“For that matter, what did the angels think their king was doing when he created the heavens and the earth? Putting together a new kind of being, that’s what. In a unique living exhibit: a three-dimensional universe of time and space. And that’s where the trouble begins. Had the king left well enough alone, as Lucifer was fond of saying, things might have turned out differently. But then, the king of heaven was never one for leaving things alone.”
– The Image of the Invisible; Publisher: AuthorHouse.
Connie J. Cartisano writes an intelligent fantasy book explaining the downfall of Lucifer in Heaven. It’s important to remember that this is a book of fiction from an anthropologist. The Image of the Invisible begins like walking through the head of scientists. All the arch angels are present and the world that Cartisano builds is both fascinating and unromantic.
Cartisano has created Heaven like a city. It has a tavern called the Harp and Halo that sells nectar juice, and a restaurant called “Harvesters.” You can also visit the Museum of Natural History in the fair city of Mishkan. Lucifer is a Satan. Satan is a judicial role, and he resides in a building called Obsidian in the city. In my opinion, Cartisano has done a good job in creating Lucifer. He’s beautiful and he’s not shy about making sure people know about it. The story unfolds around the Museum of Natural History in the living exhibit where King Mehu Pi is creating the human race to Lucifer’s disgust.
My favorite part is where Cartisano begins the book with “Chapter Zero.” Humor laces the beginning of the book with footnotes and commentary as if Cartisano herself sits somewhere watching Lucifer’s fall. We get to meet a variety of angels serving different posts, too.
I’m not sure that I could envision a Heaven as described in “Image of the Invisible.” It’s fascinating, but it lacks emotion. It felt like reading a science paper rather than something as lovely and mysterious as Heaven—something none of us on earth can grasp completely. Also, human beings appearing in every aspect like a science project lessons the emotional impact of Heaven. The book is excellent, and for a self-publish book, the mistakes are few. Towards the end of the book, Cartisano changes the font to indicate the voice of a new monster in Lucifer’s head. That was distracting and took away the polished feel of the book.
While I enjoyed reading it, I felt as if Book One ended incomplete and the reader left hanging in that dark, unfinished space. That’s not a detrimental thing as every author does their series differently, and since this continues in Book Two it makes sense. However, I like reading series books with each book feeling complete even though it continues to another book where our hero faces his obstacles. All in all I enjoyed the book and think it’s worth a second read some day. Therefore, it will stay on my permanent book shelf and I will give it four stars.
*Author gave the book to me to review.