Creation (Chronicles of Ara #1) by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

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MY RATING: ★★★ (3,5)

“Each immortal is possessed of a particular gift. Each gift is responsible for a particular miracle.”

This book is difficult to rate and difficult to describe too. Briefly, the author tells the story of the collapsing world of fantasy and Creation. Ara, a cursed goddess, also a character of a character’s novel Mirkwood. Yes one of the characters is a writer and Ara is in part of the story but she is more than that. Ara, being the Muse Goddess can influence other’s inspiration and act of creation. When a dragonslayer is killed in one of the book, revenge will get the best of her and turn her goodness into a dark fate. The writing is impeccable. You will find everything in this book : from philosophy and litterature to a math equation that can maybe quantify Creation. The author seemed to go over a thorough search in the Fantasy litterature mentioning some facts about JRR Tolkien’s life and work (BRAVO to these authors I love it when I see authors do their research :). JRR Tolkien is actually one of the main characters in the book. #INCEPTION.


       The way the book is built is kind of odd. The Prologue was perfect. However, the first chapters were difficult to read. The interest towards the storyline was just not there. I was confused. But once you get passed the 100 pages, it starts to get better. You are adapted to the book writing style and it’s not that hard anymore. Also, I tend to bring my books Everywhere. So a lot of time I read on the bus, in the metro, etc. When it’s hard for me to understand where the story is going and especially when you’re moving it is frustrating because you get interrupted in your reading. I’ve never had that problem with other books before. If you want a good philosophical reflection on fantasy genre, I would recommend this book to you and my advice would be to read it in a quiet place where the mind needs peace and tranquility (at his maximum) hahah.  It is a smart novel but did I enjoy it? Not that much.

Thank you to the author for giving me a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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5 thoughts on “Creation (Chronicles of Ara #1) by Joel Eisenberg and Stephen Hillard

    1. You should get the second (of 8) volume, Perdition. You can get a free ebook of Creation if you do. As the reviewer points out, this is a very involved book and series and you have to stick with it. The reviews for Perdition exceed Creation’s good response and the series, though still part fantasy, part horror, par sci-fi and part literary fiction, gets more “steady” as it proceeds. The first two books are being written now as an 8 hour miniseries on Ovation Television.
      DISCLAIMER: I am the publisher so I am of course biased but also appreciative of this thoughtful review and the author welcomes and appreciates the critical recommendations as well.

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