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Reviewed by Ryan Priest for Readers' Favorite
Out of Darkness Rising: An Allegory of Redemption by Gillian Bronte Adams is an allegorical work of fiction meant to parallel the rebellion of Satan, life under the curse, and the great sacrifice of Christ. It follows three characters. First, Arientyl as the picture of Satan. Then Hadriel, who symbolizes Eve. Lastly, Marya who narrates from simply a human's perspective. By following the three characters the book parallels creation, corruption, and redemption. As the book tells the story, it clearly demonstrates the work of Christ, its necessity, awfulness, and wonder.
I loved this novella. The strength is in the characters and getting the reader wrapped up in their emotions. You can even sympathize with Arientyl at times. Never have I read anything that tells it from his point of view, and I found the emotions fascinating, yet repulsive at the same time. Hadriel is only portrayed for a small amount of time, but Gillian Adams helps the reader tap into her emotions very quickly. Marya also is a very well-rounded character. We see the best and the worst of her, but we love her anyway and sympathize with her greatly. The story telling is excellent. The pace was a little fast at times and too slow at others. However, most of the time it moves quickly and the reader can connect with each character without being bored by the tedious nature some books take.
I found the book an excellent read. I would recommend it to anyone that wants a fresh look at the redemption story. All round, it is an excellent, five star book. My compliments to Gillian for writing such a great story.