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The Ether: Vero Rising

By Laurice E. Molinari
By Laurice Molinari
Zondervan, $16.99
Ages: 10+
Juvenile fiction, fantasy, spiritual warfare, guardian angels, biblical mythology, good versus evil, suspense and adventure, excellent for reluctant readers
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FYI-I snapped this shot unscripted, of Laurel pouring through The Ether book two, Pillars of Fire.


Pillars of Fire
By Laurice Molinari
Zondervan, $16.99
Ages: 10+
Juvenile fiction, fantasy, spiritual warfare, guardian angels, biblical mythology, good versus evil, suspense and adventure, excellent for reluctant readers
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​Just because thirteen-year-old Vero Leland has discovered his true identity doesn’t mean his life has gotten any easier. Middle school is humiliating at best, and his training in the Ether—the spiritual realm that surrounds the earth—has only intensified. Becoming a guardian angel, the fiercest of all warriors, is not for the faint of heart.

At any moment, Vero could be yanked from earth to the Ether, where he must face whatever trials come his way in angel school, aka C.A.N.D.L.E. (the Cathedral of Angels for Novice Development, Learning, and Edification). This year, Vero and his fellow fledglings are selected to compete in the Angel Trials, a set of three challenges that will test everything they’ve learned and pit them head-to-head with advanced angels from other realms.

But as Vero soon learns, there is more at stake in these trials than a crown of glory. Back on earth, his sister Clover is in trouble, and her fate may be inextricably tied to Vero’s own. As the evil both on earth and in the Ether grows, Vero must choose which battles he can’t afford to lose. Once again, he is tested beyond what any previous fledgling has endured, and the choices he makes will affect not only his grade in C.A.N.D.L.E., but also the fate of the world.


Dragon's Descent

By Laurice Molinari

Zondervan, $16.99

Ages: 10+

Juvenile fiction, fantasy, spiritual warfare, guardian angels, biblical mythology, good versus evil, suspense and adventure, excellent for reluctant readers

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Everything Vero has trained for in the Ether has led to this. In the third and final book of Laurice E. Molinari’s Ether series, the young guardian angel Vero is given the quest of locating the Book of Raziel—which was lost when Adam was forced to leave the garden of Eden. And not even Raziel himself knows where the book is now. It soon becomes clear, however, that Lucifer is intent on finding the book for his own means.

When the C.A.N.D.L.E. library in the Ether is missing the information he needs, Vero, his sister, and his best friend, Tack, discover the clues to the book’s whereabouts may be right in front of them on Earth—and that Vero’s father’s new assignment in Sri Lanka may be no coincidence. As their quest begins in earnest, the lines between good and evil begin to blur. Vero will need to use every ounce of his training to take on not only the Devil and his hordes, but also Lilith, who may be lurking closer than anyone thinks.


Slush Pile

Vero Leland always suspected he was different, ever since his childhood attempts to fly. But he never could have predicted how much his life was about to change. Soon after his twelfth birthday, Vero is abruptly transported to the Ether, the spiritual realm that surrounds the earth. Vero is a fledgling guardian angel. Yet before he can be counted among these fiercest of all warriors, Vero must learn to master his growing powers, competing with other angels-in-training and battling demonic creatures known as maltures and mythical creatures such as the leviathan. If he survives training and accepts his destiny, a destiny he did not choose, he must leave behind, his family and the life he loves. Meanwhile, an evil is growing, the maltures are rising, and Vero appears to be their target.