Book Review: Shamra Divided by Barry Hoffman

In Shamra Divided Dara, leader of the resistance movement that overthrew her country's oppressors, learns why she looks and acts different than most other Shamra and why it was her destiny to one day save her people. While learning about her heritage she is also attacked by what will become her most powerful enemy, Chaos. Dormant for 170 years Chaos reappears intent on destroying civilizations from within and killing Dara whom he fears. An action-packed adventure full of heroics, sacrifice and betrayal. In Dara and her ancestors Shamra Divided provides strong and complex females that adolescents and teens can relate to.

This is the kind of book that I would imagine has a cult following.  Unfortunately, I'm not one of the followers.  I read 100 pages of Shamra Divided before giving up.  I just could not get into the story.  Shamra Divided is a fantasy novel featuring a humanoid-type race called Shamra fighting to survive.  They battle an enemy race called the Kimra.  Shamra Divided is full of warriors, battles, prophets, spirits, fighting, and more fighting.  I'm not a fan of extended fighting scenes.  I can appreciate what Barry Hoffman is doing with his world and characters, but this book just wasn't for me.

Shamra Divided gets one star since I stopped after 100 pages.

Did Not Finish
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an impartial review.


  1. Hey Nat,
    Maybe so. But I never read Ender's Game either because I'm guilty of juding a book by it's cover and I dind't like the cover of Ender's. :)
    Plus it was an old paperback, which you know I hate. If I'm reading a paperback, it has to be in pretty good shape or I get turned off. Maybe having a Kindle will help that!


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