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(Divinity's Twilight #1)

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A world consumed by war . . .

An ancient evil resurrected . . .

A millennia old bargain comes due . . .

When two blades clash, the third will fall, and the fate of all will be jeopardized. To save Lozaria, the failures of the past must be atoned for by a new generation of heroes. The time has come for mortals to cast off sight and, in doing so, truly come to see . . .

Paperback, 464 pages
Published September 22nd 2020 by Morgan James Fiction (first published June 2nd 2020)
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Christopher Russell Sorry for missing this until now, Serena!

If by clean you mean one of the following elements, here's a brief rundown.

Smut: None shown, some very mino…more
Sorry for missing this until now, Serena!

If by clean you mean one of the following elements, here's a brief rundown.

Smut: None shown, some very minor spoken innuendo.

Violence: Numerous depictions of combat/war/death. Gore is kept to minimal levels.

Language: In-world cursing substitutes are used where appropriate. (less)
Christopher Russell Thanks for the insightful question, Sarah, and sorry it took me so long to answer it.

The Divinity's Twilight sequence is projected to be a six book s…more
Thanks for the insightful question, Sarah, and sorry it took me so long to answer it.

The Divinity's Twilight sequence is projected to be a six book series, at which point there will be a definitive conclusion. A second, four book series that is partially tied to the first will then begin. It is intended to be epic in every sense of the word.

All these plans are dependent on fan support and feedback, so please consider giving the novel a read and review if you'd like to see it go the distance.
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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

3.5/5 stars

This was good, an ambitious SFF debut to what I foresee will be a large series.

Due to my TBR pile that continues to exponentially grow uncontrollably, I have to say that I rarely accept an ARC/review copy from an unknown author these days. My gut, however, told me to accept the request to review Christopher Russell’s debut, Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth, and I’m glad I gave this one a go. I mean, how could I say no when Russe
Jul 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

rounding it up to 4 impressive stars

'A story needn't be complex for its message to be profound.'

And yet, Rebirth is both. This SFF debut is both incredibly ambitious and complex, intricate and profound. The tale in itself is predictable - standard war story and recruits thrust smack down in the middle of a conflict that will either make or break them. But this is where predictability pretty much ends and complexity begins.

The nove
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"Time passes, but the actors and their actions are merely replayed from age to age."

The story opens up and we are thrown into an ongoing war, between two brothers and their allies against a third brother. This all takes place 697 years before the events of the story happen. It sets the stage while giving us a history of a of the power and destruction of said third brother.

Fast forward to the present time and the land of Lozaria is still at war, the states/kingdoms of Darmatia,
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Three kingdoms, with vastly different ideologies, reign, reflecting the three brothers who provided the inspiration for the founding theologies of each. The kingdoms they left behind do not get along, fighting for control of the continent or their own safety; the Sarconians, in particular, wish to conquer. When an ancient evil from the time of the three brothers reappears and takes a side, it greatly affects the entire world. Death
Holly (The Grimdragon)
3.5 Stars~

"Stone went soaring through the air, doing more damage than the primary collision as shrapnel shredded flesh and hunks of granite crushed armor and bone. Since the shields directed the debris upwards, most of these casualties were still among the Terran ranks, who couldn't defend themselves from the sudden hail. Kanar'kren covered Darmatus and Rabban with his own shields, mouthing an apology that went unheard as sharp splinters plinked against the upraised metal. When the vicious rain
Abel Montero
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received a digitalARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

Fantasy literature has always embraced its reiterative nature. Drawing from shared imagination, very personal points of view and the desire to tell universal themes, modern fantasy gives us visions of worlds that are very different from ours and use them as a mirror to tell our reality.

This dynamic also happens in other genres. One could reasonably argue that detective and romantic literature are based on the same drawing on
Samuel David
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh man, when I saw a Facebook ad for this book I said why not it’s five buck but holy cow was is this book good. We don’t really follow one character throughout the story getting insight from just about every important character. Normally I would hate this but it is done in such a masterful way that it only elevates the book since we see the story from all perspectives, beliefs, and motives from both sides of the conflict. The characters were also very well done the character who we follow is re ...more
Catrin Russell
Considering my love for both fantasy and steampunk, I picked this bad boy up with the hopes of having my need for those genres satisfied, and in no way was I disappointed!

Christopher Russell has created an incredibly ambitious and well-written debut with his Divinity's Twilight: Rebirth. He tells a story packed with intricate and immensely detailed world-building, technology, magic systems, religion - you name it - and, as a reader, you are left in absolute awe! You just ache to explore this exp
Rowena Andrews
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have always been a fan of prologues, and Rebirth is a perfect example of a prologue being masterfully executed and setting a firm foundation for the main narrative set centuries later. It’s long for a prologue, which surprised me, but I would say that the length was entirely warranted and started the book off with a bang, with an impressive battle scene that both captures the essence of the book as well as setting the scene for a world shaped by the events of that prologue.

Where Russell’s wr
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rating: 7.5/10

Thanks to the author for a copy of Rebirth (Divinity’s Twilight #1) for review consideration. This did not influence my thoughts or opinions.

Rebirth is quite an epic debut; one that is both captivating and, at times, a tad long-winded. Fans of both the fantasy and science fiction genres will find plenty to like here, and I believe will continue along for the ride to come (which I hear is six (6) novels!). Russell definitely knows how to tell a story and knows what it takes to captu
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
In exchange for receiving an early copy of the book, I have agreed to write a review.

WOW! Absolutely amazing, Tolkien would have been more than proud. Fantasy lovers will not be disappointed. The detail was stellar and the characters are unforgettable. Never have I read a book with so many distinguished, and even insecure characters. Eight characters going on an epic adventure to save their home. The best part, you can’t have one character without the next. They each have a story to tell and som
Jess || WildBookBabe
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author for sending me this book!

7/10 stars to this epic fantasy debut!

The book started out by dropping you into the middle of an epic large scale battle between 3 brothers. The prologue is quite long, but its action packed and keeps the pages turning as you have to find out what happens next.

We zoom ahead almost 700 years and we find Lozaria split into 3 separate empires, each honoring a different brother. The world building i
Tom Dutta
May 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Bridging the Gap Between Magic and Science

This book intrigued me for it’s incredible imaginative content. I was overwhelmed by how descriptive and magical it was, but there was an element of science weaved into it. After reading Author Russell’s bio, discovering he is a Mechanical and Aerospace Engineer I really appreciated the depth of this author’s writing.

I have read some fantasy books in my youth such as Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, this body of work had my heart pounding from the first cha
Joshua Grant
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christopher Russell blows us away with an exciting fantasy war epic in Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth! Three nations have been battling for domination of Lozaria for 700 years, but as an ancient evil stirs they will have to overcome their differences or perish. I loved Russell’s unique steampunk-esque world and the depth of the history and politics built into every aspect! Russell has the perfect mix of action, deep politics, worldbuilding, and characters that makes Divinity’s Twilight so much fun ...more
Caleb Hill
May 23, 2020 rated it liked it
Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell is a cracking good debut set in an Epic, High Fantasy world with airships, magitech, and rich history. While any debut has its flaws, the many strengths keep it afloat. This debut has potential, yes sir, and it’s exciting to peruse its pages as we flip from one piece of intrigue to another. We explore the complex nature between magic and technology, loyalty and patriotism, and friendship and rivalry. All of these pieces begin to coalesce as the ...more
Sophia's Thoughts
Aug 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Rebirth is the start of a new epic fantasy series and so, like many epic fantasy series, it is difficult to explain what the story is about without getting into spoiler territory. So, to keep things simple: three brothers, with different values, create nations in their image of a perfect society. However, in the words of one of our characters - "for my dream to be realised, it may be necessary for your dream to be crushed. And when one individual refuses to let another destroy the dream that mea ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had received an advance copy from the author in exchange for a honest review:

Overall: +7

A cracking read with a good mix of magic and steampunk. The book is essentially a place setter introducing the world and setting epic events in motion. The lack of a self contained in-book plot takes a bit of shine away, but the scope of events and brilliant worldbuilding are a joy to read. The book ties everything up in a nice arc and ends in a way that leads nicely to the next book....which I'm eagerly a
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth is a fascinating debut fantasy! It’s the beginning of what looks to be a very promising epic fantasy series. The world and characters are complex, and the story is well written. I particularly liked the combination of magic and technology in this book! The many races present in Lozaria can use men’ar, magic in their blood, to perform many fantastic feats, and magical illyrium crystals are now used to power all sort of technology such as lightbulbs and airshi
Jun 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In exchange for an early copy of the book, I agreed to write an honest review.

I'm a big fan of epic fantasy series and science fiction, but I've never read anything that does such an outstanding job of blending the two together in a way that is credible and mutually supporting. I was left impressed by the way in which the story arc developed from a plausible set of goals by one kingdom and the consequences of their actions to achieve those goals. Oftentimes a villain/"evil empire" has a goal of
C.P. Cabaniss
Oct 14, 2020 rated it liked it
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"A story needn't be complex for its message to be profound."

I had a lot of mixed feelings about this book. On the one hand, I think it was very well thought out and the world building was quite good. The opening scene, though a bit of an info dump in some respects, was very well done.

The thing I liked least about this book was the characters. And for me, characters really make or break a story, which is what kept this one from really becoming great. The big things that had the potential for
Adina Grey
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I had the honor of having an ARC copy of this fantastic book and I wasn't disappointed..
A well-built book full of fantastic and magical details.. Welcome to Lozaria, once you enter this world, you will find it really difficult to leave it and return to a normal life. It took me 2 days to finish it.. I lived and visited through the words of the author, a fantastic, magical and technological world, even experiencing the battles and conflicts of the characters.. The author did an extraordinary job
Robert Webb
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
The world is interesting and the character motivations are well presented. The magic system is relatively easy to understand and the backstory of the 3 Terran founders is easily the best part. There are only two things I might take issue with. The first is that when the story transitions to the main characters and their last days at the academy, the exposition dump about their initial backgrounds and the magic system is very heavy-handed, though I appreciate the fact that the latter being explai ...more
John Pepe
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an enormous undertaking by Christopher Russell. It has the feel of an epic military sci-fi/fantasy where magic and science are pumped through the arteries of his work. He does a magnificent job with his world building-I became engrossed in the milieu he created. His writing is excellent, polished, and drew me in. He is a true word smith. This story has airships, magic, battles, and a rich history that Russell has created for his world. Very good first novel.
gwendalyn _books_
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it

GENRE: Fantasy
PUBLISHED: June 2, 2020
PAGES: 498


This book was received from the Author, and Publisher, in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.

This is a non spoiler review, because you as reader need to read this book. Also, I feel sometimes I have in the past gave away to much of the plot line. This has diminished the pleasure for would be readers

A meticulously
Jacob Rundle
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
First off, I was happy to request to join DIVINITY’S TWILIGHT REBIRTH blog tour because I highly enjoyed Christopher Russell’s story. The story begins with a very long prologue, which I don’t normally enjoy. To be honest, I strip over prologue’s because many people misuse a prologue. However, Christopher did well with his prologue. I did have a difficult to maintain my attention throughout so many pages.

Second off, the point-of-views was one of the more difficult things to adhere to. The story
Gavan Bruderer
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this new epic fantasy by Christopher Russell. 'Divinity's Twilight: Rebirth' is perfect for fans of Brandon Sanderson, and Mistborn fans will love it! I had the privilege of checking out an ARC in exchange for an honest review, and really enjoyed the blending of magic with elements of sci-fi. The world building is incredible, and I loved the development of the characters. I found myself really intrigued with how the story is represented by the author's background as an a ...more
The Critiquing Chemist
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rate: 4.5; Russell has developed a fascinating literary realm in Divinity's Twilight that weaves together legend, magic, and seemingly unending conflict into a fast paced adventure. In a read that proves to be action packed from cover to cover, we find vivid characters vying for positions of power as their personalities clash even during the most peaceful of times. When these young soldiers are then thrust into life or death situations we watch as their unique quirks either exacerbate the most t ...more
James Baird
Jul 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I would like to start off saying that although I am not highly educated, I do tend to read quite a bit and my favorite genre is fantasy or science fiction fantasy.
I found that with this novel it had a completely different form of fantasy and science fiction that made it stand out to me. I think my favorite part of this novel is the World building aspect. I love the magic and Technology along with the character development that som
Sep 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I am a honest to goodness epic fantasy reader, very seldom does an author lure me into something that is not high fantasy...magic,dragons,elves,dwarves ect. But, this Author does an excellent job of developing an in depth world and characters to the point in which you can see where everyone is coming from, there are a lot of characters who go through good character development that ranges from predictable to somewhat surprising. When an ancient evil from the time of the three brothers reappears ...more
Sep 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I really liked the development of the characters, and the use of magic, different abilities, and technologies was very intriguing.

I found this book to be an interesting mix of magic, science, and fictional history.
I have never been a big history person, fictional or non-fiction, so I found the prologue to be a tad slow to read. It's also been a while since I've read a novel due to work & kid, so I wasn't surprised it took me a litt
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I'm Christopher Russell, a weaver of words and the wondrous worlds that spring from them. I might also be a fan of alliteration.

My debut work, the fantasy epic Divinity's Twilight: Rebirth, releases on E-book June 2, 2020, and in physical mediums September 22, 2020. This opening entry in the gripping Divinity's Twilight series follows a band of military cadets torn from their peaceful lives when a

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