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Shadow of the Conqueror

Chronicles of Everfall, Book 1
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5 out of 5 stars (23 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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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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Loved it.

Good: unique premise (at least to me), great characters, epic story and above all else absolutely awe inspiring world building.
Bad, it's a little repeative and expositional, but given the sheer complexity of the book it's easily excused.

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great book

this book has made me fall back in love with fantasy, cant wait for the next one

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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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Chronicles of Review

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

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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
  • Australia, Vic
  • 12-07-2019

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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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

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  • William
  • 13-07-2019

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 quite a bit of overkill. I didn't feel like the book 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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  • D.B. Cooper
  • 11-07-2019

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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  • Stephan
  • 13-07-2019

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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  • Adam Miller
  • 15-07-2019

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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  • Amazons fav customer
  • 12-07-2019

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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  • Julie A.
  • 11-07-2019

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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  • Gèrard Chammas
  • 21-07-2019

A must read

Amazing book, great world building, and truly a binge worthy book. Will read again just to absorb some of the details i missed the first time

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-07-2019

Give Me More!

Absolutely fantastic, can't wait for book two. The meticulous worldbuilding and thoughtful, consistent characterization really brought the story to life.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2019

By the light a great book. Good job Shad.

To anyone who dislikes Shad's book. " The light blinded blackheart can go get stoned"

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-07-2019

Loved it!

This book was amazing, the story the setting and characters. I can't for the second book.

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  • RyanR
  • 16-07-2019

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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  • Kindle Customer
  • 19-07-2019

Fantastic world building and coulorfull characters

Shad has proven himself to be a master world builder with his first published book! Even in such a fantastical world, shad has thought out every detail in a way that keeps it realistic and grounded. The various cultures and religions of the world make sense within the context of the setting and as a fan of his YouTube channel its awesome to see him put his "laws against medieval realism" to good use and show how realism, even in a fantasy world can make a setting far more believable. That same believability also applies to the characters. For example a character with new found magical powers acts in very much the same way I imagine many would.



I've given the story "4 stars" even though my enjoyment of the book so far I would rate at 5. This is because by giving 5 stars I feel like it would have to be on as good as other books I conider 5 stars such as LOTR or or Got. So why don't I think its as good as those? Well I'd like to give some constructive criticism here but it's something I can't really describe. It's something about the actual writing that just feels a little more sort of clumsy, not quite as perfect. It's not badly written or anything though and still incredibly enjoyable.

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  • Tristan Littlewood
  • 17-07-2019

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
  • 20-07-2019

pure brilliance

This book is one of the most well formed stories I've read. looking forward to more!

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  • Billy Poulter
  • 19-07-2019

A fantastic tale, with a hero you hate to love

Each chapter kept me wanting more, you truly want to believe in the hero, but every time he begins to redeem himself the truth of his past knocks him back down. A great tale for all fantasy lovers

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  • Kieren
  • 19-07-2019

amazing story from a great guy

I loved this book and cant wait for the next, go into this book with Care as there is lots mention of rape and some brutal fights, but the magic system reminds me of Sanderson and that the best compliment I can give anyone writing a magic system great job Shad but what about dragons?

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-07-2019

loved it

great world building and some interesting and unique character relationships
the only downside it ther is only one of them

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  • BlackenedNeo
  • 18-07-2019

Very fast paced, brilliantly written!

Shad is a good storyteller, and this series seems to be well thought out and well crafted. He has made a fantastic magic system, and uses physics and math to back up his book with believable actions. Well Done!!!

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  • Lord Marvel
  • 18-07-2019

Great book

Story is great, mechanics behind "magic" and diferent devices is laid out in a splendid way, action pace is amazing, you are never bored and occasional joke made me laugh and kept story from getting too serious when it did not have to be. Main hero is well written and other characters are interesting to say the least.
Narrators have great voices and it's a pleasure to listen to them.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 17-07-2019

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