Earth's Fire Stone

Book 1 of the Chosen

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
398 Pages
Reviewed on 12/05/2022
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Chosen: Earth’s Fire Stone is a work of fiction in the fantasy, religious and theological adventure subgenres. The work is best suited to mature adult readers and was penned by author Brandy Marks. Using Christian themes and theology as its basis for adventure, the battle between Earth and Hell intensifies when an angel without her memories, Miriam, falls under the manipulative influence of a witch by association. As the Prince of Demons, Astaroth, enters Miriam’s life, a cycle of lust and drama ensues. Another battle rages for the throne of hell when Lucifer returns to free the demons, and all the dangerous and demonic forces will collide when Miriam’s memories are at last returned to her.

Author Brandy Marks offers a lot for readers to take in throughout the pacy plot of this exciting and dramatic tale. Borrowing from the religious doctrine, she develops a dark and chilling vision of Hell that seems to offer little in the way of redemption, and Miriam’s struggle to break through it all is powerfully captivating as we relate to her emotional, physical, and spiritual journey. I really enjoyed the dialogue and the way it uniquely characterizes each of the antagonistic forces, and the psychological journey of Astaroth was an unexpectedly striking plot twist that gave the novel yet another level of intrigue. Overall, readers seeking a drama where genuinely surprising twists and chilling suspense reign supreme need look no further than The Chosen: Earth’s Fire Stone to satisfy all their theological fantasy needs.

Nicholus Schroeder

Earth’s Fire Stone: Book 1 of the Chosen by Brandy Marks is a supernatural story set in a post-judgment day version of earth. After the apocalypse, demons now roam the earth and have established their kingdom of sin with the remnants of humanity as their subjects. Pleasure houses line the streets and among their escorts is Miriam, an angel that has lost her memories to Hecate’s love spell. The witch Hecate’s actions soon cause her to lose her powers and favor her conspirators. In her rage, she wanders the lands in search of the power to strike down the new ruler of hell, Andras, and her scheming mother, Micaela The Ice Queen. The Ancient One presents such a power and Hecate plots once again. Who will triumph in this power struggle between demons, angels, and witches?

Earth’s Fire Stone started with some fast pacing as Brandy Marks immediately got the ball rolling, and there was constantly something interesting going on in each chapter. The resolution of one major event simply meant another, equally satisfying yet relevant one, would pop up. The overall plot flowed in one consistent direction and had no filler content in it. The diverse cast of characters each came off as having been written with care and compassion. Figures with a religious background conducted themselves accordingly, while demons delivered on the terror you’d expect such a denizen to be capable of. In conclusion, this book provided a new experience for me under the supernatural genre and I recommend it to readers in search of something new.

Pikasho Deka

Earth's Fire Stone is the first book of The Chosen series by Brandy Marks. It has been centuries since the apocalypse, and Hell's new ruler Andras has left the world a thriving place for murderers, witches, and whoremongers. Meanwhile, a young witch named Hecate is manipulated by her cruel mother into casting a spell on an angel from heaven and putting her in the path of Astaroth, the prince of demons. Miriam wakes up in a carnal house with no memories of her previous life as an angel. Soon, she finds herself in hell, where Astaroth and Asmodeus take turns teaching her the ways of the pleasures of the flesh. However, Astaroth can't help falling in love with Miriam, which puts him on a direct collision course with Andras. With Hecate finding the Fire Stone, can Miriam save Astaroth from a dreadful fate?

Earth's Fire Stone is a fascinating fantasy featuring angels, demons, and witches. Brandy Marks seamlessly incorporates biblical lore and mythology into an intricate plot that twists and turns in ways you never see coming. The narrative is a slow burn as Marks takes her time in setting up the characters and the story. The fantastical elements notwithstanding, the worldbuilding feels fleshed-out, and it makes for an immersive reading experience. There are multiple lovemaking scenes in the book, every single one of them described in vivid detail. The dynamic between Miriam, Astaroth, and Lucifer was my favorite aspect of the story. I recommend this book to Christian fantasy readers.