Debut novel end of paradise Carl Borgen is a thrilling time-racing adventure inspired by one of the most curious and colorful creation myths: the Boca saga.
New fantasy adventure for young adults Paradise end Carl Borgen is an unforgettable novel based on and inspired by the Boca saga.
For those who don’t know, the Boca Saga is an alternate creation myth that originated in the 1980s, but which is said to date back to the very dawn of humanity, to an era when humanity existed in harmony.
According to this myth, revealed to the world by the Finnish mystic Ior Bock, who claimed to be the last in a long family line of guardians who orally passed on the Saga from generation to generation, this enviable period was known as “Paradise Time”. and lasted for millennia.
However, all good things must come to an end, and for the first civilization described in the saga, Aser, this happened in a catastrophic way.
end of paradise Carl Borgen, the world’s leading historian of the Boca saga, draws on the rich narrative of the saga to tell this dramatic downfall, being the first novel based on the saga and the perfect introduction to it.
To set the scene, we find ourselves in the heart of the Acer civilization, which is scattered across the planet in a series of self-contained “ring lands”.
At that time, the earth’s axis was different than it is today, and as such, the main part of the Ringland, Odenma, has a subtropical climate with lush vegetation, despite being at the North Pole.
We’ll be introduced to this colorful, immersive world through a small group of endearing characters, starting with a heated conversation between Morgan and his brother Mordred, Morgan’s daughters Zinnia and Aika, and their pretentious friend Kay Kay.
Sitting on a giant oak tree, they argue fiercely about their place in society. While many of the negative trappings of the modern world, such as war and famine, are unknown in this more innocent time, the social hierarchy is certainly present, with a living god, the All-Father, and royalty at the top.
K.K. belongs to a higher caste than the rest, being a jarl, while both brothers are trills, and in the society of aser it is not legally allowed to have children. This, however, did not stop the freethinker Morgan, although his disobedience to the old customs upset many who fear that his two “soulless” daughters will anger the gods and bring death to them.
Zinnia and Aika, who have inherited their father’s straightforward views, have none of this, believing they have as much right as anyone else in Aser society to prove themselves worthy of respect and privilege. However, at this point, they do not understand how soon they will have to check their statement.
And while the gods may not have been upset by their existence, the land of Odenma is indeed doomed. Unbeknownst to our future heroes, the series of unprecedented earthquakes that cut communications between Rohemia, the center of Odenma, and all other territories was caused by the earth’s axis shifting.
It will soon be followed by an ecological catastrophe of the greatest magnitude: a new ice age that cannot be stopped.
As inventive as it is fearless, Morgan volunteers to try to reach the outside world to see what’s going on, hoping to re-route the caravans that once came and went freely and that represented and supported the Wheel of Life. for this ancient culture, could return.
He is joined on this expedition into the unknown by his brother, wife, and daughters, K. K. and Sinbad, an accomplished sailor known as a “giant” not because of his height, but because of the vast distances he covered.
As they set out on their journey, heading towards the frozen Ringbergs (mountains) that surround Rhodemia, they will encounter strange sights and many hair-raising dangers.
And with each passing day, what was once heaven will become more and more like hell, leading to a desperate race against time to save not only their own lives, but an entire civilization as the ice sheets push relentlessly forward.
With its apocalyptic premise and unique cultural background, where gods are flesh and blood and sacred rites dictate the course of life. end of paradise offers an exciting magical adventure that will take readers to another world.
It’s a fast-paced adventure with plenty of setting that really heightens the tension, like navigating the treacherous Ringberg or brave the raging waters on a makeshift raft, and the central team of characters are so likable – even the conceited KK – that you quickly invest in your well-being and the vitality of your missions.
They will have to forge strange alliances along the way, but each character has their own motives, fears and traumas that influence their actions and reactions and make their individual journeys believable.
What I particularly liked was the sheer substance of the book. Written simply but beautifully, with a whimsical innocence to prose, sometimes reminiscent of a fairy tale, as, for example, in this passage:
There was harmony. The night was almost halfway through. The moon shone brightly on a thick layer of fluffy clouds that covered the valley like a blanket. People and animals slept under this blanket and, judging by its white color, enjoyed a primeval sleep. Beyond the horizon, high and sharp teeth of the mighty Ringberg rose above the clouds, winding around the valley.
For me, another important advantage is the deep connection of acers with nature. They respect all other life and have come to learn the language of animals, whether it be a certain noise or an aspect of body language such as ear twitching.
I also enjoyed learning about the wider Boca myth and Aser’s many traditions and celebrations. They are a people bound by a true sense of community, divided neither by strife nor by property. In today’s troubled world, both politically and environmentally, this is an enchanting dream.
The saga, which is said to be encyclopedic in its details, is the perfect resource for a new type of fantasy setting, and it’s interesting to read about how the legends that have come down to us today can, if the saga is really genuine. , have their roots in this first civilization.
For example, dragons are people who are “attracted”, “elves” are the eleven older brothers of the main god Ukko, the All-Father; and the three Fates are really just three friendly, approachable ladies.
For all these reasons end of paradise– which comes with a glossary of unfamiliar terms from the “indigenous” Acer language – is so different from any other book I’ve read, and the fact that Odenma is marked for destruction gives it a pronounced tragic element. It’s like reading Lord of the Rings knowing that Middle-earth would explode at any cost.
Bye end of paradise this is Borgen’s first novel, this is his third book on the Boke saga after the non-fiction books. The Bokeh Saga: An Introduction— which explains the Boca saga — and memoirs temporarily insanewhich chronicles the bizarre, three-decade-long quest for a dedicated Bokist group, Temple Twelve, a multi-billion dollar treasure trove known as the Lemminkäinen Hoard.
This novel is the perfect companion for those who are passionate about the Boca saga bringing its ancient lore to life, but in this case it doesn’t matter if you agree with the truth of the saga or not.
For the bottom line is that this is a very entertaining read from start to finish, and it makes me say that end of paradise could have been an epic, thrilling TV or screen adaptation.