- Paperback: 230 pages
- Publisher: Brimstone Fiction (August 25, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1941103979
- ISBN-13: 978-1941103975
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,515,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Book of Things to Come - A Hand of Adonai Novel
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In addition to being a loving father and husband, Aaron Gansky is an author, novelist, editor, teacher, and podcast host. In 2009, he earned his M.F.A in Fiction at the prestigious Antioch University of Los Angeles, one of the top five low-residency writing schools in the nation. Prior to that, he attained his Bachelor of Arts degree in English with an emphasis in Creative Writing where he studied, in part, under Bret Anthony Johnston, now the Director of Creative Writing at Harvard University. His first novel The Bargain (Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas) was a 2014 Selah Finalist. He has written two books on the craft of writing fiction; Firsts in Fiction: First Lines and Write to Be Heard (with Diane Sherlock).
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The first in a series, Hand of Adonai is a Young Adult Fantasy novel that starts in North Chester, Minnesota and ends in Alrujah, a video game kingdom created by best friends Lauren Knowles and Oliver Shaw.
They're not perfect characters. They have real struggles. Like weight gain and bullies and broken families and high school awkward genes. So they create a perfect world. Lauren writes out her ideas in her journals and Oliver transforms them into computer code that results in a game.
After a particularly hard day for both of them, they wake up. Or do they? Lauren doesn't know if she's dreaming or dead. Oliver doesn't know what to do. Together, they play along with the game only to find there's more to it than they invented.
Dark creatures like the Nar'esh and Beresus are not easy to conquer. And worse, Lauren and Oliver are in the roles of a Princess and a Monk ~ not easily deniable. Their traveling companions swear to protect them. But would they still, if they knew they were frauds? Or are they gods?
Soon they are joined by Erica Hall and Aiden Prince ~ the objects of their real-life affections. It's hard enough to navigate through high school emotions in this world. Setting aside teen angst and popularity contests, the four must work together to return home from a place that shouldn't even exist. Will the demon Belphegor win the game by destroying Alrujah?
Aaron Gansky has a remarkable writing style: exceptionally well developed characters, dialogue, action, setting, emotions. At times I had to take a break from reading for things like sleep and food and work, and was highly irritated to do so. I've read HoA twice now and enjoyed it each time.
There are elements that will appeal to all readers. I recommend this to everyone.
The Hand of Adonai is a well written book that I enjoyed very much. The writing is good, the characters believable, relateable, and well developed. The angst is real and without being overdone (which is hard to do), and hard life issues are handled in a realistic, positive way. If you enjoy fantasy MMO-RPG-type gaming, give this book a try.
This is one I highly recommend for Christian fantasy lovers. You will most definitely enjoy getting sucked into Alrujah alongside Lauren and Oliver!
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I thought it ended abruptly, even knowing it has a sequel to it. I will probably read the next book.Read more