The Bible is a lie. Lucifer created this lie after he killed God and sent the angels through the cycle of rebirth on Earth while he stayed in Heaven plotting his revenge. In this version Revelations is Lucifer’s End of Days. The Archangel Michael is reborn and given the Sword of the Spirit by his dying Father before being sent to Earth with the mission of saving humanity from Lucifer’s plot. The situation is dire, the Earth has been ravaged by war and the creatures of the Four Horsemen. Michael gathers a ragtag group of followers and travels across the United States to defeat the Antichrist in hopes of ending Lucifer’s plan and freeing his love who was taken hostage during his escape from Heaven.
- Reviewed by Arya Fomonyuy for Readers’ Favorite
The Deceived by E.C. Fisher is a novel that poses questions that will baﬄe the ﬁnest Christians and make them question everything they have been told about God, Lucifer, the angels, and the destiny of humanity. In this spellbinding novel, the author features a conﬂict that reaches back to the origins of everything, the ﬁght between God and the fallen angel. All along, Lucifer has been behind religion, He who can’t stand to be with His Creature, but who can’t also escape him. He has used religion all along to deceive humans with the ultimate plan to hand the world over to his followers. Now, as the apocalypse looms ahead and while God is dying in heaven, Michael the Archangel must ﬁght to save the world — including his soulmate, Ariel, captured by Lucifer — and his God. Armed with the Sword of the Spirit, can he win the most powerful battle of all time? E.C. Fisher’s novel is a great work of fantasy that brings popular belief into question, explores the possibility of Divine conspiracy, and gives a fresh interpretation to Christian mythology while weaving elements of Greek mythology into the story. The characters are very compelling, with a cast that features demons and angels and God Himself. This is a bold work of fantasy that will intrigue readers and take them on an unexpected ride that oﬀers the kind of twist none could have ever imagined. I enjoyed the originality in the plot and the integration of religious ideas, even if some of them are wild. It’s a fantasy, anyway, and an entertaining one, indeed. The Deceived is a fast-paced, exciting read, with awesome characters.
- Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers’ Favorite
The Deceived by E.C. Fisher is set in a parallel universe in which the Bible was written by the Devil and was devised to bring mankind down. In this story, Lucifer is behind religion as we know it and even Adam and Eve don’t know what is truly right or wrong. Centuries pass by and it is the time of The End of Days and Lucifer is getting ready to give the world to his followers and wreak havoc. God is in heaven and He is dying, but He cannot stand by and let His children die. So, armed with the Sword of the Spirit, He sends Michael to earth to take out the Antichrist that will end this war. However, it is not as easy as they all think it to be. Lucifer has taken Michael’s love, his Ariel, and he is holding her hostage. Now Michael has to ﬁght the war, knowing that he might lose his father and the one woman he loves in one single blow. Burdened with duty that he wears proudly, he sets oﬀ for earth with the sword to end this war. But will he get the chance? Or will the war consume him? Granted, religious novels are not really my cup of tea, but this time it was mixed with sci-ﬁ, which I kind of have a love/hate relationship with. However, E.C. Fisher made it interesting for me. Written in a very modern prose and set in a timeline that I can relate to, The Deceived is a brilliant novel that I could not put down. I loved the fact that the characters were made human, they had emotions and they hurt. This was an absolute winner for me! I loved it!
- Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers’ Favorite
I love mythology and religious tales. The Deceived by E.C. Fisher is one of the best such tales I have read in a long time. It features my favorite villain, Lucifer, and a new, more likable version of that dependable favorite, Michael. I like the characters in this book. All of them. They are all basically archetypes. I like the story itself. I always thought it was very unfair to Lucifer that God simply could not be beat. In this story, for whatever reason, God seems very vulnerable. This makes for a much more interesting story. E.C. Fisher has a storytelling style that I like. It ﬁts this type of biblical adventure very well indeed. Lucifer is, of course, the star of any story he happens to be a part of. That’s just the kind of guy he is. He ﬂuctuates between being almost a hero to a typical spoiled brat. What I admired most about the character from a writing perspective is the fact that all his evil, all his disobedience’s, stem from his love of the Father. The Deceived is such a good tale because it is actually a retelling of the very ﬁrst bestseller. I like it. I like the possibilities available when God is out of the picture. The plot is tight and E.C. Fisher tells the story well. There is never that feeling that you know what is going to happen because it is what must happen. I have read many diﬀerent versions of the struggle between Lucifer and God. The Deceived instantly became one of my all-time favorites.
- Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favorite
The very beginning of The Deceived by E.C. Fisher oﬀers a powerful premise, one as intriguing as it is mind-blowing: “The Alpha and the Omega, the Creator of Life was no longer. During the war between Lucifer’s demon army and the Angels, God was struck down. Lucifer claimed the Throne of God, thus ruling both above and below. Everything that has occurred since His demise has been a scheme designed by Lucifer: the wars, hatred, even religion and faith itself. Lucifer corrupted God’s children in service of one impossible goal—to help him break free of his love for his Father.” To break free from God, Lucifer will undertake the most arduous of tasks — ﬁght the one person with the invincible weapon, fashioned from God’s own wings. Now, Michael must battle with the Antichrist to save the Children of Light and the Universe itself. The only problem is that humankind has believed the ruse of the Bible, one crafted by God’s Arch-enemy. But could Michael defeat the Antichrist when his own soul mate, Ariel, has been captured and his father is dying in Heaven? Can the religion that Lucifer has paraded across the planet to deceive souls be vanquished? The Deceived by E.C. Fisher is a fantasy like nothing I’ve read before, a daring work that oﬀers a new interpretation of the book of the apocalypse. Lucifer was created great, but destined to be bound to his creator by an unbreakable chain. He was deprived of the one thing he envies in humans — free will, the power to choose his destiny. I have read this kind of writing only in Christopher Pike’s Thirst, where the demon’s ruse comes across powerfully alongside his unpredictable manipulations, but The Deceived is a well-crafted fantasy that will make readers question what they have believed, and doubt everything they have learned in the Bible from the dawn of time. E.C. Fisher creates powerful dilemmas for his characters and readers will be absorbed, reading with bated breath and longing to ﬁnd out what happens. Here is a story that will hold the attention of both the believer and the atheist, a story that seems to reﬂect the mystery of every man’s dilemma — what if all that we believe in is false? This is a daring work that shouldn’t fall into the hands of the feeble minded, as entertaining and riveting as any story can be, fraught with more twists and surprises than any reader can dream of. It is a very satisfying and provocative read, crafted in excellent prose, intense and swiftly paced.