The Devil's Redemption

The Halcyon Atonement

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
777 Pages
Reviewed on 11/18/2022
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Reviewed by Joshua Olokodana for Readers' Favorite

The tables have turned. Primordial grounds have shifted. And one guy is threatening to throw the world off balance. His name is Lucifer. Tired of being the bad guy, he seeks re-entry into Heaven’s good books, but can evil ever cease to exist? In The Devil’s Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement by Ordin K. Cambel, life was unfolding as usual until a boy picked up a ring in the snow. Alas, the ring was the Devil’s, and it didn’t take Howe long to realize he had an ex-angel on his shoulder! In a desperate attempt to silence Lucifer’s annoying voice in his head, Howe swallowed the ring. Nevertheless, Howe couldn’t stop himself from telling the world, in a telepathic broadcast, about a looming alien invasion and his plan for a new world order. The world descended into chaos. Humans became a war-mongering race, and it seemed like it was Lucifer’s grand plan to overrun the Earth, but the war came, and he helped through Howe. However, it appears to be another trick to gain trust as he edges toward his real aim: getting Metatron’s cube. The cube can change reality; Hell’s and maybe even Heaven’s. Or not? The only certainty is that Lucifer might look like a good guy, but he remains as cunning as ever as he embarks on his oddest quest yet.

Get in here, fairytale lovers, supernatural genre buffs, and alien civilization enthusiasts. Ordin K. Cambel has finally put what we’ve been thinking on paper. Ordin paints a terrifying yet enticing world where the harbinger of all things evil decides to call it a day. Incredible, isn’t it? Lucifer did not have all the lights focused on him, though. The famed Reptilians of Draconia also get enough page time to surpass their conspiracy-theory reputation. The Devil’s Redemption is stunning. It pushes the boundaries of imagination in an unending parade of the best technology the sci-fi genre offers. It also features unprecedented Mortal-Kombat-style warfare between superheroes and demons. Everywhere you look, be it peace or war or repentance, it’s being done on a cosmic scale. With an unrushed narration that stimulates the imagination and characters that are flawed and human, you will have a hard time forgetting the premise of this book. The Devil’s Redemption contains its share of twists, but the level of improvisation and ingenuity, specifically regarding Hitler and Napoleon, made the plot look so real. Also, incorporating different lore and alien legends into the narrative made it much more dramatic and believable. I really liked how Ordin complicated the plot with the characters’ emotions and Lucifer’s journey to the 8th Circle of Hell with strategic opponents and a final riddle. It was poetic.

Vincent Dublado

What if Lucifer has a chance to redeem himself and reform Hell? This is the thought-provoking premise in The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement by Ordin K. Cambel. Howe has been elected by the human race as their last hope. But the war against the Draconians could prove to be a losing battle unless Howe and his team wield a weapon far stronger than nukes and S.A. lasers. But Howe is not yet worried about the outcome of the war, as he aids Lucifer in obtaining a tool of power that can be found in the Draconian homeworld—a sacred artifact known as the Cube. With the use of blood, it has the power to change reality. Lucifer will once again raise the sword of the Word of God and affirm that the Lord is his light and his salvation.

The Devil's Redemption may be a work of fiction, and it may not intend to upset the status quo of religious beliefs, but a story that aims to redeem the Devil is likely to raise eyebrows and open the doors to a fascinating book discussion. But then, why not? If you are familiar with biblical stories, Lucifer was once an angel who was thrown out of heaven for challenging God’s authority—kind of like an ancient version of today’s cancel culture. As Ordin K. Cambel involves speculative fiction with religious elements, the storyline seriously argues that the marriage between Heaven and Hell is a great idea, as it will redeem lost and damned souls—but a dream that asks for many sacrifices. It is a dark story that aims to come out bearing an inextinguishable torch. Cambel is playing with the allegory of the human condition, and his vibrant prose breathes life into the existence, causality, and truth of the world that he has created. The Devil’s Redemption is a treat for fans of religious and philosophical fantasy.

Rabia Tanveer

The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement by Ordin K. Cambel is a Christian science fiction novel with hints of epic fantasy at its core. Set in the future and a world very similar to ours, we have a set of characters all of whom have a goal to reach and a quest to fulfill. In a story of redemption and second chances, one of the protagonists of the story is Lucifer who wants to redeem himself and make Hell a place for rehabilitation and not pain. On the other hand, we have Howe and his group of friends given the burden of saving humanity from an alien invasion. If Howe and his friends succeed, they will help Lucifer get back into God’s good graces and fulfill his desire to redeem Hell.

Filled with satisfying twists and turns, The Devil's Redemption by Ordin K. Campbell had me sitting on the edge of my seat and holding my breath. Howe is a wholesome and complete character. From the moment he discovered his powers until the final scene, he had my attention and my support. The orphic ring was a nice touch and the powers it granted Howe added even more fun. From sinners to the faithful, the story has a complete cast of characters with a convincing redemption arc for all. I loved Lorenn’s character a lot maybe because I could relate to her more. The plot is intense, but it is handled perfectly. All of the subplots have their own pace and do not interrupt the main plot. The dialogue is fun, the situations are intense at times and the overall feel of the story is great. I especially enjoyed the mystery behind the Yggdrasil Egg and its importance to Lucifer. I highly recommend this novel to anyone who enjoys Christian fiction with plenty of drama.

K.C. Finn

The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement is a work of fiction in the Christian fantasy and science fiction subgenres. It is best suited to the mature adult reading audience owing to some brief explicit scenes and was penned by Ordin K. Cambel. In this epic work that spans interdimensional action, war, invasion, and sacrifice, we find ourselves witnessing the efforts of the Devil as he tries to win God’s grace for his good deeds. What results is a fresh take on Biblical themes and storylines which follows a group of heroes through the middle of one of the most epic wars the galaxy has ever witnessed.

Ordin K. Cambel has created a fabulously stylish work that encompasses Christian themes in a whole new way and makes them much more accessible to modern audiences. One of the features that really impressed me about this novel was its writing style, which employs a kind of direct stream-of-consciousness narrative that lets you right into the characters’ heads to see things from their perspective. This makes for a truly emotional read with impactful dialogue and varied approaches and scene-play, which keeps everything fresh and interesting whilst you’re on the edge of your seat. I also really enjoyed the gritty, urban feel of the action and the stripped-back description that allows the actions of the characters to speak for themselves. I would certainly recommend The Devil's Redemption to readers seeking modern Christian sci-fi that you can easily lose yourself in for hours on end.

Pikasho Deka

The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement is an epic Christian fantasy novel by Ordin K. Cambel. Lord of Hell, Lucifer is on a mission to rectify his fall from grace by working his way to a path of redemption. He chooses Howe, a young twenty-two-year-old human, and warns him of an impending attack on Earth by the colonizing alien race of Dracos. Blessed with newfound abilities, Howe and a select group of humans have twenty years to prepare humanity for the upcoming invasion. With great sacrifice and countless lives, humans and their allies fight off the Draconians. Howe and his friends have now transcended to become the Guardians of the twelve dimensions. But the arrival of the Abysmal Ones threatens to destroy everything they have fought for. Will Lucifer finally find his redemption?

A sprawling fantasy epic rich in Biblical lore and allegory, The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement is an absorbing read that is hard to put down. Author Ordin K. Cambel's worldbuilding is uniquely creative, crafting a world full of aliens, demons, and superhumans that any fantasy or sci-fi lover will relish. The narrative seamlessly incorporates Biblical themes, and they bring a sense of gravitas to the story by adding layers of depth to the characters. This being a multiple POV narrative, the cast of characters is quite large, although as a reader, you will find yourself attached to the main characters within the first fifty pages or so. If you savor fantasy sagas of massive scale and scope, you will definitely enjoy The Devil's Redemption: The Halcyon Atonement.