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Walking Through Fire

A Misbegotten Novel
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Length: 13 hrs and 38 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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For fans of American Gods, a dark, humorous, and richly written, dystopian fantasy about the unbreakable bonds of family and the power of a mother's love.

The end of the world begins as literal fire rains down from the heavens. Ancient gods are released from their prison, eager to reestablish their long-lost power. But Rachel Deneuve has bigger, more contemporary concerns than a divine war.

Her son Adam is in the middle of a fight against leukemia, and Rachel would much rather battle cancer than gods. But when humans begin picking sides and fighting escalates, their home in Baltimore becomes a war zone.

Desperate to stay away from the carnage - as well as the germ-ridden refugee center - Rachel and Adam flee to their remote mountain cottage, only to find their refuge marred by mutated, grotesque plants and animals. Eventually, the cancerous cells in Adam's body begin evolving as well, threatening his life and forcing Rachel to venture back into the eye of the storm. Left with no other choice but to sacrifice her own freedom for her son's safety, she must become an unwilling warrior in a battle unlike anything seen in millennia, or lose everything she holds dear.

©2018 Sherri Cook Woosley (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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my only complaint is that I finished it

Going on the journey with Rachel, praying that she has enough strength and wherewithal to keep her son alive, and struggle to understand the end of the world was ... well there aren't many words to accurately describe the scope of emotions. I cried with her, I laughed woth her and felt all the anxiety that she did.
This story is highly worth a listen, or read.

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Epic apocalyptic fantasy

Inventive, expansive, and moving. Woosley has managed to combine the scope and mythic intrigue of American Gods with intimacy and emotional resonance of The Road (though the writing style trends decidedly towards the former). If you have an interest in Mesopotamian mythology, modern apocalyptic fantasy, or the struggles of a single mother trying to save the life of her leukemia-stricken, immune-system compromised son as the world both figuratively and literally crumbles around her, pick up this book. Includes one of the most epic and satisfying endings I've read in some time. Loved Erin Bennet's performance, I will be looking at her other work. Highly enjoyable, and would recommend to anybody.