To Alack, a young shepherd boy, Kol Abbadon’s visions of coming destruction fascinate and disturb. But when Alack begins to see visions of his own, the course of his life changes as he treks into the wilderness to become a prophet in training.
Left behind, Rechab, a trader’s daughter whom Alack loves, must choose to change her own life when a pagan god claims her for its own. Salvation can only be found on the run, in the friendship of an infamous merchantwoman with a checkered past, and under the eye of another God.
The stars tell the story of a terrifying doom, a war between gods, and the fates of Alack, Rechab, and all they love. But the end of the story–and whether they can change their own future–is a mystery they must journey to discover.
Abaddon’s Eve is Book 1 in The Prophet Trilogy, a fantasy set in a near-historical world of deserts, temples, and spiritual forces that vie for the hearts of men.
Rachel Starr Thomson is a writer, indie publisher, and editor. She’s the author of the Seventh World Trilogy, The Oneness Cycle, and other books published by Little Dozen Press.
Rachel is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, and hot tea, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we’d all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.
Rachel Starr Thomson’s fantasy, Abaddon’s Eve — book 1 in The Prophet Trilogy, feels familiar. The names and places of her world are reminiscent of Ancient Israel. The culture, customs and religion are also similar to Israel’s history. But she has created a unique story taking the familiar and expanding on it to intrigue and challenge her readers. If you like fantasy with a faith-based message, then check out Abaddon’s Eve.
The prophet in the wilderness is warning of great destruction for the People by their Great God. Men and women have turned from true worship and pursue foreign gods and selfish gain. Even those who have kept themselves separate have wandered far from fellowship with the Great God. In this time, three unlikely people — a shepherd, a merchant’s daughter, and a wealthy business woman — seem to be on a course with the coming wrath of God and the forces of evil seeking to take over the land.
Thomson uses Abaddon’s Eve to set up the story of The Prophet Trilogy. The characters are well-developed and become real and credible to the reader. Motivations are described and conspiracies are begun. The world she creates is vividly brought to life through great descriptions. This 3 book series is going to be epic, so just a taste of what is to come is shared in Abaddon’s Eve, but enough to make the reader eager to get book 2, Comes The Dragon. A strong faith message is woven throughout the story. I liked one of the character’s assertion that “men are shaped by the gods they worship”. The reader is shown a Great God who has entered a “covenant with justice at its heart”, “a Great God who always calls His people higher”. But few follow Him. Evil has entered through the introduction of blood-thirsty idols. Because of this, judgment for the people seems inevitable. Yet a glimmer of hope is revealed.
A great start to an epic story, if you are a fan of fantasy, I recommend Abaddon’s Eve.
Audience: Older teens to Adults.
(Thanks to the author for a review copy. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)