List T. Bergren's, The Begotten, is book one in a trilogy called The Gifted Series.
Bergren's novel received a starred review from Booklist. Reviewer John Mort said this of The Begotten:
"Bergren's thriller is set in Italy during the paranoid days of the Inquisition, when Christianity teeters on the edge of oblivion. A long-lost letter from St. Paul surfaces, predicting the rise of a group called the Gifted. Father Piero, a Dominican priest, finds the first of these, a proto-feminist with healing powers, Lady Daria D'Angelo. A knight whom she heals, Gianni de Capezzan, and a mute ex-slave, Hasani, round out the core members, who rapidly gain followers even as they flee the Sorcerer, the fearsome, magical emissary of Satan. Suspenseful and exquisitely detailed, Bergren's first entry in a trilogy will not only thrill evangelical readers but also engage anyone loving adventure and an unnerving battle between good and evil."
Gathering perspectives from several reviewers, I've gotten a clear sense that this novel is not your typical thriller, but a supernatural adventure in a world that is akin to our own, but not wholly ours. Publisher's weekly said to, "Disregard Da Vinci Code comparisons and think Lord of the Rings, but without Hobbits and the allegorical trappings."
Lord of the Rings + Historical Supernatural Thriller = ???
I really, really don't know what the above equation equals, but it sure does pique my interest!!
After reading the book from cover to cover in one night, here's what the editor of FocusOnFiction.net, Kelli Standish said of The Begotten:
"Begren's skill as a writer has SKYROCKETED since she took a break from writing in 2002...In movie form, The Begotten is a cross between The DaVinci Code, Luther, The Fantastic Four, and Lord of the Rings. In book form, it combines the historical detail and noble characters of a Linda Chaikin novel, the darkness and suspense of Comes a Horseman by Robert Liparulo, the spiritual warfare of Frank Peretti's This Present Darkness, and the miracles of the book of Acts."
In conclusion, today Monday, April 21st, after work, I'm going to pick up a copy of Bergren's book. I guess I finally figured out what that above equation equals out to...
Lord of the Rings + Historical Supernatural Thriller = my buying this book!
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