Wall. This novel is surprising in all kinds of wonderful ways. Reminiscent of a Salman Rushdie novel, Shadow on the Wall, tells the story of Recai Osman, a child of privilege turned superhero after he witnesses a series of abuses in the city of Elhi in Turkey. Tyler touches on questions of morality, women's rights, the dangers inherent in religious fundamentalism, and ethnic an ...more
Wow. So. What seems like forever ago I got an email from the author asking me if I'd be interested in a Middle Eastern Batman story, and I didn't just say yes, I said HELL YES! I may be a little biased because I'm a well known Batman lover, but I am so amazed by the final product. Recai's struggles (and brattishness) was so well written, it held my attention from start to finish.

Hasad is easily my favorite character. I loved the father role he took up for Recai, and I loved the way he was with h
Cecilia (rather barefoot than bookless)
Wow! This book was deep and truly amazing! I have wanted to read something really good like this one that would shine a positive light on Islam and religion. And though this book was really horrible in many ways it did show what Islam can really be and what Judaism can really be.... Friendly! Against each other and within it self. Faith should be something peaceful and beautiful and it is in this book BUT it also show what happens when religion is used to gain power! Power to rule and abuse the ...more
Toni Sinns
4 Out of 5 Stars!!

Strength is not always how much you dead weight you can pick up, how many presses you can do, or how hard you can hit. Strength is also something inside of you that pushes you to do what is right and stand your ground when others want to force you to change your mind. This book is full of strength. The women are in a world that has them restricted to certain laws and hidden behind mask and veils. But the women of this book stand against them in their own ways. Not afraid to spe
Quinn Barrett
Shadow on the Wall takes on a lot of hot-button topics: religion, politics, sexism, misogyny, greed, corruption, abuse, and more. This is not a story for the faint of heart. Author Pavarti Tyler pulls no punches in her depiction of what it's like to live in the Middle East--Elih, Turkey specifically. Rich or poor, women in particular must endure a hard life living under Sharia law, and the author does not shy away from creating a realistic visual for readers.

The author is to be congratulated for
This is a thought-provoking book. Recai is the main character and an unusual one at that. He stands to be very wealthy as the heir to a huge company. He hasn't fully taken his destiny into his hands yet, but his time is coming. The reader will get the feel that something important will happen very soon.

The Goodreads summary sums up the plot. The setting is a city where there are a bunch of different religions and crimes going on. Recai will probably remind the reader of a favorite superhero as h
Christina  Torretta
Ok, now don’t go letting that synopsis throw you! I know it talks about Allah and I was wondering if it was going to be a deeply, overly religious book but I was pleasantly surprised! Yes it is about a culture who worships Allah and that is added in but it is not overly religious! Actually with how some of Recai’s powers work out there could probably be a little bit more praise and I still wouldn’t have been thrown off.

This is an intensely interesting story about a culture that is so very differ
May have slight spoilers.

I really liked this book, going in did not know what I was expecting honestly it had been a long while since I read the book description and I just picked it up and started reading. I read it in about five hours, and I am a slow reader usually.

Recai is a wealthy man and wanted for pretty much nothing but recent events has set his life on a course that will push him though trial after trial.

Recai woke up in the desert without recalling how he came to be there, with the s
Misty Baker
Gripping is defined as: Taking and keeping a firm hold of; grasping tightly.

A simple word really…when you actually think about it; BUT one that can potentially hold mounds of meaning.

Yesterday I gripped my husband’s hand as we watched TV. The day before that, I gripped a fishing pole with 3 year old daughter.

Gripping: Taking a keeping a firm hold on things.

People. Objects. Memories. Emotions. Stories. Shadow on the Wall.

“Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?

Donna Galanti
One man, witness to a terrible crime, paralyzed to help, and tormented by his inability to save a soul…leads to saving a new soul that sparks a revolution across a city of corruption and greed. Is he the new prophet come to save their very souls and help them rise up again? Or is he too far beyond his own redemption to deliver his people from the dark as The Sandstorm?

One word: Turkey. A place where Tyler creates her controversial novel, Shadow on the Wall. A place built of sand, wretched souls,
For as long as he can remember, Recai Osman has been the keeper of secrets. Secrets that have bogged him down to the point that he's wished for death in more ways than one. Throughout his entire life, he's lost his loved ones and every remnant of his life. He's clamored many times for release from the earthly realm he lives in, but Allah has other ideas. Recai is meant for many things and Allah's will must be done.

Witnessing atrocities committed against him and his people, Recai has no other cou
First off I will say that this book is not for everyone as the author does not pull any punches when she is describing the despicable acts that are perpetrated by the villains in this book. It has a very dark, gritty feel that helps to add a real emotional edge, but is not suitable for all audiences.

Shadow on the Wall is a new take on the Batman mythos. A man who is very rich through his families dealings has tragedy strike very close to him and totally changes the way he looks at his world. Whe
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Award winning author of multi-cultural and transgressive literature, Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway. Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance indu ...more
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