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  • 978-1952742064
  • 300 pages
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Elyse Hoffman
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The Book of Uriel: A Novel of WWII
In the fires of World War II, a child must save his people from darkness... Ten-year-old Uriel has always been an outcast. Born mute in a Jewish village known for its choir, he escapes into old stories of his people, stories of angels and monsters. But when the fires of the Holocaust consume his village, he learns that the stories he writes in his golden notebook are terrifyingly real. In the aftermath of the attack, Uriel is taken in by Uwe, a kind-hearted linguist forced to work for the commander of the local Nazi Police, the affably brutal Major Brandt. Uwe wants to keep Uriel safe, but Uriel can't stay hidden. The angels of his tales have come to him with a dire message: Michael, guardian angel of the Jewish people, is missing. Without their angel, the Jewish people are doomed, and Michael's angelic brethren cannot search for him in the lands corrupted by Nazi evil. With the lives of millions at stake, Uriel must find Michael and free him from the clutches of the Angel of Death...even if that means putting Uwe in mortal danger. The Book of Uriel is a heartbreaking blend of historical fiction and Jewish folklore that will enthrall fans of The Book Thief and The World That We Knew.
Plot/Idea: 9 out of 10
Originality: 10 out of 10
Prose: 9 out of 10
Character/Execution: 8 out of 10
Overall: 9.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Hoffman’s novel is well-plotted and obviously well-researched. She also introduces a number of surprises in regards to plot, genre, and characters.  While the story progresses a bit slowly and has some occasional lulls, the narrative flows smoothly and logically. Fantastical elements are finely balanced with more realistic details.

Prose: Hoffman’s prose is full of beautiful imagery and excels at “showing, not telling.” The author doesn't shy from sometimes graphic and gut-punching moments. Told from the third-person omniscient POV, Hoffman does an excellent job of portraying the characters’ emotions through imagery and their gestures, mannerism, and actions, especially in the case of Uriel, a mute boy.

Originality: Readers will find all the elements of a classic historical fiction novel but with a twist of fantasy and the supernatural, as well as a focus on a divine, heaven endowed quest. Another element that readers will appreciate is the rich history of the Jewish people and religion woven seamlessly throughout the story.

Character/Execution: The two protagonists, Uwe, translator for the Ordnungspolizei, and Uriel, a mute Jewish boy, are extremely convincing in their roles as individuals from vastly different worlds who become allies. Uwe has the greatest character development, as he moves from a shy, quiet man to a courageous, outspoken ally of the Jewish people. Uwe and Uriel prove themselves to be truly righteous, brave, and intelligent and will steal the hearts of readers. Though antagonist Major Brandt, leader of the Ordnungspolizei, is somewhat unconvincing, secondary characters generally serve the story well and are essential to the narrative as a whole.

Blurb: A truly unique work of fantastical, historical fiction set in Nazi Germany that will keep readers engaged and invested in the characters and their fates. 

Date Submitted: June 19, 2021

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 978-1952742064
  • 300 pages
  • $3.99

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