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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2012
Some have made comments that The First Judgement is too wordy with its discriptions of the characters and scenes ... sometimes I hate reading reviews. I kept thinking of the one reviewer, and one other of there being too many characters to keep track of. I cursed them while I read, then finally decided to forget what was said and just READ it!
This is a beautifully written book! I love the descriptions of all the characters and settings. I also feel that the amount of characters added to the richness and depth of the story, which I find lacking in a lot of books today.
In most books there's the protagonist, antagonist, easily forgotten victims, and filler characters not essential to the story. EVERY character in this book is memorable and essential. I enjoyed reading it!
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on January 21, 2009
Having read and loved "The fall of Lucifer" I couldn't wait for the next chapter of the story. I pre-ordered Messiah on Amazon and waited for it to arrive. On the day it came I literally ripped open the box and immediately settled down to read it. Now having finished it I have to say: "eh, it's ok." But a bit of a letdown. My two big issues with the book are:

1) Wendy loves to spend pages and pages describing her characters and locations. Clearly she had her jumbo sized thesaurus sitting next to her when she was writing it. And I understand that Heaven, hell, and Angels deserve big coverage. But she goes on and on wasting ink on long descriptions of minute details. I found myself jumping ahead several paragraphs at a time to get back to the story. The book clocks in at over around 420 pages, but I'll bet at least 50 pages of repetative, wordy, descriptions could have been cut out without affecting the story at all.

2) The writing isn't that great. Even with the thesaurus in hand, some of the descriptions of the Angels and demons are laughable and juvenile. At one point she even has a demon jump on a broomstick to fly out of hell! I laughed out loud at that one. The names of the demons are hard to keep straight because they are pretty unusual and many of them are similar. The human characters aren't really interesting. I literally put a post-it note on the list of characters at the front of the book just so I could keep flipping to it to remember who was who.

The story idea was pretty good and it does continue the saga of Michael, Gabriel, and Lucifer. Like I said at the beginning, I was really excited to get this book so maybe the problem was my high expectations. Obviously this book is setting the stage for additional books in the series and so I will checkout the next one to see if it is any better. If you have interest in the series of books, then buy the paperback or try and get it from the library. But, be sure to keep your expectations in check.

As a side note, if you liked The Fall of Lucifer (TFL) like I did, another good book is Demon by Tosca Lee. I enjoyed that one better than TFL.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 15, 2009
I found this book as enjoyable as the first one. Looking forward to reading more in the series. The story line holds your attention. The continuity of the characters, their personality who they are and so forth, is consistant and draws you in. The story splits into three lines as the third dimension of humanity and earth are added to First Heaven and Perdition. But it is easy enough to follow along. This series will read well in the vein of the Left Behind series or Lord of the Rings series. I definitely recommend this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
These books are really good. They show the true heart of Father God. They will teach you how very much He loves you and desires a relationship with you. So much insight by the author! If you read one series this year.....it should be this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2011
Love love love this book! So intriguing. The writer's imagination pulls readers into the story, giving readers an opportunity to imagine what might have happened in the spiritual realm when Jesus Christ walked the earth. Not to compare this with The Bible (since this is classified as fictional work), but where the Bible tells the story from the world's point of view (that is, the physical realm), this tells it from a spiritual point of view (the spiritual realm). I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait to read the third installment. Wonderfully written, Wendy Alec! I'm a fan!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 4, 2011
I read a friend's copy of the first book in this trilogy and loved it; immediately ordered the first two books from Amazon, then waited for the third to come out and ordered it (at which time I read the first two books over again before reading the third). A bit along Peretti's writings dealing with the unseen spiritual world and Lucifer's part in destroying mankind. You have to realize that it is fiction based on some Biblical facts and read them in that context, but it gave me a whole new insight into a lot of things. I especially liked the first two books dealing with stories from the Bible and a lot of fiction from the author as to how things "could" have happened. The third book switches to today and the future, also using Biblical background, and gave me a lot to think about regarding government and it's workings. My brother-in-law didn't like the books at all, but I found them to have great insight and they made me think!!!
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Summary: "The First Judgement" continues the story of Heaven, Hell, and all of the beings in between. In this second installment, readers follow the Messiah's birth, life, and crucifixion from an angelic point of view in one story thread. In another story thread, a royal Arabian family finds their lives intertwined with a Hebrew prophet who is unlike any person they have ever met. In yet another story thread, the de Vere family is a filthy rich family that is growing in power, money,....and family problems.

Pros:
1. Excellent plot development. Wendy Alec is able to successfully interweave 3 stories in excellent fashion that infuses this often-told story of good versus evil with enthusiasm. In other words, even though I knew what was going to happen (good would win), I wanted to read HOW the good would win. Alec maintains all of the characters from "The Fall of Lucifer", but gives them more depth and more investment into the story. (Read "The Fall of Lucifer" first, if you haven't read this book).

2. Excellent characters. "The First Judgement" uses a lot of angels and other-worldly beings who are often treated as passive agents of divine will. in "The First Judgement", this isn't the case. The angels are given a great deal of emotional depth without losing face. The human characters (Zahi, Jotapa,Aretas, and more) all display consistent but strong personalities which help add more layers to the story.

3. Action-packed. This book features more action than the first book in the series.

Cons
There really wasn't a bad thing, but I do want to note one thing"
1. Creative license- "The First Judgement", follows the Gospel narrative pretty well with some exceptions. One example, Jesus appears to Jotapa, an Arabian princess, upon rising from death. The disciples are only briefly mentioned and there is no mention of the Last Supper. What is mentioned is the trial with Pontius Pilate (only the final judgement), Judas' betrayal, and Lucifer being bound.

If you are a fan of Christian fiction who is open to reading about battles between angels, the historical Jesus, and more, this is definitely a series to consider. I love the series and have read the first book twice. I now have read this book twice and plan to read the next one in the series as soon as I can get my hands on it!

Notes:
1. You need to be familiar with the basics of Christian belief in order to fully understand the book. The book is compelling enough without that foundation, but you will have a deeper experience if you do.

2. The De Vere family doesn't appear a lot in the book. The chief focus is on setting up the major Heavenly players for the battle that begins in "Son of Perdition".
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on July 25, 2014
Eons ago..., from within the glorious, brilliant, illuminating and revelatory dazzle that shined forth from THE LIGHT (Jesus) and His Throne, an Eternal Divide unfolded the result of which, one third of the Heavenly Host (now demons) and their malicious, diabolical, leader were permanently thrown out of Heaven. "And his (satans) tail drew the third part of the stars of Heaven (v.4);...And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him" (Revelation 12:4 & 12:9 KJV). Justice was served... as was, the Divine Judgement. In this sequel, to: 'The Exile of Lucifer' from 'The Chronicles of Brother's' Series, the Author Wendy Alec, continues to involve the reader in an intense, catastrophic, Cosmic War between Heaven and Hell and the often unseen, angels and demons. Lucifer, now satan, having set up his kingdom within the fiery pit of Hell's flames, devises a plan to avenge himself of his humiliating, eternal defeat and permanent banishment for which he was publicly, as witnessed by the entire Angelic Host, thrown out of Heaven (Revelation 12:7-10 KJV). Plots..., not only to destroy Michael the Warrior Archangel and his fearsome Heavenly Host which he commands but the whole of mankind, as well. His attitude being, ...he will avenge himself..., if it's the last thing, he does! With the ultimate objective of making himself God and once-and-for-all, claiming the Throne of God (Isaiah 14:12-20 KJV). This Book 2 in the Series, is a riveting, must! Nina
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on December 25, 2012
Wendy Alec is definitely my favorite author; so clear, clever and very visual -- it's like watching a movie rather than reading.

In this second book from the series (of 7), Yehovah has chosen the woman to give birth to the Messiah. Lucifer schemes with all his might to stop God's plan, but fails miserably. As the Christ grows older, Lucifer plots another way to destroy Him through one of His followers, Judas...

For anyone who has read the Bible, there won't be too many surprises with this story. However, we don't know everything about the Messiah's life on earth, so the fill-in-the-gap moments of the book are interesting, and very plausible. There were a couple of those moments that brought a tear to my eye.

A great addition to the story is the juxtaposition of biblical times with the year 2021, where we are introduced to three earthly brothers that mirror the angelic ones. As we read of Lucifer's schemes in the past against the Nazarene, we are instantly pulled into the future where he is plotting another diabolical plan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 7, 2009
If you loved the first book in this series, The Fall of Lucifer, you will LOVE this second book. Wendy Alec takes this genre to a new level...
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