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Darkness reigns unchallenged.For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning - death. Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the Serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite. When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she bDarkness reigns unchallenged.For the villagers on the accursed Island, life has only one meaning - death. Bound to the Island by the curse, the villagers suffer beneath the iron claw of the Serpent, daily breathing the poison of his breath and dying to appease his insatiable appetite. When Marya’s parents are slain by the serpent for their belief in a legendary king, she becomes an outcast. Struggling to survive and avoid the vengeance of the Tribunal, Marya is torn between legend and the harsh reality of the Island. Yet when a forgotten promise springs to life, she cannot help wondering if the old stories might in fact be true. And if they are, will the promise prove stronger than the curse?...

Title : Out of Darkness Rising
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ISBN : 9780692384855
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Number of Pages : 180 Pages
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Out of Darkness Rising Reviews

  • Hannah
    2019-01-24 10:36

    Gillian Bronte Adams has proven herself able to stand amongst the greats of Christian fantasy authors.This stand alone fantasy novella displays the incredible beauty and power of allegory. The prologue alone is the best representative of Lucifer's fall that I've ever read in fantasy. Gillian is a master of epic prose that grabs you tight and steals your breath. Alas, I lament that the story is rather short. I would have loved to see Gillian expand Marya's original plot-line in order to drive up suspense and mystery. Nonetheless, this is a wonderful example of quality writing and convicting truth that will capture any reader, especially those wishing to rediscover the epicness in the story of our fall and redemption.

  • Gray Cox
    2019-02-03 12:46

    Do you want to read a re-telling of the fall of man and the savior that came to save the broken? (The Bible, for any of my non Christian peeps). Look no further, this book is perfect! Christian? Non Christian? Something else? Somewhere in between? No problem! This story is so beautiful, you don't believe in it to enjoy it, although I do. ;) The writing style, the characters, the story development, it all equals perfection. This is my favorite book of Gillian's so far, and let's not even get started on this gorgeous cover!!

  • Katie Grace
    2019-02-14 14:32

    Read this review on my blog with pretty pictures and formatting.Betrayal. For me, that one word brings up a certain sense of suspense, intrigue, and mystery. It's the first word of Out of Darkness Rising, promising an epic adventure from start to finish, filled with the qualities I listed above.Gillian does an amazing job of delivering that promise. Evil serpents, betrayal (surprise! xD), sword fights, and the figure of our one true hope are packed into a 160 page novella. To say it was epic is an understatement. The book never drags--the plot's never boring. Each page brings new adventures to keep you on your toes. :)Con:The length. (You can also take this as a pro, since I'm sad that it ended so soon. *shrug*) In a way I feel bad for commenting about this part of the story. Being a writer myself, I know it's hard to just change the size of a book and make a shorter length novella into a gigantic novel. But as a reader I was disappointed that it only took under an hour to read it; I wanted more of the story. I feel like some parts could have been drawn out a bit more to give it a longer length.Pro: The allegory.Wow. Just... wow. Gillian really nailed it on the head with this one. The allegory was so crystal clear. She wrote about the fall of man and how they were tempted with the serpent. She did this in such a genius way and one that I have never seen done before. The resemblance to the Bible was obvious, but not in a way where it took away from the book. It just added to the already epic story.Con: Pacing. Marya's (one of the main characters) story felt very short, to me. By the time we get to the present moment (where the back cover blurb describes), the story is half done. I wish there would have been more time to get to know her character and maybe go a little deeper into the story.Pro: The writing. Sometimes, when I read a very awesome book, I get jealous of the author's writing skills. This was the case for Out of Darkness Rising. I wanted to transfer Gillian's words to my own story. They were perfectly crafted in a way that made them flow seamlessly one after the next. There weren't any odd sentences that I had to read twice for them to make sense.Pro: The cover. Um, and I just need to admire the cover for a moment. It's amazing. *dies* That's what first caught my attention before I heard of the book. (I know, shameless cover judge-r.) And after reading the back cover blurb, I knew that I had to read this book.- - -Thanks, Gillian, for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for a review! It was SO awesome -- I can't wait to read more from you. :)

  • Claire Banschbach
    2019-01-21 13:45

    I'll start out by saying that this book has one of the coolest covers that I have ever seen. I love it so much.The story itself was a powerful story of redemption. Written as an allegory of the fall of mankind and the promise of a savior, this book contain a wonderful fantasy world. It's divided into three parts. In the first, we have the discontented soldier who rebels against his king and is cast out of the kingdom. In the second, the knight has taken the form of a serpent and tempts the inhabitants of the kingdom with greater riches across the waters of the Loch. In the third, we get to know Marya, a young girl who's parents still believe in the kingdom far across the water and are killed for their beliefs. The girl becomes an outcast and lives on the fringes of the island where she meets a stranger who challenges all the rules of the island. I won't spoil the rest of the story although you might know what happens next. The story is well written and my only wish was that it would be longer. I'd have liked to see more of Marya and her interactions the mysterious stranger. Recommended to anyone who likes strong Christian allegories and stories of redemption.I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

  • E.F.B.
    2019-02-12 09:48

    When I first started "Out of Darkness Rising", I was a little afraid that the allegorical nature of the story would result in it being too predictable. The very first part in particular actually was pretty predictable given that it paralleled the fall of Lucifer and the first temptation of Man so closely. However, I needn't have worried because, though the allegorical meaning of things was still clear and I knew what would happen in a general sense, the majority of the story did not parallel any particular part of the Biblical narrative quite as closely as the first part did and this allowed for some surprises along the way.That being said, I think the author did an excellent job with this book both as an allegory and and a story. It was darker and far more emotional than I expected and I cried a LOT out of both sadness and happiness, but I still enjoyed the story over all. As a Christian it was such a beautiful reminder for me that the darkness of this world is not all there is, nor will it be allowed to last forever. Because of the sacrifice and unconditional love of Jesus Christ we can look forward to the day when the Promise will be fulfilled, the evil ruler of this world will be overthrown, and God will make all things perfect and new. To end this review, I'll share a passage from the Bible that I think fits this story perfectly, and may even be one that the author had in mind while writing: Revalation 21:3-5 "And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away. He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”

  • Liv Fisher
    2019-01-30 17:22

    Gillian Bronte Adams's Out of Darkness Rising is a medieval, fantasy retelling of Satan's fall from Heaven, Adam and Eve's mistake in the Garden of Eden, Satan's defeat, and the Lord's love that sets us free.Though it took me a while to get into the story, I loved how Gillian portrayed Jesus. I've often imagined Him with a good-natured sense of humor, and I thoroughly enjoyed how His character was given just that.The ending was excellent, as well! Though I didn't connect with Marya much over the course of the story, I began to like her character once she repented and accepted God.The writing was good and though not as descriptive as I prefer, Out of Darkness Rising was a wonderful story of God's unending love, mercy, and compassion.You may want to know: There is fantasy violence, as well as a couple un-descriptive human sacrifice scenes.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-01-18 13:43

    So SO beautiful! A little novella, I read it in a sitting, and it’s a gorgeous allegory. It was incredibly well written — I love this author’s style! — and just… gaah. Words fail me. It was such an amazing allegorical story! <3 It was so immersive and detailed, I really felt pulled in, and the timeless tale of love and salvation was so beautifully woven. It made me really love the Prince and his Father and look to the allegory beneath, pointing upward. Just an awesome story. (Not to mention one of my favorite covers!)

  • Polaris
    2019-02-16 11:33

    Okay, I have only technically read the sample of this book, but it sounds so incredibly amazing! I cannot wait to read it!

  • Matthew Sampson
    2019-01-23 15:22

    I enjoyed Out of Darkness Rising. I would have liked to have seen some things done differently—such as more development of the culture of the Island, a slower and deeper change arc in the main character, and a slower and more subtle buildup in general—but at the same time I understand the limitations of a novella, and Out of Darkness Rising is one of the better-done allegories I've read. I also enjoyed one of the unexpected plot twists at the end, as an allegory is typically predictable and this one proved to be not so predictable in some regards.Also some examples of awkward wording, but I trust that Gillian Bronte Adams is continuing to develop her skills, as I don't recall the same in her other series, the Songkeeper Chronicles. Despite a few minor issues, I enjoyed Out of Darkness Rising and I hope to keep reading Adams' work.

  • Emily
    2019-01-20 10:43

    This is a fine book if you're looking for a straightforward allegorical story. It's well-written and serves that purpose well.If what you want is a fantasy novel with world building and character development, though, this one is not for you.

  • Emileigh Latham
    2019-02-01 15:50

    in one word: touchingin one sentence: Gillian crafts a tale of Christ as our rescuer; a tale that will not be forgotten.good: Gillian has a gift with words.The imagery in Out of Darkness Rising was my favorite part. I knew as soon as I read the first words that this was going to be a captivating story I would love and share with others.Gillian weaves a magnificent allegory that covers the fall and the redemption of our story with a style of her own that is lucid, unique, powerful, and elegant. Her prose is engaging and breath-taking but never did it distract me from the overall epic tale of a traitorous and murderous knight, a young girl striving to survive in a dark world, and a compassionate and loving prince who seeks to rescue his people.I finished Out of Darkness Rising on Easter and it made the significant day more impactful to me. Both Jesus' story and Out of Darkness Rising reverberated with me over the course of several weeks. It touched my soul and, I'll admit it, I did shed a few tears. It was hard to sit down and write a review because no amount of my own feeble words could describe the vast awesomeness of this book.I think the one thing that really hit me about this book is the knowledge that we cannot save ourselves from our sin. It is His job and His work alone to do - to save us - because He loves us.Thank you, Gillian, for touching my heart with this beautiful allegorical Christian fantasy novella. I can't wait to see what you spin next. bad: I know it says it's a novella but it was just TOO SHORT! I would've loved to have see Gillian expand the main character's (Marya) story further, creating more suspense and character or don't: donotes: I highly recommend reading it during the time of Lent. It was very inspirational during that time of reflecting on the Lord's mercy, grace, and love.

  • Lisa Godfrees
    2019-02-14 09:51

    I love the cover of this book. Very eye catching.I read Out of Darkness Rising without reading the back cover blurb because I know and like the author. I enjoy being surprised by stories and going along for the ride. So if I know I'll like the book, I'll just crack into it. And I was surprised... to find out I was reading an allegory.I have a love/hate relationship with allegories. Since I like for stories to take me somewhere new, once I realize I'm reading an allegory, I know where the story is headed. Then it's a matter of how well the author tells the story. That's what we have here - one of the best told allegories I've read. It's creative, clever, and imaginative all without being overdone. More straight allegory than something like CS Lewis or JRR Tolkien. I loved the imagery and story telling. The writing was vivid and worth reading all on its own.Recommended for fantasy lovers, teen readers, and allegory enthusiasts.

  • Sarah Taleweaver
    2019-01-23 11:47

    This is a short book- I read it in under an hour- but its briefness makes it no less powerful. Gillian weaves a beautiful allegory reminiscent of Chuck Black's Kingdom Series, but far better. The story perfectly captures the struggle between Light and Darkness and rebellion and love, and Gillian's poignant tale will not be quickly forgotten.

  • Leslie
    2019-02-06 14:44

    A stellar premise and a strong allegory. It was so well-written that it made me wish it had been longer. Enjoyed it!

  • Katie
    2019-02-06 12:51

    Adam's Out of Darkness Rising is a beautiful allegory! Thoughtful description and simplicity serve the depth of this story with delight and a fast pace.

  • Andrew Miller
    2019-02-11 10:36

    An allegorical novella, Out of Darkness Rising follows a variety of characters in their exploits in the Kingdom and on the accursed Island. The story begins with the rebellion of Arientyl, who ultimately fails in his uprising against the King, and is banished to the Loch bordering the Kingdom, where he begins plotting his ultimate revenge. Soon he emerges from the Loch and seduces several of the King’s peasants, luring them across the vast uncharted waters to an island he claims is full of riches, but in actuality is a barren waste. Upon discovery of their treachery, the King comes to the island and curses it, but also promises the peasants that deliverance will come for them. And thus the stage is set for the rest of the story. As far as allegory goes, Out of Darkness Rising does a fairly good job at crafting an original tale without losing sight of its origins. Particularly the character of Marya helps with this, as she has no direct correlation to any person from biblical history, unless she is a mirror for the general human race. That being said, her character makes the story interesting in a way that it would not have been had the author chosen to focus on a less-original character. As far as storytelling goes, this is an allegory, as already stated earlier, and therefore the truth present within shines forth clearly. It would be very difficult for someone to pick this up and not understand that the story is based on the Bible. One criticism of the tale would be that at times the author seems to give an inordinate amount of focus to the action taking place. What is meant by that, is that during the conflicts between the Prince and the Serpent, there is an extraordinary amount of description given to their fights, especially in the beginning of the story. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, it does beg the question: why so much focus on the battles? I suppose our own history is one great battle between the forces of darkness and light, and if that was the author’s intent, then she certainly accomplished it. However, it would have been nice to have some more focus on Marya and her relationships with the other islanders, given as much time as was spent on the actual fighting. That being said, I think the biggest problem present is that the story is too short. It had potential to perhaps reach novel-length. Of course, that would require heaps more characters and plotlines and would make the story incredibly more complex; and there is a certain beauty in the simplicity of the Redemption story. Mankind disobeyed God and the Earth was cursed because of it; but God did not leave humanity in its depravity. He provided a promise, a Deliverer who came and destroyed the power of death.

  • Jane Maree
    2019-02-03 17:46

    Beautiful.For starters the first paragraph of this book is one word: Betrayal. Seriously, who wouldn't want to read a book with such an epic first sentence? Not to mention the cover!The story is an allegory of redemption that is unlike any other book I've ever read. It is ringing with the truth, and love of Christ. I can honestly say that reading it made me feel closer to understanding our Lord. Through the whole thing the pace never slows, it's always fast and interesting.Marya was the perfect balance of uncertainty and faith that just makes it impossible not to relate to all she goes through. I was drawn into her story from cover to cover.Gillian did an amazing job of capturing and portraying the truth in an epic way. I almost wished the story was longer because it was so beautiful that I just wanted to keep on reading it forever...I definitely recommend this to...everyone basically. So, if you haven't read it yet, go buy yourself a copy. :)

  • Daleine
    2019-02-12 17:28

    Out of Darkness Rising is a wonderful book. It tells the story of how people turn from their king at the bidding of a serpent who convinces them that they can have more glory by following him. They end up on an accursed island where life only means death. The serpent keeps the villagers bound to the island with his poisonous breath and unquenchable hunger. Marya is a young girl whose parents were slain by the serpent because of their belief in a legendary king. Marya becomes an outcast struggling to survive and avoid vengenace of the Tribunal. Marya is torn between the harsh reality of the island and legend which foretells of the king and his son will come and save his people. Loved the book.

  • Susan Mackinney
    2019-01-24 14:51

    I absolutely loved this book. It was a shorter book than what I often read, but it was awesome just the same. The writing and the plot were excellent. I love the storytelling feel the book has to it. The allegory was very strong and clear. I think anybody really enjoys allegories will like this book.

  • Clare Farrelly
    2019-01-30 15:27

    This allegory of redemption is a short read, sad, and hopeful and beautiful, the writing resounds with one of the greatest truths. The characters are relatable, and the story, a retelling of the greatest rescue is epic. But I must say it felt over too soon, I wish it was longer. And the cover is seriously cool too especially since it is a scene in the story, and because it just is too.

  • Lavay Byrd
    2019-01-28 11:29

    One word: WOW!This is by far the most unique and powerful allegory, set in a fantastical realm, of redemption and God's love for all humankind and individuals! How Gillian Brontes writes it with such imagery, I'll never know, but the story itself--- though a novella--- is both simple, yet so POWERFUL! I would read it again and again!And the cover is just plain epic!

  • Lydia Thomas
    2019-02-05 13:33

    When I first started reading this one, I had a mild panic attack, because the first chapter reminded me so much of The Field. They are two very different stories, but they both speak to themes of redemption and spiritual warfare, and portray similar archetypes. Adams builds a vivid world, and you won't just feel her story emotionally, but physically as well.

  • Caryl
    2019-02-05 13:31

    For those of you who enjoy Frank Peretti, you will want to read OUT OF DARKNESS RISING. Gillian Bronte Adams did an excellent job with this allegory in the form of fantasy. I highly recommend this book.I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Lavay Byrd
    2019-02-01 11:37

    one word: WOW! A beautifully written allegory of hope, redemption, and Christ' love for us (non-believers and believers alike!)