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Shadow of the Conqueror

Chronicles of Everfall, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (293 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Who better to fight back the darkness of the world than the one responsible for most of it?

Daylen, once known as the Great Bastard, the Scourge of Nations, Dayless the Conqueror, has lived in hiding since his presumed death. Burdened by age and tremendous guilt, he thinks his life is coming to an end. Unbeknownst to him he’s about to embark on a journey towards redemption where his ruthless abilities might save the world. Many battles await with friends to be made and a past filled with countless crimes to confront, all the while trying to keep his true identity a secret.

Indeed, it might be too much if not for the fabled power awaiting him.

Everfall is a world of perpetual day where the continents float in an endless sky. If one jumps from the continent they will fall for many hours before returning to the same place from which they fell. Skyships rule the air powered by shining sunstone and industrial darkstone. A legendary order of knights bears mystical powers which they use to hunt out the dreaded shade, monsters that regular people turn into if trapped in darkness for the length of a fall.

It is a world of enchanted swords, merciless monsters, mystical knights, and hard magic, filled with tales of wonder and adventure.

©2019 Shad Brooks (P)2019 Shad Brooks

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You can judge a audio book by it's narrators.

I had to check if this was someone writing under a pseudonym, Best new fantasy series of 2019 Imo. This will soon be a bestseller, it really is that good. I'm horrible at writing reviews but I am sure there will be hundreds to come.

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  • William
  • SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH, United States
  • 07-13-19

Better as an audiobook

Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a wonderful job narrating this book. Despite a few rookie flaws (excessive dialogue attributions, too much info dumping, etc.), I would rank this book up there with Brandon's Mistborn series. If you're a fan of Mistborn or Brandon Sanderson in general, then you'll love the Chronicles of Everfall by Shad Brooks. I anticipate this series to be a slow burn, but I have no doubt it'll hit the best-seller list in due time. Shad does an amazing job with his world-building and thinking about how certain magic systems interact with the world in a way that I haven't seen other authors do before. It's obvious that Shad did his research, and he did it well.

Some people complain about the main protagonist being a Gary Stue, and under normal circumstances I'd have to agree. While I do think having a talking head would have been a better route in terms of Dayless knowing everything, the main thing keeping him from being a Gary Stue is his character flaws. His flaws are enough to offset the amount of power he's been given, and you'll often times see that they lead him to great misfortune. I think it's disingenuous when people say things like "I never felt like the main character was ever in any real danger," when the fact is that you can say that about any book, regardless of their Mary Sue status or the lack thereof. It's expected by the end of the book that the main character will generally be alive, or some part of their existence will persist through a good chunk of the story, otherwise there wouldn't be a story in the first place.

That said, there's a couple major flaws with the story. For one, it feels like the main character is just doing random stuff for a good portion of the book. For another good portion of the book, time is spent lecturing to the audience about how the world or magic systems work. It's really quite a bit of overkill. I didn't feel like the book really started going anywhere significant until about the 2/3rds mark.

I also felt like character's reactions to things were unbelievable, especially when it came to the main character's cold-hearted slaughter of random people. I'm sorry but, some of those incidents you wouldn't just shrug off and say, "Yeah, you're right. You were justified."

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Good first book

I’m a fan of Shad, love his youtube vids but I’m going to look at this book with a critical eye still.

I enjoyed the story a lot. The interactions and dialogue between the characters were amazing. Easily the best part of the book was the humor and how everyone talked to each other. I just couldn’t get enough of it. Masterfully done, I couldn’t get enough of it.

I found the world to be interesting and I do want to see more it be explored to a greater depth. I hope for more books in this world as I have many questions about the lore and world.

Now first I want to say, I think Daylen’s personality was pretty good, however as a character he is pretty over powered with his abilities and in some parts of the book makes him almost a Gary Stue in places, or like Superman when he just suddenly gets a new power right at the correct time. I just didn’t feel like he was in any real danger at time. He also seemed to have pretty much invented everything in the world. Like literally everything, he pretty much knew how everything worked even though he was hermit for over two decades. There should have been some inventions or progress that left him at least a little dumbfounded or a challenge to his knowledge. Not to mention he seemed to be the best at well everything that mattered in the book. Cooking and gardening were never critical to the plot. He just doesn’t have any real flaws besides being a real bad guy in his past. Overall it’s like Daylen created the world instead of him being a product of the world he is in. In my opinion that made the plot weaker as the only real obstacle he has is his past in this case.

While I’m a fan of quick and brief fight scenes, I think having a little more detail of what they’re doing would be of a better benefit or more use of metaphors to describe the struggle than just block, parry, counter strike, etc. The big climatic duel at the end of the book was well done however in my opinion. I also believe the characters could use more description but that’s more or less my own bias as I’m used to novels graphically describing gore, nudity and such in higher detail.

I really enjoyed this book and I think Shad put in his best effort and I really want to see more. I rated the story 3 stars mostly because of what I stated about Daylen, even though I really enjoyed his personality, especially old grumpy Daylen.

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Good book, but what about dragons!!

Since Shad is particularly responsible for getting me into swordplay, this review will be in the form of a duel.

The author start off on the back foot. His first thrusts and attacks start off sluggishly. he relies on basic tropes, gimmicks and cliches. They are easily parried and remind the reader of countless bad web writings seen since the internet started. The world building comes in clunky thrusts, via exposition dumps. Just when the reader is lured into a tired retelling of yet another Mary Sue protagonist, he uses a false edge attack and starts showing his inane skills. Suddenly, like a well timed flourish, his support characters start coming to life. They leap from bad puns to living characters and the fight begins. Now he shows the Masters he has studied under. Was that an Ian Banks use of weapons story structure, I was just stabbed with? Did he really just pull a George R.R. Martin style revolting hero? Did I just get swiped by a Joss Whedon style banter? Where did that Richard Matheson dagger come from and why is it in my sword arm? I am left disarmed and defeated and forced to leave a 15 star review (The narrators are once again superb). I have but one question to ask, since it was strangely missing from the story.
BUT WHAT ABOUT DRAGONS!!!!!!!

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An enjoyable book with a problematic protagonist

On the whole I liked this book, though there are certain aspects that didn't quite work for me. The world building is in depth and interesting. There were a few times I found the exposition laying out the magic system and the world to be a bit heavy handed and dragged the book down a bit. That said I generally enjoyed the bits where the protagonist explored his powers.

I also thoroughly enjoyed the supporting characters. Lyra and Kuseg (not sure on the name spelling as this is an audio book to me) were particularly interesting and I enjoyed Arek's terrible humor immensely.

The main issue with the book for me is the protagonist, Daylen. I get that he's supposed to be a former bad guy trying to be good, but I can't help but feel that Shad, the author, went a little too far in making him a monster in his former life and didn't do quite enough leg work to justify him as the protagonist through most the book. The simple fact is that Daylen commits too many brutal and barbaric acts in his new life for me to ever truly root for him. It doesn't matter that he feels bad about them or that he did them to terrible people. It just feels like there's a disconnect, if he is a despicable person who has seen the error of his ways and is seeking redemption, then he shouldn't be so quick to deal death to others. The first time it happened I understood as he is reverting to his old ways, but each time it happens after that it is harder and harder to empathize

All that said, I found there to be some legitimately touching moments between him and the supporting characters toward the end and found his over all fate and conclusion to the novel to be satisfying.

I would definitely like to see more from this world now that so much of it has been explained and the story can just get moving. I also have hope that I may like Daylen more in another installment.

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A whimsical mesh of a medieval world with fun fantasy elements

More of an adult adventure than I expected, but not in a bad way. The story was captivating and I was tempted to fight sleep to finish it. The performance was fantastic and the characters and world were remarkable. It’s definitely worth the read and listen.

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Absolutely phenomenal Novel!

In every sense of the word this book is phenomenal! definitely one of my top 3 Fantasy novels ever--I listened to it all in one sitting xD The world building, characters, and story is engaging and felt real as I listened to it. Anyone who enjoys fantasy should 100% read!

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Shad's best piece yet

Definitely can see and feel all the hard work that has gone into the book, and am glad to say that it does an amazing job getting your interest and invested in the story.

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Simply fantastic

I really enjoyed the story, the characters are really well written and fleshed out. I love the sci-fi fantasy mix, and the magic system is great i can picture it all happening when the narrator reads it out. Also the narration is perfection.

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For you Shads

You got me interested in the book may as well see if it becomes a series. Keep up your good work!

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  • RyanR
  • 07-16-19

In the vein of Brandon Sanderson

This was an excellent, well thought out, well explored, & engaging book in all aspects. Character relations, Worldbuilding, magic systems, and an amazing final act where all these aspects culminated in a way similar to Brandon Sanderson’s finales. If you like Sanderson I think you’ll enjoy this too.
I greatly look forward to
The narrators are talented & perform as well as in the Wheel of Time and Stormlight Archive.

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  • Tristan Littlewood
  • 07-17-19

Blacking Good!

Honestly one of the best books I've ever read! The exploration of right and wrong, the psychology and development of the characters, and an intrinsic but simple plotline, I found it hard to stop listening! Worth your twelve years Shad! Now when is the next one? XD

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-17-19

Shad, you hooked me up xD

Love this <3 defenetly a good first book :)
I could not stop listening this book. Started yesterday and just finished it , and I can not keep myself asking for more (is there fanfiction allready? What about fanart?) :3
Story wize it was really interesting and welldone, loved the detailed explanations (I watch the authors videos, and I loved how I could recognize him from his text). Readers did wonderfull job <3
I know I'm not a hardcore critic, but I can say that yea the maincharacter was a bit too good at everything (even though[/thou?] this was well reasoned), but I think it gave the story more meaning. This why I'm not sure if the story is 5/5 or 4/5. I could go on about talking about this more, but I'm way too lazy to write any longer review x)
Anyway, I would recomend this for any fantasy fan. I will defenetly recomend this to my friend, who is way better at critic than I am (can't wait for her opinion) :)
Ps. Love from Finland

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

The world is awesome, the story well eh...

Although the action takes place in a magical world where objects have magical characteristics, and characters doing supernatural things, everything is well defined, and makes sense! Nothing happens without a reason. Me being a rather futuristic sci-fi fan didn't think I'm gonna enjoy it so much, but I did! The world of Everfall, as presented in this book is one of the best fantasy worlds in my opinion. Being a pretty regular YouTube viewer of the author, I've expected nothing less from him, and I wasn't disappointed!

The story... Well I can't really sympathize with the protagonist. His arrogance, and judgemental confidence after a decade or so of tyranny during which he destroyed millions of lives, makes me wanna lock him up till he gets humble or dead! There's no way in hell or shall I say there no way in shade that Daylen's idea of "good" would really be good for any society! Since he is still on a killing spree he is far too dangerous and unstable to run free, even under supervision! I don't care what powers he has, I think "the light" made a grave mistake by giving him super powers at all! Btw. Daylen is far too overpowered!
Other then that... There is a bit too much light on the main set of characters while we don't really get to know the current villains(pirates, dawnists, and/or the shade) they just get tracked down and slaughtered with very brief description of their actions.

The narration is well articulated, with good quality audio, but on a few occasions when the two story line colides it is hard to figure out who speaks, since a character is not always narrated by the same narrator, and 1 character having 2 voices is just confusing...

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  • Angus R.
  • 07-14-19

A great piece of well thought out fantasy

I loved it and listened to it either side of work until I finished it.

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  • Matthias
  • 07-13-19

Excellent fantasy universe

It is a very interesting story told in a fascinating now kind of universe with some unique magical property/science .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

A great read with a few annoying issues, 8/10

I wanna start by saying that I love Shads youtube channel and his content, that being said I wanna be as unbiased as possible when making a review.

forst off, the book as a whole is very enjoyable and I do not regret using my credit on it one bit and the performance by the two readers was amazing as always. However that being said there are a few issues that I have with the story, the crime rape seemed very over used and made it trivial and loose it's dramatic power. Almost EVERY Female character with more than two lines seemed to be a victim of rape and onxe you realise that it gets old very quickly. Also the constant dad jokes throughout the story were funny at first, than annoying and finally irratitating, it could do with a vouple of those being taken out.

The main character seemed be bipolar going from badass to self pity at the drop of a hat plus many themes seemed overly preachy. There were many yimes I rolled my eyes at what some characters were either saying or doing. BUT like I stated before, I still enjoyed the read and I wpuld recommend you atleast try it.

It's not a book for everbody but I do look forward to a possible sequel. 8/10 Great for Shads first publishing.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-16-19

Brilliant!

Love it, Brilliant work Mr Brooks I will definitely read anything you release :) you've created a very interesting world and compelling characters and I am very impressed

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-19

Chronicles of Review

Loved this book; couldn't put it down. Up til 2am.
-plaid/beared guy from the festival

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-15-19

A master craft of world building!

This story weaves a compelling narrative within a compelling world. The characters show depth, complexity and humanity. The fantasy elements have been painstakingly considered and the details of every ability, object and world element invite satisfying discovery. I have highly enjoyed the performance of the narrators and wait with great anticipation for the future of this narrative setting.
Shad you deserve the highest of praise for meeting every impeccable standard to which you hold the work of others! You should be very proud of your achievement!

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  • Andrew
  • 07-12-19

amazing book with a world to get lost in

the book was just fantastic and the world it is set in was very nice and the laws and rules of the world was so interesting. The one thing that stood out to me was just the characters and the great dialogue between them, especially with the great narrators the characters felt alive and real. I especially enjoyed Ahrek and Daylen as they where just great together with so much great humour but also deep and meaningful dialogue. I enjoyed every moment of the book with great laughs along the way a great fantasy novel and audio book.
(Thanks to you Shad for keeping me entertained for many many hours with your channel and with this book, very proud of what you have done)

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  • Elijah
  • 07-11-19

Only 30 minute in and very excited for what awaits!

Sounds very epic Shad, great start to the book, im just soo happy for you, love your lifes work as i have yet to hear more of, I’ve just subscribed to your patreon now and been taking in your content that has given me much excitement in my life as of late to experience your next installments love ya brother, I’m from perth WA it would be awesome to attend one of your future events.

Oh and i hope their are machicolations! In this book ;p keeping an ear out mate