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If you love otherworldly Fantasy Thrillers, you will not be able to put this book down! 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 If you love otherworldly Fantasy Thrillers, you will not be able to put this book down! 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. Exciting, otherworldly, and thoroughly captivating, my beta reviewers could not get enough. 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 for the Shadics are friends of the deepest shadows. Get this book now and dive into the Shadic World


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If you love otherworldly Fantasy Thrillers, you will not be able to put this book down! 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 If you love otherworldly Fantasy Thrillers, you will not be able to put this book down! 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. Exciting, otherworldly, and thoroughly captivating, my beta reviewers could not get enough. 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 for the Shadics are friends of the deepest shadows. Get this book now and dive into the Shadic World

57 review for Immortal Shadow: A Dark Fantasy, Anti Hero Thriller (Heroes of Distant Planets Book 3)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Valicity Elaine

    *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I have read work by Anderson Atlas before so I am used to his style of writing and knew what to expect when I cracked open my copy of this book. I must say, this is probably the darkest of all the books I have read by this author. That is not at all a complaint! Just something I noticed. For starters, the main character is a former slave who rises to power. As I read his story I realized this book was all about growth and chang *I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I have read work by Anderson Atlas before so I am used to his style of writing and knew what to expect when I cracked open my copy of this book. I must say, this is probably the darkest of all the books I have read by this author. That is not at all a complaint! Just something I noticed. For starters, the main character is a former slave who rises to power. As I read his story I realized this book was all about growth and change. Seeing his personality shift and mold throughout the story was somewhat chilling as the main character was a bit ruthless and merciless at times. I liked that Jibbawk was not entirely human. He was something of a half bird-half human species which made for many wonderful detail and descriptive opportunities that Atlas definitely took advantage of. Jibbawk had a detached personality and I think it worked well for the events he faced and the way he handled himself in certain situations. He alone was his own worst enemy so watching him struggle and climb throughout the book was intriguing. Adam is a very fitting character for this story as he is so unsuspecting and carries an air of innocence in his demeanor. His betrayal is definitely obvious to readers but Atlas does a swell job at hiding Adam’s motives from Jibbawk as the story carried on. Their relationship was somewhat surprising but I think it worked and it stood as the backbone to the story. I kept turning pages wondering what would happen between them, how things would fall apart, and how Jibbawk would react when/if he ever found out about Adam helping the rebels. While I did enjoy this book very much, I do have one complaint and that is that the book had an awkward pace. I felt some parts were very well put together and fleshed out in a detailed manner while some parts seemed rushed and stuffed into the book just to make the story make sense. The book was not terribly long at all but it could have benefitted from maybe thirty-fifty more pages—just enough to give the story more time to breathe and develop smoothly. It was fantasy after all, so I was quite surprised by its length. That being said, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it others especially if you have ever read any work by this author in the past. Fantasy and science fiction nerds will enjoy it very much and those with an interest in adventure or dystopian books will want to grab a copy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Krista (CubicleBlindness Reviews)

    This story is one that I would imagine being published in a short story anthology. You will not get a fully rounded novel with character development, themes or a story arch. The story tells of a slave who becomes so strong that he able to confront all of the challenges presented to him and given the opportunity to rule his own planet. Jibbawk is an ultimate ruler, if he does not agree with you or your in the wrong place at the wrong time, your dead. There is only one exception. The teenager from This story is one that I would imagine being published in a short story anthology. You will not get a fully rounded novel with character development, themes or a story arch. The story tells of a slave who becomes so strong that he able to confront all of the challenges presented to him and given the opportunity to rule his own planet. Jibbawk is an ultimate ruler, if he does not agree with you or your in the wrong place at the wrong time, your dead. There is only one exception. The teenager from Earth who helps Jibbawk obtain the knowledge of Earth by fetching him books, and technology. For this Jibbawk is grateful and makes attempts to provide Adam with comforts and companionship. Little does Jibbawk know that Adam is also teaching the people how to stand up to Jibbawk and keeping secrets from him. When there is trouble the people rise up. I found this story to be very entertaining I was immediately sucked in and with so much happening it all goes by very fast. I was surprised, intrigued and grossed out watching Jibbawk, a creature with no empathy, charges through this setting with the one desire to become immortal. This is the first book I have read by the author and it does not have to be read in series order. I feel like if given more development in world building, character growth and plot it would make a really good full length novel.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kristi Jones

    I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review: While I've seen a wide array of opinions and comments on the book, I found it really engrossing and enjoyable. I am a fan of both long and short reads and this is falls into the latter category. That being said, the characters were interesting and the story full of action.....It centers around Jibbawk, a fairly cruel ruler, who sets out the conquer the knowledge on earth so that he can, one day, control/overthrow i I was provided a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for my review: While I've seen a wide array of opinions and comments on the book, I found it really engrossing and enjoyable. I am a fan of both long and short reads and this is falls into the latter category. That being said, the characters were interesting and the story full of action.....It centers around Jibbawk, a fairly cruel ruler, who sets out the conquer the knowledge on earth so that he can, one day, control/overthrow it. Won't tell any more of the story, so as not to ruin it for others who are interested in giving it a look. I would highly recommend it!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Herminia Chow

    About the book: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Immortal Shadow is book number three in the Heroes of Distant Planets series. If you haven't read the first two, which I didn't, you can still read this one on its own without a problem. More than anything, the story is a prequel to the first two novellas, providing a bit of backstory. First impressions: When I received my copy in the mail, I was initially surprised at the length. It's shorter than I thought it would be, esp About the book: I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Immortal Shadow is book number three in the Heroes of Distant Planets series. If you haven't read the first two, which I didn't, you can still read this one on its own without a problem. More than anything, the story is a prequel to the first two novellas, providing a bit of backstory. First impressions: When I received my copy in the mail, I was initially surprised at the length. It's shorter than I thought it would be, especially for a fantasy novel. Then I came to realize Immortal Shadow is supposed to be a novella. That said, I think there's potential for it to developed into a novel. Part of me wishes Atlas made the book longer or at least included more description about the world. Additionally, I didn't expect to find illustrations to go along with the story. In my opinion, the images added to the reading experience in a good way. They helped me visualize the fantastical elements better. Summary: A slave earns the right to rule a planet. He does so without empathy or mercy. Then a human being comes along and challenges authority. Characters: The main character, Jibbawk, gets less likeable as the novella goes on. There weren't many redeeming characteristics that made me want to root for him. At one point, I started to believe the author intended for him to be the villain, so to speak. On the other hand, the human from earth, Adam, is much more likeable. He's smart and resourceful, probably also the hero of the story. A good portion of the book centers around the relationship between these two characters. "Greatness means never having to fight your own battles." Conflict: A non-human feels threatened by a human. Writing: I spotted several writing errors scattered throughout the novella. Overall, there's some world-building, but the scenes could have been fleshed out in greater detail. The plot advances quickly, sometimes too quickly. It almost felt choppy. Still, I came to appreciate the fast pace and hard action. Final thoughts: It's different than anything I've ever read before. I don't think the book would appeal to everyone, but if you're looking for a fun fantasy read, you might enjoy Immortal Shadow.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anne (The Reading Life)

    This book has some very unique factors that I really liked, and personally enjoyed: Jibbawk 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. The Beginning I absolutely loved the beginning games which Jibbawk had to go through to earn his planet. Loved it. P This book has some very unique factors that I really liked, and personally enjoyed: Jibbawk 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. The Beginning 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. The Illustrations 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. The Names 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. View the original review here https://goo.gl/miYo1T

  6. 5 out of 5

    Kid Book Reviewer

    Thoughts: When I read the first book in the Heroes of the Distant Planet series, I thought it couldn't get any better, but now here I am reading Immortal Shadow and eating my own words. This book blew me away! Normally I don't like prequels, but this book was an exception. It explained the mysterious world of the Shadics and their empire, and shed more light on Hubbu travel - which uses Hubbu pollen to take you to other worlds - along with Lan Darr and its inhabits. Then, Anderson Atlas goes on Thoughts: When I read the first book in the Heroes of the Distant Planet series, I thought it couldn't get any better, but now here I am reading Immortal Shadow and eating my own words. This book blew me away! Normally I don't like prequels, but this book was an exception. It explained the mysterious world of the Shadics and their empire, and shed more light on Hubbu travel - which uses Hubbu pollen to take you to other worlds - along with Lan Darr and its inhabits. Then, Anderson Atlas goes on to explain how Jibbawk is defeated and turns into beatles. Together, all these details made this book outstanding. Overall, this amazing adventure book that Anderson Atlas wrote blew me away. ​Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review. All thoughts are my own.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Donna Thompson

    I don't know what it is about avians, but I'm immediately taken by any books that feature them. Not since the books of The Keisha'ra by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, have I been so drawn to a story like "The Immortal Shadow" by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk is the ruler of Lan Darr with an unsettling streak of cruelty. No one is safe from his wrath, not even those of his own species. We first meet him as he is being tested, through a series of competitions, each one progressively harder than the last. Once h I don't know what it is about avians, but I'm immediately taken by any books that feature them. Not since the books of The Keisha'ra by Amelia Atwater-Rhodes, have I been so drawn to a story like "The Immortal Shadow" by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk is the ruler of Lan Darr with an unsettling streak of cruelty. No one is safe from his wrath, not even those of his own species. We first meet him as he is being tested, through a series of competitions, each one progressively harder than the last. Once he is granted the planet of Lan Darr, the book takes a turn and we are introduced to a young Earthling, who manages to become invaluable to Jibbawk as he tries to elevate the planet to a higher level. This book is simply amazing for it's quality of writing, descriptive passages and intriguing characters.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Patti

    What a highly creative tale! This story is action packed and full of unique and unusual characters. Although this book is geared towards young adults, it is really quite entertaining for all ages 12 and above with a G rating. Great storyline with a great hook to entice you to read more. The action is fast paced so you will reach the end before you realize it. A great way to pass the afternoon. This voluntary review is based against a KU copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Tena

    I won this book in GOODREAD giveaway... this was a good youth/teen sci-fi book.... I will get the rest of the series for my kid.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Seraphia

    Immortal Shadows by Anderson Atlas is book 3 in his Heroes of Distant Planets series. In this book we follow Jibbawk as he fights to become no longer a slave but to prove his worth to his people that he is worthy of becoming a part of society. But not just a member of society but a ruler of a planet as he feels that he is destined to be. He succeeds in not only that but in dispatching all of those that he viewed as his rivals in the process through his cunning and cold heartedness. He is given h Immortal Shadows by Anderson Atlas is book 3 in his Heroes of Distant Planets series. In this book we follow Jibbawk as he fights to become no longer a slave but to prove his worth to his people that he is worthy of becoming a part of society. But not just a member of society but a ruler of a planet as he feels that he is destined to be. He succeeds in not only that but in dispatching all of those that he viewed as his rivals in the process through his cunning and cold heartedness. He is given his own planet to rule and he begins to make changes to make it stronger to be able to fight against any who might come to fight him but he soon finds a human who comes there, Adam Boldary, who begins to teach him about Earth and all the intricacies of the planet which Jibbawk wishes to copy and implement on his own planet to make them stronger. However Jibbawk will stop at nothing to rule his planet with an iron claw and it wont be long before things begin to crumble. This is book 3 in the series and the first book that I have read. However, the storyline intrigues me and makes me want to know more about Jibbawk and Lan Darr. Jibbawk comes in to the rule the planet and at first the people are content but as he wishes to have more power he begins to push and create unrest through his actions. When Adam comes along it only goes to further fuel these changes and put more strain on the people. Lan Darr is a unique planet full of interesting creatures that live there with flowers that have pollen that can transport you to various worlds. Despite this being book three in the series the author takes the time to describe different creatures and aspects of the land/planet itself and a few of the characters and what makes them unique. I really wouldn’t recommend reading this book as a stand-alone since it is meant to follow the main characters in the series telling you about the planet and how the humans from Earth help bring about a change to help the oppressed people. The only thing that I don’t necessarily like is that it appears as though only the Lan Darrians are the ones who are unhappy and not the slaves that are like Jibbawk when they must be just as unhappy as well. Granted the Lan Darrians were perfectly content with how things were when Jibbawk and his others came to the planet but it’s a bit hard to believe that none of them were recruited to the cause either. All in all, the story moves very well with no real hiccups to identify issues with the author maintaining the overall flow of the story. The characters are unique and Jibbawk , as the primary character and focus of the story, is engaging and strong like a main character should be. I rate this book 4 out of 5 stars. It’s a good read and I enjoyed it but I feel like a few aspects at the end of the story could have been better thought out and given us more of to lead up to the end of the story for the time being. This is definitely a good science fiction read with lots of unique scenarios and characters that really do engage you and keep your interest throughout.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Angela Kalnins

    IMMORTAL SHADOW BY: ANDERSON ATLAS GENRE: FANTASY/ADVENTURE Jibbawk, is a 9-foot tall vulture-like creature called a Shadic with red eyes and a long beak whose body is covered in poisonous (porcupine-like) quills was born a slave. When he bests dozens of other Shadics through a test of three trials he becomes the ruler of a new planet, Lan Darr. Once settled into his new regime, Jibbawk discovers one of his new subjects is a human boy who stumbled into a wormhole that brings him to Lan Darr. The bo IMMORTAL SHADOW BY: ANDERSON ATLAS GENRE: FANTASY/ADVENTURE Jibbawk, is a 9-foot tall vulture-like creature called a Shadic with red eyes and a long beak whose body is covered in poisonous (porcupine-like) quills was born a slave. When he bests dozens of other Shadics through a test of three trials he becomes the ruler of a new planet, Lan Darr. Once settled into his new regime, Jibbawk discovers one of his new subjects is a human boy who stumbled into a wormhole that brings him to Lan Darr. The boy is fascinating to Jibbawk who become enamored with all Earthly things—electricity, weapons, farming, architecture and more. He and the boy begin traveling between the two worlds to bring to Lan Darr all those things that will make Jibbawk’s world much more interesting. His travels and his new fascinations begin to bring chaos to his kingdom. This story is, without doubt, bizarre. And yet, it’s also a fun read. Anderson Atlas’ imagination is vivid and exciting. I’ve never read anything like this before. That’s a good thing. It is a unique story with creative and unusual characters. I appreciated the author’s ability to draw for me his creations from the different alien species to the worlds they inhabit. The plot is fun. Jibbawk’s drive to create a new Earth on Lan Darr is amusing. If only he knew what trouble he was in for trying to imitate our flawed world! Jibbawk is vicious and violent. He kills with impunity and rules with fear. THIS is what causes in eventual downfall. You, the reader, just can’t help but hate him! It’s not Lord of the Rings. The writing is sometimes clipped and sparse. No flowery descriptions or background needed. But, it’s a quick, fun read that will entertain you for a few hours. I just discovered that Immortal Shadow is the third book in a series. Obviously, since I didn't know that before, it could certainly be a stand-alone story. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a little light entertainment.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Maya

    I won this book in a giveaway, however, this did not influence my opinion. While premise of this book was very intriguing, I felt like the writing was lacking at times. The beginning felt choppy and though it improved as the story progressed, there were still grammatical errors that could be easily found here and there. I found the beginning a bit hard to get through as the author explained the various species in this book, however, I found it picked up pace and went by quickly after the first fe I won this book in a giveaway, however, this did not influence my opinion. While premise of this book was very intriguing, I felt like the writing was lacking at times. The beginning felt choppy and though it improved as the story progressed, there were still grammatical errors that could be easily found here and there. I found the beginning a bit hard to get through as the author explained the various species in this book, however, I found it picked up pace and went by quickly after the first few chapters. I think if you want a quick read this could potentially be a very enjoyable one. While this was not my cup of tea I think many would enjoy this book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Anderson Atlas

    “Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended.” Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk and his twelve competitors, who were all Shadoc slaves, were facing challenges that could lead to their deaths or serious injury, but, for one triumphant winner, a victory could lead to dominion over a plane “Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended.” Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3 is a young adult fantasy novel written by Anderson Atlas. Jibbawk and his twelve competitors, who were all Shadoc slaves, were facing challenges that could lead to their deaths or serious injury, but, for one triumphant winner, a victory could lead to dominion over a planet. Jibbawk had trained assiduously for this event over the long years he had spent as a slave. He was faster, stronger, and more determined than any of the others — and he was of royal blood. His destiny was to dominate others. Each challenge was harder than the previous, but he prevailed over them all, meeting and exceeding the requirements of the elders. There would have been no question who had bested the opposition had there been any survivors left, but Jibbawk stood alone before the thousands of Shadocs assembled there. Cal-Kaw and Isawk, the elders who presided over the challenges, acknowledged Jibbawk’s triumph and granted him dominion over Lan Darr. It was a planet rich in resources, including a subjugated and functioning native population. Jibbawk’s prize was just the start for his grand plans, but it would serve him well for now. Anderson Atlas’s young adult fantasy novel, Immortal Shadow: Heroes of Distant Planets, Book 3, immerses the reader in a universe where interplanetary travel is facilitated through the pollen of a flower that has acclimated itself to each planet. Atlas provides enough background to allow this book to be read on its own; however, I would strongly recommend reading the books in this series in order. The first two books focused on Allan Westerfield, a young athlete turned paraplegic as a result of the car crash that claimed the lives of his parents, and his travels to the worlds accessed through the pollen of the Hubbu flower. Immortal Shadow expands the reader’s familiarity with Jibbawk, the arch villain of the preceding books, and introduces another teen, Adam, who is Jibbawk’s unwilling advisor as he reshapes and modernizes Lan Darr. Immortal Shadow is mesmerizing fiction and a worthy successor to the first two books in the series. It’s most highly recommended. https://readersfavorite.com/book-revi...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Píaras Cíonnaoíth

    Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Immortal Shadow is such a book. It’s a well c Whatever flaws we might identify or frustrations we might feel are trivial in comparison to a reader's pure joy in losing himself/herself in a narrative. When all the elements come together: an intriguing plot, thoughtful, profound themes, complex, troubling, characters, and language that make us shudder for its honesty, clarity, and confidence; we gratefully set all analysis aside and give ourselves up to the sheer magic of a great book. And for me, Immortal Shadow is such a book. It’s a well crafted sci-fi fantasy that will draw you in from the opening page. And, I would imagine that fans of this genre will love sinking their teeth into this one! This is a dark tale that is not for the faint hearted. It’s a story about an alien dictator, who rules with an iron fist, and his eventual downfall. He mercilessly builds his empire to be superior to all the other ‘Shadic’ planets. But this isn’t enough for him as he dreams of becoming one of the fabled Immortal Rulers, regardless of the cost. However, his authority is challenged when resistance emerges from the most improbable of places; a teenager from planet Earth. This is my first time reading this author and I must say I was very impressed. This short read had every element a good story should have. An exciting plot, attention to detail, but best of all fleshed out, well-written and well-rounded character development. There’s an abundance of well illustrated scenes that really make you feel like you are right there in the story, and that's something I really look for in a good book. This captivating and commendable work had me immersed from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene with ease, and the author shows exceptional skill when it comes to storytelling. There are twists and turns in this page turner that will take the reader on a mesmerizing and alluring journey! It’s one of those stories that come along once in awhile that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to the end. I’m giving nothing further away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the mystery and enjoyment for the reader! I’ll certainly be looking forward to reading more from Anderson Atlas in the future. I would definitely recommend this book. Five stars from me.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mel

    I received a free copy of Immortal Shadow from Read For Review in exchange for an honest review. There wasn't much preamble with Immortal Shadow, the action started straight away in what appeared to be a Gladiator-style series of trials for Shadic slaves to earn their freedom. The difference being that the winning slave would be given an entire planet to rule over. Jibbawk wins, and is given the planet of Lan Darr. The Immortal Shadow is the third book in a series and it definitely felt like this I received a free copy of Immortal Shadow from Read For Review in exchange for an honest review. There wasn't much preamble with Immortal Shadow, the action started straight away in what appeared to be a Gladiator-style series of trials for Shadic slaves to earn their freedom. The difference being that the winning slave would be given an entire planet to rule over. Jibbawk wins, and is given the planet of Lan Darr. The Immortal Shadow is the third book in a series and it definitely felt like this was the case as the plot just started with no introduction, which I would expect from a book in the series when background and characters would have been introduced in the previous book. I therefore read Immortal Shadow as a standalone novel and on the whole this seemed to work. The book focused on Jibbawk's relationship with Adam, a teenage boy from Earth and their visits back to Earth to steal books and knowledge to enable Jibbawk to advance his civilisation. Personally, I felt this left the book with a very narrow plot, as we were given brief glimpses of other goings on such as protests by the natives of Lan Darr against their Shadic rulers but this was all very brief, almost glossed over. I think by including these other elements the book would have felt a lot more well-rounded and would have fleshed the world out, as Immortal Shadow was a relatively quick read. Despite this, Immortal Shadow was very well written, with great world building. Although, the history of the Shadic race wasn't explored but this may have been done in the previous books. Adam may have been a good tool for this, as Jibbawk could have explained aspects of his culture to the human as a way of introducing or refreshing it for the reader. Jibbawk came across as a tyrant which I think was intended, and Adam as the hero of the story. I did think it was unusual that Adam was so young (14), and the plot would have worked just as well had his character been older. This may have even been slightly more believable, as Adam was very knowledgeable about a lot of things, not all of which rang true for a 14 year old. Overall, a quick read which could have gone into so much more detail, but well thought out and well written.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I voluntarily received an advanced reader's copy of this book. The opinion stated within is solely my own. Parts of this book are really well put together, but in other areas it fell a bit short. It is a bit of a darker tale. The main character is a slave. He competes in brutal competition for his freedom, in which cunning and delivering death are rewarded. He is not completely human, having evolved from a bird-type animal. We don't get a whole lot of background into this, which I would have like I voluntarily received an advanced reader's copy of this book. The opinion stated within is solely my own. Parts of this book are really well put together, but in other areas it fell a bit short. It is a bit of a darker tale. The main character is a slave. He competes in brutal competition for his freedom, in which cunning and delivering death are rewarded. He is not completely human, having evolved from a bird-type animal. We don't get a whole lot of background into this, which I would have liked. I never got a really solid grasp of how his race worked balancing their bird traits with human ones. After being a slave for 20 years, the MC is rewarded with his own rule. And he becomes vicious in his desire to have the best, be the best, and show the universe that he is the smartest. He succumbs to the yearning for more power. The slave would have to understand all the travel options to be able to rouse support...and said support is virtually never offered for free. There are lots of little contradictions in the book; the MC would have to have trained his own "slave" in how to acquire and use the flowers that allow them to travel; but he is not very trusting. He also is quite smart and cunning - he's had to be- but he acts incredibly stupid in various parts. And at the very end, I found it hard to believe that after everything which had just transpired he would be so trusting of a complete stranger. I found it interesting, and I really wish certain aspects had been better explained. The evolution of his race, their views on being cultured and rule; they saw humanoids as far beneath them- having magic but no technology. All this is great information that could have set up a better understanding of the main character, but instead all we see is one side of him. And after he gains his rule, he never changes, never grows, never learns anything. He just stays the same, which makes some of the flair fall short.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Donte McNeal

    So, Immortal Shadow. It is a otherworldly, dark fantasy filled with action, violence and fantastical creatures. You'd think with all these elements that I'd love this book, but sadly, that was not the case. That's not to say I hated it, but I definitely didn't love it. The story centers around Jibbawk, a creature that rises to rule over a planet. His reign is a strict and nearly oppressive one at times. Jibbawk as a character is one I didn't really care for, and I'm all for dark characters (they' So, Immortal Shadow. It is a otherworldly, dark fantasy filled with action, violence and fantastical creatures. You'd think with all these elements that I'd love this book, but sadly, that was not the case. That's not to say I hated it, but I definitely didn't love it. The story centers around Jibbawk, a creature that rises to rule over a planet. His reign is a strict and nearly oppressive one at times. Jibbawk as a character is one I didn't really care for, and I'm all for dark characters (they're my favorite type, after all). This one however, just didn't do it for me. There wasn't anything that endeared me to him, or made me care about his goals. And everyone knows, if you don't care about a character or what they're trying to do, then the book isn't that enjoyable. That was the case for Immortal Shadow for me. Now don't get me wrong. It's not all bad. Atlas does the action very well, and he creates some interesting character designs that are easy to visualize. But I need more than that. I need more than flashy action scenes and striking imagery. I need engaging characters that I can care about and a story that pulls me in, and Immortal Shadow just didn't provide that for me.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Igor Eliseev

    To be honest, I wondered if perhaps the story was too typical teenaged sci-fi story for me and then Boom. My attention was immediately drawn to “Immortal Shadow” and “Shadic” planets during my first reading. I felt I was right there with the main characters, experiencing everything through their eyes. I even noticed a few times I was holding my breath, being so caught up in the moment. I found this book to be a compulsive read. I took me a rather short period of time to read my way through the bo To be honest, I wondered if perhaps the story was too typical teenaged sci-fi story for me and then Boom. My attention was immediately drawn to “Immortal Shadow” and “Shadic” planets during my first reading. I felt I was right there with the main characters, experiencing everything through their eyes. I even noticed a few times I was holding my breath, being so caught up in the moment. I found this book to be a compulsive read. I took me a rather short period of time to read my way through the book. It's geared toward younger teens, but I would personally call it an all ages read, it's that good and crosses all the age barriers. Furthermore, I enjoyed it, even if it more for teens the characters the setting the plot held my interest and am awaiting the next adventure. I think that the characters could use a bit more development, but that's something that should come as the author tries to publish more books. Overall this is a well written, fast paced, full of imagination and intrigue novel with lovely characters and drama that instantly captures your attention left me waiting for the next book to come out.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Jibbawk is a Shadoc slave. He and twelve other slaves will compete to win a highly coveted prize. If he wins, he will be the leader of a planet. He has been training forever as he wants this prize more than anything else. He does win and is given a planet to rule over. He is satisfied with his prize but wants more. How far will he go? Will he get what he wants? This is my first novel I have read by this author. It's good! I know he has written two other books in this series. You can read this one Jibbawk is a Shadoc slave. He and twelve other slaves will compete to win a highly coveted prize. If he wins, he will be the leader of a planet. He has been training forever as he wants this prize more than anything else. He does win and is given a planet to rule over. He is satisfied with his prize but wants more. How far will he go? Will he get what he wants? This is my first novel I have read by this author. It's good! I know he has written two other books in this series. You can read this one without reading the other two. It is full of characters that at times made me shiver. It is a book that takes you into Jibbawk's life seeing his plans and showing his wants. It is a capitating story. The author's imagination knows no limits in this dark fantasy/science fiction novel. Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Paula

    I thoroughly enjoyed "Immortal Shadow" - the third installment in the "Heroes of Distant Planets" series written by Anderson Atlas. Ostensibly a YA novel, "Immortal Shadow" is a more like a well-developed space opera. Mr. Atlas does a masterful job of developing the universe of this novel. It's very easy for the reader to visualize the different planets and their inhabitants, along with their societies and civilizations. And the plot and characters are just as well done. The character of Jibbawk I thoroughly enjoyed "Immortal Shadow" - the third installment in the "Heroes of Distant Planets" series written by Anderson Atlas. Ostensibly a YA novel, "Immortal Shadow" is a more like a well-developed space opera. Mr. Atlas does a masterful job of developing the universe of this novel. It's very easy for the reader to visualize the different planets and their inhabitants, along with their societies and civilizations. And the plot and characters are just as well done. The character of Jibbawk (alien), the central figure and villain of this work, is an excellent portrayal of a very intelligent and overly ambitious psychopath who will do anything to achieve his goals and has little understanding or foresight about the consequences of achieving his goals in such a callous and cruel fashion. The humans in this book play a far more subtle role, though just as important. An excellent read. I wish YA had been this good when I was YA!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Shakera

    Jibbawk was enslaved and battled his way to ruling his own kingdom. For him, it wasn't enough. As most rulers do, he wanted more. He lacked the knowledge and materials to achieve his goal, until he met a young man from Earth, that is. His army finds Adam, a high school student, and becomes intrigued him. Adam has the knowledge help Jibbawk conquer more planets. This is book 3 and my M.O. I didn’t realize this was the third book of the series, and I would say it’s ill-advised to read this a stand Jibbawk was enslaved and battled his way to ruling his own kingdom. For him, it wasn't enough. As most rulers do, he wanted more. He lacked the knowledge and materials to achieve his goal, until he met a young man from Earth, that is. His army finds Adam, a high school student, and becomes intrigued him. Adam has the knowledge help Jibbawk conquer more planets. This is book 3 and my M.O. I didn’t realize this was the third book of the series, and I would say it’s ill-advised to read this a stand alone. I got the impression Jibbawk is one of the main characters for earlier in the series. The story is creative enough that it makes use your imagination. The author tells the readers just enough information without retelling the first two stories. It’s a quick read and flows quite well. I would suggest reading the first two books of the series so you have a complete story. Overall, not bad.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Rich

    Immortal Shadow (Heroes of Distant Planets #3) by Anderson Atlas I was asked by the author to read, and then post a review of this book. Since it was free on the kindle, I did download and read it. And this is my honest review of the book. I gave it three stars, but that was a gift. Yes, it's short story so the characters area one dimensional. The plot is quite predictable, and the aliens really aren't all that alien. Happily the story is just under 80 pages, so you won't invest much more than a q Immortal Shadow (Heroes of Distant Planets #3) by Anderson Atlas I was asked by the author to read, and then post a review of this book. Since it was free on the kindle, I did download and read it. And this is my honest review of the book. I gave it three stars, but that was a gift. Yes, it's short story so the characters area one dimensional. The plot is quite predictable, and the aliens really aren't all that alien. Happily the story is just under 80 pages, so you won't invest much more than a quick afternoon to read it. Also, the author relies way too much in alien sounding names of* whatever* items. All that said, it basically read as a High School term project from Creative Writing. However, if the author does continue to write (and I hope he does) he shows a lot of potential to one day turn out a story worth reading.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aly

    This book was interesting to me. I think I would consider this book young adult Sci-fi. There was a lot of action in this book that kept me wanting to read more. I enjoyed the descriptions and characters. I think this book was imaginative and I admire the authors writing style. I enjoyed this book. * I received this book from the author---this is my honest review*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hana Hanzel

  25. 4 out of 5

    Charles Ray

    Jibbawak, a Shadic, rises from slave to become ruler of the planet Lan Dar. But, one planet is not enough for him. He wants to become an immortal ruler, so he runs Lan Dar with an iron fist in his quest. Then, resistance to his rule comes from an unlikely source, Adam, a teenager from Earth who has been transported through a portal to Lan Dar. Impressed with Adam’s knowledge of the science and technology of Earth, Jibbawak makes him his slave, and forces him to help increase Lan Dar’s technology Jibbawak, a Shadic, rises from slave to become ruler of the planet Lan Dar. But, one planet is not enough for him. He wants to become an immortal ruler, so he runs Lan Dar with an iron fist in his quest. Then, resistance to his rule comes from an unlikely source, Adam, a teenager from Earth who has been transported through a portal to Lan Dar. Impressed with Adam’s knowledge of the science and technology of Earth, Jibbawak makes him his slave, and forces him to help increase Lan Dar’s technology. His aim; conquest of Earth and all the rest of the universe, and immortal life for himself. But, he should’ve been careful what he wished for. Immortal Shadow by Anderson Atlas is the third book in the Heroes of Distant Planets series. It contains a lot of action that will appeal to young readers—although, some of the violence is quite intense. It was an interesting story, albeit somewhat predictable. I give it three and a half stars.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pamela J Gibson

  27. 4 out of 5

    Mary Blowers

  28. 5 out of 5

    Destiny Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

  30. 4 out of 5

    Frederick Rotzien

  31. 5 out of 5

    Micielle

  32. 4 out of 5

    Kara Lauren

  33. 5 out of 5

    Bonita Martin

  34. 5 out of 5

    Debee Sue

  35. 5 out of 5

    Lorra

  36. 4 out of 5

    Manda

  37. 5 out of 5

    Sue

  38. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl Bradley

  39. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gunning

  40. 4 out of 5

    Stacia Chappell

  41. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

  42. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Heare Watts

  43. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Hernandez

  44. 4 out of 5

    Pam

  45. 4 out of 5

    Angelia

  46. 4 out of 5

    Donna Barney

  47. 5 out of 5

    Carla

  48. 5 out of 5

    Edgar Connell

  49. 4 out of 5

    June Westerfield

  50. 5 out of 5

    Benoit

  51. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  52. 5 out of 5

    Daryl Moad

  53. 4 out of 5

    Melly Mel

  54. 4 out of 5

    Dianne

  55. 5 out of 5

    Carol McFarlane

  56. 5 out of 5

    carla clifton

  57. 5 out of 5

    Tracie Tatum

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