Elyse Hoffman – The Book of Uriel

Today I am on the book tour for ‘The Book of Uriel’. A book that blends angels with the Jewish religion and the Holocaust. A unique fantasy/ historical fiction story that is told from the view of a mute ten-year-old boy. I always appreciate and really enjoy historical fiction but ‘The Book of Uriel’ is so much more than just one genre. It’s an immersive and engrossing book that I lost myself in and loved every minute.

Elyse Hoffman

In the fires of World War II, a child must save his people from darkness…

Ten-year-old Uriel has always been an outcast. Born mute in a Jewish village known for its choir, he escapes into old stories of his people, stories of angels and monsters. But when the fires of the Holocaust consume his village, he learns that the stories he writes in his golden notebook are terrifyingly real.

In the aftermath of the attack, Uriel is taken in by Uwe, a kind-hearted linguist forced to work for the commander of the local Nazi Police, the affably brutal Major Brandt. Uwe wants to keep Uriel safe, but Uriel can’t stay hidden. The angels of his tales have come to him with a dire message: Michael, guardian angel of the Jewish people, is missing. Without their angel, the Jewish people are doomed, and Michael’s angelic brethren cannot search for him in the lands corrupted by Nazi evil.

With the lives of millions at stake, Uriel must find Michael and free him from the clutches of the Angel of Death…even if that means putting Uwe in mortal danger.

The Book of Uriel is a heartbreaking blend of historical fiction and Jewish folklore that will enthrall fans of The Book Thief and The World That We Knew.

The story takes place in World War 2 and the author has laid bare the brutality and atrocities that played out in the name of ‘War’. Uriel and Uwe are the two main protagonists and the character development is second to none. The reader sees Uriel, who begins as a fearful boy and discovers an adventure he could never have foreseen. Then there is Uwe, a man who is forced to work with the Nazi’s as a linguist who protects Uriel as much as he can. He is one of life’s good men and we see just how good as the novel unfolds.

The Jewish religion and folklore play a large part in this story and I thoroughly enjoyed learning more through the stories in Uriel’s book and his reflections too. As I understood more and events unfolded, it made it even more horrific and emotional as the Nazi’s ripped apart the Jewish communities.

The author has very cleverly created a balance that you don’t expect. We see Uriel with his childish views and logic alongside the cruelty of a German Major and Uwe who is a righteous man. It is like there is always a light after a storm, the good v the evil. This book shows this in the fact that we see the Holocaust and all its horror alongside the compassion and pride for everyone involved.

I was educated and entertained by this novel. I thought the pacing fitted the story perfectly. The further I got into the book the more I needed to know, so I hardly put this book down. A story I didn’t want to end!

I am honoured to be a part of this books blog tour and send massive thanks to Dave at Write Reads for my invite and Elyse Hoffman for the copy of the book.

Published by Sharon

A book blogger https://sharonbeyondthebook.wordpress.com

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