A competent author that missed the mark
This book has an interesting setup, but fails to introduce any conflict worthy of the MCs agency. Its basic theme is salvation and penance in Christianity, but it fails to properly convey the concept of Christian morals and values and touches of none of the important philosophers of Christian theology like Thomas of Aquinus. Instead, it relies on the sole theme of "power of prayer" and nothing else. It takes the "all power through god and God alone" which offers little room for doubt and morality as a driving motivation and source of conflict.
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The first three chapters failed to hook me in or deliver a character I could get invested in. The protagonist seems to be devoid of emotions except for the worry about his brother's soul, something completely outside the realm of of relatability for anyone not of devout evangelical faith.
The writing however is competent and good. Except for the janky formatting of dialogue and the occasional dream sequence, it is well in grammar and pacing. With a bit of honing and experience, it could serve as a great tool to deliver great plots and characters, if the author takes time to plan them out and present them properly.