Xor: The Shape of Darkness by Moshe Sipper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
(I was given this book for free by the author on a read-to-review basis.)
12-year-old Lewis gets a shock on the morning of his twelfth birthday when he wakes up to find that he has the body of a giant insect! Fortunately he’s able to think himself back to being a boy, and he tries to forget the incident, that is until he changes into a dinosaur whilst brushing his teeth.
Figuring that this must been some mysterious gift that he has he spends most of his day thinking about different things to change into, only to get on the bus home and find that his house has burned down and his father is dead.
Narrowly avoiding being grabbed by a wolf-man, he finds himself in the company of a man with rabbit ears, who informs him that he is no ordinary boy, he is in fact Lord Shaper – the son of High Lord and High Lady shaper from a planet called Xor!
Taking this news in his stride, Lewis goes with the strange man to the planet Xor, where he learns that his biological parents have been kidnapped by pirates, and are being used to slowly destroy the entire planet! Now it is up to Lewis to try and stop this destruction, before the whole of Xor is lost forever, if only he knew how!
I was pleasantly surprised by this book, it was so well written and so funny I couldn’t put it down!
To be honest it reminded me in part of ‘The Hobbit’ and partly of ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ – What an amazing combination! An epic fantasy adventure, with just the right amount of humour! Lewis was a sweet kid and perfect for the role, and even though he had the gift of ‘shaping’ he was down-to earth, and didn’t abuse the power that he had.
If I had one criticism, it would probably be that I didn’t think that the prologue needed to be there (the story of how Lewis’ adoptive mother was killed), it didn’t fit very well with the rest of the story, and in my opinion was a bit weird – partly because you know nothing about shaping at this point.
Overall though this is a great book and I’m so glad that I gave it a chance! If you’re looking for a fantasy adventure, with a bit of humour, look no further, and your kids will love it to!
9 out of 10.
(book length: 5009 kindle locations)
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