In spirit of Indie April, I have chosen this week’s post to be about a new indie novel I read over last weekend. God of Manna, by Daeus Lamb.
First off, wow. Can I just express here for a minute the beautifully creative descriptions Lamb has scattered across his story? Every one painted a vivid picture in my mind. I found myself drinking it in.
God of Manna is a fairy tale novella with an allegorical feel to it. Daeus has somehow buried hidden gems of truth into his story and it takes a sharp mind see them. Everything comes together in the end in a colorful way, that left me turning the story over and over in my head hours later. It was different from just about anything else I’ve read, yet had a sort of Pilgrim’s Progress-esque to it.
In the sort of forward of the book, Lamb said that God of Manna was written as a “response” to The Grand Inquisitor by Fyodor Dostoevsky. He also said: “Also, the ending of The Grand Inquisitor is incredibly cryptic. I’ve always wondered how to interpret it. Finally, the inquisitor’s arguments are complex, unique, and mind-bogglingly deep.”
Mind-bogglingly deep is the only way I can describe the ending of Lamb’s new novella. It put me in mind of Jeffery Overstreet’s The Auralia Thread series and its cryptic ending that left the reader aching for more. All I can say is, this book will leave you thinking about its story for days afterward.
Did I like it? Most definitely yes. Was it easy to read? At times, no. It was written in the style you see mostly in eighteenth-century novels. Because I love eighteenth-century novels, it flowed easily for me, but for those who don’t read classics, it may come off as confusing at first. But the story world will pull you in nonetheless.
Lamb’s novella is a masterpiece. And I recommend that you pick it up and read it for yourself.
I rate it: 4 1/2 out of 5
ABOUT THE BOOK:
The hideous God of Manna has taken away the soul of Mortristan’s father. Now, it is Mortristan’s doom to find what his father never could: something worth living for.
But when Mortristan is forced to hunt an intruder in the God of Manna’s paradise-city, he learns just how enslaved he is. As bad as life is with the God of Manna, it’s impossible to live without him. Can Mortristan really sacrifice everything he has to find just one thing that’s lasting?
The God of Manna has reigned for a millennia and he does not take rebellion lightly…
The world needs a savior. And if Mortristan doesn’t find a way of escape, he will too.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Daeus is a young adult guy who spends more time writing more time than is probably good for him. That is, of course, when he is not eating frozen raspberries, hanging out with friends, contemplating deep questions, and or singing at the top of his lungs for particular reason.
His dream is write books with thrill and brilliance of The Count of Monte Cristo, the thematic depth of A Tale of Two Cities, and the throbbing heart of Cry, The Beloved Country. His mission is to make friends with readers everywhere and provide them with the best literature he possibly can.