So, I mentioned these books in my post about the Demon Trappers series. In these books about Nephilim, the children of fallen angels and mortal women, Thomas Sniegoski presents an interesting take on Christianity as a whole. How so? Well, because he believes in a little thing called open-mindedness.
I’m warning you now, this post does contain a few spoilers, though I will try super hard not to give anything major away.
The series starts off with the protagonists 18th birthday. From there, his world disintegrates into madness as his angelic nature manifests. As the first installment progresses, he does leave his home town and ends up on the run from these demonic angels (ah how I love irony) from the heavenly host Powers. These angels were supposed to protect Earth and the human race from the darkness God banished during Creation. But, somewhere along the line, they became twisted, fueled by the idea that the Nephilim and Fallen angels were the reason for all of Earth’s problems.
Honestly, they were just bitter. But… anyway.
So the books are told in multiple perspectives, with the constants being Aaron, his dog Gabe, the Powers angels, and (spoiler) Lucifer.
Yes, that Lucifer.
This is where the open-mindedness comes in. Bear with me as I try to explain.
Okay, so apparently, there was a war in Heaven. And no, I did not know that. I have never been to church. Nor have I read the Bible. I am agnostic. Scorn my beliefs all you want- I’m not closed off to the idea of religion (if I was I wouldn’t have read these books…), I just don’t like how manipulated it’s become.
Anyway, moving on. So Lucifer, jealous of the humans, ignited a war in Heaven. And he and all his followers were cast out of Heaven, becoming the Fallen.
Now, normally books that tackle this story line leave Lucifer as the Devil (Demon Trappers….), but Sniegoski creates, instead, a wonderful idea based on the values of Christianity itself.
Again, let me explain.
What is so wrong with the idea of Lucifer being sorry?
I’m not saying Sniegoski created a perfect character- I’d be really mad if he had. But at the point where Lucifer is introduced, he is living tucked away in an old monastery, his only companion a sweet little mouse.
Now, for some reason people find this funny. But I think it’s unique and interesting and deserves merit. Because, you see, after the millennia Lucifer has spent on Earth, he’s slowly repenting for his crimes.
What, pray tell, is so wrong with the idea of even Lucifer being sorry? Isn’t Christianity supposed to be based on forgiveness? So why can’t Lucifer be sorry? And why can’t he be forgiven?
See, open-mindedness does wonders.
So that’s really the main reason I like these books. They’re unique. If you’re not into the ideas I’ve written about or am about to write about, maybe these books aren’t for you. And that’s okay. But I think Sniegoski presents an interesting philosophy to those willing to read and listen.
Anyone can be forgiven, so long as they are truly sorry. Now, isn’t that a great theme for a novel?
Anyway, I’ll come back from my tangent. I just think that’s an interesting aspect of the novels that needs to be examined in depth, not brushed aside with laughter like many people I’ve tried to talk to about these books have.
The series tell the story of Aaron Corbet, and his role as a Nephilim. (spoilers) He fights the Powers and redeems Fallen angels of the sins.
Now, I didn’t care for the second installment of the series too much (Leviathan.) But the 1st, 3rd, 4th, and I’ll even grudgingly admit that the 5th* are all action-packed and full of mystery and intrigue. These do not disappoint on the bloodlust or battle scenes, or even a small bit of romance that is just slightly cliche, though I’ll forgive Sniegoski for that, because that’s not (well I don’t think it is) a major focus of books. The Apocalypse is. Romance is just a B- or C-plot.
These are truly, a fascinating series. I was pleased to come across these on e day in a bookstore and they definitely opened my eyes to things I really never payed much attention to. Like more obscure aspects of Christianity.
And I’m sure if I had read the Bible, I would be able to find even more ties back to the religion. Sniegowski does not denote Christianity as a faith, but instead focuses on the most central themes of the religion in an attempt to refocus Christians on the ideals they’re supposed to be upholding. Well, in my opinion anyway.
How does that not sound interesting?
*Just a note a really couldn’t work into this review: the 5th book annoyed me. Not because it was bad or anything, but because I totally though this series was over, becuase their stories were told plain and simple, and then BAM! he came out with another book. And secondly, you’d think a book title The End of Days would actually be the end, right? NO. he throws a huge cliffhanger at you and wants you to read more. Anybody else feel like he’s just dragging this on for no reason? I mean, honestly, the story is done. Time to move on. Honestly, though, this is this series’s only drawback.