The First Judgement by Wendy Alec
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Summary: “The First Judgement” continues the story of Heaven, Hell, and all of the beings in between. In this second installment, readers follow the Messiah’s birth, life, and crucifixion from an angelic point of view in one story thread. In another story thread, a royal Arabian family finds their lives intertwined with a Hebrew prophet who is unlike any person they have ever met. In yet another story thread, the de Vere family is a filthy rich family that is growing in power, money,….and family problems.
1. Excellent plot development. Wendy Alec is able to successfully interweave 3 stories in excellent fashion that infuses this often-told story of good versus evil with enthusiasm. In other words, even though I knew what was going to happen (good would win), I wanted to read HOW the good would win. Alec maintains all of the characters from [b:The Fall of Lucifer|328787|The Fall of Lucifer (Chronicles of Brothers, #1)|Wendy Alec|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1388734076s/328787.jpg|319409], but gives them more depth and more investment into the story. (Read “The Fall of Lucifer” first, if you haven’t read this book).
2. Excellent characters. “The First Judgement” uses a lot of angels and other-worldly beings who are often treated as passive agents of divine will. in “The First Judgement”, this isn’t the case. The angels are given a great deal of emotional depth without losing face. The human characters (Zahi, Jotapa,Aretas, and more) all display consistent but strong personalities which help add more layers to the story.
3. Action-packed. This book features more action than the first book in the series.
There really wasn’t a bad thing, but I do want to note one thing”
1. Creative license- “The First Judgement”, follows the Gospel narrative pretty well with some exceptions. One example, Jesus appears to Jotapa, an Arabian princess, upon rising from death. The disciples are only briefly mentioned and there is no mention of the Last Supper. What is mentioned is the trial with Pontius Pilate (only the final judgement), Judas’ betrayal, and Lucifer being bound.
If you are a fan of Christian fiction who is open to reading about battles between angels, the historical Jesus, and more, this is definitely a series to consider. I love the series and have read the first book twice. I now have read this book twice and plan to read the next one in the series as soon as I can get my hands on it!
1. You need to be familiar with the basics of Christian belief in order to fully understand the book. The book is compelling enough without that foundation, but you will have a deeper experience if you do.
2. The De Vere family doesn’t appear a lot in the book. The chief focus is on setting up the major Heavenly players for the battle that begins in [b:Son of Perdition|6871031|Son of Perdition (Chronicles of Brothers, #3)|Wendy Alec|https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1412197878s/6871031.jpg|7087223].
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