Sambeth is in hiding from fantastically powered creatures called earthborn when she rescues another young woman from the same fate, setting them both on a rapid course against these Nephilim-like beings. Will they drift into this stream or forge upriver to stand against evil? Emma Buenen’s pre-Flood fantasy Rise of the Earthborn introduces readers to a biblically based yet fantastical alternate history. Adventure may at times feel standard, yet introduces interesting creatures and intrigue involving Noah and his family. Societal intrigue plus steampunk flair and a dash of romance help make Rise of the Earthborn a solid extra-biblical adventure.
Best for: Fans of alternate history and light adventurous fantasy.
Discern: Front-loaded strongly implied violence against women, extra-biblical fictional characters.