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Shadow Swarm

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  40 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Aberthol Nauile doesn’t know that he once led legions in a war that had raged since the dawn of time, against an enemy that could not be killed. He doesn’t know that he rode on a dragon with his father, or that his mother died while giving birth to him. He doesn’t know that he once saved his great, great, great grandfather by defeating the black enemy on the slopes of a vo ...more
Paperback, 325 pages
Published June 2nd 2014 by Evolved Publishing LLC (first published May 1st 2014)
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Dan Rogers
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Shadow Swarm, an epic fantasy set in the year 3967 YR, opens with the second birth of Aberthol Nauile, King of Nuadaim. Although he has no immediate recollection of his original birth and life, Aberthol quickly comes to realize not only that he is king of all the land, but also that he is the greatest hope of all the people to free them from the grip of The Dark Master. As he sets out to fulfill his
Michelle Isenhoff
Jul 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
“The value of myth is that it takes all the things you know and restores to them the rich significance which has been hidden by the veil of familiarity…We do not retreat from reality, we rediscover it. As long as the story lingers in our mind, the real things are more themselves... By dipping them in myth we see them more clearly.” – C. S. Lewis, on Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings

I read the Lord of the Rings years ago. I’ve often heard it called the forerunner of high fantasy. Since it was also my f
Lia Burres
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shadow Swarm starts by a man awaking in a tomb without any memories. He is weak and naked. He's also very confused. There is no writing on his tomb and has no idea who he is. The tomb doesn't supply him with any information on this.

Eventually he is able to escape the tomb and run into people who have been attending his needs and his tomb for over 300 years. They tell him who he is and of his legacy. His legacy was foretold in a prophecy.

He didn't believe or understand anything that they had told
J.W. Zulauf
Jul 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was unsure about this story walking into it. I'm not traditionally a fantasy style reader, so this was me taking a chance. The promotional video and cover art sold me on this book - no questions asked (for real, check out the promo video:

I don't want to include any spoilers in my review, so here is what I think matters to the reader: The writing is solid with clear with clean action. There is something compelling about how the character development is
John Purvis
Jun 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
“Shadow Swarm” was published in 2014 and was written by D. Robert Pease ( Mr. Pease has published 7 books.

I obtained this novel for free through for review. This is a fantasy novel set in a place different from ours. Aberthole Nauile awakens to find himself in a stone sarcophagus. He knows neither who nor where he is. As the story quickly unfolds you find that Aberthole is the king of Nuadaim and he has just been “born” fully grown. He meet
Jeffrey A. Dewey
Worth reading

If you like reading alternate time travel with premonitions and dreamlike sequences than this book is one for you to read
Dec 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very intriguing creation novel

I enjoyed reading this book. It was a bit confusing in the beginning, but it became clear after awhile. It's quite different from Pease's other books.
Aug 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Shadow Swarm review tour has gone pretty well. I've read all the reviews so far, and some of them are great! There's a a link to the tour page below which has all the reviews of Shadow Swarm so far.

First, a disclaimer, I work for Novel Publicity. So there won't be any stars for my review here or on Goodreads. For that reason, I won't post a review at Amazon, but would really love to because I did very much enjoy the book, and would have chosen to be part of the tour even if I wasn't working
Tara Lee
Aug 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Can you imagine waking up in a tomb, not knowing who you are, where you are, or why you're there? That's how Shadow Swarm by D. Robert Pease begins.

Aberthol is told that he is king and that this is basically his "rebirth". Everyone expects him to have all the answers. But he doesn't. What's worse is that mere moments after being presented to the city that has waited for him for hundreds of years, or at least... to an empty courtyard in the city, tragedy befalls and people are killed. With the
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
From the moment Aberthol Nauile awakened in a darkened crypt, he knew his life would take a different turn. His memories were full of fuzzy remnants of the past, and he can't quite recall what he was meant to do. Deep inside, he knows his life has a purpose, though he's not sure as to what it truly is. Still, he's determined in setting all wrongs to right, or die trying.

When the object of Aberthol's affections goes missing, he soon realizes that the enemy's plans are not quite what he expected t
Jul 30, 2014 rated it liked it
This story was a little harder for me to get into which is probably due to my lack of reading more classically written epic fantasy books. The writing is on par with language of Tolkien and Lord of the Rings. As I am more of a sci-fi/urban fantasy reader I discovered this was a challenging read for me. Also the fact that this story is more for an adult instead of the YA I usually read could be a factor, although I could imagine this could be read by younger readers.

I enjoyed the story but the pa
Anna Tan
Jul 23, 2014 rated it liked it
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Arbethol Nauile is the promised saviour and the rightful heir to the throne of the Nuadaim. He just doesn't know it yet. When he wakes up in a mausoleum not knowing his own name, or anything that has happened to him in the past 300+ years, it looks as if the ancient prophecy has failed, and the Neglafem's sacrifice to protect him has been in vain.

Elise is more than ready to give up on the prophecy and leave the strange man to fend for himself after watching her grandfather, Iliam, being killed
Alex McGilvery
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Aberthol Nauile wakes up in a tomb and doesn’t know who he is. The people around him tell him he is the King, come to save them from the blackest enemy. His triumphant return becomes an ambush and he must flee with the granddaughter of a man he wasn’t able to save. They meet up with her exiled father and learn that the situation is even worse than they thought. The only person who can save them is Aberthol, if he can only remember how.

I enjoyed reading a book that is complete in itself. I enjoy
Ashleigh Swerdfeger
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shadow Swarm is a great novel! It fits into the high fantasy genre- with the character's names. I was so glad that there was a list to keep track of who was who and what everything meant. It is something I love and hate about the fantasy realm.

I enjoyed reading about Aberthol's adventures. I connected with his struggle to find out who he was and how to save people. It quite a change in doing things that he had to find out himself.
His companions were quite the characters! And who can resist a dra
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First, I would like to thank the author D. Robert Pease for sending me this book for an honest review. Once I picked up this book, I had a hard time setting it down when I needed to, I wanted to stay in the story. The world building is very good and the story-line is equally as good. The characters are very well developed and written. I am sad as this seems like it is not going to be a series, I may be mistaken, but I have not seen anything telling me otherwise. I would like to see more books on ...more
R.M. Lutz
Jul 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
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A great fantasy story with some good time-travel elements, Shadow Swarm had characters that were difficult to relate to at times. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a good clean fantasy novel and doesn't mind long names. (Read more at my blog,
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D. Robert Pease has been interested in creating worlds since childhood. From building in the sandbox behind his house, to drawing fantastical worlds with paper and pencil, there has hardly been a time he hasn't been off on some adventure in his mind, to the dismay of parents and teachers alike. Also, since the moment he could read, books have consumed vast swaths of his life. From The Mouse and th ...more

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