TITLE: The Book of Uriel
BY: Elyse Hoffman
GENRES: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
PUBLICATION: January 26, 2021 by Project 613 Publishing
NOTES: I received an e-copy from the author via the blog tour host. My review is honest and unbiased.
Yay! another historical fiction. I realized I’ve been reading a lot from this genre lately, thanks to Dave (@The_WriteReads) of @WriteReadsTours. And today, it’s a historical fiction about WWII with a touch of fantasy, and I can’t wait to share my thoughts about this book to you, Blisses.
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.
This isn’t the first historical fiction I’ve read that has fantasy elements in it, but this is certainly one of the few ones I liked. And I’ve never even enjoyed reading anything about the nazis before, so in a way, this book is special. I think the main reason why this book is such is the fact that I am sure anyone can enjoy this book. The story, the plot, can’t be categorized into just one genre, and it certainly isn’t aiming for just one age group of readers. With Uriel as the main character, children can enjoy this book for sure. Plus, the fantasy elements seemed mystical to me that children and children at heart can surely enjoy. And of course, the biggest element of the plot, the history aspect, will suit to the adults.
The Book of Uriel has all the elements that will suit every type of readers. The themes it tackles are deep and insightful. I can even say that this book is important, because it is too rare for books (or any medium, really) that tackles about religious stuff but isn’t really being religious. And yes, I wouldn’t call this book religious. Instead of diving deeper into religious elements, the book was more intent on showing how resilient humans can be when faced with insurmountable challenges. It also shows an amazing bond between a mute boy and a linguist that wasn’t supposed to be helping the said boy.
Uriel is a breath of fresh air. Seriously, I love him so much. He is so innocent too pure for this world, especially for his world. But maybe someone like him is what his world needs. I could feel his pure heart heart through the pages. His determination is inspiring as well, but a bit amusing, to be honest. LOL. The angels asked him for help and he just like nods…So if you’re looking for a reluctant hero, this is not the book for you. But for a while, I ached for Uriel. He was born mute and wished he could speak. I’m so glad that at the end, he realized that he’s perfect already.
I love Uwe’s involvement with Uriel. I found their relationship endearing and sweet. It’s definitely a found family between these two. Also, the two of them trying to achieve different goals but generally fighting the same fight makes the plot more layered and immersive. I liked how balance the story. And even with the complex themes, the writing made the story easy to understand.
RATING: 5 blissful pages with lilies
Like I said this book is for everybody. It is impossible not to find anything in this book that a reader wants in her reads.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Elyse Hoffman strives to tell historical tales with new twists: she loves to meld WWII and Jewish history with fantasy, folklore, and the paranormal. She has written six works of Holocaust historical fiction: the five books of The Barracks of the Holocaust and The Book of Uriel.
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