4 out of 4 stars
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The Daughters Of The Dove: The Last Generation is the first book in a three-book sci-fi fantasy series by M. G. Hall. It's a book that blends fantasy with Christianity. The story is told by a woman who survived years of grand trials between 2029AD and 2036AD. This fictional memoir is divided into three sections: “Innocent,” “Awakening,” and “Dark And Light.” The scenes move into the future of human existence through time, revealing the dark mysteries of past SyFy, the termed used for “events” in this book. It's quite a lengthy book with 516 pages.
Miriam first met Joshua Dylan after a soccer game when they were both 12 years old, following an attack by a strange tall man on Joshua's mum, Martha. With a supernatural fast run, Joshua helped saved his mother by knocking out her attacker. That was the first of many supernatural things Miriam would notice about Joshua. While Miriam was the only child of her parents, Joshua–the first child of his parents, Don and Martha–had three siblings: Mary, Mart, and Phoebe. When Phoebe was three months old, Sarah, Martha's mother, revealed a family secret about strange abilities the seventh-generation female child will inherit as prophesied in the Family Diaries. As Joshua and Phoebe grew older, their special abilities couldn't remain a secret anymore, which got the attention of AZ (Adonti Zedek), the Archbishop of Satan, and his mother, Hatshep, the high priestess of the underworld, who ruled on Earth from the Mortuary Temple of Hatshepsut in Egypt around 1500BC.
The author spins a creative narrative by revolving the story around the End Times as recorded in the Scriptures. I like his ability to balance scientific and medical advances with the more abstract concepts of supernatural beings and dark mystery. I also appreciate that the book is well-researched as it contains in-depth information regarding the stages of childbirth. The author’s description of scenes and events are vivid. Readers who love the first installment of the series will be eager to check out future sequels.
The characterization of this book is admirable. Sarah and her granddaughter, Phoebe, are peaceful, prayerful, and confident, which added to the book's plot. Joshua’s accomplishments include the development of a DNA synthesis process (The Active Nanobots Technology), a mind-controlling virus AZ wishes to lay his hands on to make Hatshep immortal, and for other selfish reasons. In addition, Miriam portrays a supportive figure for Josh and Phoebe. I also like how she was willing to share the pain, the joy, and the secrets of her friends.
This story traverses themes like love, hope, and faith. There’s nothing I disliked about this book. Although it's a long read, it's fast-paced and very enjoyable with an unpredictable plot. It contains only one instance of profanity and just a few intimate scenes. However, I found the numerous characters a challenge initially, but once I got immersed in the book, I got used to it.
I'm glad to rate The Daughters Of The Dove: The Last Generation four out of four stars. I recommend it primarily to Christian readers, but fantasy and sci-fi lovers may find it appealing. It is professionally edited and well-written as I noticed no errors in it.
The Daughters of the Dove
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