This retelling of books V and VI of the epic poem Paradise Lost, written by John Milton, follows the story of Satan’s rebellion and fall from grace.
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About the Book
A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters
The Tragedy of Lucifer
by Joseph Stemberga & Thomas Lane
Published 13 November 2021
Genre: Children’s Fiction
Page Count: 36
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This retelling of books V and VI of the epic poem Paradise Lost, written by John Milton, follows the story of Satan’s rebellion and fall from grace. The Father announces his heir, Satan rebels, Abdiel tries to reason with the fallen angels, followed by a war scarring Heaven’s landscape. Brother against brother, the rebellious few against their Father, a family torn apart by war, concluded by the victor, the Father’s chosen Son, casting the disobedient out of paradise.
At this point, the angels who had responded to Satan’s call arrived at the hill where Satan sat on his throne. They listened to him when he declared, “THRONES, DOMINATIONS, PRINCEDOMS, VIRTUES, POWERS, the Son of God now eclipses our power and so takes all power from us! We may not all be equal in power, but we are all equal in freedom! Why should we be bound by law to do what we already did freely and without sin? I trust you will not bow before this new Word!”
While all those who had gathered began to agree with Satan, one angel, named Abdiel, scolded Satan with great enthusiasm, “I never expected to hear such blasphemous words in Heaven, least of all from you! By rejecting God’s law, you are making your own law which you think God should obey. God created you and gave you your freedom, glory, and power. He does not want to obscure it, but to magnify it.”
Satan replied, “Did God really create us? Were you there when this creation took place? The only thing I know from experience is what I am now, and that I have always been this way. My power – OUR power – was not given to us; it is our own.”
My Rating: 4 Stars
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I was granted complimentary access to A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters by Joseph Stemberga and Thomas Lane as part of my participation in a blog tour for this title with Goddess Fish Promotions. Thank you to all involved in affording me this opportunity! My thoughts are my own and my review is honest.
A Paraphrase of Paradise Lost for Youngsters: The Tragedy of Lucifer is as the title implies, a paraphrased, condensed retelling of Lucifer’s story from the classic Paradise Lost written in language that is more appropriate for a younger audience. There’s certainly enough of the original left here that this also just serves as an excellent summary of the story for refresher purposes, too!
The illustrations are beautiful and give a nice nod to the era in which the original was written. I reviewed this as a PDF, but I’m sure the printed version is a beautiful thing to behold and would probably make a nice coffee table book as well.
I must admit, I’m a little confused about the target audience age range. The format of 36 wide ratio pages with full page illustrations makes one assume, at first, that this is a very young childrens’ storybook. The reading level, however, is much more appropriate for an older child; someone already ready for middle grade novels and novellas. It’s possible that particularly nerdy 6-8 year olds will enjoy this book being read to them, but this isn’t going to be an appropriate read-by-child book for kids young enough to be drawn to the format.
About the Authors
From a large Croatian family, Joseph Stemberga grew up with three sisters, a father, and a mother.
He studied theology at Concordia University, earning both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree, as
well as a bachelor’s degree in history and religions.
Inspired by a transcription of Dante’s Divine Comedy for a younger target audience, he
contemplated and discovered that no such equivalent existed for another epic poem, Paradise Lost.
Thus, the work began…
Thomas Lane was inspired to work on the project in the same way the Irish monks copied and
recopied older manuscripts to keep them from disappearing during the Dark Ages. Just as these
monks never signed a single manuscript with their names, Lane prefers to use a pen name to honour
their legacy and bring a classic work to life for its own sake.
Kamila Oleszczuk has been drawing since the age of three, but contrary to most children, she never
stopped. Her passion for art and animation fuelled her desire to create. Beyond the years of drawing
throughout her childhood, she went on to learn more about different art mediums and forms by
studying film animation at Concordia University. Kamila has been focusing mainly on children’s
illustrations ever since.
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