The Destroyer of Worlds

'An Answer to Every Question'

Fiction - Mythology
501 Pages
Reviewed on 11/20/2021
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Author Biography

Steven Seril, an Asian-American author, is quite a story! He is a 9x gold-medalist in powerlifting (including a 1st-place finish in an IPL World Cup) and a 2x football champion (as a player and a coach). He is now a 10x award-winning author! Author's Circle named his debut novel the "Fiction Book of the Year!"

In 2003, at the age of 13, he recorded a 181 IQ. He was invited to the White House that year for this and other accomplishments! Seril graduated with honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa with a degree in English. He also worked at the University of Hawaii as a writing tutor and was considered one of the best writers and writing tutors in the department. He was an educator for 14 years before taking up a humbler job as a janitor.

Many of his greatest accomplishments came after suffering a hit-and-run accident in May 2016 that changed his life, leaving him with limited movement & amnesia for a time. Not only did he succeed in powerlifting and authoring his book following this accident, but he also married his beautiful wife, Diana, a nurse and one of the few Turkmen in the USA. The two met after a chance encounter on public transit that garnered considerable media attention.

Seril has been featured for his inspirational stories and charity work by Fox 13 News, ABC 4 News, LSL, Deseret News, Salt Lake City Tribune, Pacific Business News, The Forum, and other news outlets.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

With nine awards and named Fiction Book of the Year by Authors Circle, The Destroyer of Worlds: An Answer to Every Question by Steven Seril rightfully deserves to be called the Book of the Century. Rich in both substance and chaos, the main plot revolves around the war between two reptile species, the cosmic dragons and the alien dinosaurs. Both species want to rule the cosmos, and this is where a plethora of gods from the colorful myths of different cultures take sides on who should rightfully rule. It is a time of hostility and unrest, and as the gods take sides, you will be drawn into a multi-layered story that takes you to the world of benign and destructive divines as well as epic battles that will determine the fate of the cosmos.

There are too many gods and other celestials for me to keep tabs on, and I’m so glad to have read The Destroyer of Worlds as it renewed my ties to these mythical heroes that I first came to know when I was a child. Steven Seril tells his story with great mastery and command. For its intended audience, it is definitely great reading entertainment. I enjoyed reading it myself because the stuff that Seril has written is the kind that covers a huge chunk of my reading tastes. There is plenty of dramatic conflict in this story, and Azure is one of the characters that is sure to linger in your mind. It is easy to acknowledge the creativity and imagination that went into writing this book. It will not only appeal to lovers of speculative fiction. The Destroyer of Worlds has the energy, intelligence, and absurdity that can draw any reader’s attention.

Asher Syed

The Destroyer of Worlds: 'An Answer to Every Question' by Steven Seril is a mythology-based work of Christian fantasy that melds some new concepts with familiar deities in a cauldron of war and clashes of immense power. The world Seril's book encompasses is comprised of many in a vast universe that blurs realms with character crossover involving ancient gods and demi-gods, dragons and hybrid dinosaurs, humanoids, aliens, angels, archangels, demons, and Satan, among others. Multiple battles lead to wars and unlikely alliances are formed. Scripture and visions of biblical prophecies are the bedrock of the plot where the followers of God the Father fight evil in a twist to the traditional end-times presage. The scene then returns to the crucifixion as Jesus calls up to the sky in Hebrew, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” (“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”)

As far as Christian fantasy goes, The Destroyer of Worlds unquestionably stands out as innovative. Steven Seril is ambitious in crafting such a highly conceptual and character-rich spin for a single volume of a novel. The writing is functional with more substance than style but the dialogue is witty. Loki's antics are as expected and the dino-gal Neela had me chuckling outright when she responds to a plea to “say something again” by literally saying “something again”. Neela is the most likable and the health struggles she endures pierce the heart. The sexy parts of the book tease but don't cross the line and the feminine-masculine portrayals are unpretentious. I like a classic foundation and Seril sticks to it. Overall, a good book for the right audience.

Matt Lebois

In a myriad of universes including all human mythologies, undeniably powerful dragon armies serve the embodiment of death. Entire pantheons fail to offer significant resistance. But in one special universe ruled by evolved dinosaur-like beings, an idealistic young woman, Neela, discovers and cares for Azure, a helpless blue tyrannosaur with a fractured memory. Together they struggle through life under an oppressive regime. Backed by world-destroying weaponry, this fascist government may be the only force strong enough to resist the encroaching dragon. When powerful forces clash, civilians suffer. Against this backdrop, can hope and love thrive? Will Azure remember who, and what, he truly is? And when gods clash for the fate of all universes, will anyone, anywhere, survive?

In The Destroyer of Worlds, Steven Seril ambitiously crafts a story to encompass all stories, all time, all beliefs. Against all odds, he succeeded. This epic tale spans untold eons, spinning diverse world mythologies into a unique origin story for all existence. It would be easy to lose perspective in this broad scope, but the author deftly weaves personal, human experiences and emotions into this setting. Neela and Azure’s tale is relatable and authentic. The challenges they face are those of everyday life and are eminently recognizable. Slowly, their personal struggles merge into global and universal conflicts without losing their emotional core. Seril’s straightforward prose and honest dialogue keep the reader attached to the characters and make cosmos-level battles easy to follow. The overall tone of the writing conveys a mythological feel, well suited to this impressive work of literature. A wonderful mix of characters, many familiar from popular mythologies but given original characterization, keeps this massive tale grounded. Surprisingly, a book that on the surface is about dragons vs. dinosaurs, set light-years away and millennia ago, is in fact a deeply human story.

JC Minnaar

The Destroyer of Worlds by Steven Seril starts at the very beginning – Heaven, the first universe. The Rebellion of Angels vs. Demons has concluded with the God of all gods banishing the Demons and in the process creating a daughter universe. This release of energy, however, gave birth to something else: a wandering and destructive entity – Death. New universes are birthed from Death’s rampage; one universe’s destruction births a new universe and the cycle continues with each new universe housing its own deities. Unbeknownst to Death, her destructive tendencies would lead to a third great power on a par with her own and even the God of all gods. The Destroyer of Worlds pits gods against gods as Death invades the multiverse on her quest for ultimate power in a tale of omniversal proportions.

Steven Seril’s The Destroyer of Worlds is an absolute masterpiece. I was enthralled with every page turned as more and more mythologies and religions enter the fray – Greek, Norse, Japanese, Christian, and many more. Each god is a faithful retelling of their mythological versions including Loki, Athena, Susanoo, and Yeshua (Jesus). Each universe/mythology is vividly expanded upon and described in wonderful detail, filled to the brim with mythological creatures. Battles take place on a cosmic scale with magic, weapons, and all sorts of destructive technology keeping the action fast-paced, gory and never-ending. It isn’t all action and bloodshed as The Destroyer of Worlds tells a compelling story of love, loss, discovery, scheming, and hope – hope to do better. I cannot recommend The Destroyer of Worlds enough to any fan of mythology, fantasy, and adventure. Marvel and DC cannot compare. It is an absolute epic. Bravo, Steven Seril, bravo!