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The Shadow of the Gauntlet

4.4  ·  Rating Details ·  50 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
A high-tech fantasy, in which young Thomas Scargen finds himself deeply entangled in a centuries old magical war while trying to discover the truth about his father.

On the eve of his graduation from New Salem High, Thomas Scargen awakens from an all-too-real nightmare depicting his father's mysterious disappearance. Before the boy can regain his composure and slack back in
Paperback, First Edition, trade paper, 506 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Roundstone Publishing (first published May 28th 2013)
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Jul 29, 2013 Clawcoof rated it it was amazing
If you're looking for a book to get lost in this summer, I highly recommend The Shadow of the Gauntlet. The world of Mages sucks you in from the very beginning, and before you know it you're 100 pages in and read through dinner time. As a main character, Thomas Scargen is a great guide through this new and uncharted world, since much of the reader's discovery is his own. The story takes on many points of view - from Thomas to a dragon to two troll henchmen to the commander of the evil forces - ...more
Khalia Hades
Jan 30, 2014 Khalia Hades rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy sci-fi and magic, this is a novel for you. This is a classic battle between good and evil set in the future. The robots are awesome and the talking animals possess magic power. I could not put the book down, because I had to know what happened next. What really drew me into this book is the seamless blend of fantasy elements and science fiction tech. The book grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the very end, culminating in a fantastically depicted battle of ...more
Aug 27, 2013 Mike rated it it was amazing
Hard to believe that a story with dragons, vampires, robots, werewolves (and many more creations of Caracciolo's own mind) could work together, but they sure do. I must admit, this guy knows how to tell a story.

Thomas Scargen's adventures are what I think many of us once wished in our wildest dreams to be our reality. It made me laugh, made me sit whiteknuckled on the edge of my seat during badass mage battle scenes, it pulled on the heartstrings a bit (didn't see that coming) and it takes you
John St.John
Sep 03, 2013 John St.John rated it it was amazing
I think that the best thing I can say is, I can't wait for the next book in the series. Great read, pulls you right into Thomas's world, to the point that you can really picture everyone you meet and everything you see while reading. Great villains too, makes you really pull for the good guys. I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but got to the point when I thought, "This book is really a winner". Can't wait to see how Thomas grows and matures in the next book. Bring on Book 2, I'm really ...more
Farmer Dan
Aug 09, 2016 Farmer Dan rated it really liked it
This book was narsh. At first I was skeptical to keep coming across characters from all walks of the fantasy/sci-fi genre, but by the end was quite impressed how all the characters meshed together. Who would have thought that dragons and robots could operate within the same realm?

The plot was well crafted including some very emotional twists towards the end. As the first in a series it definitely sets the foundation for tons more adventure to come. Whether a veteran of the genre or a newcomer r
Sep 16, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. If you liked percy Jackson then this book is right up your alley. He blends vampires, magic, tech, and other things to form an awesome and addicting read. I had trouble putting it down once I started. Definitely worth it to read plus the author is very nice. One of my favorite books for sure.
Aug 19, 2013 Tentsu rated it it was amazing
Amazing, I didn't expect much of this book, I mean magic and tech, teleporting dragons and robots fighting with spirits, trolls, and mages? it seemed like too much to pull off and still create a good story, but Casey Caracciolo brings it together! This man turned the skeptic into the believer. This is a fantasy epic worthy of any reader's attention.
Nov 08, 2016 Ac rated it it was amazing
Hi Casey, I was with my family when I met you at the River Reads event at the Prallsville Mill in NJ. You introduced me to your books and the characters. I really liked this book. There was a lot of action. Thomas goes on a thrilling adventure to interesting places. One of the coolest parts was [SPOILER ALERT!] when Thomas incinerated the Earah with an energy blast and he doesn't know how he does it. I can't wait to read "The Dragon Within" and follow the characters through their adventures.
Oct 28, 2016 Draconianheart rated it it was amazing
I bought this book in the bookstore in New Hope (where the author works) and I loved it. I really enjoyed the librarian trees, as well as a lot of the other characters. The fast pace of the book pulled me in right away, and as a fan of sci-fi, fantasy and anime, I enjoyed all the references and nods made to all of those things. I highly recommend reading it. I just talked to the author recently and he said he is currently working on the third book in the series.
May 22, 2015 Rachel rated it liked it
I strongly believe in brutally honest criticism, so here goes.

Honestly, I hated this book until I started thinking about it like comic book without pictures, and even then it was only tolerable, not enjoyable. It kind of was a comic book in that it had a lot of action and very little character development and other such elements that make a book good. I would have given it two out of 5 stars if it hadn't been for the last three chapters, which had more emotion and were slightly better written t
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Aug 24, 2013 Compulsion Reads rated it really liked it
Thomas Scargen is a pretty typical sixteen-year-old boy living in the future where wrist communicators, artifs (awesomely advanced robots) and holobooks are part of everyday life. Unfortunately for him, his life is about to become very atypical.

On the eve of Thomas’s high school graduation he wakes up from a nightmare about his father, who is excavating artifacts in Egypt. Before Thomas is able to get his bearings and contact his father, he is attacked by shadowy creatures. With the help of a y
James Vernon
Jul 23, 2014 James Vernon rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I might not have given this book a try at first glance, but I met the author at Philly Comic-Con and he certainly sold the story to me. If you get the same first impression that I did, DO NOT let it keep you from giving the story a chance.

First, the story is completely unique. Of course you have your good vs. bad, with sides clearly set from the very beginning. What isn't the norm is the excellent way the author blends sci-fi and fantasy without it feeling forced.

The main charact
Mar 24, 2014 Laura rated it it was ok
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Well, I really loved the concept. I like the mix of sci-fi and fantasy. What I wasn't sold on was the dialog. It all seemed so, blah, predictable, trite. It felt like the dialog was the only thing propelling the story at times and the story needed only to be fleshed out. It could have been so much more if we really were able to get to know the characters a bit more. I felt at times that we were dictated the story instead of being immersed in it. Things were described very bluntly instead of ...more
Jul 13, 2015 Nina rated it it was amazing
This book is the perfect blend of fantasy and science fiction. Caracciolo creates a world that is at once familiar yet entirely unique, from the streets of London to the talking animals of Maktaba. I enjoyed the diverse group of characters and the wild, continent-hopping journey. I definitely recommend this book to everyone!
Jason Nadal
Oct 03, 2014 Jason Nadal rated it liked it
Very simplistic fantasy-ish novel. Seems made for kids. Cockney accent on several characters is off-putting.
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Casey Caracciolo spent six years crafting the first installment in the Scargen series, The Shadow of the Gauntlet. His first novel promises to be the start to an epic Sci-Fi/Fantasy experience. “It’s like the best parts of Science Fiction mingled with Fantasy staples, with a healthy sprinkling of Comics and Anime,” says Caracciolo. “Dragons, vampires, robots, and fireballs shooting out of people’s ...more
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