Book Review: Shadow Cursed

Shadow Cursed

Author: Gelo R. Fleisher
Release Date: March 21, 2013
Series: None
Genre: Fantasy | Fiction | Paranormal
Edition: mobi
Pages: 110
Publisher: Self-Published
Interest: Requested by author
Source: Author (Thanks a lot Gelo!)
Buy it here: Amazon


Bolen is a thief, plying his trade under the spires of an ancient and sprawling city. Worried that he’s growing too old, Bolen has lined up a risky job, just to prove that he can still pull one off.
Tonight, he’s going to break into a nobleman’s vault and help himself to its contents. What he doesn’t know is that inside is the key to a secret as old as the city itself.
Kings have killed for it, demons have coveted it, priests have prayed for it, and in a few moments it will be in his hands. And when it is, the adventure of his life will begin.



Shadow Cursed is a beautiful tale of a thief named Bolen and how he lands in an unexpected situation and ultimately overcomes it. The character of Bolen is developed beautifully and I felt the connection with him almost instantly. The plot is quite simple but it’s simplicity is quite mesmerizing! It might sound weird but this book had an odd satisfying feel to it, the way fairy tales have on children. It made me feel that the world is a good place and that it’s not as wicked as we believe it is. This book made me feel like a child who is just hoping for a good ending throughout the entire read. I wanted to see Bolen happy at the end more than anything.

This book had me under it’s spell and that too a really fine one! It has some really good surprises which makes it a must read for everyone.




Shadow Cursed is a powerful short and simple read. I’d recommend it to everyone who loves to read a fine book.

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Other Stuff

Opening Line: “All through the city, the first signs of daylight made themselves known.”

Highlights: Simplicity of the plot.

Low-lights: None.

Memorable Quote:

But laying there, looking out over the city, he felt content. He was happy, truly satisfied for the first time that he could remember. He’d done something worthwhile, something that would last after he was dead and gone, and that felt good. “I don’t know what comes next. Maybe it doesn’t matter.”

Final Thoughts: A beautiful story.


11 thoughts on “Book Review: Shadow Cursed

  1. Shadowcursed” by Gelo R. Fleisher is a uniquely different fantasy novella written with a keen sense of the realities of getting older and being past your prime.

    Bolen, the thief, is getting on in years and has a chance to do one last robbery. Little does he know that this last job will bring to light the truth of why the mayor is truly the “Mad Lord”.

    While robbing the mayor’s estate, Bolen is privy a conversation between the “Mad Lord” with his closest counsel. The information gathered is not really earth-shattering, but gets Bolen to re-think selling the stolen bounty. Against his better judgment, he gives up the statue that he absconded with from the mayor – only to be asked by others to steal it from the mayor (again).

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  2. Sometimes it’s nice to read something that gives you an adventure but doesn’t smash you in the face! And I often find the books that capture and hold me are the ones the most simply written. Maybe that simplicity is really just good writing…
    Thanks for sharing. I’m gonna check this book out!

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    1. Your words are so true! Even I love books which touch my heart without being complicated. Simple writing is the best writing 🙂
      I hope you enjoy this wonderful book!
      Cheers 🙂


  3. You know, I’ve just realised it’s been ages since I read a book with an ‘older’ protagonist. So many young people. Since you’ve rated this so highly, I think I’ll give it a shot.

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