The Book of Uriel
Publisher: Project 613 Publishing
Published: January 26, 2021
About the Book
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.
About the Author
Elyse Hoffman strives to tell historical tales with new twists: she loves to meld WWII and Jewish history with fantasy, folklore, and the paranormal. She has written six works of Holocaust historical fiction: the five books of The Barracks of the Holocaust and The Book of Uriel.
I jumped at the opportunity to participate in the blog tour for The Book of Uriel because the blurb sounded right up my alley. Historical Fiction taking place during WWII is where I find myself reading the most. Add in a ten-year-old who can do some pretty amazing things, and this book was sure to be a hit.
In Uriel’s quest to find Michael, a beautifully told story unfolds before us. He explores the world in wonder; everything is new and a bit exciting, even in these times of great turmoil. Things seemed so utterly hopeless, so heartbreaking, and Uriel is a beacon of light in such a bleak world. He really is a remarkable young boy. When he crosses paths with Uwe, they don’t need traditional speaking to form a bond. That bond keeps the readers hopeful as they join Uriel in his quest. I enjoyed the historical aspect and the religious lore that is so tightly woven into this story. Lyrically written, the Book of Uriel is a unique, heartbreaking, and touching book rolled into one.
Thank you, The Write Reads, for allowing me to participate in the blog tour for this very special book!