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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
In Sovereignty: He Lied For Your Sins by Rhys Hagan, we meet a Roman banker who is trying very hard to make a name for himself. He wants fame and he wants recognition, but he is not getting anything close to that. Just when he thinks he is at the end of his glory days, he gets an idea to revitalize the religion in his city and make money at the same time. For this he needs a reliable man, a man that he can count on; someone he knows that people will trust. As luck would have it, he meets just the right man for this job: Jesus Christ. He gets to make money while Jesus gets to influence the lives of thousands of people.
Sovereignty is a challenging read, especially for people who follow a faith or belief system without question and with a blind eye. Beautifully written and developed, the story makes you question what you know to be right and what is actually right. Challenging the reader to question and look for answers rather than just blindly believing in what you heard to be true, this novel is a masterpiece. An alternative religious narrative is hard to tackle, but I think Rhys Hagan did a wonderful job of writing and conveying his point.
A work of fiction, this book takes on one of the most controversial topics in the world and manages to pull it off. The way Rhys Hagan writes is almost soothing and speaks to the reader. The characters seem alive and walking among us, which is great for connecting with the story and the characters. I enjoyed how Hagan wrote the whole novel without stepping on toes, conveying his message and not taking any sides. This is a brilliant, well-written novel.