Book Review: The Sixth Seal

What if you were destined to live the same life over and over again? What if each time you were reborn you had to figure out who you were and what your purpose was or risk the annihilation of the entire human race?

Ana has been fighting mental health issues all her life, only she's not crazy. She's an old soul who must find the book that has been calling to her and draw upon hundreds and hundreds of year of experience from lives she can hardly remember. The Sixth Seal offers an intricate story line that is woven together with incredible finesse. It's got adventure, action, mystery,and more. From the very beginning I found myself rooting for for the main character. 

The book offers an excellent opening -- straight into both the action and the character's central internal problem. Will she escape from the instution where she's been committed? The pacing is brisk, and the flashbacks to previous lives is done exceptionally well.

With each episode, Ana, the main character, learns more about herself. Her story unfolds and is propelled by exciting action sequences. The other characters can only offer her parts of her story which felt like pieces of a centuries old jigsaw being filled in.

The reincarnation aspects paired with a continuing and renewed struggle for self-knowledge gave this book an very original flair. If you loved the movie Cloud Atlas, you'll love this book.


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