- Review: Shadow on the Wall
- Series: Sandstorm Chronicles
- Author: Pavarti K. Tyler
- No of Pages: 248
- Publication: May 1st 2012 by Fighting Monkey Press
Recai Osman: Muslim, philosopher, billionaire and Superhero?
Controversial and daring, Shadow on the Wall details the transformation of Recai Osman from complicated man to Superhero. Forced to witness the cruelty of the Morality Police in his home city of Elih, Turkey, Recai is called upon by the power of the desert to be the vehicle of change. Does he have the strength to answer Allah’s call or will his dark past and self doubt stand in his way?
Pulling on his faith in Allah, the friendship of a Jewish father-figure and a deeply held belief that his people deserve better, Recai Osman must become The SandStorm.
In the tradition of books by Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie, Shadow on the Wall tackles issues of religion, gender, corruption and the basic human condition. Beautiful and challenging, this is not a book to miss.
Ok, now don’t go letting that synopsis throw you! I know it talks about Allah and I was wondering if it was going to be a deeply, overly religious book but I was pleasantly surprised! Yes it is about a culture who worships Allah and that is added in but it is not overly religious! Actually with how some of Recai’s powers work out there could probably be a little bit more praise and I still wouldn’t have been thrown off.
This is an intensely interesting story about a culture that is so very different from my own. It’s amazing and yet was easy to read. I literally tore through it. The first few pages were a little slow for me but I think it was mainly because I was waiting for the shoe to drop, for that religious aspect to rear it’s ugly head. But Pavarti K. Tyler does a remarkable job of adding in just enough religion to make the characters in this world believable and lovable.
Recai for instance is a really interesting guy. He starts out just like every other young, rich male, with no cause to support and then finds that there are indeed things that he wants to not only support but fight for. His growth is amazing to watch. The rest of the characters also matched him in intelligence and behavior. And although Recai is a great character without the support from other characters like Hasad, the aging older father figure, Recai wouldn’t have known the greatness that he found.
The villain in this book is great! I can not say anything but I loved it! Only downside for me were the politics and there was a LOT but the plot was really well planned and of course ended on a cliff hanger!! But it’s a dang good cliff hanger and it is making me wait for Sandstorm Chronicle #2 with bated breath!
About the Author:
Pavarti K Tyler is an artist, wife, mother and number cruncher. She graduated Smith College in 1999 with a degree in Theatre. After graduation, she moved to New York, where she worked as a Dramaturge, Assistant Director and Production Manager on productions both on and off Broadway.
Later, Pavarti went to work in the finance industry as a freelance accountant for several international law firms. She now operates her own accounting firm in the Washington DC area, where she lives with her husband, two daughters and two terrible dogs. When not preparing taxes, she is busy penning her next novel.
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