Take biblical characters like Eve. And Adam. And Lilith. Throw in all of the gods of the ancient world. Mix well and what have you got?
A fascinating re-imagining of biblical Eve in a world where ALL the ancient gods exist and where they are constantly negotiating ways of maintaining their territorial holds and, basically, not annihilating each other. A world where Eve is determined to save the world after Adam falls. A world where Adam is unpredictable and often, quite frightening.
Intrigued? You should be. Forged by Fate by Amalia Dillin, is the first in a fascinating fantasy/alternate history trilogy that brings together some of your favorite gods from the ancient world. My favorite is Thor, the Nordic God of Thunder. Dillin re-imagines him as a complex god, torn by duty, and not just an anvil-spinning hot-head.
Dillin weaves several story lines–as well as several epochs–together into a fascinating re-imagining of familiar biblical characters and ancient gods. My only complaint is the cover–I don’t think it does the story justice. It looks too much like bodice-ripper, which it is not. It is an intelligent, well-researched foray into alternate biblical history with a compelling story line.
I found Eve’s re-imagining particularly fascinating and asked the author if she would share with us her process for developing Eve’s character. Here is her response:
|Thor in Forged by Fate: Complex and Fascinating.|
About the author: Amalia Dillin began as a Biology major before taking Latin and falling in love with old heroes and older gods. After that, she couldn’t stop writing about them, with the occasional break for more contemporary subjects. She lives in upstate New York with her husband, and dreams of the day when she will own goats–to pull her chariot through the sky, of course. The first novel in her FATE OF THE GODS trilogy, FORGED BY FATE is available now, in paperback and ebook. You can find more information on her website, www.amaliadillin.com.