Xor: The Shape of Darkness by Moshe Sipper

Xor: The Shape of Darkness

by Moshe Sipper

296 pages – ages 9+

Published by CreateSpace on March 24, 2012

Lewis Nash is a Shaper. He found out that fact the day he came home from school and his house was burned down and his father passed away and he was attacked by a wolf-man. Fortunately for Lewis, was saved by Master Long and brought to Xor, a magical world pretty different from ours. Lewis finds out that his biological parents are High Lord and High Lady Shaper and he was destined to be the greatest Shaper of all. A Shaper is a person who can change things around him (or her).  Lewis is told that  Xor is in danger. It is being devoured by the Realm Pirates. Pirates that want to push Xor into “darkness.” Lewis is told that he is the only one that can stop the Realm Pirates and save Xor, but there is no time for training. Lewis, a magician, a scientist, Master Long, and Five, a good wolf-man, set off to stop the Realm Pirates from destroying XOR.

I liked the advanced technology in the world of Xor and I thought that the fact there was magic also was cool (robots, pirates, magicians – this book has everything)! The story was action packed and exciting. Mr. Sipper described the world of Xor very well and I could picture it in my mind. There were a lot of great characters in the book, Master Long, Grand Magician K’Bol and of course Lewis. I liked reading about how Lewis had to learn about the world of Xor and his powers. I thought the Shapers were cool. Mr. Sipper tried to explain how the Shapers worked (shifting molecules around) but I found that a bit confusing and would have liked to understand it better.

Over all I liked the story, characters, the world of Xor and Mr. Sipper’s writing style.

Xor earned a place on my library shelf and four out of five bookworms!

To learn more about Mr. Sipper, please visit his website HERE.



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16 replies

  1. It amazes me the ideas people come up with for books! This certainly sounds as if it has a lot going on – action, new concepts, unlikely friends, a hero to ‘save the day’ in an ‘impossible’ situation.
    You’ve written another good review, Erik. 🙂

  2. Love the way you review books, Erik. You get me excited and make me want to read them. The concept of Shapers is intriguing. I’ll recommend Xor to my sci fi/fantasy lovers.

  3. I really, really like this cover!

  4. Nice review. Sounds like a great boy book. You must like alternate/dystopian realities.

  5. Great review, Erik. I bet no one ever puts that down from boredom, it has everything in it!

  6. Good job on the review Erik – sounds like an action-packed imaginative book. Glad you enjoyed it (mostly!)

  7. Very helpful review. I haven’t heard of this one- but the cover is fascinating. It sounds like a good book and I am curious about the Shapers.

  8. Sounds a bit like science fiction.. would you classify it to be under that genre?

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