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The Empyrean Trilogy #1

The Genesis of Seven

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Eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway has always wanted to help people, but helping seven archangels to achieve their divine duty was never quite what he had in mind…

When Jordan is entrusted by the head nun of his orphanage to deliver a mysterious backpack to a New York City address, he comes unexpectedly face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel. Their acquaintance fast uncovers a labyrinth of secrets that connect Jordan’s once-normal life to an ancient heavenly prophecy. Now, he must help Gabriel to reunite the archangels before evil forces grow too strong.

Soon, Jordan and Gabriel find themselves on a divine quest across the globe, while deep in the pits of Hell, Satan plots his return to earth. To gain control, however, Satan needs the powerful prophetic objects locked safe inside Jordan’s backpack—and the devil will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

With that notion threatening his only family and the safety of his newfound friends, Jordan must do whatever it takes to protect the ones he loves and help the archangels succeed. If that means sacrificing all he thought he knew to go to war with the devil himself? Bring it on.

368 pages, Hardcover

Published July 7, 2020

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Sara M. Schaller

3 books185 followers
SARA M SCHALLER is an author and publishing professional who lives in Colorado. Sara loves the world of pop culture and the performing arts, so when she is not reading or writing, she is either watching movies and shows, attending conventions, or going out to see live performances. She likes to write stories for all ages in the fantasy genre, and her writing usually contains elements of speculative fiction and features a large cast of characters. Sara has a Bachelor's degree in English, Art History, and Religious Studies from the University of Denver, and a Master's degree in Publishing from Pace University. You can visit her online at www.saramschaller.com.

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Profile Image for Fizah(Books tales by me).
632 reviews53 followers
March 7, 2022
Actual Rating 3.75

Thank you, Sara M. Schaller and Divine tours for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Jordan is spending an ordinary life in an orphanage until one day a few people start to chase him and in charge of the orphanage asks him to go to an address without any explanation. Jordan didn’t know that he is going to meet an angel and everything in his life is going to change.

This book gave me kind of Percy Jackson vibes. I’ll say this book is middle-grade Christian mythology, which is told from many perspectives. The story keeps moving from one POV to another and from way past to past and present. This book covered everything good and bad, angels and Satan, heaven, and hell…There were so many details and the author took her time to explain each and everything. It is the first book of the series so it was expected to be more about details anyway.

I enjoyed this book and looking forward to reading the next book of the series.
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1,524 reviews60 followers
September 18, 2020
Thank you Prism Book Tours and Sara M. Schaller for a complimentary copy and
the great book goodies! I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Genesis of Seven
By: Sara M. Schaller

REVIEW ☆☆☆☆☆

The Genesis of Seven is the perfect story of good versus evil. Angels, devils, mortals, world travel and an unlikely hero-how does that sound? This book combines Christian myths and ideals with fantasy to create an amazing story. I thought the book as a whole was so inventive. I don't read a lot of fantasy fiction, and rarely any angels, so I had my doubts about this book. As it turns out, I couldn't put this book down, and I mean literally. I had it with me everywhere I went because it was that good! Thank goodness this is the first of a trilogy because more books would be awesome. Well written, solidly paced, developed characters to cheer on and vivid details make The Genesis of Seven an ideal read. I recommend for sure!
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2,434 reviews4,573 followers
November 8, 2020

This was such a great read,I really enjoyed it!The set up was so good and with flashbacks from the past it helped to understand the story better.I liked Jordan and the rest characters.They were developed and they grown through the story.What a ride, there is action to keep your interest and the book was so refreshing.

I'm looking forward to see what this author has for us in the next book.
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460 reviews146 followers
November 10, 2021
First of all, always fun to share a name with the main character (even though we spell our name differently).

I really enjoyed this series opener! I haven’t read many angels and demons books, so this was an interesting introduction for me. I also loooved the way the story was told. I’m a big fan of flashbacks and multiple POVs. Sometimes authors struggle to give each POV their own “voice” but Sara succeeded in making each POV unique enough that I never struggled to remember whose POV I was reading.

All in all a fun and exciting read and I’m anxious to see where the rest of the series takes us!
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104 reviews26 followers
November 14, 2020
“In the beginning he was one of us. A brother amongst in our Empyrean Domain.”

Heaven & Hell. Good & Evil. Angels & Demons. Action & Adventure. These are all what you will find in The Genesis of Seven.

TGo7 has an amazing start, the first chapter piqued my curiosity on the spot. The story was pretty interesting as our main character, Jordan Conway was forced to deliver a mysterious package to an unexpected divine being that marked the beginning of his adventure.

When I read the blurb about this book I initially thought that it would be similar to the Shadowhunter series but I was wrong. The Genesis of Seven used a lot of references from Dante’s Inferno and as I kept on reading it also reminded me of the tv series, Lucifer - but a conservative and definitely a wholesome version.

Written in multiple POVs, it provided some background to the characters’ story which was probably my favorite part. The plot was simple that made it easy to read, but probably a little too simple for my liking. Although it started strong, the next chapters felt dragged and the conversation was like a Question & Answer all throughout. The idea of “adventure” of reuniting the archangels was also repetitive in a manner of travel > find the next member of the party > convince the member to join them (which doesn’t really take a lot of convincing) > then back to step 1 (travel) as the cycle continues five more times.

Overall a quick read that has a potential for a better sequel.
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389 reviews589 followers
October 21, 2020
The genesis of seven is an action-packed novel! You are sucked in right away as the main character, Jordan, has to run away from the one home he's always known. Soon he finds himself in the presence of an archangel, Gabriel. Yup, the one and only. I am a huge fan of stories with angels, so this got me all excited. They have to find the other archangels to help achieve their divine duty.

"Thirteen bound in blood by two
From ancient lines born anew
Both must live until blood is spilt
Afterward fighting hilt to hilt"

The story is told in multiple timelines, flashing back from the present to previous events in the story, as well as multiple points of view. I find this very intriguing and allows us to connect to each of the characters well. This book kept me up reading at night, and I didn't want to go to sleep! I just wanted to keep reading to find out what happened next. I loved as they travel the world to find the other archangels, it was so fun to see lots of countries described! More specifically Brazil, my home-country. It is not often when I encounter Brazil in settings of fantasy novels so this touched my heart with happiness!

The worldbuilding was very well planned out and the ending had me reeling! I am so excited for the next book in the series, I just need to know what happens next.
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Author 1 book324 followers
November 29, 2021
Jordan Conway has lived in an orphanage all his life, oblivious to a prophecy that will change his reality. When Sister Helen, the head nun, urges him to flee the orphanage and seek out the help of an archangel, Jordan gets caught in an ancient battle between the 7 archangels and Satan’s army of the fallen.

The premise of this book has everything a fantasy fiction reader would want:

- The chosen one trope
- An adventure that takes the protagonist across borders
- A battle between good vs. evil
- A layered fantasy plot

Or at least, it has everything that I love to read in fantasy novels!

I’ve never read about Christian mythology, and so I was eager to dive into the book to know more. The contextual chapters, from the point of view of Gabriel, that delved into the backstory of how Samael came to be Satan are well-written. They kept me engrossed throughout.

While I feel like the story, the approach had a lot of potential, the execution of the plot could’ve been improved. In several instances, I found the dialogues and narrative to be lacking conviction. The way Jordan almost tries to wield a sense of authority in the company of archangels, who are far better equipped with knowledge about their world, seemed forced. As if it was just there to iterate on the idea of him being the chosen one.

I didn’t particularly like Jordan’s character. My favourite chapters in the books were from the POV of... Read the rest of the review on my blog
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Author 8 books57 followers
September 22, 2020
This was such an enjoyable book that I can’t wait to read the rest of the trilogy!

The Genesis of Seven is the first installment in Schaller’s series, The Empyrean Trilogy. I don’t read a lot of fantasy books. They really have to be something to catch my eye, and this one fits the bill! The story pulled me in from the beginning. I really enjoyed the multiple POVs. The action kept me actively engaged throughout the entire story.

I enjoyed watching Jordan’s character develop as the story unfolded.

You can find the rest of my review on my blog: https://leslielmckee.com/the-genesis-...

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy as part of Prism Blog Tours, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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1,695 reviews74 followers
September 9, 2020
I have really enjoyed this new to me author so much that I'm eagerly awaiting the other books that are coming out! I hope that Prism Tours will host these books as well!
Such a fantabulous book that kept my interest from page one until the end.
I really like how this story is told in multiple voices. At first it confused me but then I caught on as to whose voice the story was told in. Very well done!
I liked Jordan immediately. His adventure became mine in an instant! The mystery that was woven in made a perfect sit on the edge of your seat holding your breath kind of deal.
This young adult novel was just wow! I know I know I keep saying that but this story just took my breath away! Oh my!
I can tell you that I've certainly learned a lot from reading this book. Some of the paragraphs were very descriptive but I like that. It's how you learn things. I liked the detailed scenes in this book.
The author does such an excellent job that she had made my imagination run wild! I mean, I can just picture all that was happening in Heaven.
I think the character I most admired was Jordan. He was so very brave and took his mission very seriously and was determined to see it through. I didn't like how Sister Helen threw him into it but she had her reasons.
I also enjoyed reading about Gabriel. He was indeed a fascinating character!
I know that there are angels all around us. I love that God has placed them to guard and sometimes even protect us. They are God's messengers as well. I was always told that God couldn't be everywhere at once so He sends His angels to help us. I think I like that idea very much.
My thanks to Prism Tours for a copy of this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own.
I strongly recommend. This book would also be perfect for the church libraries and maybe some Bible studies.
I highly recommend this book.
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203 reviews14 followers
March 1, 2022
I immediately started reading the second book after this book so the story kinda blurred together 😂 I’ll go over my notes again to write a review for book 1 but wow I loved this! Lemme at least write a short part already:

It has been awhile since I read a fancy this good!
It is mysterious I immediately bonded with main character who is funny you are continuously wondering what is going on who the bad guys are and the good guys are what the hell is happening! It was refreshing after all the fantasy I read that kinda lean on the romance elements!

Thank you so much @starlightbooktours for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review!
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158 reviews9 followers
October 16, 2021
"In the beginning he was one of us, a brother amongst us in our empyrean domain."

Eighteen-year-old Jordan is living in an orphanage. He never got to meet his parents but he always sees the positive side of things. He is grateful that he has a warm home and is surrounded with kind people. As he is getting his last paycheck and saying goodbye to his best friend Sophia, he got strange backpack from Sister Helen to deliver it to some address. Apparently he has to deliver it to a person called Michael, but as soon as he arrives at the destination he comes face-to-face with Archangel Gabriel.

That's how Jordan's adventure starts. Soon he discovers a lot about the world we do not understand and see, but know many legends about it. All of a sudden he needs to travel around the world with Angels to stop the evil of Satan spread the world. His normal life becomes more interesting overnight, he is faced with so many secrets and new perspectives.

"Freedom was a fickle thing. It was the answer to everything yet left a gaping ache in your soul when taken away."

Dealing with his past and at the same time trying to save whatever is in that backpack, Jordan needs to put a line between good and evil. His new friends are in danger and he must fight Satan to save them. Is that even possible? Will the pure goodnes be enough to defeat the devil?

I've never fell in love with a book this fast. I adore every single page of it! I've always loved reading about angels and demons, if there is heaven and hell, where do we go when we die and if there's bigger power than we can ever imagine. You can clearly see that the author did an amazing job, every single detail is carefully put into it's place. As you read about Heaven and Hell your imagination is all over the place, transporting you in a different, magical world where you can explore the human and it's real nature.

The characters are so good put into words that you feel like they're your friends and as you read further they, along with the story, curl up in your heart. The narration is original and appealing. I was hooked from the very start. I can't explain how much I love and enjoyed this book. Can't wait to read the next part in the trilogy.
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142 reviews11 followers
September 21, 2020
In the beginning, he was one of us

A brother amongst us in

Our Empyrean Domain

The Genesis of Seven, a debut novel by Sara M Schaller is the first part of the series of The Empyrean Trilogy.

If you are up for a wild fantasy journey around the globe including heaven and hell with the archangels and Satan, then this book is definitely for you. Let me tell you, my sole reason for picking up this book was because of that gorgeous and beautiful cover. The moment I finished the first chapter, I was hooked to it.

The book talks about Jordon Conway, an eighteen-year-old who lives in an orphanage, headed by Sister Helen. As instructed by Sister Helen, he is to deliver a mysterious package that lands him to one of the archangels’ homes, where he meets Gabriel. Unaware of the grave situation he is in, Jordon reads the content of the letter given to him by Sister Helen and tries to decipher the hidden meaning. He always wanted to work for the upliftment of the poor and needy, but in the quest of helping people and assisting them with everything, he never thought he would have to risk everything he ever dreamt of.

First thing’s first, I loved the travel aspect of the book. As the story advances, the characters have grown and the story is weaved in such a way that it makes sure, readers remain connected to it till the very end keeps them on the edge. Jordon is a character who is not afraid to take anything, what may come in his way as from the very beginning he had the knack of serving and helping people, those who are in need. He doesn’t know what destiny holds for him but he is ready to face every obstacle with fierce attitude and bravery.

Talking about the angels, they are well described and portrayed beautifully. They all were concerned about Jordon’s health and made sure he ate and slept on time. As much as I loved all the angels, their nurturing attitude towards Jordon, their characters and they are being his big brothers, I felt the story being dragged. I understand that Jordon’s sleeping and everything helped him pass time, but in between, it felt repetitive. This being a fantasy book, there was no romance and I appreciate that fact. The story is being told in multiple voices which created a strong impact on the reader and indeed made the book very enthralling.

Overall, I loved the setting of this book and would recommend it to you, read it now as it is very unlike from your normal YA fantasy books. The author did a great job by letting her imagination run wild and writing detailed descriptions of Heaven and Hell. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the second part of the series. Recommending this book to everyone!
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176 reviews44 followers
December 2, 2020
I loved the creative mind of the author of The Genesis of Seven. I loved how she twisted the stories we used to hear in our childhood and made it so interesting for us. I especially loved the description of hell – yes, you read that right. It sounded cruel, horrifying and hilarious at the same time.

This story is about Jordan, an orphan who loves to help people. His life was going as normal as it could for him until one day, his world turned upside down and he had no home to go back to, he only had an address, his duffel and a strange bag his guardian had given him before commanding him to run away from the mysterious men who were following him.
After dodging and running away from the mysterious men who were after him and the strange bag his guardian had told him to take care of, he finally reached the address. The address that his guardian had ordered him to get to was a penthouse in New York that belonged to the archangel Gabriel.
I think you can already tell this story promises a lot of adventures.

However, this book has been the toughest one for me to review this year, because as much as I loved many chapters in this story, there were still a few chapters I couldn’t love. Like, as I read, I felt like all the interesting parts of the book were kept aside for the next book, and 70 percent of the book revolved around travelling and finding the seven archangels to help them. Jordan, the main character of this book asked many questions to the Archangels and they all answered his questions with intricate details which, sadly, I just couldn’t understand most of the time.

Apart from these, the book ended with a promise to entertain us thoroughly in the next book, and I believe it. Almost all the first books in a series are elaborated so you can get comfortable with the characters and the plot after you get into the next book – and I am guessing it is the reason why this book was written elaborately. I am looking forward into reading the next book as soon as it comes out. 3/5 stars.
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2,125 reviews174 followers
February 6, 2022
This book has an intriguing premise. A cinematographic start, a smart hero and lots of angels in distress combine forces in this urban fantasy where good and evil fight for supremacy and ancient artifacts.

Actually, it reminds me of that kind of B films like Terminator that seem discreet but set the foundation for a stimulating and imaginative world. It's a tale of war in Heaven and the creation of Hell, yet not in a mystical style, but rather like a brotherhood of very human angels who fight for their destiny in opposing ways. It's got a light narrative that still describes what's needed to become really embedded in this world of rebellious angels against dutiful ones with all their parafernalia of lore, devices and beliefs.

The symbolic young man, with his innocence and buried past, embodies the journey into a millennial conflict that takes the reader with him. It doesn't linger anywhere for long so the pace is brisk and the scenes are arrow-straight. Travelling and angelic lore populate the pages as the plot moves along. It's kept me interested with no effort, though I missed some personal details about the characters to make them deeper. Details pertaining features and personality, the lack of which made it all seem a bit detached. And there are no weighty female characters.

The lore about angels and their eon-old conflict is what really kept me glued to the pages. Old and new events link together to create a catchy mystery. The final part of this first book in the trilogy takes a sharp turn that I enjoyed a lot. New developments, new secrets unearthed, even new characters. I could relate more with Jordan because of his bond to his family. It was touching and significant.

The last chapter sets a sinister tone for the next book which promises to raise the stakes for this troupe of dedicated angels.
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893 reviews18 followers
September 18, 2020
The Genesis of Seven is a great fantasy novel. Sara Schaller expounds on the idea that there is a bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. A group called the Sacrarium have been entrusted with protecting that bloodline. Jordan grew up in a Catholic orphanage. On the day of his going away party, Sister Helen meets him at the door and tells him he is in danger and needs to grab his stuff and head to an address and trust who he finds there. He finds Gabriel and shares what has happened. It turns out Gabriel is the archangel and Sister Helen is a member of the Sacrarium. Jordan’s revelation leads Gabriel and him to search the globe for the other archangels stationed on Earth. There are many plot twists and turns and setting changes but it is all fairly easy to follow.
Much of the premise and plot cannot really be supported by the Bible. The book is a great read if readers can view it as purely fantasy (fiction) made up by the author. Once I did that, the book drew me in and the intensity of the plot made me want to keep reading. The Genesis of Seven is the first book in Sara Schaller’s The Empyrean Trilogy. It ends in a cliff-hanger leaving the reader anxious for the next book.
I am not sure I would place The Genesis of Seven in a K-12 Christian school library. It is well-written and intriguing, however, since it doesn’t line up with the Bible and does contain a bit of profanity I am not sure it is a good fit for a Christian school library. I encourage librarians to read it for themselves and make their own decision about including it in their libraries.
I want to thank Prism Book Tours for the complimentary copy. This is my honest review.
Profile Image for Bo Rae.
36 reviews2 followers
February 17, 2021
Thank you to Sara M. Schaller and Starlight Booktours for providing me with a copy!

The Genesis of Seven tells the story of eighteen-year-old Jordan Conway who has to join forces with seven archangels in order to prevent Satan from returning to earth and protect his loved ones from evil. Providing you with multiple POV’s, The Genesis of Seven is filled with action and keeps you on the edge of your seat from the get go, which is something that I truly enjoyed while reading the book. Besides presenting the reader with lots of action and suspense, the book combines the magical aspect of the Fantasy genre with Christian mythology perfectly which makes it a very intriguing, fun and original read. Sara's way of writing is also very nice to read and easy to follow.

One thing that I did struggle with a bit was that, during some chapters, a lot of information was provided at once which sometimes made the story a bit difficult to follow or caused me to have to reread certain parts as I wasn't able to take up all of the information at once. I personally prefer it when the information is a bit more spread out, but that is also a personal reading preference.

Nevertheless, The Genesis of Seven was a very entertaining read and I look forward to its sequel. A perfect book if you’re a true fantasy fan like me!
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2,027 reviews262 followers
November 6, 2021
Rate:  3,5/ 5 stars

Although I really liked the plot of this book, things were a bit slow for me. I read this quite slowly (for me) because I was just not feeling the pace and could only read so much at once.

I liked that it was told in multiple POVs and times, so we got to see everything that what happened in the past, and got to see both the good guy’s side as well as the bad ones. It definitely allowed us to see everything that was going on and be in the know-all of almost everything.

Towards the end, things got really interesting. I’m glad that there’s a potential romance on the reason but am also really excited to see what happens next with just about everything.

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Author 3 books111 followers
November 7, 2021
Actual rating 3.5

It has been a long time since I have read a book about angels and demons. I love the timeless tale of good and bad, will good prevail? I enjoy seeing how different others put their spin on this trope.

I was pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed Schaller's The Genesis of Seven. It follows a teenager named Jordan Conway who is an all around good person. When he becomes in charge to deliver a backpack to new york, contents unknown, Jordan is surprised to meet archangel Gabriel.

I think that is what hooked me because it reminded me a little bit of the TV show Supernatural. Granted this one is meant for teenagers, so you don't get the same level of intensity. I couldn't help but picture the actors who played Lucifer and Gabriel. It made it all the more enjoyable to me.

I enjoyed the multiple POV's in this book. I find myself enjoying the story more when I can experience it through multiple perspectives. There were a few times the story felt repetitive to me, but I do think that there is probability that the repetitiveness gets solved in book 2.

Fast paced and quick read!
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86 reviews2 followers
January 23, 2023
I started the year reading this magnificent book. It is impossible not to fall in love with its cover. From the first moment when you pick it up, you can imagine how beautiful it can be also from the inside. I adored the whole story and the creative mind of the author. It really seemed like I was in a cloud world surrounded by angels and archangels trying to save the world from the evil. I really wanted to be with Jordan, traveling all over the world while finding the angels. The characters are portrayed in a fantastic way and the language used in the book is not complicated and the reader can easily understand it. Action, suspense, mystery, heavenly prophecy and magic aspect with Christian mythology are combined perfectly and make the story very intriguing and fun to read. It looked like I was watching a movie even though I was reading:). Today I'm starting the second book "The Revelation of Three". Thank you so much to tbe author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange of my honest review.
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263 reviews11 followers
January 1, 2021
It’s been a while since I read a book that I enjoyed from beginning to end. And it’s been a while since I gave a fantasy book 5 stars.
I went into this book a bit on the blind side. I only saw some reviews on it, saw that it had a lot of elements that I like to read about and I thought it would just be the right book for me. But it was way more than a perfect book for me.

I enjoyed the storyline a lot, all of the characters felt like they had their own personality and their history was interesting to say the least.
Jordan on the other hand, I felt like he lacked character development and personality. I can tell you a lot of things about each of the angels, even the fallen ones, but Jordan is an exception, even as he is the main character. I think that was the only part that had me annoyed for a bit. He did have a way of speaking which was encouraging to the angels, and maybe brought a bit of humor to the story, but he still felt dull. I hope that in the next book he will get more of a character development along with the seven angels.

The writing was impeccable, the story was captivating and the sarcastic/funny parts made me laugh out loud. I only praise the author for writing an amazing story and gripping the reader’s attention from the very first chapter of the book. I hope the second book comes out very soon so I can cheer on my favorite characters and see where the story takes us.
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Author 9 books550 followers
November 13, 2020
"In the beginning he was one of us. A brother amongst us in our empyrean domain."

I love angel books so I knew I'd enjoy this one. GO7 is a thrilling adventure of good versus evil. Jordan's life gets turned upside down when he is forced to flee from his orphanage and comes face to face with the Archangel Gabriel. Soon he finds himself going on a quest to find the other angels before the imminent evil of Hell unleashes. The story is told through multiple timelines and flashbacks, and multiple points of view. An intriguing mix of Christian mythology and fantasy. Sara takes us on an action packed tale of high-stakes, secrets, and heavenly prophecy. Kept my attention all the way to the end.
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747 reviews31 followers
October 5, 2020
right from the start this one gripped me very fast, the way the storyline comes together and is easy to read and the concept in it was awesome.

one thing that I found very nice since the beginning was the narration since it was very easy to get immersed on the story.

the characters develop very nicely from the start and it's super easy to fell in love with them and to get emotional with their struggles and motivations.

jordan was so cute and adorable I take to him almost immediately, he had this very good disposition to help everyone it was easily relatable.

The angels all had their perks and were so interesting, each of them had little quirks that were nice.

the pace is very good and it doesn't feel forced at any point, it really explain a lot of angelology hierarchy and even when this is the central theme for the book, it's done so well it didn't felt overwhelming.

the ending left me wanting for more, so I'm going to wait for the next one on this trilogy.
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49 reviews8 followers
January 21, 2021
This is such an mind-blowing read. I loved the concept and the delivery of Christian mythology is just brilliant.

Angels, demons, satan and lots of action makes this book a perfect read.

I am watching a similar show and hence connecting to it became all the more easy. Also I just loved how the book flowed. There is so much information out there that it's sure to get overwhelmed, but the author has done a great job in making it such an easy read.

I cannot wait to read the other books.
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62 reviews4 followers
March 23, 2022
I can't put into words what this book made me feel like. It was thrilling, adventurous, emotional & sweet at the same time. I'm so grateful to the author for building up this amazing story for us! 🥺🤝🏻
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79 reviews16 followers
January 25, 2021
The Genesis of Seven is based on the Christian mythology, retold the story of the archangels and Satan after the war. It has such a unique concept and a simple yet interesting setting. I’m hooked from the first page, and I love reading books about angels!!

Jordan was handed a backpack and given instruction to an address. Attacked by an unknown group of people, he safely escaped, arriving at the exact location where he met a mysterious guy—Gabriel, the archangel himself.
After going through explanation and realizing the truth, he have to protect the mystery item in the backpack as Satan was plotting to possess it, and help Gabriel reuniting with the rest of the archangels.

Thank you for the gifted copy!
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237 reviews14 followers
September 14, 2020
The Genesis of Seven tells the story of select archangels sent to Earth after the fall of Satan with a special task after a prophecy in Heaven revealed an ultimate battle. Like Jordan, the readers go in knowing nothing and slowly learn the angels' (on earth and fallen) origin story. My favorite parts was the different levels or both Heaven and Hell. Angels have varying jobs and skills. No one fully knows the will of God, even angels have to have faith.

Jordan travelled all over the world enlisting the seven archangels on Earth and they turned into surrogate guardians. All of the angels were concerned about Jordan's health, making sure he ate and slept, knew what he was getting into, and starting training because they plan on keeping Jordan around on this task. As much as I loved the angels acting as big brother a lot of those parts of the book made the story drag. I understand that Jordan sleeping helped track passing of time but it felt repetitive and took away from the urgency.

I've read other YA books about Angels including a love story. Fallen by Lauren Kate even includes an origin story. TGoS doesn't have a love story! (There is the start of a crush on the girl next door, but that was a set up and seemed natural) Its all action and adventure. The stakes are high and the angels have quirks. I appreciate that so much.

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5,444 reviews
September 11, 2020
The Genesis of Seven is great start to Sara M Schaller’s The Empyrean Trilogy. I thought this was a good debut for this author. Her talent shines through in this book. I am not a huge fantasy fan, but I really enjoyed this story. I was entertained from start to finish. It was full of action and adventure that kept me engaged throughout.

I am giving The Genesis of Seven four and a half stars. I am looking forward to the next book from The Empyrean Trilogy. I recommend this one for readers who enjoy a good and well written fantasy.

I received The Genesis of Seven from the publisher. This review is one hundred percent my own honest opinion.
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