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Shift World

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Illustrated Edition contains 70 unique full-color illustrations created specifically for this book.


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A vibrant living world connects to the Shift World, a world of monsters, ruins, and treasure. One in ten thousand people can travel between the two worlds and they are known as shifters. Shifters created empires, became merchant barons, and influenced much of the
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Published March 21st 2020
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Christopher Gamsby Asking an author if their novel is interesting is like asking a parent if their baby is cute. No matter where the truth may be, the answer is yes, so…moreAsking an author if their novel is interesting is like asking a parent if their baby is cute. No matter where the truth may be, the answer is yes, so you may take my answer with a bit of skepticism.

I tried to make Shift World interesting in several dimensions.

Shifting is the ability some people have to travel between a set of parallel worlds. Shifting is at the heart of most of the story's action and you might find the ways shifting is used in combat, trading, and human interactions to be interesting.

The worlds in Shift World are interesting. The juxtaposition of the world's life, culture, and peace with Shift World's death, isolation, and violence will intrigue some readers. Others will appreciate seeing those clear lines blur.

The conflict between expectations and reality is interesting. Some will leave the novel wondering how much of what they think is real (I hope).

Some will wonder at the antagonist's plans. Saying any more will go into spoilers.

Although it's not necessary for understanding the plot or enjoying the story, people who've played video games will find my use of video game tropes, cliches, and mechanics to be interesting.

There are several more dimensions I could address, but I don't want to accidentally get into spoilers and may have said too much already. I hope that you found at least a few of these points interesting. (less)
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Mike Siedschlag
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a print copy of Shift World by Christopher W Gamsby in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Shift World was for me a very different kind of fantasy read than I am used to, and different is a good thing in this case.

In this instance "Shifters" are people who can move between worlds. The worlds are geographically the same, but technologically different. Here the difference is that the world that can be shifted to has metal, and is inhabited by various monsters, where the "main" world does not
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Mary
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was given a copy of Shift World by Mr. Gamsby for my fair and honest review. Now first, I just want to say, that I consider myself a pretty avid fantasy reader. I adore most fantasy genres and Im always looking to dive into new worlds. Shift World created a landscape that was all at once vast and familiar. The premise itself offered something to the fantasy genre that was uniquely done. Gamsby did wonders with the descriptions. Everything seemed to truly jump off the page.

It is clear, though,
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Brandi Nyborg
I received this book through Goodreads' giveaways. What an absolutely fantastic world this author has built! The descriptions are vivid, and you can see it all in your head. I liked all of the background included in the prologue that sets you up, so you can get right into all of the action. I loved the idea of shifters, and how their abilities worked. Karp is an awesome main character. I love to see a fantasy that doesn't depend on romance to move the story forward. The story moves at a good ...more
Mike Siedschlag
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I won a print copy of Shift World by Christopher W Gamsby in a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

Shift World was for me a very different kind of fantasy read than I am used to, and different is a good thing in this case.

In this instance "Shifters" are people who can move between worlds. The worlds are geographically the same, but technologically different. Here the difference is that the world that can be shifted to has metal, and is inhabited by various monsters, where the "main" world does not
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I found it intriguing but would like to see some romance included.
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Goodreads Reviewe...: New Adult Fantasy Novel Shift World Review Request 1 7 Jul 26, 2017 03:57PM  
I grew up in the New Jersey suburbs in the shadow of New York City until I graduated college and enlisted in the US Navy, where I spent 6 years traveling around the eastern Pacific. I'm currently a graduate student in a psychology PhD. program at a small mid-western university. I started writing Shift World as a way of expending my creative energies, since scientific research is a very dry and ...more

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