Conjurer’s Oath by Malachi Stone is a lengthy adventure about using the past to save the future.
~~~~Some Spoilers Ahead!~~~~
The town of Hades was a small, sleepy little place in the heart of Illinois. For Dennis, this town was full of juicy secrets that were just begging to be explored. It’s too bad that an atomic bomb wiped out the town before Dennis could begin his investigation.
After the bomb fell, Dennis and his family packed up the car and headed deep into the forests of Illinois. His father, Phil, was taking them to join the Kin; a community of people who follow the teachings of radio evangelist Henry Strong. Once there, Dennis quickly begins to realize that Strong is not what he seems and that God had left the Kin a long time ago. But, in a colony of blinded believers, who’s going to believe a kid?
What follows is an adventure into the very nature of religion as Dennis tries to bring the false leader down. He will learn about faith, prayer, and the surprising possibility that time travel may only be limited by your mind.
I don’t even know where to begin on this review. Stone takes us on an incredible journey as he weaves together elements of religion, magic, physics, and time travel in such a way that it feels like a complete universe. The characters were flawed and human, meshing together in a real-life kind of way. The settings were all well described, and the dialogue may have been a bit long winded at times, especially near the end, but it helped move the flow of the story along. I also really enjoyed the fresh take on time travel and how he implied that we are restricted only by our limited minds. This book teaches us that, with enough time and practice, we can travel to any point in the time continuum and potentially change the past.
However, this book had some really unsettling moments. There are numerous references to prostitution, bestiality, rape, and a whole manner of sexual acts; most of which were performed by this so-called religious leader. While that may be bad, what unsettled me the most about this book was the subtle idea that religion is nothing but an illusion. It highlights how blinded we are when it comes to religion in the Kin; a group of people who follow an obvious charlatan without question, even going so far as to rape and murder in his name. Strong is just a magician that is using the name of God for his own gain, and he’s always one step ahead of the sheep.
This book shows us both sides of the world. There’s the religious who will believe anything their leader says; and there is the secular, seedy side that believes in nothing and revels in pleasure. These two sides intermingle in an almost-flawless way, giving us both sides of the same, complicated story. I will admit that I got confused a few times because the theories were simply beyond me, but it felt like a well-researched book. The theories on time travel were sound, as far as I could tell, and the was he brought everything together at the end was inspired.
I give this book a 4 of 5. It was a genius story about a boy’s fight against time itself, and while I may have found it a tad unsettling, it did force me to look at things in a different light. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a complex, time-travel adventure!
About the Author:
Malachi Stone is a practicing attorney who enjoys writing books on the side. Conjurer’s Oath is one of his eleven published novels, and some of this other titles include Devil’s Toll, Heartbalm, and Ozark Banshee. To learn more about this author and his works, you can connect with him on Facebook or visit his Amazon Page. If you’d like a copy of Conjurer’s Oath for yourself, check out the link below!
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