Monday, July 21, 2014

*REVIEW TOUR* Facade of Shadows by Rick Chiantaretto

Title: Facade of Shadows
Author: Rick Chiantaretto
Genre: YA, dark fantasy

Judas Iscariot (portrayed as the first of the undead), the gods and myths of ancient Egypt, and vampires all play a role in this novel of the clash between good and evil on Earth. In Fa├žade of Shadows, the supernatural beings of Egyptian lore work together with modern-day vampire slayers to wage a pivotal battle against the dark powers of the underworld. A group of young slayers and their immortal Protector, the son of ancient gods, travel through time and space while struggling to save the population of an unsuspecting town—the first target for domination by the vampires—in a conflict that foreshadows the fate of the world. If you enjoy action, humor, tragedy, even romance involving the genre of vampires and their nemeses, this is a riveting read to add to your collection.

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My Review
Let's keep in mind that Facade of Shadows was written by Rick Chiantaretto when he was still in high school technically making this is his debut novel. In my experience most debuts are a bit shaky and tend to be missing something semi-crucial to the plot, with that being said...the writing style in this one took me by a pleasant surprise! I've never seen such complexity from a beginner writer before. The plot has substance with a fully developed beginning, middle, and ending. While some aspects aren't quite prefect, the raw-natural talent is present without a doubt. Chiantaretto's writing demands your attention and will only become better with time! *Trust me, I have also read his second novel Death of the Body, which holds all the proof needed!*

I found it quite amusing that the author put his-self into the story playing one of the most important characters... the Protector, Horus. Rick has one hell of a sense of humor and imagination... that's why I'm such a fan of his. He has the skill to pull on your every emotion and take you on an unforgettable journey.

My opinion:
I was beyond excited when I found out that Facade of Shadow's was being re-released! I have two secret passions in life... anything Egyptian and the paranormal. (Vampires being my favorite) What I adored about this book is how it combined my two favorites together! This is one of the most unique takes on vampires and the Egyptian culture I've ever read. Many Egyptian Gods and Goddess were mentioned throughout the book, each one given a specific task within the plot that goes along with how they are actually represented in Egyptology text. Translations from various actual Egyptian books were also used in the storyline giving this story such a realistic feel!

The plot boils down to the ancient war of good versus evil, the light against the darkness. In order for you to find out which side prevails, you're just going to have to read the book yourself. What ends up happening will shock you; I seriously never expected the outcome. I'm still awe-struck to be honest. Suspense at its finest...until the very last page!

This book has everything I look for in an epic read plus so much more. The action had my heart-pounding, the zaniness of the characters made me laugh out loud, the tragedies brought tears to my eyes, and the romance made me realize that love always finds the light no matter how dark things become.
I've often been accused of having done more in my life than the average person my age but if I were completely honest, I'd have to tell you my secret: I'm really 392.
So after all this time, I'm a pretty crappy writer.

I have two books published and a bunch half written (when you have eternity, where's the reason to rush?). I've been favorably reviewed by horror greats like Nancy Kilpatrick, and my how-to-write-horror articles have been quoted in scholarly (aka community college freshmen's) papers.

I enjoy the occasional Bloody Mary, although a Bloody Kathy or Susan will suffice.

Mostly, I just try to keep a low profile so people don't figure out who I REALLY am.
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