Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
The Deceived by E.C. Fisher is set in a parallel universe in which the Bible was written by the Devil and was devised to bring mankind down. In this story, Lucifer is behind religion as we know it and even Adam and Eve don’t know what is truly right or wrong. Centuries pass by and it is the time of The End of Days and Lucifer is getting ready to give the world to his followers and wreak havoc. God is in heaven and He is dying, but He cannot stand by and let His children die. So, armed with the Sword of the Spirit, He sends Michael to earth to take out the Antichrist that will end this war.
However, it is not as easy as they all think it to be. Lucifer has taken Michael’s love, his Ariel, and he is holding her hostage. Now Michael has to fight the war, knowing that he might lose his father and the one woman he loves in one single blow. Burdened with duty that he wears proudly, he sets off for earth with the sword to end this war. But will he get the chance? Or will the war consume him?
Granted, religious novels are not really my cup of tea, but this time it was mixed with sci-fi, which I kind of have a love/hate relationship with. However, E.C. Fisher made it interesting for me. Written in a very modern prose and set in a timeline that I can relate to, The Deceived is a brilliant novel that I could not put down. I loved the fact that the characters were made human, they had emotions and they hurt. This was an absolute winner for me! I loved it!