This 2010 novel by Eduardo Spohr takes influences from Abrahamic Mythology, High Fantasy Literature, Pop culture movies and literature and anime. It's currently been published in Brazil, Portugal, Holland and is in negotiation for publication in Mexico. It was forbidden in Italy due to making some rather interesting views of some important religious figures. Currently, the author is writing a prequel-of-sorts trilogy with different protagonists.
Following ABDA sucess, Spohr then published three more books that share the same universe than the first: The Filhos do Éden (Children of Eden) trilogy: Herdeiros de Atlântida (Heirs of Atlantis; 2011), Anjos da Morte (Angels of Death; 2013) and Paraíso Perdido (Lost Paradise; 2015). The protagonists of this trilogy are the angels Kaira, the Divine Spark and Denyel, the Exiled Cherub.
In 2016, Spohr and the illustrator Andres Ramos published a large encyclopedia of the Spohrverse, called Filhos do Éden: Universo Expandido (Expanded Universe), which contains detailed information about everything: the whole cronology (since the beginning of time until the Apocalypse); important places and the different planes of existence; the angels and demons divisions (castes and orders); information about the characters in the tetralogy; a chapter exclusive to the magic systems; a bestiary; a chapter for those who want to write fanfictions and a chapter exclusive for RPG settings, using the D&D 5th edition.
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This novel includes examples of:
- All Myths Are True: Implied. As pagan gods are in truth, the disembodied spirits of great heroes and figures who were recognized as gods after their deaths and grew more powerful with the energy of the prayers they received.
- Apocalypse How: The Great Flood, in 11.500 b.C. was a Class 2, as all of ancient human nations were destroyed, including the cities of Atlantis and Enoch. Humans, through Noah and other survivals, started to rebuild civilization after the waters retreated.
- Archangel Gabriel: Gabriel, the Fire Master, is one of the five archangels of Heaven. He was created before the universe to help God fight Tehom, the Darkness. After the creation of the cosmos, Gabriel became patron of the Ishins, elemental angels, and helped Michael to wreak havoc on humanity. However, after he spent some time on Earth, he stays in mankind side and starts a Civil War with his loyal angels to protect them.
- Archangel Michael: Michael, the Prince of Angels, is the firstborn and the most powerful of the archangels. He was created before the universe to help God fight Tehom, the Darkness. After God went to sleep, he took control of the Seven Heavens and was determined to end humanity, since he considered them evil and corrupted.
- Archangel Raphael: Rapahel, God's Healing, was one of the five archangels that were created before the universe to help God fight Tehom, the Darkness. He was kind and honest, and disappeared after his brothers started killing humans.
- Dead All Along: God sacrificed himself to give free will to mankind.
- Deity of Human Origin: Most of the pagan gods were humans who were great heroes or important people in their nations. After they died, their people began to worship them, causing their spirits to remain on the ethereal plane and essentially becoming gods. Some of them are weaker than angels and demons, but the best known of them (Zeus, Ra, Odin) were so powerful that remained victorious during the wars against the archangels.
- Demon of Human Origin: Demons are created when humans soul who commited to much sins goes to Hell and are submited to years (maybe more, maybe less) of torture in the hand of Baals, an infernal order of fallen angels. When they arrive in the Sheol, they start as some sort of larvae, until they evolve to slave-spirits, working for they masters. If a slave-spirit enlist among the raptors, opportunistic spirits who denounce and hunt angels in Haled, and succeed, they become a demon and join a hellish order.
- Eldritch Abomination: Tehom, the Darkness, was a primordial entity that existed before the creation of the universe, alongside with God. She was described as more like a force or concept than an actual being. Her children and grandchildren, the Great Ancients, were monstrous and gargantuans beings who live in the darker corners through the cosmos.
- God is Dead: After the creation of humanity, Yahweh gave them a soul and free will. Then he goes to Mount Tsafon, the Seventh Heaven, and went to sleep, at dawn on the Seventh Day of Creation. Some angels believed that God was dead and Uziel, an archangel, confronted his brother Michael about this. This was subverted because Yahweh was not dead, but He "desired omnipotence" and became one with the entire universe, according to Archangel Gabriel.
- Heaven: Called "The Seven Heavens", its a dimension divided in, well, seven layers:
- Tartarus, First Heaven: Home of the Ishins, elemental angels, and the closest to Earth.
- Gehenna, Second Heaven: The Purgatory, where the judgment of human souls takes place. Home of the Hashmalins.
- Celestial Eden, Third Heaven: Paradise, home of good souls and saints.
- Acheron, Fourth Heaven: Home of the Cherubs, an open battlefield, full of strongholds and bastions.
- Celestia, Fifht Heaven: The capital of angels, home of celestial cities and the Seraphs.
- Raqui'a, Sixth Heaven: Home of the Malakins and their holy libraries.
- Mount Tsafon, Seventh Heaven: Where God rests.
- Hell: A dimension called Sheol, it was where God buried Tehom and his monster gods. After the banishment of Lucifer and his followers, the dimension served as a home for demons and evil spirits. Unlike the Seven Heavens, Sheol is a homogeneous dimension and its nine circles are merely geopolitical divisions.
- Nephilim: Nephilims are, naturally, offsprings of angels with humans. They were considered bastards and hunted down by witches because their blood and guts were used in unholy rituals. Usually, they inherit angelic powers from their parents.
- Our Angels Are Different: They are divided in castes and have no free will, being forced to follow the instincts of their respective caste. They also cannot be killed unless their mystical heart is destroyed. And some of them are quite genocidal with Michael being the responsible for the Great Flood and the destruction of Atlantis. They're also prone to using guns and do Saint Seiyaesque duels in bridges.
- Satan: Lucifer, the Morning Star, was one of the five archangels created before the universe. He, and one third of the angels, were banished from the Seven Heavens for rebeling against Michael and trying to be greater than God itself. Situated in the Sheol (Hell), he and his fallen angels started to torture evil humans to creat more demons and get revenge from their heavenly sibilings when the Apocalypse comes.
- The Armies of Heaven: The Cherubs are the military caste of the Seven Heavens. They are specialized warriors, assassins, spies and hunters, who participated in most of the angels conflits, like the Ethereal Wars, Lucifer's rebelion and the Civil War. Ablon is a Cherub and so was Apollyon before he was cast down.
- Time Abyss: Yahweh and the archangels existed since before the universe itself. Metatron and the all of the angels, like Ablon, Orion and Apollyon, were created in the center of the Big Bang, making them approximately 14 billions years old.
- Weak Spot: Destroying an Angel's heart is the only way to kill them for good.