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Some surprises have more impact than others and what Aysel learns about her life and ‘family’ couldn’t be more of a bombshell! Reluctant Gods IV – Aysel - The Prequel by A.J. Aaron begins the story of Aysel, the sheltered ‘daughter’ of the immortal Varick, friend to the Archangels. As Aysel learns of her purpose in life and her abilities as a god, she is helped by a friend, Emily, who is also on the path to achieving immortality. Reluctantly, Aysel takes on the responsibilities of her position which include accepting things that she had been taught were evil in her strict Catholic upbringing. She is virtually forced into action since she is unable to inhibit Emily’s gung-ho approach to using all the powers that have been granted to her. This prequel sets the stage for the original three volumes of the Reluctant Gods story by explaining the relationship between the Archangels and gods and allows Aysel to take advantage of her new-found abilities to help protect the life and future of Sevilen, the next ‘Designated One’.
A.J. Aaron combines his talent for story telling with mysticism, Christian theology, reincarnation, ancient beliefs, scientific theories and fantasy to create a place for immortals in the modern world. Lively action and serious moral issues join deep thought and lighthearted fun in this prequel volume to the Reluctant Gods trilogy. Reluctant Gods IV – Aysel - The Prequel explains the origins of the characters that inhabit the pages of the other books and provides the reader with an understanding of the variety of beliefs and backgrounds that pertain to the supernatural forces at work. It is a great story on its own but even better for readers who can’t get enough of these amazing characters.