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The Book of Joby is an epic fantasy complete in one volume.
Lucifer and the Creator have entered, yet again, into a wager they've made many times before, but this time, the existence of creation itself is balanced on the outcome. Born in California during the twilight years of a weary millennium, nine year old Joby Peterson dreams of blazing like a bonfire against the gathering darkness of his times, like a knight of the Round Table. Instead, he is subjected to a life of crippling self-doubt and relentless mediocrity inflicted by an enemy he did nothing to earn and cannot begin to comprehend.
Though imperiled themselves, the angels are forbidden to intervene. Left to struggle with their own loyalties and the question of obedience, they watch Lucifer work virtually unhindered to turn Joby's heart of gold into ash and stone while God sits by, seemingly unconcerned. 
And so when he is grown to manhood, Joby's once luminous love of life seems altogether lost, and Lucifer's victory assured. What hope remains lies hidden in the beauty, warmth, and innocence of a forgotten seaside village whose odd inhabitants seem to defy the modern world's most inflexible assumptions, and in the hearts of Joby's long lost youthful love and her emotionally wounded son. But the ravenous forces of destruction that follow Joby into this concealed paradise plan to use these same things to bring him and his world to ruin.
As the final struggle unfolds, one question occupies every mind in heaven and in hell. Which will prove stronger, love or rage?
The Book of Joby is an instant classic of contemporary fantasy.

About the Author

For seventeen years, Mark Ferrari has made his living doing freelance illustration for such clients as Lucasfilm and Lucas Arts Games, Industrial Light and Magic, Electronic Arts, Chaosium Games, Amaze Entertainment, Tor, Ace, New American Library, The Science Fiction Book Club, and many others. The Book of Joby is his first novel.

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unchangeling, July 7, 2008 (view all comments by unchangeling)
The author's experience as an artist comes through very well in this book, and, combined with excellent writing and his own unique style, brings his world vividly (and so often beautifully) to life.
Bringing together such larger scope elements as 'The Book of Job' and the Arthurian legends is plenty bold and imaginative, but the story is also very personal and intelligent, making it well worth reading (it's not a derivative or 'just another version of' like many books).
It has the wonder and playfulness of a YA novel, but the struggles and thoughtfulness of adult fiction and will appeal to both, and have something to say to both (not heavy handed moralizing, but in terms of making you think and feel and re-evaluate your own struggles in life).
There is so much jaded, cynical, violent, pain-riddled fiction out there that I was delighted to find that while this book looks right into the dark places and at human suffering, wonderfully it does not reaffirm that the world is just hopelessly a bad place full of awful people.
I highly recommend it.
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Ferrari, Mark J
Tor Books
Ferrari, Mark J.
Fantasy - General
Fantasy fiction
Science Fiction and Fantasy-Fantasy
Fantasy - Epic
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9 x 6 x 1.415 in 1.56 lb

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