From USA Today Bestselling author and multiple Bram Stoker Award winner David Niall Wilson, a historical fantasy of epic proportion.
There are monsters roaming the desert and menacing the roads. There are sorcerers, harlots, and gamblers rampant in the city. In a compound in a forest, at the base of a mountain, one man and his family have received a prophecy. There will be a reckoning. There will be a flood. They will survive, but only if they obey the prophecy. Only if they build an ark, where there is no water. Only if they gather all of the creatures of the world. Only if they are faithful. Everyone else? Well, they're going to die.
This is a book of prophecy and revelation, heroism and love. It is a very old story with a new twist. It is a very human story, drawing together the creatures of the heavens and the earth. This is not your mother's Noah, and it is not the Bible's Ark... and yet it is. Welcome to an alternate history where your only hope is not to miss the boat.
God speaks at the beginning of this clever alternate take on biblical myth from Wilson (the DeChance Chronicles series), commanding Noah to build a boat that will save a righteous few from an oncoming flood. The story develops several ingenious and challenging notions as Noah's family contends with deciding who deserves to be saved. Noah's son Ham travels to the wicked city to ask sage rabbi Balthazar for information on how to care for the myriad animals that will be shut up in the ark. As he befriends Balthazar's apprentice, Ezra, he discovers that some city folks aren't so bad after all. Meanwhile, another of Noah's sons, Shem, realizes construction of the ark would go much faster if they used tame dinosaurs to move timber, though Noah has dismissed such creatures as "unclean." And what's to be done with the Nephilim, offspring of fallen angels and human women? These meaty moral quandaries carry the story forward, and the insertion of wicked sorcerer Onan for the sake of a climactic battle scene feels comparatively cheap. Though Wilson barely sketches in some of the worldbuilding elements, the tension between the implacable divine will and the characters' evolving, empathetic understanding of their world makes for a fascinating tale. Readers will be hooked. \n