Infinity - Rulers

Fiction - Action
558 Pages
Reviewed on 09/25/2016
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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite

“Much has changed. You called me an Angel. I have not been called that in a long time. I have regretted my actions that brought me in this place. We are no longer called Angels; Death has renamed us. We are now Death’s Reapers,” is one of the ways Lucifer describes himself and his predicament after losing control of his realm.

What would happen if the Prince of Darkness loses his power and finds his consciousness thrown away from his very essence, lingering in the primordial place of existence — heaven? This is the story that Glen Shipherd develops in Infinity: Rulers, a tale of the shift in powers, a supernatural tale of the fate of angels and mankind’s hope for redemption. Separated from the earth where he’s exercised tremendous power and control, can Lucifer make his way back and be on time to assume his role? What will happen to humans when he returns — if only he does? Read this eternal drama from the masterly pen of a gifted and highly imaginative author.

The story is told in the first person narrative and reflects the depth of anguish experienced by the main character, Lucifer himself. This is a very beautiful entry in the area of angelology, featuring humans, angels, and other beings in the quest for redemption. The conflict is monumental and readers will find it hugely rewarding and entertaining to step into the consciousness of the Prince of Darkness. The prose is beautiful, filled with many images that are capable of making readers wake up in the middle of the night with haunting nightmares. Infinity: Rulers is a compelling read for lovers of the supernatural and the mystical. Glen Shipherd comes across as an expert story teller, with great characters and a very powerful narrative voice.

Ray Simmons

Infinity Rulers by Glen Shipherd is a massive work of what I think is fascinating and intensely interesting fiction. I haven’t read any other books in this series, but if they are like this one in scope, size, detail, and action you can definitely count me in. I have loved adventure since my elementary days in my mom’s library. The story that Glen Shipherd tells in Infinity might be considered the first adventure. It is a story that has been told before and will undoubtedly be told many times in the future with new twists and the latest technology to bring it up to date. I am talking about Lucifer’s fall from heaven and the beginning of a rebellion that’s still going on. This is fascinating myth and some subsequent retellings, for example Milton’s Paradise Lost, have become classics themselves. The Infinity series may just be able to join these exalted ranks.

Coming in at just short of 800 pages long, Infinity is definitely not a quick read. Glen Shipherd takes his time and gives us all the rich detail and interesting characters that this story deserves. The protagonist is Lucifer himself, and I like Shipherd’s take on him. If you like and are fascinated by Angels, then this is the book for you. There are a lot of them. Most right out of the Bible, but some from classical literature too. All the great names are here - Azrael, Lilith, Azazel, Mephistopheles, Moloch, and so many more. The plot is huge, the characters are great, and the stakes are high. I liked it. But be warned, it’s a lot of reading. Good reading.

Divine Zape

Infinity: Rulers by Glen Shipherd is a scary tale, but one that will be irresistible to lovers of the genre. The story reminded me of characters from Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus, a paranormal tale that explores eternal possibilities and examines the question of good and evil in a dramatic way. It takes a lot of courage and imagination to weave a story involving Lucifer and the angels, and Glen Shipherd not only has the courage but also the skill to do it. Lucifer’s life force is separated from his body. His consciousness is in heaven. Can he find his way back to earth and take control over death? But in his absence, a lot has happened, and the seed of goodness seems to have increased amongst humans. What will be humankind’s fate upon his return to his fiefdom?

Infinity – Rulers is a story laced with supernatural language and one that transports readers to another realm of thought and reality. Fans of angelology can’t resist this book. The plot is gripping, and the author offers a powerful stream of consciousness with numerous moments of self-reflective, strong soliloquies. The writing is beautiful and the shifts in POV are masterfully done in a way that readers won’t find themselves guessing and wondering about who should be speaking at any point. And of course, the story grows in conflict from page to page and readers become excited to learn how it will end. It’s surprising to discover the place where the author has planned to lead them. This is the kind of book that will send a chill through the reader’s bones without stopping the brain from pursuing the story.

Rabia Tanveer

Infinity – Rulers by Glen Shipherd is the story of heaven, angels and demons without being overtly religious. Since I watch the TV series Supernatural, I was very intrigued by the subject matter of this story and how things are in this novel. Father (God) is not present in Heaven or on Earth. There is a hunt for Lilith by two of Lucifer’s followers. Lucifer and his body are on Earth, but he wakes up in Heaven. Since there is no Lucifer to guide them, his army is taken over by Death, who is trying his best to get back to Earth and carry on Lucifer’s plan, only this time, he wants to make his efforts stronger and bigger.

Belial and Alexander are the only two surviving angels and they are doubling their efforts to help humans and unite them. However, Lucifer has had a great impact on the minds and lives of humans and these angels don’t know that. These two angels have no idea if Lucifer can find his way back to his old mission of destroying mankind. Can they stand against him and his powers? And with Father gone, can Lucifer be controlled?

This was intense and really, really good. I loved reading this story and the way these characters were handled. You will find some religious threads in the novel, but they are only very few. The plot is about Lucifer and what could have had happened (or if it happened, who knows?) if angels had fought back. This is a great outcome of the story we all grew up hearing. I certainly have never read anything like this before. It was beautifully written with just the right amount of suspense, mystery and drama. This is a really excellent piece of fiction.

Kathryn Bennett

Infinity - Rulers by Glen Shipherd takes us into a place where Lucifer has had his life force separated from his body on Earth, but his consciousness is in Heaven. Lucifer's army, which has been a failure overall, has been given to Death to rule over. The Father seems to be gone and Lucifer has to try to find a way to get back to Earth whole. Meanwhile Samael and Vlad are hunting down Lilith, even though they know it is only Lucifer who can stop her from growing in strength. The two surviving Angels, Belial and Alexander, are helping humanity grow into a society that is worth something. They have no idea that Lucifer and his influence are on Earth. If he manages to come back, will he destroy everything they have worked hard for?

This book reminded me of the sci fi show Dominion on some levels and because of that I dove right into it with enjoyment from the start. I admit I have not read the book Infinity - The Fallen, but I will go back and read it. This book can work as a stand alone, however, and it will hold your attention for the entire length. The characters are rich, the story is woven like a beautiful tapestry and everything is deeply connected. This is an action book and it keeps you entertained throughout, but you also have to pay attention. If you don't, you are going to miss some exciting clues. Put everything you thought you knew about Lucifer aside and dive into this exciting new take. I recommend this book for anyone who enjoys a rich and exciting story.