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A Rosary of Stones and Thorns by M.C.A. Hogarth

An angel, a demon, a Jesuit priest... and the Apocalypse. 

When the angel Asrial discovers that the halos of the Fallen have been maintained in Heaven against their eventual return, she speaks out against Archangel Michael’s plan to make war on them on Earth. For her insolence, she is driven from grace and ends up in the parking lot of a Jesuit high school. But can she, a priest, a demon, two high school kids and a grackle stop the Apocalypse . . . and redeem the Fallen?


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By Chris Poirier, editor

Aug 10, 2011: Solid writing. It’s a bit flowering in the opening sections, but that’s understandable, given the setting. Fortunately, it moves into more readable settings in short order.

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Biblical Drama

By Robert Rodgers, author of The Last Skull

Aug 12, 2011: A Rosary of Stones and Thorns tells the story of Asrial, a recently ‘de-graced’ Judeo-Christian angel who was cast to earth for the crime of speaking in favor of forgiveness for Lucifer; with the help of a Jesuit priest and a handful of others, she’s slated to prevent the apocalypse.

Readers expecting either a gritty, subversive tale of Christian mythology gone violently wrong (ala The Prophecy)—or a bouncy, fun End Times satire (ala Good Omens)—are likely to be disappointed. The story [more . . .]

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Fantasy to Care About

By jinxtigr, author of Force of Fate

Aug 13, 2011: A Rosary of Stones and Thorns is what Tolkien might have written, if he’d said "heck with elves and dwarves- I’ll write about good and evil, angels and devils directly- but wait, what if the bad guys had their reasons?"

This is the striking thing that’s caused this work to find its audience on the web- it is an exploration of Christian theology, indeed a deconstruction and reassembly of it, radical enough to qualify as fantasy. Just as we have dreams [more . . .]

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Not Milton, But…

By shadowwolf, member

Nov 18, 2011: M.C.A. Hogarth isn’t Milton, nor is Lucifer here Milton’s Lucifer who would rather reign in Hell than serve in Heaven. Even so, this is a story well worth reading about faith and forgiveness and redemption. I liked it enough that I paid it the highest compliment that I can give a free ebook – I bought the Amazon edition to support the author.

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