The Book of the Forsaken by Yannis Karatsioris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Book of the Forsaken (Game #1)
First in a series, this novel is a [tongue-in-cheek] contemporary fantasy set in the framework of narration by Logos (The Word), who has decided that playing games with humanity is more fun than playing games with God (since God is omniscient). He chooses three humans he refers to as Puppets, each of whom of course has different sensibilities and each a different, unusual gift.
An Irishman, Robert, has the gift of spatial sight-that is, he can see “around” to view objects and locations not in his human line of sight. Daniel of Normandy is a bookstore clerk who has taught himself geolocation: he can be in any location to which he wills himself. Igor of Russia is both a stage magician and a paid covert assassin, who also practices forbidden magic.
The three are covertly directed to Moscow, but the real quest is to locate the mysterious “Book of the Forsaken.” Everything they do, of course, is impelled by Logos, as part of “The Game.” So they really are just “Puppets,” no matter how much they believe they control their own actions.
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