Here’s a review of Haven of Dante by Christoph Fischer, author of The Three Nations Trilogy. A huge shout out of thanks to Christoph for the review!
“Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe” by Leonardo Ramirez is a magical and heroic contemporary fantasy tale about the battle between good and evil on earth.
The prologue introduces the realms of hell and its portals to the upper world in a short piece set in the early 14th century. Ramirez uses a fantastic blend of classic images and myths about hell by calling it Hades and giving it Satyrs but also adding the rod of Moses (see title) and a purgatory realm. In the midst of it all is Dante Aligheri, the founding father of the Dante family, who successfully fights evil and whose descendants will do so as well. A great set up for the classic fantasy side to the story, told in an authoritative and strong voice that echoes the looming dangers and demonic darkness that will run as continuous threat throughout the book.
Moving to contemporary times we meet the hero of our story, Haven of Dante, a young woman whose father Robert is the founder of Dante Technologies. The company has just developed a sensational new invention that some fear may be mis-used if falling into the wrong hands. The Chinese are interested to invest, but can they be trusted? Can Harry, second in command, be trusted either?
Haven is a wonderful hero, written with just the right blend of vulnerability and strength to make her extremely likeable but also believable as the heroine of this tale. The story has several sub plots, such as Haven’s friend Sol who has an abusive father and comes to stay with the family. The enemies of the family are the Aristocracy, a demonic society who have infiltrated earth and who use weak humans as vessels to destroy humanity. When Robert disappears it falls to Haven to take on the family tradition to defend earth.
This book is just the beginning of Haven’s journey; there is a promise for a sequel towards the end. The book is well edited, timely paced and full of suspense and action. With a heroine like Haven this well written adventure story seems aimed at young adults but the multiple fantasy elements should make this book appealing to a much wider audience.
Christoph Fischer is a German born writer of historical novels who now lives in the UK.
Haven of Dante: The Staff of Moshe releases Thursday, October 31st!