MOSHE was an interesting experience. It was a very unique blend of Christian mythology and fantasy.
After a cataclysmic event forced their entire village underground,
Moshe, his friend Calish, and Calish’s sister, are forced to adapt to
incredibly extenuating circumstances. Zombies, magic, mysticism,
existential crises, and subterranean people abound.
The most interesting part was how well
the mythos was blended. Moses and the Exodus from Egypt was used as the
basis for the village’s origin story. It set the tone for not only
culture and setting, but something of a timeline, as well. Now that I
think back on it, there were a few more hidden within the narrative,
only much less obvious.
Characters were done well. I enjoyed the
fact that Moshe had a stutter—and one that was more on the realistic
side. Calish, even as a secondary character, was huge, and an integral
part of the plot. I loved his story arc. His relationship with his
sister, Bishtar, was amazing, as well. He was protective without being
overbearing. Bishtar herself was one of the few females written in, but
she wasn't given a supporting or nurturing role. She wasn’t there to
only further the development of the men. She was an active character,
with her own goals, and own story line. And the ending to her story arc
was wonderfully surprising.
Getting through things in the beginning
was a little trying. There’s a deficit of description in areas, and
grasping the setting took me a moment. Things changed so quickly,
however, that it almost didn’t matter. The subterranean portion of the
story is where the meat is. There’s a retelling of what happened at the
beginning throughout, so the reader still manages to glean the
Once things get going, they flow nicely.
More characters are introduced, and the plot really thickens. The story
lines remain distinct, well-thought out, and very intertwined. All the
characters and their interactions were necessary for developmental
purposes, or simply to push the plot along. They were definitely a
creative wrench to throw in for the protagonists. I liked how it
highlighted the struggled and victories of two cultures coming together
under trying circumstances. There were quite a few interesting,
creative, and different messages in the narrative that aren’t found
MOSHE turned out to be quite the read.
It was well-written. What it lacked in description, it made up for in
powerful characters. The plot strayed to the original side, and the
ending left me satisfied. A very well-rounded book for a variety of
~ Loretta Lynn