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The Infinite Day by Chris Walley

The Infinite Day is Chris Walley’s conclusion to his Lamb Among the Stars series and it is a very powerful and action packed volume.

The book continues right where The Dark Foundations left off.  Farholme has seemingly driven off the Dominion’s vanguard, but have taken hostage Merral’s former love and other members of the planet’s delegation.

Simultaneously, two renegade leaders (one political, the other who presents himself as a holy religious figure) speed toward Earth, having stolen a Dominion ship which allows them to travel Below Space without going through the Gate technology.  These leaders have twisted the truth and have committed acts of evil, all in the name of good.  Their mission:  to ready the rest of the Assembly of Worlds and to deliver the plans and delivery method for utterly destroying the Dominion’s worlds (and potentially produce waves of destruction throughout that part of space).  Delastro, who has accepted the religious mantle, wants to control the spiritual beings like the Envoy (essentially an angel sent by the Lamb as Guardian — Michael perhaps?) and if he cannot, he is willing to dabble with fallen creatures instead.  While Delastro shows himself capable of killing anything that interferes with his goals, Clemant merely looks the other way and acts as collaborator.

Merral, Vero, and a quickly assembled crew have their own mission:  to intercept the hostage ship deep in the Dominion territory,  speed to Earth to counteract Delastro and Clemant’s falsehoods, and warn the Assembly of an imminent invasion.

While Earth and the Assembly are tested — will they remain steadfast to the Lamb? — individuals are also tested.  Merral’s loss of faith — how can God allow these evil things to happen when He has the power to prevent them? — and his ultimate acceptance of grace is powerful.  Sacrifices will be required; some will be made and others will not.

The ending of the book is completely satisfying, although the author does give the reader a choice:

Now, you who have followed this tale so far, I offer you a choice.  You may make an ending here.  After all the strands of the plot are all but tied up, and you can imagine the rest….

….

All this you may choose to imagine.

Or, you may continue and read what did happen.  Because the reality was far stranger, more horrific, and ultimately, far more glorious.  (p. 551)

This is one of the most unique series that I have ever read.  Certainly, it is slow in spots (particularly in the first book), but the journey is well worth the effort.

5 out of 5 stars (finished January 2, 2011)

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Currently reading:  Dark Fire by C.J. Sansom & The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris

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