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Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers' Favorite
Truth and The Serpent by J. Rutledge is a compelling retelling of the myth of creation from the point of view of one of the characters of the “fall,” the serpent himself. Throughout the course of history, the myth of the fall has been propagated and the serpent has always appeared to be the sly one, the very source of temptation. In this brilliant narrative, the author asks readers to consider the story from a brand new perspective, one as daring as it is interesting, the perspective of truth as seen through the eyes of the serpent.
There were other actors in the Garden of Eden: the Man and the Woman, but whenever the story is told, they seem to have less involvement or they appear as victims of the serpent. But were they really victims? Follow the serpent’s story to discover exciting points and compelling arguments as he takes you through human history since the very first fall of man. J. Rutledge has crafted a story that combines philosophical and religious themes to make readers rethink the values of truth and falsehood. An incredible tale that is as unsettling as it is entertaining!
This is a powerful narrative with strong religious themes, a story that will make any reader reconsider the facts they have been told about the myth of creation. The story is laced with symbolism and the reader will enjoy the lively, oftentimes sarcastic and humorous narrative tone. The pacing is great and the story is so well-written that it has the reader spellbound; the prose is fluid and the author seems to have a great knowledge of scriptures. Truth and The Serpent is a very engaging, mind-boggling, and delightful story that will entertain and wake readers up to look beyond popular myth and appreciate temptation differently.