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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Beginning by Robert M. Lorenz is the first book in The Dragon and the Rose Chronicles. In the beginning, there was the entity Hensus who began creation with the four elements of Air, Water, Earth, and Fire. This leads to the creation of Light which Hensus calls Hiag and Darkness which he calls Dreug. A brewing battle brings forth a dragon and a search for purpose while the rivalry between the two soon follows as armies are raised and a boy born from the Elements leads to the birth of two brothers. As one brother succumbs to a jealous rage, the other meets an untimely end.
Robert M. Lorenz blends together religion, myth, fantasy, and science for an exciting tale of creation. The story begins all the way at the beginning of creation with the four elements and the Light and Darkness, which sets the stage for war, feuds, love, and purpose in tales reminiscent of biblical stories and myths. The longtime friction between Light and Darkness is at the center of everything that happens with characters rising from Darkness into Light and characters falling from Light through temptation. The story also has mention of notable mythological figures throughout such as Osiris, Hecate, and Set, which adds to the charm of the unique blend that Lorenz brings to life. Several biblical elements are throughout with reimaginings of the stories of Adam and Eve, Lilith, and Cain and Abel through new counterparts that fit within this new mythology. Lorenz blends all these elements together in The Beginning with a fascinating approach that puts a unique spin on famous tales, one that makes them feel entirely new with the creation of the Elements, the Zodiac, and the battle between Light and Darkness.