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- File Size: 1221 KB
- Print Length: 253 pages
- Publisher: Kindle Press (4 Oct. 2016)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01KU5SOLQ
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
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You don’t really need to have prior knowledge of the Christian creation myth to be able to get into this book, but what you do need is a lot of patience. I’ve already mentioned how the first chapter is a bit rambling, quite boring until the first conversations come in. Yet there are still several interesting parts. The whole Heavenly City part and its inhabitants is very human, and there are “logical” explanations for the existence and set up of Hell, as well as how to get there, and the connections between the City, Earth, and Hell. Yet the bit that somewhat confused and frustrated me the most is that it is said that all Heavenly beings, the different types of angels, have a predisposition to do good, meaning that all angels are inherently good, yet it doesn’t prevent them from doing bad things or becoming evil. Also, the apparently intelligent do very stupid things and make stupid decisions. They are also supposed to be near “emotionless”, the archangels and even the angels, with only the “powers” (a type of warrior angel) having free emotions. Yet, there is a lot of emotion play that goes on, lots of reactions based on emotions, like anger, shouting, fighting, etc. As I said, very “human”.
The story itself revolves around one young angel’s, power’s, journey. She believes that she has lost her life partner during a bout of riots and fighting, follows the rebels and causes trouble and mischief as she believes there is nothing else left for her, yet has a change of heart when she discovers he is still alive.
There are very human and very Christian messages nestled within the story. Yet, if looked at from an outside point of view, the story itself, once it gets going, isn’t too bad. It’s not high reading, and I imagine many throwing it to the wall if stumbling upon it by accident, yet it’s OK.
A debate in the palace square had been arranged for everyone by Lord Lucifer and his team to take place before he sat with the coucil of archangels again to finally decide on Adonai's plan, knowing they would go ahead and approve it. Yet the debate did not go to plan, or did it? Rocks were thrown, chaos begins and war starts!
Ramael, second in command in the army of Heaven, and Adryel, a secretary of the council, are paired and very much in love, yet they potentially see themselves on different sides of the debate due to loyalty. Adryel understands Lord Lucifer's logic but does not agree with his methods and finds herself at his side trying to persuade him to use peaceful alternatives, she also has some nagging doubts in her mind on his ulterior motives. Little does she know that she is simply a pawn in his sly and calculated game for power. An evil lie is told which changes Adryel's life and believes the rules have changed, seeing herself and Lord Lucifer's team banished to the burning pit of hell. What will happen with the humans? Who will win the war? Will Ramael and Adryel's love now end?
I was intrigued to read this story as it pulled away from the author's usual writing although it still had the underlying story of love and the walls they needed to climb to overcome the obstables in front of them. The authors writing ability shone through as it always does and I found myself pulled into the story and the connecting to the characters.
A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable read from the author. I had a huge smile on my face when I was reading the ending and found myself pondering on the lesson it taught.
Adryel is an angel rebelling against God’s creation. When faced with the choice of believing that creation is a good thing or following Lucifer’s path Adryel chooses Lucifer. I found it interesting how she talked herself into believe what Lucifer was telling his followers. I could feel the deceit, I wanted to tell her not to believe, yet… she had to. She had to do what she felt was right.
When Adryel was on Earth, seeing the world for the first time, meeting humans, seeing animals, and tasting the fruits I could feel her amazement at all the God had created. I imagined what I would have felt had I been in her place. The awe, the wonder, and the not knowing all of what she was seeing was perfectly portrayed.
David Burnett wrote an eye opening, thought provoking story. The ending was my most favorite.
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