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Cleansing by Fire Paperback – March 19, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
It's the first paragraph of the book, just to tell you right away what you must/should expected: good vs evil epic
battles... but... no, there are more... much more.
The story is (almost) all Angibil's point of view.
His path to the enlightenment is breathless!
Our hero is the member of an ancient organization of fighters, the Elu.
Elu legendary founder, Immaru, was direct sent by God, to help humankind giving hope, and finding rare humans with special abilities. All Elu members are gifted, and of course our might hero is no exception.
The adventurous life of Angibil and his search of evil will surprise you. There are amazing sword fights, but also high-tech fighters in Angibil world travels. Really amazing, from Paris to England and more, much more... each country with a new challenge, and you will be completely addicted to the mystery and suspense.
There is a religious background message, but in my view you (like me) will understand that "God" is this higher power helping humans, and Angibil never pray for a Catholic or Islamic God. He will pray, all the time, for enlightenment... to attained spiritual knowledge or insight, like all do, conscientiously calling it "God" or not. So the book obviously could have some religious aspect, but in my view it's a simple (but deeper) message... God is everything, and nothing. We must search for it, looking outside, around ourself (traveling the world like the hero would not be bad ), and inside, looking to our own soul.Read more ›
I had a constant feeling while reading it (now on my 2nd reading of this book) that I am dealing with a product infused primarily with positive energy. The characters are so astonishingly real to me that it feels that I either know them, or would greatly appreciate it to meet them - only the good ones that is, especially Immaru, Emushal and of course Angibil (and all the positive people who'd played a role in their lives).
The book sketches Angibil's trials (and almost failure) in uncanny but necessary detail.
I was told in a clairvoyant reading to study "Fire" from a metaphysical viewpoint, and this was one of only two books I found on amazon that fits this mold. (The other one is "Red Fire - A Quest for Awakening" - Paula D'Arcy; also a worthwhile read.) I am forever grateful having discovered this amazing book. I truly hope that Y S Hassan will produce many more books in this genre of Metaphysical Fantasy, because he certainly knows his subject extremely well.
Unfortunately, this book is not as captivating. The story itself could have been unique, but the execution is belabored and sometimes repetitive. The main problem, which is one I see in many books that deal with characters that have magical abilities, is that the author makes them so powerful, there really is no doubt they will be fine. There is no foe they can't defeat, which makes it rather dull for the reader. There needs to be doubt and tension, weaknesses that we can relate to, otherwise we never really bond with the chracter.
I thought the book started out on a good path, I was interested in Angibil and his quest, but soon found my mind wandering a tad. There was much that could have been shortened and other parts that should have been explained further. Sometimes it stretched things bit too thin. For example, at one point ngibil learns Mandarin in the space of a couple of days. I don't know, that doesn't do it for me.
I think there is a real gem hidden in these pages, so please don't hesitate to pick it up because of my views on it. If you hve an open mind, none of the issues I mentioned might bother you at all. Read it and see.
The plot was very good. The fighting scenes were great, and the plot itself was very involving. The writing style was what really bothered me. It didn't seem to flow well, and there were numerous places where the wording was awkward. And I really didn't like the twenty-some footnotes. In my opinion, footnotes don't belong in fiction, and the author should incorporate the details in those footnotes within the actual text. Footnotes break up the flow of the plot too much.
Like I said, the plot itself was very good. The ending fit very well, too.