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Instead, we enter a strange, Medieval land bounded by a smoky Veil. Continuous praying is required of those dwelling in this land since any problem - famine, infestation, lack of rain, forest fires - can be solved depending on the number and conviction of prayers. Brunsol Mindspear, a mathematician, is an earnest crafty, aged Inquisitor who diligently and cruelly prosecutes heresy. One strange case involves the apparent treachery of a once-close friend who has resisted all torture and makes a strange pronouncement that he (the tortured man) is actually god. This incident only increases Brunsol's doubts about his deity and when he is assassinated he learns the truth - or at least the first part.
*****. Plot reveal. ***** He awakes from death only to discover he is part of a computer game run by bored "gods". This is just the first of his revelations, for he gradually ingratiates himself with a "player", eventually assuming their identity only to discover that these "gods" are yet another creation. He dies but...awakens to the next level of creators....you get the drift. The second half of the book describes the challenge our hero undertakes in order to become a "god" (guiding a civilization from a few souls to a billion in a limited time).
As much as we want to hate Brunsol we feel a growing sympathy for the cosmic joke played on him. We identify with his desire to inflict pain upon any god who would allow such suffering. But our hero is anything if not resourceful and he continually turns the tables on higher beings. It's all there - Incredible characterization, jaw-dropping futuristic scenarios of unimagined technological progress alternating with prehistoric times, amazing plot. The shocker ending is so unexpected yet so apt - the revelation that reveals the ultimate truth. A perfect ending to a perfect book, Bravo!