The Razing is a supernatural thriller (part one of three) detailing the adventures of Prince Aaranon - an affluent yet humble nobleman on the forest laden planet of Araz, home of the udamé people.
Over a thousand years ago, a race of beings known as the Ayim came from an as yet unknown realm by opening a portal into their world, changing their simple agrarian lifestyle into a technological marvel. They abandoned their old gods in exchange for advanced technology that would one day allow them to achieve immortality and to consummate divine singularity.
Their quest to traverse the heavens however was impeded by a mysterious group known as the Apostates. After their destruction of over four hundred temples to the Ayim, it was up to Aaranon, leading the most elite fighting force, to finally destroy the last vestiges of these ruthless killers who bitterly cling to an antiquated way of life.
It soon however became clear that the true enemy was not the Apostates, but the truth itself. Not only is Aaranon's life about to crumble down around him, but Araz itself is destined for a major cataclysm that will not only impact every Arazian, but will impact every man, woman, and child on the face of the Earth.
The milieu of Araz is fraught with age old traditions and new world technology. Along with genetic modification, wireless energy, quantum communications, and anti-gravity flight, the udamé continue to practice traditions reminiscent of ancient Rome.
|Publisher:||Black Rose Writing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.83(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Razing, by J. A. Davis, could be considered a supernatural thriller, a science fiction, a mystery, or a fantasy novel. It has elements from all of them. Personally, I’d consider it a science fiction, but whatever category The Razing is placed in, it’s a good read. Set in Araz, an alien society where advanced technology is blended with vicious, barbaric customs, ruled by feudal nobility seeming to typify all that is bad in a sentient species; The Razing follows the adventures of Aaranon, a prince who increasingly questions the worth of the culture he is a part of. The clash of right and wrong, good and evil, seems simple enough. The complications come from Aaranon trying to be sure what is right or wrong, who is good or evil, and what he can do about it. If you like a book with plenty of action, from individual hand-to-hand combat to fairly large battles, you should find The Razing satisfying. The same thing is true if you like a book dealing with the mental workings of the characters and a dark, hidden plot. The physical combats are carefully interwoven with what amounts to a spy story, all set against Davis’s alien society. Initially, Davis doesn’t seem to attempt subtlety with most of the characters in The Razing. The villains are portrayed as disgustingly villainous, the good guys equally admirable. Painfully obvious if true, but appearances can be deceiving. Characters starting out on one side sometimes change as they develop. Those seeming to have one alignment may secretly be on the other side, and where some major characters stand is not revealed until the last chapters. Even here there are more unrevealed than revealed secrets, because The Razing is the first book of a trilogy. It doesn’t actually end, and little is resolved when the last page is finished. Instead, The Razing leads the reader into the second book. Aside from not being a stand-alone, are there problems with J. A. Davis’s The Razing? Some, but what one person considers a problem another might consider ideal. The book is largely written in the present tense. It’s an unusual approach and at first I found it jarring. As I continued to read I was drawn into the story and quit noticing it. There were some details I found annoying, although I think they say more about me than about Davis or The Razing. Things like distances and times are internally consistent and always in terms from Araz. I would have liked to know how far an “ama” was in English or Metric measurements, not in the story itself, but perhaps in an appendix. A number of animals are mentioned, and I would have preferred more detailed descriptions of them. I like such details and the ability to relate things to those I already know. Another reader might well prefer the method Davis uses, staying consistent within the reality he has created in The Razing and not trying to bring our way of thinking into it. My biggest problem with the book is that the prologue and epilogue don’t seem to have anything to do with The Razing. I’m guessing the connection will be made in one of the other two books, but at this point they seem irrelevant. Considering that they make up about one page out of The Razing’s four hundred and one, it’s easy enough to ignore them until the other books in Davis’s trilogy come out. At least, that’s what I’m going to do.
This book is wonderful! I picked it up at the local Comicon because the display caught my attention and the story line was original. I'm glad I did!! It's full of action, mystery, sci-fi....which I wasn't too sure about because I typically don't like that type of book....and humor. It's a 400 page book but it's a quick read because each page ends on a cliffhanger and you want to keep turning the page! I highly recommend this book! Just make sure you have some time one your hands when you start, because once you start reading it, you won't want to put it down! Enjoy!!!