Scapemaker

Rated 4.20/5 based on 25 reviews
Scapemaker follows Matthew Namely, who is propelled into a whole new world following a few tragic events. After meeting a strasnge and beautiful girl, he learns the art of dreamscaping. Matthew will come to know of Sandman, who is after a special element called Magineum. Neck deep in skinwalkers, sandsleepers, zombies, night terrors, and more, Matthew must risk his life to save the magineum. More

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About Steve Cypert

Steve Cypert grew up in Los Angeles, California but now resides in South Jordan, Utah. He is married to a beautiful wife, sharing their home with their cute little Shih Tzu, Duke - who you can see by visiting his blog.

Steve has been writing for as long as he can remember, but only recently became an active writer determined to author his writings. Steve has always been very creative and his stories are lined with well-developed characters and detail.

“Port of Errors” is Steve's first novel, which is the first in the "Born of Tyranny" series. He will be adding a second novel, separate from the Born of Tyranny series. This second novel is called "The Son of Nicholas Namely" and it too is the first in a series.

Aside writing, Steve also loves to photograph scenic landscapes, wildlife and zoo-life. He loves the great outdoors and he'll try anything once, including skydiving, cliff-jumping, bungee-jumping and many more adrenaline fueled experiences.

Steve has been a mascot for a triple A baseball team, pick-up and delivery driver for MSS, a DJ at the University of Utah radio station (volunteer for class), where he graduated from, and many other non-traditional forms of jobs. He hopes to make writing his career as it is his second true love beside his wife.

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Review by: karley scanlon on Jan. 2, 2014 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***
I love this book and I can't wait for the next one to come out, it is set in the dream world and it full of excitement, magic, action, everything really, Great book!!
(reviewed 13 months after purchase)
Review by: Lourie Beiter on Dec. 31, 2013 :
*** I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

Many revisions have been made to this book since my original review to here is my update:

This is one of those books that I loved right from the moment I started reading.

There was never a dull moment and it held my attention to the very end. It was hard to put down because I felt like I would miss something if I did. The characters are lively, vivid, fun and at times translucent. And there is a wide variety of alternate characters to tickle your fancy as well, such as ghosts, skin walkers, goblins, zombies and killer rabbits just to name a few. Even the villain is written superbly and takes evil to a whole new level.

The author did an amazing job of introducing such a dynamic new world and did it with out the obligatory information dump that usually accompanies the big reveal. As the main character learns and is introduce so are you as a reader.

The book climaxes in the right spot and does leave you with some unanswered questions to pull you into the next part of the series. All in all I have to say watch out Hogwarts because there is a new school in town called Scapemaker High.

** *Please note a few of the negatives I originally mentioned have either been removed or revised and no longer apply.
(reviewed 12 months after purchase)
Review by: Rose Wallin on Dec. 30, 2013 :
Dreams are things most of us deal with. We wake up grasping at wisps of images, and usually shake them out of our heads with our morning shower. Scapemaker poses a different kind of scenario: what if dreams aren't just in our heads? What if there's a dream world, and it's real?

The idea for this story is as fascinating as it is exciting. Matthew is thrown into a surreal world where dreams are real, even more real than the waking world, all while trying to save his innocent father from a lifetime in the dream-world prison. Battling night-terrors, extraordinary creatures, and his own past full of secrets, Matthew finds himself in a fantastic adventure against evil and darkness. While he tries to win the heart of his dream girl, he learns to use his new-found powers, and with the help of his new friends, he will help protect the future of dreams.

Mr. Cypert created an awesome story with this book. His attention to detail was wonderful, creating a well-rounded and complete alternate reality. I look forward to the sequel, and would certainly recommend this book to any fan of paranormal/supernatural adventure stories.

*I was given an eCopy of this book, from the author, to read in exchange for an honest review.

~Rose
@Desert Rose Reviews
(reviewed 9 months after purchase)
Review by: Skaistė on Dec. 22, 2013 :
It is enjoyable and interesting story with action, surprises, secrets and villains, with tense and fun moments. It hold my attention and kept me reading further. It tells about a boy being introduced to a whole new world of imagination. There‘s quite amazing world created in here with a lot of details, history, rules, scenery, various characters with various abilities. I can‘t remember reading any book with such a world. Well, it reminds me of „The Neverending Story“ by Michael Ende in some details and in being a story about a world of imagination. But that‘s just a little bit. There‘s a lot of unique details in here.

Main character, Matthew, is one I rarely find in books. He‘s not one of the characters full of good qualities. He stands out by being, well, I would say stubborn. In a sense he seems to be thinking more about himself than about others (egotistical, as says one of the characters in the book). He breaks the rules. He has his own opinion and seems to be holding it no matter what. He seems to be „I know it all and I know it better“ guy. But at the same time he is friendly, courageous, he cares about his own family, he sets the goal and goes for it no matter what the obstacles are. This stubbornness sometimes gets annoying for me, but that‘s a good combination for a story. If one dares to behave outside the rules, adventures happen. Sometimes bad things do. But that‘s part of an adventure too. And that makes interesting things happen in the story.

Well, there‘s one small weakness. Usually this story is easy to read, but sometimes it gets a little bit rough. It‘s mostly a feeling for me, but I‘ll try to explain what I have in mind. It‘s just a sense that some sentences seem to be put in too straighforward way. Like there‘s separate sentences saying who said what, did what, but together they don‘t make a story as a whole. That was mostly in the beginning, and not that much further in the story. That‘s a minor thing, and it doesn‘t make story less interesting. Just sometimes it makes reading not as fluid as it usually is. Nonetheless, I‘m interested to read what happens next. Whole story and the ending are promising a whole lot more adventures coming.

I was given this book in exchange for honest review (Lovers of Paranormal group and the author).
(reviewed 25 days after purchase)
Review by: Amber McCallister on Dec. 17, 2013 :
Scapemaker is a beautifully compelling and wonderfully intricate story of discovering an unknown heritage and fighting to honor it with your whole heart. This is an adventure that will inspire and delight daydreamers and readers of fantasy alike. Come and escape down the rabbit hole as we enter a whole new world filled with surprises around every corner and untold dangers along the way. Do you have the courage and heart to forge this trail?

Matthew who is just like every other guy except for the fact that he isn’t. He doesn’t know that he is different until it’s too late and his world is turned upside down. He loses his father the same day that he learns who he really is. With such an immediate disadvantage, he must play catch up and seek help from unlikely people in order to achieve his goal of saving his father. He uncovers precious truths and finds true friendship and more along this harsh yet rewarding journey.

I was immediately taken in by Matthew’s honesty and passion in his fight to uncover the lies and mysteries surrounding the disappearance of his father. He knows he can’t do this on his own, so he seeks out help from a rag tag group of students that prove to be invaluable in helping him accomplish this insanely difficult task that he has taken upon himself. He pulls no punches with them, and doesn’t hold back with his true thoughts and intentions. Time and again his actions while good get him in trouble and his friends are always there to get him out if they can. The bonds of friendship that are forged prove true and lasting, and he becomes a better version of himself as a result.

The world that is Scapemaker is amazing and captivating. There is no end to its beauty and its dangers. While it houses breathless beauty and intrigue, it also hides countless untold dangers. One cannot take anything for granted when in Scapemaker. Always keep your eyes and your mind open for what you miss may come back to haunt you.

Steve Cypert has proven to be quite an intriguing creator of this highly entertaining tale. You won’t be sorry that you chose to read this story. In fact, you will devour it whole and then ask for more. It is sure to fuel and broaden your imagination as it entices your senses. You will get lost in this stunning new world as you get to know fun and passionate characters along the way.
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Review by: Nnekka Robinson on Aug. 22, 2013 :
Loved it
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pe_zS_oOeEE&feature=share&list=PLPH2NO31O7ZLCN40NOY4vFSSPLJqWWG9T
(reviewed 5 months after purchase)
Review by: Lizz Fransen on July 7, 2013 :
I enjoyed the concepts in this book. The author's ideas were refreshing but also contained familiar themes to other books I have read. That being said, I would have enjoyed this book more if it had been thoroughly proofread. I found myself having to figure out sentences where there were extra words and typos. Another reviewer mentioned similar issues and the author commented that they must have been reading an older version of the book, so maybe I had the same version.

Disclaimer: The author provided a copy of this book to me in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: Vidya Soni on July 3, 2013 :
I found the concept of this book quite intriguing. It’s a change from the usual vampires and werewolves kind of paranormal. We are introduced to dreamscapers and a whole slew of fantasy creatures with different powers and abilities. The writer has created a whole new and colorful world, which is never easy to do.

The book does need editing and tightening up. And there were some other issues such as that early on Matthew’s friend dies and he shows barely any emotion in reaction. But despite all that, it’s an enjoyable read for a lover of fantasy.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
Review by: b hanson on June 12, 2013 : (no rating)
I received this book as a gift- and am very happy to review it for you, Steve Cypert. This is a totally unique concept in fictional stories! I very much enjoyed the approach to each new addition- and the more I read, the more I wanted to read. As an adult who has read a lot--it is easy to find areas that are perhaps a bit rough--but viewing as would a young adult-who, regardless of their maturity levels-just see, feel,and describe things differently than do adults--this is perfect for the target audience and would yank them into this new and surprising adventure for the entire journey. I am eager to see the next installment- and will recommend it to my friends who have 11-17 year-olds at home as well.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
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