Told in the style of ancient myths, Brian Thompson’s The Revelation Gate borrows from themes and events of the Old and New Testaments of the Bible, creating the history and theology of an alien world where slaves await the coming of a promised Savior. The Son of El is born of mystical rain and beings his reign in hiding. Readers might easily play “spot the reference” as they follow his tale, with Moses, Jeremiah and more mixed in with the virgin birth and some wise teaching on subjects such as faith, love, law, tolerance and exclusivity. There’s a consistent sense of the ancient in this novel, with very detailed descriptions of history, plausibly bringing the complex and complete regulations and conditions of an alien society to life. The rather formal language might be a problem for some readers, as might some editing lapses and unlikely word choices. But the slow reading does lend a sense of gravity and import to the tale. The book may be part of a series, but it reads well in isolation, exploring a Messiah’s struggles with religious restrictions, predictions of the future and plan, and his own humanity.
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Sheila Deeth (SheilaDeeth)
Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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