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Immortal Shadow (Heroes of Distant Planets #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  28 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
Jibbawk rises to dominate the planet Lan Darr. He rules with an iron fist and without mercy, building his empire larger and faster than all other Shadic planets. But it isn't enough. He dreams of becoming one of the fabled Immortal Rulers, no matter the cost. Only when resistance comes from the least likeliest place, a teenager from Earth, does he see his authority challen ...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published December 24th 2016 by Synesthesia Books
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Valicity Garris
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

I have read work by Anderson Atlas before so I am used to his style of writing and knew what to expect when I cracked open my copy of this book. I must say, this is probably the darkest of all the books I have read by this author. That is not at all a complaint! Just something I noticed.

For starters, the main character is a former slave who rises to power. As I read his story I realized this book was all about growth and chang
Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)
This story is one that I would imagine being published in a short story anthology. You will not get a fully rounded novel with character development, themes or a story arch. The story tells of a slave who becomes so strong that he able to confront all of the challenges presented to him and given the opportunity to rule his own planet.

Jibbawk is an ultimate ruler, if he does not agree with you or your in the wrong place at the wrong time, your dead. There is only one exception. The teenager from
Kristi Jones
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review:
While I've seen a wide array of opinions and comments on the book, I found it really engrossing and enjoyable. I am a fan of both long and short reads and this is falls into the latter category. That being said, the characters were interesting and the story full of action.....It centers around Jibbawk, a fairly cruel ruler, who sets out the conquer the knowledge on earth so that he can, one day, control/overthrow i
Herminia Chow
Jun 23, 2017 rated it liked it
About the book: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Immortal Shadow is book number three in the Heroes of Distant Planets series. If you haven't read the first two, which I didn't, you can still read this one on its own without a problem. More than anything, the story is a prequel to the first two novellas, providing a bit of backstory.

First impressions: When I received my copy in the mail, I was initially surprised at the length. It's shorter than I thought it would be, esp
Anne (The Reading Life)
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has some very unique factors that I really liked, and personally enjoyed:

If we start off this book with the earthling boy (Ricky)'s perspective, Jibbawk can be portrayed as the villain of the story. But because the story starts off with him, and in a way he's the protagonist, we've got a situation where the protagonist is actually the antagonist, and I love that.

The Beginning
I absolutely loved the beginning games which Jibbawk had to go through to earn his planet. Loved it. Pro
Kid Book Reviewer
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoughts: When I read the first book in the Heroes of the Distant Planet series, I thought it couldn't get any better, but now here I am reading Immortal Shadow and eating my own words. This book blew me away! Normally I don't like prequels, but this book was an exception. It explained the mysterious world of the Shadics and their empire, and shed more light on Hubbu travel - which uses Hubbu pollen to take you to other worlds - along with Lan Darr and its inhabits. Then, Anderson Atlas goes on ...more
Donna Thompson
Feb 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017-read
I don't know what it is about avians, but I'm immediately taken by any books that feature them. Not since the books of The Keisha'ra by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, have I been so drawn to a story like "The Immortal Shadow" by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk is the ruler of Lan Darr with an unsettling streak of cruelty. No one is safe from his wrath, not even those of his own species. We first meet him as he is being tested, through a series of competitions, each one progressively harder than the last. Once h ...more
Jan 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a highly creative tale! This story is action packed and full of unique and unusual characters. Although this book is geared towards young adults, it is really quite entertaining for all ages 12 and above with a G rating. Great storyline with a great hook to entice you to read more. The action is fast paced so you will reach the end before you realize it. A great way to pass the afternoon. This voluntary review is based against a KU copy.
Mar 10, 2017 rated it liked it
I won this book in GOODREAD giveaway... this was a good youth/teen sci-fi book.... I will get the rest of the series for my kid.
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-shelf, scifi, thriller
Immortal Shadows by Anderson Atlas is book 3 in his Heroes of Distant Planets series. In this book we follow Jibbawk as he fights to become no longer a slave but to prove his worth to his people that he is worthy of becoming a part of society. But not just a member of society but a ruler of a planet as he feels that he is destined to be. He succeeds in not only that but in dispatching all of those that he viewed as his rivals in the process through his cunning and cold heartedness. He is given h ...more
Angela Kalnins
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it

Jibbawk, is a 9-foot tall vulture-like creature called a Shadic with red eyes and a long beak whose body is covered in poisonous (porcupine-like) quills was born a slave. When he bests dozens of other Shadics through a test of three trials he becomes the ruler of a new planet, Lan Darr. Once settled into his new regime, Jibbawk discovers one of his new subjects is a human boy who stumbled into a wormhole that brings him to Lan Darr. The bo
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
I won this book in a giveaway, however, this did not influence my opinion.

While premise of this book was very intriguing, I felt like the writing was lacking at times. The beginning felt choppy and though it improved as the story progressed, there were still grammatical errors that could be easily found here and there. I found the beginning a bit hard to get through as the author explained the various species in this book, however, I found it picked up pace and went by quickly after the first fe
Anderson Atlas
Dec 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
“Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended.”

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite

Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk and his twelve competitors, who were all Shadoc slaves, were facing challenges that could lead to their deaths or serious injury, but, for one triumphant winner, a victory could lead to dominion over a plane
Píaras Cíonnaoíth
Dec 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book.

And for me, Immortal Shadow is such a book. It’s a well c
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of Immortal Shadow from Read For Review in exchange for an honest review.

There wasn't much preamble with Immortal Shadow, the action started straight away in what appeared to be a Gladiator-style series of trials for Shadic slaves to earn their freedom. The difference being that the winning slave would be given an entire planet to rule over. Jibbawk wins, and is given the planet of Lan Darr. The Immortal Shadow is the third book in a series and it definitely felt like this
I voluntarily received an advanced reader's copy of this book. The opinion stated within is solely my own.

Parts of this book are really well put together, but in other areas it fell a bit short. It is a bit of a darker tale. The main character is a slave. He competes in brutal competition for his freedom, in which cunning and delivering death are rewarded. He is not completely human, having evolved from a bird-type animal. We don't get a whole lot of background into this, which I would have like
Donte McNeal
So, Immortal Shadow. It is a otherworldly, dark fantasy filled with action, violence and fantastical creatures. You'd think with all these elements that I'd love this book, but sadly, that was not the case. That's not to say I hated it, but I definitely didn't love it.

The story centers around Jibbawk, a creature that rises to rule over a planet. His reign is a strict and nearly oppressive one at times. Jibbawk as a character is one I didn't really care for, and I'm all for dark characters (they'
Igor Eliseev
Jan 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be honest, I wondered if perhaps the story was too typical teenaged sci-fi story for me and then Boom. My attention was immediately drawn to “Immortal Shadow” and “Shadic” planets during my first reading. I felt I was right there with the main characters, experiencing everything through their eyes. I even noticed a few times I was holding my breath, being so caught up in the moment.
I found this book to be a compulsive read. I took me a rather short period of time to read my way through the bo
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jibbawk is a Shadoc slave. He and twelve other slaves will compete to win a highly coveted prize. If he wins, he will be the leader of a planet. He has been training forever as he wants this prize more than anything else. He does win and is given a planet to rule over. He is satisfied with his prize but wants more. How far will he go? Will he get what he wants?

This is my first novel I have read by this author. It's good! I know he has written two other books in this series. You can read this one
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed "Immortal Shadow" - the third installment in the "Heroes of Distant Planets" series written by Anderson Atlas. Ostensibly a YA novel, "Immortal Shadow" is a more like a well-developed space opera.

Mr. Atlas does a masterful job of developing the universe of this novel. It's very easy for the reader to visualize the different planets and their inhabitants, along with their societies and civilizations. And the plot and characters are just as well done.

The character of Jibbawk
Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jibbawk was enslaved and battled his way to ruling his own kingdom. For him, it wasn't enough. As most rulers do, he wanted more. He lacked the knowledge and materials to achieve his goal, until he met a young man from Earth, that is. His army finds Adam, a high school student, and becomes intrigued him. Adam has the knowledge help Jibbawk conquer more planets.

This is book 3 and my M.O. I didn’t realize this was the third book of the series, and I would say it’s ill-advised to read this a stand
Jamie Rich
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Immortal Shadow (Heroes of Distant Planets #3) by Anderson Atlas

I was asked by the author to read, and then post a review of this book. Since it was free on the kindle, I did download and read it. And this is my honest review of the book.
I gave it three stars, but that was a gift. Yes, it's short story so the characters area one dimensional. The plot is quite predictable, and the aliens really aren't all that alien. Happily the story is just under 80 pages, so you won't invest much more than a q
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was interesting to me. I think I would consider this book young adult Sci-fi. There was a lot of action in this book that kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed the descriptions and characters. I think this book was imaginative and I admire the authors writing style. I enjoyed this book. * I received this book from the author---this is my honest review*
Hana Hanzel
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Charles Ray
Apr 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Jibbawak, a Shadic, rises from slave to become ruler of the planet Lan Dar. But, one planet is not enough for him. He wants to become an immortal ruler, so he runs Lan Dar with an iron fist in his quest. Then, resistance to his rule comes from an unlikely source, Adam, a teenager from Earth who has been transported through a portal to Lan Dar. Impressed with Adam’s knowledge of the science and technology of Earth, Jibbawak makes him his slave, and forces him to help increase Lan Dar’s technology ...more
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