I selected this dark fantasy comedy sole due to the elevator pitch that accompanied the submission: “An Angel feels out of place in Heaven. A Demon feels out of place in Hell. Both get redeployed to Earth.”
The book is more of a short story separated into chapters rather than scenes. It is set in first person, which while easy to read, I feel leaves us wanting more in terms of details and depth. It takes about an hour to read, so it’s a great choice if you want a satisfying conclusion.
The main character “Damon” is an angel who feels completely out of place in heaven. He thinks it’s boring and without complexity.
Perhaps most fortunate for him, this means Damon is a failure of an angel and gets deployed to sit on the shoulder of the most boring human in existence. His counterpart, the demon called Saynt, is also unusual in that he really doesn’t know how to be evil. Unfortunately neither seems to understand how to do their job on earth either.
Together they are meant to sway Joe Smith to be either good enough for heaven or bad enough for hell. The resulting advice given to the human is at times hilarious and at others, tests the concept of selfishness versus self-empowerment.
While I believe this story would be stronger with third-person narrative, I enjoyed the light hearted comedy about two misfits screwing up their divine jobs. There are a few punctuation and sentence flow issues another editing pass would easily fix, overall I found Divine Error to be a quick, fun adventure.
My official rating of Divine Error is ★★★✮☆. (3.5 stars) //
4 ★★★★ on Amazon due to rating system.
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