Saturday, November 23, 2013

REVIEW: Ethereal Influence: The Inquisition by Lana Bradstream

Title: Ethereal Influence: The Inquisition
Author: Lana Bradstream
Series: Ethereal Influence #2

Publisher: Self-published
Published Date: June 16th, 2013
  • Buy It Link: Amazon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: The Inquisition is a time of turmoil and fear. It is a time of horror and atrocities, when the faith of people waiver. Inquisitor Nikolaus is experiencing a lack of faith as he orders torture and death for scores of people - some of whom he believes were innocent. Lorenz, an angel of God, is sent to restore his faith and bring him back to God. But, the fallen angel Jakob is intent on capturing Nikolaus' soul with the aid of Ayla, a real witch who has surrendered her own soul.

Review: I'd like to thank the author for allowing me a chance to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
This book is all about choices. Ayla starts out in this horrible situation, but how does she respond to it? She responds with hate and anger and a thirst for revenge. Ultimately, that turns her down a dark path that ends in an expected way. Was her soul ever in question? Could she have ever been good? In the beginning, absolutely. But by the time of her choice, there was no question. She was a lost soul. Could she have been redeemed? Possibly, but again, her choices led her down the path of evil.
Nikolaus starts out in a relatively good situation, his needs are taken care of, he's good at what he does, but he realizes that what he does as an Inquisitor is evil. Instead of just going along with it, he's in a moral dilemma of what he should do. Most of the book deals with this moral dilemma, encapsulated in the two characters of the dark angel and the light angel. Will he choose good, or will he choose evil?
I didn't really like the idea the author set forth that all witches were evil, sacrificing, Lucifer-loving people, because they are not, and they weren't. Perhaps a few, yes, but far fewer than are portrayed in many writings.

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