Strump – A World of Shadows by Michael Alexander Beas

The genre of fantasy fiction has proved quite a popular one over the past few years. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” and J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series received a very good response from the audience. Readers’ engagement with these novels was such that it compelled authors to write sequel after sequel […]



The genre of fantasy fiction has proved quite a popular one over the past few years. J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” and J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series received a very good response from the audience. Readers’ engagement with these novels was such that it compelled authors to write sequel after sequel in order to satiate their curiosity and imaginative pleasures. The credit definitely goes to these legendary authors who with their superior skills of writing have made fantastical elements and mythical creatures appear real.

As most of us, fans of fantasy fiction, sit preoccupied with the fictional diminutive humanoid race, the Hobbits, the next breathtaking saga is already on its way to becoming world-famous. There is a new book in the market titled Strump – A World of Shadows.

Strump: A World of Shadows – Snippet of its Storyline

The novel is a fantasy fiction packed with humans, Mermen, pirates, sorcerers, pixies and mice. The setting of novel is a mystical world called Strump. There are two fictional kingdoms in the land – the Blue Kingdom and the Old Kingdom. They unite the past and the present into an exciting adventure to decide who will be the right king. Throughout, allegiances are made and broken and the loyalty of characters is tested.

On the occasion of the death of King Aerostat II, the king of the Blue Kingdom, his two sons vie for keys to the throne. The Shadow Lord unites a magical game board called Strump with the intent of casting the Blue Kingdom into a world of shadows which will bring death and destruction. He brings back the old world, the World of Shadows.

The novel brims with excitement, adventure, suspense and unique characters. It has gripping story and countless twists and turns. It is likely that Hobbit, Harry Porter and Narnia fans will like the book.

The Author

Michael Alexander Beas is a resident of Waxhaw, North Carolina. As far as his professional career is concerned, the job positions he has held till date have been remote from the art of writing novels. Beas has an Associate Degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Management. He has worked at banks, telecommunications and commercial insurance companies marketing company merchandise to customers. Although employed in the commercial sector, Michael Alexander Beas always had a liking for writing. However, he was unable to pursue it due to hectic work schedules.

Strump – A World of Shadows is his first fiction novel. It makes a good read for young adults and elders alike. It was released on December 30, 2013. So, you can see it’s not very old. It has 445 pages. The book has been published by Xlibris Corporation. The movie, The Hobbit: The Desolation of the Smaug was released on 13rd December, 2013. Thus, Beas’ Strump – A World of Shadows will draw heavy comparisons with the Hobbit series; a series regarded a benchmark in fantasy fiction.

Will it the book be able to transport us into an alternate world like most of its predecessors did? Will this first-time author be able to carve a place for himself alongside authors like J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling? Only time will tell. Till then let’s read and enjoy the book and hope for more.

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