Title: Immortal Shadows
Author: Anderson Atlas
Series: Heroes of Distant Planets #3
Genre: NA, Dystopian, Post Apocalyptic
Source: ARC, author
Jibbawk rises to dominate the planet Lan Darr. He rules with an iron fist and without mercy, building his empire larger and faster than all other Shadic planets. But it isn't enough. He dreams of becoming one of the fabled Immortal Rulers, no matter the cost. Only when resistance comes from the least likeliest place, a teenager from Earth, does he see his authority challenged.
And the rebels came by the least expected route.
Exciting, otherworldly, and thoroughly captivating, my beta reviewers could not put it down. This teen and young adult fantasy action & adventure will be a favorite on your shelf.
Warning: this story is not for the faint of heart.
This book has some very unique factors that I really liked, and personally enjoyed:
If we start off this book with the earthling boy (Ricky)'s perspective, Jibbawk can be portrayed as the villain of the story. But because the story starts off with him, and in a way he's the protagonist, we've got a situation where the protagonist is actually the antagonist, and I love that.
I absolutely loved the beginning games which Jibbawk had to go through to earn his planet. Loved it. Probably the best part of the entire book.
If you read the book you'll notice that there are illustrations of species, places, and characters. It's not like I really need those illustrations to visualize, but still pretty unique.
I laughed myself hoarse looking at the names. It seems like the names are all clan names, and all ends in -awk, etc. Either way, there was a scene where a character was naming all the names, and I felt like my eyeballs are going to roll out of my head. And I didn't even try to pronounce it.
This is a very fast-paced book (which makes sense because it only has 14 chapters), but the story didn't come off as messy. It was a very fun read, gore scenes were extremely satisfying, and I really enjoyed myself reading this book.
Thank you to the author for sending me a free copy for an honest review! This was such a fun read, truly a great book.