The biggest issue I’ve had with writing The Sentinel Trilogy and The Katrosi Revolution is referring to God. As a Christian, I’m extremely wary of misrepresenting or dishonoring the God I love; the one who created the world and who continues to pluck it out of its own troubles time and time again. Yahweh, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

But the god of Alani is fiction. He is nothing but a reflection of the true God—something that will hopefully remind people of Yahweh and the absolute power, the ultimate justice, and the infinite love that He is.

The name Aeo I derived from the Latin word for God: Deus. You might recognize Deo from Gloria in excelsis Deo.

And Aeo’s son, Joshua, is meant to represent Jesus. Like Jesus, Joshua sacrificed his life to save humanity from its own evil, and offer forgiveness to those who accept him.

Jesus’ name in Greek is Iesous, which is pronounced “Jesus” in English. But his Hebrew name is Yeshua, which is pronounced “Joshua” in English.