Darkness descends upon the Infinite Realm as Aalok prepares to wage war with his creator. A plan of redemption has been set forth, but first, heaven and Earth must be destroyed. Sophie is ready to face death if it means saving her brethren. But when she learns that her suitor, Serus has been exiled, she begins to question her new life without him. That is until, she meets her Guardian, Alexander. The Aeon is shifting into oblivion and Sophie has but a short time to decide. Will she choose her love or die to live again?
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Series: The Aeon Chronicles (Book 1) Paperback: 403 pages Publisher: Distant World Press; I edition (April 18, 2018) Language: English ISBN-10: 1732249016 ISBN-13: 978-1732249011 Price: 14.99 (Amazon & Barns And Noble) This book is the first in its series and the first novel by author April Woodard. The cover is beautiful and eye-catching with the young woman appearing to float in the starry sky. This is a fantastical story, with dinosaurs, flying spaceships, a previous Earth(before the tales of our creation), and a heavenly realm. Good and light, against evil and darkness. We meet Sophie, a young Truth Keeper in the Seventh Circle who just wants to bring souls back to Aramis, their creator. When the rift between good and evil enters her life personally, Sophie faces the most painful choice (s) of her life at this point. Serus is a Truth Keeper from the Eighth Circle who ends up falling in love with Sophie. But he is hiding something from her that will tear them apart if she knew. Alexander is a Guardian, sent to protect Sophie, in the last hours of Earth’s existence, with his own truths to face. They all have to face their darkest moments, some will triumph, some will not. My favorite part is naturally the last two chapters, where it all comes to a head, and I’m trying not to give any spoilers here. But those last two chapters-you need a tissue! April wrote it in such a beautifully painful way, plan to not have any distractions when you get to that part. April has done an amazing job at creating a world that is familiar, realistic, and yet foreign to us. The struggles with hope, pain, grief, anger, wants, and desires will be familiar to any reader because these are our own struggles. I’m eagerly looking forward to the next book in the series, to see where April is taking these three (and then some) in the new Aeon.
I enjoyed the overall positive spiritual message this book presented. It never gets too heavy and that was a nice change from heavier reading. I really loved Serus as a character and his emotions felt very real to me throughout the novel. I am eagerly awaiting book two in the series. #teamserus