Dominion Over the Earth Book 1
By Katherine Padilla
Loved by the son. Pursued by the father. Selected by the planet-spirit.
Benefactor or invader? Messiah or anti-Christ? Descendant of God or emissary of Satan? Emperor Tohmazz Zarr is on a mission to save his nation from extinction and has found new followers on Earth. While Earth prepares for invasion by Zarr’s enemies, Latter-day Saint Sara Alexander defies her parents and the leaders of her church to join a colony led by world-renowned organizational psychologist Dr. Benjamin Carroll, whose goal is to create Zion on an uninhabited planet named Eden.
Before Sara leaves Earth, her father reveals that they are from the planet Novaun and gives her his arelada, the mysterious crystal that makes telepathy possible. Devoted to Dr. Carroll’s son, Sara is unaware that Carroll, himself, has developed an attraction to her. Sara’s relationship with Carroll ignites passion that throws the colony into chaos. When Eden’s planet-spirit begins reacting violently to what it perceives as the colonists’ unrighteous behavior, even Sara’s Novaunian knowledge and arelada may not be enough to save the colony from destruction.
Intended audience: Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The idea for this novel came from a simple but provocative question: If the earth lives the law of a celestial kingdom, fills the measure of its creation, and doesn’t break the law (D&C 88:25), what might a planet that doesn’t meet that standard be like? What might happen if natives of the earth attempted to colonize a law-breaking planet? Under such conditions, would they be able to rise to the measure of their creation? Would they even be able to survive?
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The Last Days’ quest for Zion promises to be so glorious, so challenging, and so extraordinary that stories speculating on it in a literal way have difficulty doing it justice. Apply a generous dose of fantasy, and what results are novels for Latter-day Saints by Katherine Padilla that will transport readers to a harrowing but hopeful alien future.