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Reluctant Gods III - Reset by A.J. Aaron is the third in a sequence that explores the concept of destiny and multiple timelines. After being tragically parted from his beloved Leyna in a past life, Sevilen casts a powerful spell to enable their reunion at a future date. This happy outcome falls apart through the designs of the demon Seth. Do the main characters manage to thwart him? The answer is yes and no, leaving a confusing tangle of different universes, each with its own set of problems and complications. To save the world (or worlds) they care about, the main players have choices to make and time is running out. It may seem simple, but it isn't. The slightest change of circumstances can give birth to another multiverse, with different cultures, different problems, different politics and even different types of relationships between the main characters. Take a roller-coaster ride on destiny as the main characters experiment to find the best of all possible outcomes. You will certainly recognize a Biblical angel or two, but will you be comfortable with the guise they wear in this story?
If you are willing to be open-minded to concepts such as parallel realities and you don't mind a little religious irreverence here and there, you will probably enjoy this slightly chaotic exploration of an ever-shifting universe. If you are unfamiliar with the idea of different timelines, born out of different actions, you will probably end up a little confused. Relationships change as worlds do, and keeping track of a complicated and tangled web of intrigue might prove challenging. Readers who enjoy philosophical debate about the nature of life, the universe and the role of free will in determining our destiny, should find plenty to chew on when reading Reluctant Gods III by A.J. Aaron. For the most rewarding reading experience, you may need to familiarize yourself with other books in the series.