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A Rosary of Stones and Thorns [Kindle Edition]

M.C.A. Hogarth
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When the angel Asrial discovers that the halos of the Fallen have been maintained in Heaven against their eventual return, she speaks out against Archangel Michael’s plan to make war on them on Earth. For her insolence, she is driven from grace and ends up in the parking lot of a Jesuit high school. But can she, a priest, a demon and two high school kids stop the Apocalypse... and redeem the Fallen?


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About the Author

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things---web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist---but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise. Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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  • File Size: 417 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Stardancer Studios (September 25, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005PR6C6E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #531,713 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A definite must-read January 24, 2013
Format:Paperback
Walking into this novel, I wasn't sure what to expect. I'd found Hogarth in a circle on online writers I knew on Twitter, and saw that she had started a Kickstarter to make her novel, Rosary, into a full book as opposed to the serial it had started as. I had just obtained my Nook Tablet, and saw that for not too much money, I could donate and obtain the e-book. Also, it had something to do with angels - an easy way to sell me. I chipped in, and when the Kickstarter was funded, I got my e-book. I read a few chapters in, and then got distracted and had to put it down.

But when I picked it back up again...oh, that time - there was no putting it down.
Rosary is a new and unusual look into the world of angels and religion, in a sense. We follow a Jesuit priest, by the name of Stephen, and the angel Asrial in a quest against the end of the world. When an angel is kicked out of heaven - like Lucifer and his kin - the angel is stripped of his or her halo. However, Asrial finds that the halos of all the fallen are kept and preserved by God - and runs to the Archangel Michael to urge him into action. Being an angel of war, Michael has no time for her, and pushes her out of heaven himself for thinking such things. She finds herself in a parking lot - where she meets Stephen - and together with a little help from a few friends, they begin to try and mend the damage done by finding her a way to heaven - and hopefully, a way for the fallen to reclaim their halos.

I've been working on a series with angels in it myself lately, thus the basic premise caught my attention first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating take on Biblical mythology September 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This engrossing tale of angels and demons is a very fun read. I stayed up far too late last night reading it, and I regret nothing!

I found the author's take on Heaven and the creatures within to be fascinating. The characters come alive, with human foibles and errors. The most amazing thing to me was how the creatures that had no voices-- horses and a grackle!-- were absolutely 'people,' with personalities and agency. I loved them, and was almost more interested in them than in the "people." Almost. Also, each character had an emotional arc, and were heartwarming or horrifying in their turn, but definitely sucked me in and had me dying to know what was going to happen. Thus the late night!)

Also, this is not a religious tract. There is no "bible thumping" or preaching, this is pure fiction. Fiction with many Bible references, which if you know your Bible, you may enjoy. I did. But it's definitely not a serious religious theology tale-- and if you're worried about the "Christian" overtones, I would definitely say don't.

The only things that kept this from being five stars were the occasional dip into what felt like forced melodrama, and the ending, which felt... off, somehow. Perhaps too long? It wrapped things up very nicely, and I was grateful for the denouement, but I found myself frowning at it anyway. I am sorry that I can't put a finger on exactly what bothered me, other than to say it is entirely possible it's just me.

Still, this was a very fun read, and if you like angels and demons and Revelations and the like, give it a try!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent September 27, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I have been reading the story in another format, and I must say that this is one of the best books I have read in a long time. It sweeps one up just as much as Hayao Miazaki's works. From Heaven to Hell and all points in between you will be turning pages and forgetting to breathe, the enthrallment is that intense.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book that made this Christian think April 11, 2013
Format:Paperback
The back of the book has this disclaimer: "This story is a work of fiction and not intended as serious religious commentary."

It is the story of an angel who has been literally thrown to Earth from Heaven for standing up against the archangel Michael. Why does she do this? Because she finds a room that holds the halos of all the fallen angels, including Lucifer's, and believes they are being held by God in hopes Lucifer and his followers will repent and return to Him.

In other words, it delves into the idea that God would be merciful enough to forgive Satan.

But there's more:

In this story, Lucifer created hell as an alternate heaven--a place where souls are welcome when they have not followed God's laws well enough to enter Heaven.

Oddly, I could buy this. Not in real life, mind you--but for story's sake. I got no gut-sick feeling over the idea of this being used in a work of fiction.

However, a few things did not sit well with me. You see, in the book it's Michael who determines who may stay and who must go. Where is God in this? Would God allow Michael to make those decisions? Would God allow interpretation of His laws like that in Heaven?

I don't know exactly what to think about this book. I'm sure there are Christians that would be outraged by this book. I can hear the cries of blasphemy now...

But I am finding it very hard to be upset by it.

First of all, the writing is really, really good.

Second, I cannot tell by the author's writing where she stands faith-wise. I met her at the Necronomicon, and she said she finds herself writing a lot of stories about forgiveness. This is the only work of hers I've read and have no idea if her other writing uses Christian elements.
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Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things---web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist---but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise. Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

For a complete reading order, check her website's Where To Start page (http://mcahogarth.org/?page_id=3461). Or for a quick-start:

Mindtouch (story of friendship/asexual romance in SF setting)
Earthrise (space adventure romance romp)
The Aphorisms of Kherishdar (sociological SF, philosophical, quiet)
Spots the Space Marine (military SF, tense, quick-paced)
The Worth of a Shell (tri-sexed alien society fantasy)


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