Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Review - Mad Shadows by Joe Bonadonna

Reviewed by -- Jacqueline Driggers

Book Review of -- Mad Shadows: The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser by Joe Bonadonna

Overall star rating --- 5

About the book:
Valdar is a city of swordslingers and necromancers, witch cults and halfhuman races. It’s a city in a world of darkness, black magic and creatures of the night . . . a city where demonic entities serve the needs of any witch or magicman who can open a doorway into their domain.

This is my city. This is my world.

With a special dowsing rod, I can detect the ectoplasmic residue of any supernatural presence or demonic entity and sense the vestiges of odylic power and vile sorcery used in the commission of crimes. I hunt anyone and anything that poses a threat to the people of my city. My name’s Dorgo. Folks call me the Dowser.

From infernal depths where lost souls mutate into hell-spawned devils, from the other side of the veil that separates the earthly from the unearthly, from an ancient land whose borders cross into other dimensions, Mad Shadows—The Weird Tales of Dorgo the Dowser, will transport you to a world where sentient shadows, vengeful vampires, malevolent puppets, and raging werewolves haunt the night . . . a world where life is cheap and souls are always up for sale.

Book creation ratings:
Overall total -- 30 out of a possible 30
-- Story & characters -- 10
-- Cover & title -- 10
-- Editing & formatting -- 10
* based on a 1-10 scale with:  1-4, poor; 5-7, good; 8-10, very good.*

The review --
Just from the cover of this book, and the description, I wasn't sure if I would like it. But I did, I loved it! This is an excellent, very well written book. If you like science fiction and fantasy, you'll like this. The connecting thread throughout all the stories is that of the main character of Dorgo. I love this character. He's everything you would want of a main character. The author has surrounded the main character of Dorgo with a wealth of other characters that are equally as fascinating as Dorgo. The book combines elements of fantasy and paranormal, all into one wild land.  For me, this was one of those 'can't put it down' books that I devoured until I reached the last page. 

Reader Recommendations
Genre -- science fiction, fantasy, paranormal
Age recommendations -- 15 and up
Sex content rating -- minimal
Violence rating -- quite a bit

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