The Book of Joby Reviews                                                                    

“When Lucifer again proposes that God put someone virtuous to the test, with a remade Creation sans free will as the prize should the champion fail, God chooses nine-year-old Joby, and the Arthurian legend is replayed to mesmerizing effect.”                   

— Booklist’s Top Ten SciFi/Fantasy 2008                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
“The prologue of Ferrari’s first novel sweeps us into a monumental modern-day fantasy of good versus evil when Lucifer proposes a wager that he has made many times over the millennia - the same stupid bet, according to God. If he wins this time, God will have to destroy his Creation, and they will start over with what Lucifer considers an orderly, “virtuous” universe without free will. God will name a champion, who Lucifer will try to subvert by putting him to the test in the hope that he will choose, of his own free will, to follow Lucifer. Also, the Creator must “forbid all immortal beings in His service from intervening unless directly asked to do so by the candidate.” God’s champion is unsuspecting, 9-year-old Joby, a bright, imaginative boy with a loving heart. And so, the Arthurian legend is replayed over a span of 30-plus years and through incarnations of Arthur (Joby), Guinevere, Galahad, and Modred. The original Merlin plays a prominent role, as does the chalice known as the Holy Grail. The story is mesmerizing, Joby’s angst is palpable, the love of God overwhelming, and the malevolence of Lucifer and his minions terrifying. A decidedly unorthodox twist on the personalities of God and the devil that offers much to ponder as well as enjoy.”                                                                                                                                                              
— Sally Estes, Booklist starred review                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The Book of Joby should have been called the Book of Joy. The magic of childhood, the magic of Camelot, the grand mystery of Creation, the tears of humanity, the petty cruelties of Hell, all are within these leaves. From schoolboy bullies to homeless shelters to an enchanted hometown where time stands still, from shy first love to tragedy and death… Mark Ferrari weaves his spell.”                                                               
— John C. Wright                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
The Book of Joby is a rare gem, the kind that is only seen once every generation or so—a novel that sparkles with wit and charm, humor and wisdom, courage and compassion. Mark Ferrari reveals himself to be a master storyteller, never once faltering in his quest to entertain. Imagine a novel where Harry Potter meets King Arthur and they both go on a quest to fight the devil—and you’ll only begin to grasp the kind of fun you’ll have reading this book.”                                                                                                                                                                   
— David Farland, author of Sons of the Oak


The Book of Joby by Mark J. Ferrari is a wonderful debut. It is funny, touching, gripping, infuriating and unforgettable. Did I sneak an “infuriating” in there? I think all good books are occasionally infuriating, and this book is no exception.” (read more…)                                                                                                      

— Tia Nevitt - Fantasy Debut


“In the past, I’ve been pretty vocal in naming Patrick Rothfuss’ The Name of the Wind as not only the Fantasy Debut of the year but also the Fantasy Book of the year. I was sure, even when I read it several months ago, that nothing would come along to supplant it from that lofty height. I was wrong.” (read more…)


— Aidan Moher - A Dribble of Ink


“With its winning combination of King Arthur and the Book of Job, this book deserves to stand on the bookshelf next to C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. A witty and thought-provoking contemporary fantasy about the vicissitudes of life that we all face.”

— Erik Tsao, Books Etc., Portland, ME
(From The October 2007 Book Sense Picks & Notables Preview)


“Very clever and original… and some of the twists on both [Aurthurian and Jobian] legends were both subtle and brilliant. … Definitely one of the better fantasies I’ve read this year, and an excellent debut. The Book of Joby is a stand-alone novel, but I look forward to more work from Mark J. Ferrari. Definitely a name to remember, and a novel to buy!” (read more…)                                                                
— Chris The Book Swede - thebookswede.blogspot.com


“Marvelous first novel … quite clever and entertaining. Throw in a charming coming-of-age tale, a heartbreaking love triangle, archangels, demons, a magical hidden town, stimulating philosophical/moral explorations of faithfulness, justice & free will, and a compelling portrayal of the human spirit and you have … one of the more surprising and delightful fantasies that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in years …could be the fantasy debut of the year.” (read more…)


— Robert Thompson - www.fantasybookcritic.blogspot.com


“Audacious! A bravura redaction of the most disturbng book in the Bible,The Book of Joby examines questions theologists have skirted uneasily for millennia. would an all-loving, all-knowing Creator really place a bet with Lucifer?”


— Kage Baker


The Book of Joby is a very ambitious first novel, beautifully written, both entertaining and thought-provoking.”


— Kevin J. Anderson


“A grand eschatological epic that rings heretofore undreamt changes on the eternal drama of a blameless man caught in a cosmic wager between Lucifer and the Creator.”


— James Morrow, author of The Last Witchfinder on The Book of Joby