Divinity’s Twilight: Rebirth by Christopher Russell
Published: June 2, 2020
Age Group: Adult
A world consumed by war . . .
The year is now 697 A.B.H (After the Battle of Har’muth). Though war itself remains much the same, the weapons with which it is waged have evolved. Airships bearing powerful cannons ply the skies, reducing the influence of mages and their spells. Long range communication has brought far flung regions of Lozaria closer than ever before. At the center of this technological revolution are the three Terran states of Darmatia, Rabban, and Sarconia, who have fought a near ceaseless campaign of 700 years in an attempt to best each other. The roots of their enmity lie buried beneath the wasteland of Har’muth, a place all three nations consider best forgotten.
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"Time passes, but the actors and their actions are merely replayed from age to age."
The story opens up and we are thrown into an ongoing war, between two brothers and their allies against a third brother. This all takes place 697 years before the events of the story happen. It sets the stage while giving us a history of a of the power and destruction of said third brother.
Fast forward to the present time and the land of Lozaria is still at war, the states/kingdoms of Darmatia, Rabban, and Sarconia named for the three brothers, at the center.
Rebirth is the first book in a epic fantasy series Divinity's Twilight by debut author Christopher Russell. It is the start of what will be a much longer story arc. Like many epic fantasy's the first book is the info dump. The world building, the character introduction and magic systems while the plot is being set up to follow us through out the rest of the books.
This particular book is mix of the traditional epic fantasy and science fiction, more so steampunkish. From fly airships, to the magetec. With a lot of attention on war.
There is a large cast of characters, that once we get finished with the prologue we get introduced to. I have some favorites. Spunky Sylette, fearful Matteo and egotistical Vallen to name a few.
I really like the different magic systems in this book, from sensory to weapon shifting.
The over all story kept my attention, I'm so very interested to know more. But I can't lie I found my mind drifting during some of the battle scenes, which made me place the book down for a moment. And by me saying this has zero reflection of the book it's self, because there are others who probably loved each moment. I personally think they could have been cut a little shorter, the prologue alone was longer then most. With that being said, it was well written and you can tell that the author put a lot of time and heart into this story, which is a great story with the potential to be an even greater series. Which is precisely why I kept on picking it back up. For me, and I'm just speaking about me, this is a book that needs to be savored, like a fine wine not sucked back like shot of whiskey.
If I was to compare Rebirth to another author, it would be Mr. Brandon Sanderson. I also savor his books to. So Christopher Russel you're in good company.
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Meet the Author
Christopher Russell (native of Williamsburg, VA) is a 27-year-old mechanical and aerospace engineer (graduate of the University of Virginia) who has loved reading since the day he picked up a book and writing since he could scrawl his first letters. After voraciously consuming titles from every genre—ranging from Star Wars to Lord of the Rings—he decided to combine the expertise from his professional education, passions, and Christian faith into a fantasy epic bridging the gap between magic and science. He currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his loyal dog, Vallen, named after the protagonist of his first work. For behind-the-scenes information on all of Christopher Russell’s works, visit
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