A Rosary of Stones and Thorns

Rated 4.83/5 based on 6 reviews
When the angel Asrial discovers that the halos of the Fallen have been kept in Heaven against their eventual return, she speaks out against Archangel Michael’s plan to make war on them on Earth. For her insolence, she is driven from grace and ends up in the parking lot of a Jesuit high school. But can she, a priest, a demon and two high school kids stop the Apocalypse... and redeem the Fallen?

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Words: 67,520
Language: English
ISBN: 9781465952776
About M.C.A. Hogarth

Daughter of two Cuban political exiles, M.C.A. Hogarth was born a foreigner in the American melting pot and has had a fascination for the gaps in cultures and the bridges that span them ever since. She has been many things—-web database architect, product manager, technical writer and massage therapist—-but is currently a full-time parent, artist, writer and anthropologist to aliens, both human and otherwise.

Her fiction has variously been recommended for a Nebula, a finalist for the Spectrum, placed on the secondary Tiptree reading list and chosen for two best-of anthologies; her art has appeared in RPGs, magazines and on book covers.

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Review by: Chaos B. on June 22, 2013 :
Just to get the most obvious question out of the way:

Does the book contain plenty of biblical figures and themes? Yes.

Does it matter in the slightest? No, as it's never overbearing, makes sense when it does come up, and is used to flesh out the story world, but not to preach.

Whether reading from a theist or non-theist perspective, the characters and plot are more than enough to make for a very enjoyable read, with a very unusual and interesting cast, a nicely different take on heaven and hell, and a race to stop an armageddon driven by a very different motivation than it first appears.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: trusthynenemy on Oct. 17, 2012 :
Angels and humans and demons - are they different? And, in the end, does that difference matter?

A cast that is loveable, hateable, and above all else, engaging, written in poetic prose. As in her other work, the writing is exquisite, the storytelling precise and compelling. I was in tears throughout the book - sometimes tears of joy, sometimes tears of sorrow, and sometimes a strong mixture of both.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Angela Hunt on May 21, 2012 :
Fantastic fantasy novel in the vein of The Prophecy (the movie), but more fantasy than horror.

Beautiful, lyrical and moving, well worth the read.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: C.R. Chapman on Feb. 25, 2012 :
I followed this briefly while it was being written as a web serial, and I liked the bits I was seeing, but unpredictable schedules on my end made sure I missed several installments, so I eventually gave it up. When I found out that the story was going to be offered up in a book format, I was thrilled; it meant I'd have a chance to read it through, beginning to end.

I haven't had a lot of exposure to Christian literature, but I'm glad I took a chance on this one. There were plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting. The author's take on Heaven, Hell, Angels and Demons, and other bits of christian mythos is refreshing and interesting. The characters are compelling, and I found myself liking them a great deal, and feeling pity where I didn't expect to.

All in all, this book has everything that I've come to expect from an M.C.A. Hogarth book. Beautiful prose, a willingness to acknowledge the whole of a situation, from the beautiful to the ordinary, from the cold-blooded to the compassionate. And as with many of her other pieces, I've come away thoughtful, and reflective.

This book was money very well spent. :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Elizabeth McCoy on Nov. 15, 2011 :
As with all books, what the reader brings to the reading will influence what the reader feels the book is about. I am pretty darn sure that the author didn't intend some of *my* readings -- there's a certain character I just wanted to drop an anvil on, plain and simple, with no sympathy for that sort of behavior -- but I enjoyed it anyway, so I'd say that's a win.

I don't have much experience with Christian-oriented books; I mostly avoid them, being someone who tends to check "Other" on the appropriate box, and who got enough of being preached at when growing up. However, this book, though it deals with angels and priests, is *not* one I'd want to avoid. The elements of spirituality are inclusive, not excluding (unlike many of the people who preached at me when I was a kid).

So even if "religious" elements might turn you off... try a sample. These are not traditional angels, being neither greeting-card-pale nor inhumanly stern. These are not traditional demons; they are neither malevolent nor anti-heroes. And the grackle... Well, bring your own experiences to the reading, and see what you come away with. Me, I came away with a lot of enjoyment.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: THG StarDragon Publishing on Oct. 21, 2011 :
Excellent book with plenty of twists. If you are a lover of Christian Fantasy, you might find this interesting. If you are someone that isn't into Christian Fantasy, you might like to give it a try anyway since this isn't the "traditional" view on angels, God, and Heaven. It's really something one can sink their teeth into, fast paced but not so badly so that you feel jetlag either. The characters are all well rounded, and the most interesting are the ones that do not even say a word. I loved it.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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