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The Dragon King: First Emperor of China (Chronicles of the Watchers) (Volume 1) Paperback – February 1, 2016
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About the Author
Brian Godawa is the screenwriter for the award-winning feature film, To End All Wars, starring Kiefer Sutherland, and Alleged, starring Brian Dennehy as Clarence Darrow and Fred Thompson as William Jennings Bryan. Previously Brian adapted to film the best-selling supernatural thriller novel The Visitation by author Frank Peretti for Ralph Winter (X-Men, Planet of the Apes), and wrote and directed several documentaries, including Wall of Separation for PBS. Brian’s articles on movies and philosophy have been published around the world. He has traveled around the United States teaching on movies, worldviews, and culture to colleges, churches, and community groups. His popular book, Hollywood Worldviews: Watching Films with Wisdom and Discernment (InterVarsity Press) is used as a textbook in schools around the country. His novel series, the saga Chronicles of the Nephilim is in the Top Ten of Biblical Fiction on Amazon and is an imaginative retelling of the primeval history of Genesis, the secret plan of the fallen Watchers, and the War of the Seed of the Serpent with the Seed of Eve. The sequel series, Chronicles of the Apocalypse tells the story of the Apostle John’s book of Revelation, and Chronicles of the Watchers recounts true history through the Watcher paradigm. His main website is www.godawa.com. Charlie Wen has been heading design for video games, animation and film for almost 20 years. In 2001, he founded and Directed Visual Development at Sony Computer Entertainment on the game series God of War, and created one of the most iconic characters in video game history, Kratos. After a few years designing for films such as Gatchaman, Thundercats, SuckerPunch, Captain Nemo, and Akira, Charlie Co-founded and was Head/Co-Head of Visual development at Marvel Studios from its infancy to Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant Man. He was entrusted to lead and co-lead the design and visual story moments for the main characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, while leading the team that defined the visual style across the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Thor, Captain America: the First Avenger, Ironman 3, Avengers, Thor: the Dark World, The Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Antman. Charlie had since been leading one of Riot Games future projects, and is currently in the process independently developing other stories and worlds for young adults.
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The book had a fascinating introduction about the history of China. And it brought forth astounding evidence that the oldest roots of ancient China displayed a distinct belief in a deity who bore a striking resemblance–if not a spot-on match–to Elohim, the God of the Bible.
Ever since then, China has deeply fascinated me. I have always wanted someone to write a book that explored this mysterious past within China’s ancient religious heritage and its bedrock connection to the God of the Bible. The thought that ancient China had, at one time, worshiped the same God as the Jews (whom the Chinese called “Shang Di” in “The Dragon King”) is striking.
Besides that aspect of China’s religious history, I’ve always wondered how ancient China fit into the rest of ancient history. Did China know about ancient Babylon? Ancient Greece? Ancient Israel? Did they ever interact?
Brian Godawa and Charlie Wen’s novel The Dragon King: First Emperor of China, is the first book in his new series The Chronicles of the Watchers, and it dives into everything above–everything about China that I have always wanted to see in a novel–with enlightening, well researched detail. And it happens in an exciting adventure that unfolds with good pacing and a cinematic-like flair. Besides an immersion into the mysteries of ancient China–which includes depictions of ancient martial arts (another favorite topic of mine)–Godawa brings in an interesting angle on the world he brought to life in The Chronicles of the Nephilim. The Nephilim series looked at the war between the line of Christ (the seed of the Woman) and the armies of the Enemy (the seed of the Serpent). The Watchers series takes a broader view and looks at the spiritual conflicts happening on a global scale between ancient Gentile nations and the “Shining Ones” who tried to become gods and turn humanity away from the one true God. But Yahweh has always had a plan for the Gentiles, to redeem them and deliver them from spiritual darkness. “The Dragon King” reminds us of that plan with vivid emotional detail.
In fact, it reminds us that God has always been at work among the nations to draw them away from the “blood of Babel” that runs in all of our veins and bring us back to Him. It's a powerful theme for a novel, and it was well executed in this one.
This especially appealed to me since I am already familiar with the historical research into ShangDi and who he is (hint: He shares the same traits as the GOD of a certain middle eastern people), and I wanted to see how Godawa & Wen depict the research. I can say that I am once again impressed with how masterfully Godawa ties everything together with Wen adding essential details as well.
Included in this story are: Leviathan (the fearsome sea dragon of Job 41), ShangDi, The Jade Emperor (who has a connection to the Dragon), dragons (aka dinosaurs), romance, Giants, and even three Babylonian Magi (btw, Godawa adds an interesting twist to the Babylonian Magi that has future implications), and much more.
The pacing of the story is excellent and flows well without ruining the pace (the story pace reminded me of the Epic Dawn of Destiny book by Lee Stephen), and the characters are actually well fleshed out. The showing of the contrasts and similarities between cultures is also present as well, and enjoyable. As I read the book, I easily caught references to the Tower of Babel, the history of the legendary Yellow Emperor, the worship of ShangDi, and even the Warring States Period. To say that both Godawa & Wen made excellent use of the ancient research would be an understatement.
If you are looking for a great fantasy story with an Orient backdrop, The Dragon King is the book you should have in your collection. If you like the biblical references in a fantasy, this book is for you. If you like both, this book is for you.
Kudos to Brian Godawa & Charlie Wen for an amazing, thrilling, and fun book to read.