Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind… When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong. Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants. With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.
Rating : 4/5
I received a free copy of the book from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange of an honest review.
Being a fan of mythology and history myself, I absolutely loved reading The Genesis of Seven. This book has everything, from flying angels, to demons of the underworld and all things in between. Action-packed and thrilling, The Genesis of Seven is a book that I will remember for a long time.
Now, I should tell you that I have absolutely no idea about Christian mythology and the origin of Heaven and Hell other than the mere basics. So, it was interesting for me to learn about the author’s own imagination added with the various events that took place in Heaven at the beginning of times. I enjoyed reading the accounts of the various angels or archangels in their own words and also the feelings of Satan and why he turned out to be the way he is.
The Genesis of the seven follows the story of Jordan who lives in The Holy Trinity Orphanage. The head nun, Sister Helen is also the head of the Sacrarium, the group which was formed to protect the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. When the safety of the Sacrarium was compromised, she gave Jordan a mysterious backpack and asked him to run away and seek safety form a man named Michael. On the way, he is chased by six men with a skull tattoo on their hands. He barely manages to escape them and comes to the apartment of Gabriel, an angel of the Third Choir of Heaven. From there, he gets to know about the Sacrarium and the angels and they go on a quest around the world to gather the other six angels who were also sent to Earth with Gabriel.
The story was wonderfully crafted and beautifully studded with elements of magic, suspense and mystery. I loved the feeling of adventure when Jordan traveled all over the world with the angels. The story jumped straight into action right form the beginning that there was not a single dull moment.
This is the first book in The Empyrean trilogy series.The book, very frustratingly, ends in a cliffhanger which makes me want to jump straight into the second book. I will be eagerly waiting for the next book in the series. Overall, the book is wonderfully written with a great plot and wonderful characters. I will definitely recommend it to everyone.
Sara M Schaller is a paralibrarian, publishing professional, and young adult author of The Genesis of Seven, the first book in a fantasy trilogy with crossover potential. She lives in Colorado with her mom, dad, brother, and four furry canine siblings. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances.