"An exhilarating religious allegorical fantasy"
In England, Vicar Obadiah Demurral lost his belief in his
religion and God years ago, as he firmly believes that the
Almighty has turned a deaf ear towards humanity. Obadiah
is a "poisoned angel", a SHADOWMANCER, who communicates
with the dead and has plans to rule the world. To achieve
his ambition, Obadiah needs to obtain two Keruvim, an
amulet that he already possesses and some other artifact
of power that he seeks. Together, the twin Keruvim
objects will turn Obadiah into an invincible force.
On a quest to recover the stolen relic taken from his
village, African Raphah tracks the object to England where
he meets two young victims of Obadiah's evil wrath, Thomas
and Kate. The trio team up in an effort to stop Obadiah
from accomplishing his malevolent objective even if it
means going into hell for their heavenly cause.
SHADOWMANCER is an exhilarating religious allegorical
fantasy that provides a deep message without preaching
inside a wonderful action-packed good vs. evil war. The
story line is fast-paced as Obadiah comes closer and
closer to achieving his evil objective while the three
youngsters are the only souls with faith in God and his
way. Though some bad dudes change sides too conveniently,
readers from high school age and up will appreciate this
timely cautionary tale. G.P. Taylor admonishes the
leaders of organized religion not to abuse power
especially at the cost and loss of the congregation and
pleads with the congregation to keep the faith even when
the leaders abuse their positions of power and fail them.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 22, 2004