Shadow Swarm

Fiction - Fantasy - General
350 Pages
Reviewed on 06/10/2014
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Author Biography

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 the Motorcycle, to The Lord of the Rings, worlds just beyond reality have called to him like Homer's Sirens. It's not surprising then he chose to write stories of his own. Each filled with worlds just beyond reach, but close enough we can all catch a glimpse of ourselves in the characters he creates.

D. Robert's published works include:

The Noah Zarc Trilogy:
NOAH ZARC: OMNIBUS - Special 3 in 1 trilogy edition with illustrations from the Author


DREAM WARRIORS: A JOEY COLA NOVEL - Book 1 (Coming July 2014)

A short story, called "A Chink in the Armor" published in FORGED IN FLAME: A DRAGON ANTHOLOGY

D. Robert lives in the gray-skied world of Northeast Ohio with his wife, two kids (a boy and a girl) and two pets (a dog and a cat) and a pond full of goldfish. When not writing he loves to travel the U.S. via RV with his trusty Jeep in tow, or ride the hills of Ohio on his bike.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

A man awakes in a mausoleum, with no idea how he got there or who he is. As his memories are hazy, the murals on the walls seem to hold clues to his identity. When he finally has the chance to get out from the tomb, he finds himself in a large hall with the Neglafem or Keepers of the Heir. After he demands to know his name, an old man reveals the answer that he desperately seeks – Aberthol Nauile, rightful heir to the throne and Lord of all Nuadaim. I really appreciated the ‘Names and Terms’ section provided by author D. Robert Pease, who even provided a link to that section at the end of every chapter. This is a very well-thought assessment of a perfect readability format for a fantasy novel.

Aberthol learns that he’s actually 327 years old, a reborn Nuadaim’s savior, and the one that people have been waiting for. Aberthol hesitantly prepares himself for his Presentation, the day he meets his people as king. However, Aberthol and the Neglafem are attacked. The chieftain of the Neglafem, Illiam, is killed. Elise, Illiam’s granddaughter, continues to fulfill her grandfather’s duty to look after Aberthol, despite her grief and anger at Aberthol’s failure to save her grandfather. I couldn't help but sympathize with the protagonist, as too much is expected of him in a very short time. Yet, Aberthol regains his identity as the story moves along.

Pease’s Shadow Swarm is a complete fantasy tale; a hero, a magical sword, dragons, and dark enemies with enough illustrations of maps which further provide a greater understanding of the world-building. Fans of epic fantasy fiction will find Shadow Swarm a deeply engrossing, fantastic read.