Monday, May 21, 2012

REVIEW: Xor: The Shape of Darkness

Title: Xor:The Shape of Darkness
Author: Moshe Sipper
Source: Review from Author
Grade: B+

Synopsis from the back of the book:
On his twelfth birthday Lewis Nash comes home from school to find that his house has blown up to smithereens, killing his father. Having lost his mother in an accident four years earlier, Lewis realizes he is now an orphan — but he has no time to dwell on it. The moment he gets off the school bus a fearsome wolf-man tries to grab him. The boy is saved in the nick of time by Master Long, who reveals to him that he’s a Shaper from a place called Xor, which is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Lewis learns that he must do his utmost to become the powerful Shaper he was destined to be. 

Because, it would seem, he’s the one and only chance Xor has.

I was very intrigued when I read the synopsis for this book.  On his way home from school, Lewis finds his house blown apart and his father killed. He is then kidnapped and taken to a different world: Xor. Lewis finds out that he is a very powerful person on Xor and it is up to him to save Xor from complete destruction. Along the way Lewis meets many elaborate creatures and adventurous places. Lewis must find it in himself to push all of his sadness from the death or his father and mother, and focus on the task ahead.

This book was very magical and whimsical. The characters are very unique and not like any other characters in any other book. I enjoyed being swept along into the land of Xor and being caught up with the destruction of the planet Xor. It was a very easy and quick read. I also really liked that the plot was not drawn out. From page 1, the reader is instantly caught up into Lewis and the land of Xor.  I think this book would be enjoyed by pre-teens and young teens. At almost 300 pages long, I thought the book was a little too long for the age group I think the book is aimed for.  Moshe Sipper does not have a website, but you can read more about Xor on the book's Amazon page.

Happy Reading!

*I was sent this book for review. All thoughts are my own and are not influenced by others.

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