The Antithesis: Renovatio



Civil war between demons and angels lies just on the horizon.

Alezair Czynri, member of the Purgatorial Jury, is thrown into a world of murder, exploitation, chemical substances, betrayal and bureaucratic red tape as his court attempts to diffuse escalating conflicts.

Yet things are not as they seem. Ever since his induction into the Celestial Court, Alezair has been treated with cool indifference by the Justice Commander, Leid Koseling. A former prisoner of the Nexus Initiative, Justice Czynri exists without any memories of his former life, the consequence of being a slave mercenary for hire.

But Purgatory is strangely familiar, and slowly little pieces start coming back. There might be a good reason why Alezair's boss keeps him at arm's length.  (Summary and book cover courtesy of


Wow, just wow.  This book blew my socks off!  Whiteman creates a vivid and creative universe with depth and clarity that was fantastic.  The closest books I would compare it to are three times at long and part of 8+ book series.  Despite being a shorter read, Whiteman is still able to create an intriguing multiverse quickly and clearly.  Those of you concerned about religious overtones can set your worries aside.  Other than a brief explanation of angels and demons being races in the story, there are no other religious connotations (at least so far!).

Alezair has no idea about his past and despite only slivers of truth being revealed at a time, I was never irritated by the lack of information that many stories create.  This book is the beginning of an epic science fiction/fantasy series and I cannot wait to read what is next.  As a warning, after you finish the book you’re going to be flipping back hoping that there’s more!  I can’t wait to get started on the next book; this is a win for Marisa’s book du jour.

Warning: Contains repeated violence, alcohol and drug use.

Please note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of Sage’s Blog Tours.

Rating: 5 stars!

Who should read it? Science fiction and fantasy fans that are looking for a new universe!

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