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Thomas Dylan’s four-year-old son has disappeared without a trace from their Virginia home. There’s no clue what happened until Thomas is also abducted—by robed priests with electric cattle prods.

They take him through an interdimensional portal to a parallel America. There, the priests rule the Imperial Patriotic States, a backward nation suffering from horrific plagues. He
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published September 1st 2018 by Thunderstorm Books
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Sep 05, 2018 marked it as to-read
This hardcover book is numbered 14 of 52 published and is signed by Matthew Warner and Deena Warner (Cover Art).
Andi Rawson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As always, Matthew Warner hits it out of the park with Empire of the Goddess. Warner is one of the few authors where I already know that whatever I'm reading isn't just going to be good, it's going to be amazing, and I am never disappointed. Empire of the Goddess is no exception to this.

Even if I was good at writing reviews, which I'm not, I'm not even sure how to put words to a story which quickly goes from seemingly typical to fantastical before you even know where your grasp on reality steppe
Jonathan Pincek
Jun 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book DOES NOT STOP! The motion, action, and suspense made this read fly by and left me hanging at the end of each chapter. This alternate world is well thought-out and developed, and the characters are relatable, humorous, and charming. Matt Warner has left me wanting more of the world of Terra and Thomas Dylan!
May 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fantastic. While I have not read much in this genre, I thoroughly enjoyed the story, and the engrossing characters that permeate throughout. The story draws you in and you want to keep reading long after the hour says you should stop and rest. The plot is a continual emotional rollercoaster as the story unfolds. You will not want to miss this one.
Mar 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t often read urban fantasy— and I’m not sure if this technically qualifies, since Terra is a parallel world to Earth, rather than just our world reimagined. Whatever sub-genre this fits, I was quickly drawn in to the characters and story, recalling Handmaid’s Tale, Fahrenheit 451, and Naomi Alderman’s recent work, The Power. Fascinating!
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Disclaimer: I received an electronic version of this novel from the author for review.

Things I really enjoyed about this novel: The world-building. The terrifying dystopian society fueled by human sacrifice. The representation of science versus magic, and how the two can be indistinguishable. The religious allegories. The twist and other revelations at the very end. Warner creates a fascinating parallel universe with obvious thought put into familiar allegories, enough that I was willin
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