The Last of the Nephilim is a book continuing the Oracles of Fire saga. This book tells the story of Second Eden, a land begun by the Creator to escape the corruption which plagued Earth. Now, a pitched battle takes place between the evil in the universe, and the good left in Second Eden. This book is very good; better than the first two in the series.
Second Eden is not a land like Earth. In the book, its founder, Arramos, was named Abraham and commissioned by God himself to populate this land. All residents (who formerly lived on Earth) are born in the Birthing Garden, from tiny pod plants. They are given companions, which are basically visible consciences.
But a battle is wracking the peaceful land of Second Eden. Flint, the outcast from Abraham’s village, has called down powerful Nephilim from heaven, and a prophecy warns that from Abraham’s village a lie will be told, resulting in the beginning of a war over Second Eden. The lie is told, and a ceremony brings forth not an old ally but a powerful enemy: Goliath the Dragon.
Elam and Acacia, who were sent to Second Eden by Enoch the Seer, are now ordered to call all former dragons to battle the evil dragon, who has allied with Flint, the rebel from Abraham’s village. This order brings Billy, his father, and Sir Patrick to Second Eden. There, they meet Ashley, Walter, Roxil, and Thigocia, who have recently returned from an adventure of their own.
Father Abraham embarks on a journey to recover his lost sheep, Angel (the woman who told the lie), whom he had no choice but to expel to Flint’s village. There, he sacrifices himself to protect the people of Second Eden with a flaming wall of fire. The Nephilim have been destroyed, and thus far our heroes have managed to fend off the dragons. But Flint is building another army; with powerful allies. When the wall of fire is gone, who will protect the villagers in Second Eden who remain true to the Creator?
While all of this is happening, Bonnie and her mother, Irene, are fleeing from Devin and Mardon, who want to use Bonnie to unite heaven and earth and complete their scheme. With Sapphira’s help, they flee to the caves in Hades where Sapphira was born. There, they discover a portal to Second Eden, and having heard of Enoch’s command, they try to enter and help the others there. But when their plans go horribly wrong, some are left behind in the caves. They must contact all the dragons still on the Earth. And time is ticking for those in Second Eden – the wall of fire protects them, but their enemies have powerful allies. The entire future of this world is cast in doubt as this book closes.
That’s a confusing summary; but then again this is sort of a confusing book. There’s a lot of jumping around between dimensions, and things just aren’t as clear and well-written as his other books. Still, the lack of much that the Bible talks about means that a lot of this book isn’t suspect theologically, at least. I definitely enjoyed this book much more than the first two in the series – I was happy that Davis kept stuff from the Bible out of the book.
Anyways, if you have read the first two books in the series, The Last of the Nephilim is a book that cannot be missed. It continues the exciting story begun in The Eye of the Oracle, and is well-written. Any fan of Bryan Davis or fantasy will enjoy this well-written story that continues the journey of the Oracles of Fire. I recommend that you check this out from your local library and give it a read.
Published on 24 February, 2011. Last updated on