At first glance, the story seems relatively straightforward. The protagonist is seventeen-year-old Daniel Calder, whose two best friends are off-the-charts smart, as are his parents. They’re also "Babblers," meaning they have the unusual ability to pick up new languages like you or I might pick up a new sweater when the weather gets cold. When Daniel’s world is rocked by a terrible tragedy, he’s shocked to discover, amidst his grief, that what happened to him may be connected to a cult known as the Seraphim, which is gaining mass numbers of converts the world over.
If you think you know where the story might go from there—trust me, you don’t. How could you? This book has ancient archaeological mysteries, cold-blooded murder, philosophical arguments about the nature of existence, and a thrilling race to the far reaches of the globe. These disparate pieces come together to form something entirely new that is much more than the sum of its parts. And in the book’s final pages, this newness will leave you experiencing a range of emotions: disbelief, satisfaction, wonder, and an intense desire to know, what next?
That’s the question I keep asking Richard, the author, but it seems I will have to wait for the sequel to get an answer.
- Courtney Miller, Editor