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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Crest is the first book in The Prophecy trilogy by Jerena Tobiasen. It was the year 1914 when it all began for Gerhard Lange. At the time, he was excited to fight for his country against France with his friend Otto Schmidt. However, they soon realized that war offered no mercy and their only hope was to somehow survive. Going back home was a respite, but that too was taken away from them when World War II began, and this time Gerhard had to take his son Paul along to the war and fight for a despicable man. Scared for his family back home, Gerhard only wished to have a life with his family after the war ended. For Paul, the only silver lining was Ilse-Renata Chemiker. She was everything he needed to distract him from the horrors of war. But war waits for no one and Paul and Gerhard had to fight with all their might to make it out alive.
Author Jerena Tobiasen brought a new perspective to both world wars. I was expecting it to be another war novel that talked about the war and nothing else, but I was pleasantly surprised. Reading this novel evoked so many emotions in me. Men were forced to fight for a cause that they didn’t have anything to do with and for what? Their futures were ruined, they were forced to kill, and nothing was ever the same in their lives. Gerhard was the perfect example of this. He had romanticized war and fighting for his country, but the realities of war changed his perspective. He had to serve in two wars, he had to go over the same act again and again, and his only purpose in life became survival. Jerena Tobiasen created the perfect atmosphere from the very beginning. She struck the right balance between action and pace so that the twists and turns added were logical. Everything blended seamlessly in The Crest and gave a realistic insight into what it was like to be a German at such a time. From dialogues to descriptions, the author made sure the reader was in for a roller coaster ride.