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Known Afterlife (The Provider Trilogy Book 1) by [Copeland, Trey]
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  • File Size: 3117 KB
  • Print Length: 362 pages
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Z2JTNS
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Known Afterlife is the story of Stalling and Steffor. Stalling is a Guardian from the arboreal planet the Provider. His life is dedicated to protecting the denizens of the planet. Stalling comes from the a technocratic society ruled over by a ruthless theocratic government known as the Church of Salvation. He is part of a group of conspirators seeking to overthrow the Church of Salvation. These two characters from vastly different worlds are tied together by destiny as their lives intertwine.

Trey Copeland builds a fantasy world that’s deep and tremendously interesting. Unfortunately the plot fails to fill the reader in on many of the finer details of the universe Copeland has created. Terms and jargon consistently turn up without any explanation confusing the reader. This book would have benefited from a glossary giving background on many of the entities existing in the Known Afterlife universe.
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What if your entire existence, every experience, every loss, every joy, every lesson learned would someday combine to make you the one person with the ability and knowledge to save your world?

What if every life you had ever lived combined to make you the one being able to fully and completely embody the life force that created and protected your world?

What if you existed simultaneously in two worlds, and the lessons learned in the one would be the salvation of another?

What if you did not know of this dual existence until it was time to become all that the lessons, loves and lives had made you?

Known Afterlife by Trey Copeland is an extremely well crafted story about two worlds, whose very existence are inextricably combined with one another. Each of the worlds is well developed, with its religion, its society, and the people living there. Each world is on the brink of change, one the natural change of evolutionary progress, the other a revolutionary change brought about by the works of the men and women that live there.

One man is instrumental to the change in both worlds, as he exists in both.

Mr. Copeland has graciously allowed that I, the reader, will have the intelligence to enter into the worlds he has created without becoming pedantic in his descriptions. He assumes that I have come to his book with imagination and the desire to enter a new creation, and he definitely delivers the goods.

Well, done!
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Some of the wording was noticeably repetitive in the many descriptions of "Known Afterlife", but for me that wasn't a bad point. I like the fact the author didn't oversimplify his work or streamline it with modern words and slang that wouldn't have fit the story and characters created, but sometimes the narrative read as unnecessary complex to convey an idea to me. I like what I call "immersive" fantasy like Known Afterlife, where I can easily visualize a world and dive in, so to speak, but word choice and sentence structure matching action and character movement could have helped the flow. More transitional phrases and occasionally shorter sentences at crucial points can help keep a story moving instead of slowing a reader down trying to understand intricate phrasing.

I had questioned whether I might take this review request at first, as it did reference a religious theme involving a "Church of Salvation", as I prefer not to speak on any such subjects online in general. Though at times it became borderline for me, in the spirit of Frank Herbert's Dune, I felt the author created a work in which beliefs and disbeliefs are important, but conversion, doctrine and dogma weren't always central points. Known Afterlife definitely has its good points and I think it was a great effort in the sci-fi fantasy genre by an author with a unique style.

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Known Afterlife is incredibly well written. The plot is intriguing and richly developed. The story is fleshed out and very nuanced. Despite this, it is never complicated or hard to read. The writing is gripping and fast paced. Rather than just describing the events, the author really immerses you in the environment. It is easy to get lost in the story, and you will feel like you have been transported to an entirely different world.

This novel is unique in that it has two distinct story lines. The majority of the narrative is focused on a Guardian who is determined to fight and preserve his world. His is a world rich in nature and lush with various unique and magical creatures.

The second plot focuses on a man called Stalling. Stalling is a successful business man who longs to learn and grow. He aspires to improve his life and make his world, the planet Antium a better place. There is only one problem with his ambition, however. The problem is the Church of Salvation which maintains an iron clad grip on the planet and rigidly controls every facet of it's citizens existence.

The brilliance of the two story lines is how they showcase two sides of the same coin. On one side, the Guardian struggles to maintain a utopia where everyone is free to explore their own spirituality. On the other, a man must risk everything to live his own life and for the chance to give others the same autonomy in the face of the pervasive and rigidly controlling organized religion. In the end, it doesn't matter which religion is being discussed. Many people fight over spiritual views, but the exact nature of the theology is not as important as many believe. What is important is the people behind the theology.
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