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From the ancient Book of Mosiah comes the story of two men ... One, a leader of nations. The other, his son, who's intent on destroying everything his father has spent a lifetime building. As Alma the Younger rises in power and influence, leading hearts and minds into rebellion, his father becomes desperate. When a once peaceful civilization begins to crumble from within,From the ancient Book of Mosiah comes the story of two men ... One, a leader of nations. The other, his son, who's intent on destroying everything his father has spent a lifetime building. As Alma the Younger rises in power and influence, leading hearts and minds into rebellion, his father becomes desperate. When a once peaceful civilization begins to crumble from within, Alma the Elder must turn to the one source with the power to break his son or forever change his heart....

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Alma the Younger Reviews

  • Maria Zannini
    2019-06-25 13:00

    I asked to read Alma The Younger even though I am not Mormon, nor am I familiar with their teachings. I simply knew that I enjoyed Heather Moore's stories in the past, and wanted to review it from a 'secular' point of view.You have to understand also that I read everything with a deep level of disbelief. I demand the author prove to me that s/he can tell a story and make me live it with them.It came as a true delight that Heather Moore didn't whitewash anything. The main character, Alma the younger, is an antihero, and he was modeled so believably, I started to wonder midway how he was going to be redeemed.I liked too that the reason for his anger and rebellion was completely plausible and even understandable. This was a thinking man, a man with a great emotional well for compassion for his fellow human beings. So when he did strike out, the reader could empathize with his anger. This wasn't a two dimensional character. This was a man of deep convictions.Cassia, Alma's love interest is the perfect counterpart to all-too-serious Alma. She is so sweet and kind, a young girl stepping into womanhood and carrying that burden with amazing grace. The relationship she has with Alma was truly sensitive and beautifully painted. You could feel the tension in words not spoken and the great love neither could admit.The story opens in the middle of a crisis and then goes backward in time to tell how it came about. This particular technique is very hard to pull off well, but Heather Moore had no trouble at all hooking me and keeping my interest throughout. I will say that this story probably has more meaning to people of faith, but that does not limit it in the least in terms of scope or grand story telling.The characters were so well described, I could envision them easily, and the pace was terrific. I am an impatient reader at best, and one of the telltale signs that a story has me hooked is my willingness to pick it up again after I've put it down. HB Moore accomplished this again and again. I had to find out what happened next. I had to know Alma's fate and those of his friends and enemies.Do I recommend this book? Absolutely. The writing is crisp, the pace is brisk and the characters are most certainly memorable. If I had any qualms about the story telling it's that I think Ms. Moore cheated me. LOL. I wanted to know much more about the world building. Perhaps those of the Mormon faith already know this world too well, but I was so intrigued by the details, I was hungry for more.Regardless whether you are a person of faith or not, the story stays with you. That is a testament in itself.

  • Michael Young
    2019-07-14 13:02

    Though this is the third book in Moore's series of historical fiction based on the events of the Book of Mormon and the first one that I've picked up. (It is nice that you can read the books in any order) I have read The Book of Mormon many times and I think sometimes, it is easy to get into a rut where you start to forget that they were real people will real lives, which were much more complex than was recorded in the record that we have. The author does a wonderful job of bringing these well-known characters to life and giving them a plausible life story, all while hitting the major points from the original record. She also mixes in aspects of culture extrapolated from Central American and Mayan culture. On top of this, she cites her sources, which made me feel like she had done considerable research before writing this novel so that the facts would be plausible. I think this added a nice flavor to the novel and gave me food for thought outside the main story. The story is so interesting that I think that this book can be understood and enjoyed even by those who have not read the Book of Mormon. The themes of broken and reunited families, class inequalities, abuses of power, fall and redemption, love lost and gained are those which can be enjoyed by all readers, LDS or not

  • Sheila
    2019-07-09 15:04

    Alma the Younger is another powerful book about Book Of Mormon Prophets and their people. The writing is so good that I just marvel at Heather's storytelling skills. There are times, I forget about the main story to re-read a line or two again. I want to study Heather's writing skills before jumping back into the story. The story of Alma the Younger, was brought to life for me in ways I have never imagined before. The enormity of his evil doing and rebelliousness shook me. I also felt the same way when the Angel of the Lord struck him dumb. This has always been one of my favorite stories in the Book of Mormon. I applaud Heather, for once again, presenting a Book of Mormon story that is scripturally sound and retains the true spirit found in the original story. I highly recommend this 4 1/2 stars book to all LDS readers, and those of other faiths who enjoy a great story of love and redemption. I also recommend that you read Abinadi and Alma by the same author. They come first chronologically, and will help many things make more sense in your reading of Alma the Younger.

  • Mindy
    2019-07-12 11:54

    Another beautifully written historical fiction book from Author H.B. Moore.

  • Michael Knudsen
    2019-07-11 17:42

    It’s not often that I get hooked by LDS fiction to the point that I end up reading as I’m walking down the hall from one room to another, but I came across one of those books this past week.H.B. Moore is rapidly doing for Book of Mormon-based fiction what Gerald N. Lund did for Church History with his Work and the Glory series. Her Out of Jerusalem quartet followed by this new series of prophet-protagonists including Abinadi, Alma, and now Alma the Younger may not be selling as well as Lund’s books did, but they should be, and the people who enjoyed Lund’s epics will find Moore’s characters and narratives equally engaging. There are many challenges involved in basing a fictional world around Book of Mormon stories, and Moore rises to them with solid fiction-writing skills and adequate research. The chapter notes indicate reliance on the Sorenson worldview for BOM settings and firmly establish the reign of Mosiah in the pre-classical Mayan era. References to food, clothing and cultural expectations all add to the “this is how it could have been” realism. The fact that this 300-page novel is based almost entirely on a single chapter (Mosiah 27) of the Book of Mormon speaks not only to that book’s vast wealth of story possibilities, but also to Moore’s ample imaginitive powers. Alma is presented as a natural leader chaffing under his High Priest father’s restrictions and the boring (though sacred) job he’s been given as a records-keeper at the temple in Zarahemla. Alma makes plenty of bad decisions on his way to becoming “a wicked and an idolatrous man”. Moore builds the tension by keeping Alma’s status as leader of the rebellion against the Church a secret from King Mosiah and Alma the Elder until a shocking assault on the temple itself. Since women are unfortunately almost non-existent in the BOM, (though Moore herself has written an entire book on this subject!), Moore has crafted a couple of strong fictional characters in Maia, Alma’s mother, and Cassia, a daughter of Mosiah who provides a very natural romantic interest. Mosiah’s son Ammon is introduced as the crown prince and his future arm-chopping prowess is hinted at (Moore’s current work in progress is Ammon). Moore’s genius is her handling of Alma the Younger himself. As this young man turns from truth and discovers how his natural charisma and talents can be employed in what feels to him like a righteous cause, I was dismayed to find myself actually sympathizing with him. I’ve ready Mosiah 27 dozens of times but only while reading Alma the Younger did I actually understand how someone can arrive at that dark place called anti-christ. The scary thing is that the rationalizing that leads to it sometimes makes all too much sense. Even without the gripping story and strong characters, that insight alone is worth this book’s price.

  • G.G. Vandagriff
    2019-07-07 15:39

    Review: Alma the YoungerBy H.B. MooreI simply cannot praise this book enough. H.B. Moore has done the nearly impossible: she has created a protagonist who is also the antagonist, and made us love and care about him. She has demonstrated with consummate skill how a man, raised in righteousness, can be drawn into wickedness by the belief that he knows a better way of doing things than his leaders. In my mind, this book is what the Victorians called "An Awful Warning" to anyone who thinks they have a better way of doing things than the way that is ordained of God.She shows the "domino effect" about how one seemingly small sin can bring about our ruin. In the scriptures, this method of destruction by Satan is called "the flaxen cord" tha becomes the chain that leads us down to hell.This is the method described by Wormwood in the Screwtape Letters, by C.S. Lewis, told with one of the most well-known characters in the Book of Mormon.I must confess that Alma the Younger has always been my favorite character. I identified with him when reading the Book of Mormon the first time, for I rejoiced that God could take such a sinner and make a mighty prophet of him. When my 60's lifestyle boyfriend, David Vandagriff was investigating the church, I had him start reading the Book of Mormon with the dramatic appearance of an angel to Alma and the Sons of Mosiah. When another member of our family was casting about in darkness, this scripture passage was recreated in his own life, causing an experience that changed his life.I expected this book to deal mostly with Alma's years as a judge and preacher, however it doesn't. It faces square on the problem of Alma's fall from grace. Heather explained to me how fast she was able to write it, and I have a theory that her hero was sitting on her shoulder whispering his story into her ear. It is that good and that believable.The characters are real and richly developed. I can't do better than to say this book is an exquisite read.Alma The YoungerCovenant CommunicationsISBN 978 1 60861 020 4

  • Emily
    2019-07-16 14:36

    H.B. Moore has created another detailed scriptural retelling of the life of Alma the Younger. Using historical research based on Mayan cultural traditions she makes her characters setting and daily life seem very relatable and life like. I think she does a really good job at this and I enjoy the little details about food, hunting, and other traditions that give her stories a rich background. Alma’s bad decisions are the main basis for the plot and Moore has obviously put a lot of thought into the reasons and motivations behind Alma’s apostasy. The main bulk of the writing focuses on this part of Alma’s life, and I sort of wished she had spent a bit more text focusing on the conversion of Alma and the sons of Mosiah after they had seen the angel. In specific I wish she could have added more detail for their motivations to go on missions to the Lamanites. That part of the story seemed a bit rushed to me. Yet, I think she did a good job of showing that Alma’s and the sons of Mosiah’s actions had consequences, some of which they could never fix.Moore said that a major challenge to portraying Alma’s character was the fact that it was hard to create a character the reader could care about as he went around doing bad stuff, and I think she did a good job of making him likable despite his faults, but around the middle-end of the plot I kind of got impatient for his conversion to come, and was ready for the focus of the plot to change. As a result this wasn’t my favorite scriptural retelling story, but I found that I did gain some new insights into motivations behind apostasy and the historical details of the scriptures. Moore ultimately delivers a thoughtful and useful scriptural retelling that matches up to the quality of her previous novels. This novel includes a map, author preface, character chart, historical chapter notes, and a selected biography.

  • Becki
    2019-07-12 17:40

    I'm always a bit hesitant to read fiction based on scriptures due to the sacred nature of the context but I have always found Heather Moore's books to be very respectful and authentic, staying close to the actual scripture story.In this story, the third in an incredible series of Book of Mormon prophets, we gain a greater insight into the reasons Alma the Younger may have rebelled against his religious upbringing. the questions he struggles with are the same people have had through out the ages and the choices he makes seem very plausible.the hardest thing for me in this book and the series is being familiar with the scripture version and having my own ideas of what might have happened. i would find myself 'coming out' of the story because I was analyzing it instead of enjoying it. It's also hard when the whole book builds up to the climatic moment and then its done. i always want it to linger a little longer. this may be because Ms. Moore has created such a realistic setting I don't want it to be over yet. The creation of the story line really grows then feels resolved quickly. But that's how fast the scriptures go too.All that said, this is not a book to miss. It [to quote the Book of Mormon:] will 'enlarge your understanding' of the great men of scripture.

  • June
    2019-06-28 17:46

    It was fun to read a historical fiction based upon a scriptural character. I would enjoy reading other books by this author. It's a good clean novel, teaching good principles. It brings to life the events that one studies in the scriptures.

  • Rebecca Irvine
    2019-07-07 15:41

    Heather Moore's newest volume in her fictionalized Book of Mormon series is Alma the Younger. I read this a few weeks back and was really impressed with the boldness of the plot line. It is one of Moore's more creative plots (if not the most creative)--but maybe this is due to the lack of detail the scriptures contain regarding Alma's life before his repentance. Still, I really admire Moore's writing abilities; her characters are strong and well-rounded (I both liked and disliked Alma for a variety fo reasons). And she is able to emphasize the forgiveness aspect of the gospel without sounding preachy.From the back of the book:"As night falls, a scarlet-robed man emerges from the temple and a hush falls over the waiting crowd. Studying the hooded figure with enmity, Alma recognizes that this is the man who incites rebellion among the people of Zarahemla. This is the man who dares preach from the very place where King Benjamin uttered his final blessings upon the people of the church. Defiling the tower with his very presence, the man who embodies evil raises a hand to silence the drums, then calls to his followers through the eerie quiet. And that's when Alma realizes the terrible truth: this man is his son. Alma the Younger, son of the aging high priest, once was taught by the wisdom of prophets. Now the young man is a thief ensnared by the wiles of strong drink and harlots; a bitter dissenter determined to overthrow the church, to lead the people into new freedoms. He has gathered a strong army to create a revolution, which only begins with the desecration of the temple and will escalate to calamity once he captures King Mosiah s daughter. But en route to his malicious mission with his royal henchmen, Alma is halted by an unexpected opponent: an angel of the Lord, a messenger of the very God he has sought to defame. And what unfolds is a story of miraculous redemption, a story building on the poignant Book of Mormon account to show how even the vilest of sinners can be transformed by the Savior's amazing grace."Alma the Younger is very much a worthwhile read and makes me look forward to Moore's next book, Ammon.

  • Andrea
    2019-07-15 14:01

    The story of Alma the Younger and the Sons of Mosiah is one of the more popular scripture stories in our church. It is a very powerful story of rebellion, repentance and conversion."Alma the Younger" fictionalizes the Book of Mormon character of the same name. His father is the high priest in Zarahemla. Alma feels somewhat trapped. He's been a scribe in the temple, and his path seems to have been chosen for him. Little by little Alma rebels and befriends "unbelievers". His best friends are the four sons of King Mosiah, and they join together to lead the rebellion group. Alma's parents are beside themselves with grief about their wayward son. I can't even imagine how hard it must be on a parent to have a wayward child. Hopefully I won't have to find out, but I thought Moore did a good job of describing the grief and anguish from both sides.The character development was excellent. Although Cassia is completely fictional, I really enjoyed her part in the story. Her role helped bring the BOM characters I am familiar with to life.Fictionalizing such a well known scripture story is no small task. Overall I think Heather Moore did a good job. The buildup to the conversion was wonderful. I would have liked to have more detail from the conversion forward though. With less than a quarter of the book to tell that part of the story, it felt rushed.I hope there are plans in the works to tell the stories of the missionary efforts of the Sons of Mosiah.

  • 07joshw
    2019-06-23 12:52

    Josh Ward Period 7Do you like adventure and exciting books. First when I starting reading this book, my only intention was to just read a book for my schooling but I really got into it. Alma the younger is a ferules man scared of nothing. He lives in a family that The Church is a BIG deal. Alma does not like that he is always bossed around told what to do and what not to do. At this age I guessed Alma the younger is in his young 20’s. He just gets so sick of it and one early morning is gone. Almas parents being varying involved in Mormon Church beliefs, go on and on with sorrow and grief. Almas dad is a very important man in Zarahemla . Just about the hole kingdom is Mormon. Alma has left so much behind a loving family and a young woman (the kings daughter) who Alma the younger was about to married if the king would have let it. Alma’s parents are so said with almost none stop fasting and praying.Almas Dad just cannot understand why Alma could leave the Church and his family, all just because of his egger attitude. Meanwhile bad stuff is happing inside and outside between the Church and non believers. All the sudden The Church of God the church where All of Zarahemla worships , is attacked and almost destroyed, Almas dad soon to find the Alma the younger played a part in the Church going down,, A very big part.

  • Nikki Wilson
    2019-06-24 18:54

    Ok, this story really made me think about the scriptures and really think about my impressions of Alma the Younger. At first I wasn't really buying the author's view of him until about halfway through when I finally realized that she was making the character more believable. She showed the rationalizations that led Alma the younger and the sons of Mosiah to become the instigators against the church. When telling the conversion story, she used Alma's own words as he had told his son, it was a really powerful tool and I thought she did it well. However, the ending did fall a little flat for me. I'm not sure if it's just because I wanted more or because I felt the other people that had been persecuted, forgave them a little too quickly. It just seemed like it needed just a little more time, or a little more story at the end. The portrayal of Alma the younger definately left me hungry to read those scriptures. I also found myself really trying to imagine what I thought Alma the younger was like before his conversion. I really did search the scriptures more and I searched within my own character to find the things and the rationalizations that could lead someone away like that. To me, that is the goal of reading fictionalized books based on the scriptures. Based on that aspect, it was very successful.

  • Krista Jensen
    2019-07-16 11:40

    From the first page of H.B. Moore's Alma the Younger I was drawn in, wanting to find out more, wanting to know these characters and where their paths led. Moore brings the character of Alma the Younger to life in answer to the question, "How could the son of a revered high priest go so bad and lead so many astray?" Her take formed an intriguing answer. I both loved Alma and cringed at him and kept turning pages, putting myself in Moore's Zarahemla, asking myself, "Where would I be?". Moore keeps him real and doesn't sugar-coat his falling away, but shows the fine silken cords the adversary uses to draw those he would use to further his purposes. Moore tempts the reader to believe Alma might be right, because he believes it so fervently. Cassia is sweet and sincere, and the sons of Mosiah charming and loyal, Ammon a leader in his own right.Moore's portrayal of the king and the government had me considering righteous dominion. I'll certainly never read the scripture story the same way again.The scriptures at the beginning of each chapter kept reminding me of God's hand in all things, even when they seemed bleak.If I have any disappointments with this book, it is that it ended too soon. I'm looking forward to reading the next book. Ammon, anyone?

  • Danyelle Ferguson
    2019-06-29 13:56

    Learning more about Alma the Younger and the type of man he could have been was fascinating. If this book is on your to-read list, I highly encourage you to read the Preface. In this section, H.B. Moore talks about all of the questions she asked to figure out who Alma the Younger was as a man, what type of person and characteristics he possibly had. When she talked about Alma being very intelligent and well educated, but not able to develop faith in something he couldn't see - it was like there was an audible "click" in my head. I've known so many people who struggle asking Heavenly Father simple questions because to them, the answer was obvious. Why ask Heavenly Father for approval? That's just wasting their time. Going along this course, H.B. Moore brought to life a man I could relate to today. I learned how Alma the Younger's life, his choices, the consequences he faced, and the change of heart that came over him is absolutely relevant to today's society. Not just my neighbors or youth I know who are struggling - but to me and every other faithful member of the Church out there as well.This book was excellent - insightful and inspiring.

  • Taffy
    2019-07-19 14:36

    Another well-written Book of Mormon story from author Heather Moore.Alma the Younger has been raised in the Church of which his father, Alma the Elder, is high priest. But along the path of life, Alma the Younger chooses to exercise his free agency and rebel against his father and the church.He justifies his anger at his father by 'preaching' to saints that the church is wrong and leading them astray. He doesn't realize the pain he is causing, especially to his parents.He goes too far in leading people against the chuck and God sends an angel to Alma, a answer to many prayers including Alma the Elder.Heather has added quite a few fictional characters to give the readers more depth to the scriptural ones. But it's not hard to separate them as the fictional names are not from the Book of Mormon.The next book from Heather to look forward to reading is AMMON.Here is a link to her website My Writer's LairRating: PG

  • Lexie
    2019-07-14 19:44

    If I had to choose my favorite out of H.B. Moore's Book of Mormon series, Alma the Younger would probably be it. Added to the fact that Alma the Younger is such an amazing story to begin with, H.B. Moore delves even deeper into the plot and adds a relatable element to it.The tale of a wayward child and his journey home is something that many parents can sympathize with. Alma may have been a prophet of God but he was also a frustrated father who worried constantly about his son.Alma the Younger is also a fascinating character. Even though he is on a wayward path, he has conviction and believes he is doing the right thing. I personally think this is a very accurate portrayal of the real Alma the Younger.This book has it all--action, romance, drama, intrigue, and the best part is that is based on actual events! I have to say it is one of my favorite Book of Mormon fiction novels that I have ever read. Can't wait for the next one in the series!!

  • Melanie
    2019-06-23 18:57

    Someone said in a review that the descriptions of Alma the Younger's wicked period seemed too much to justify his actions, as if we as readers were somehow going to agree with him or root him on in the way he was behaving. I disagree. I thought it was great how believable it was, and how it could possibly make sense to *him* that what he was doing was right. I think it's entirely plausible for certain church members to behave wrongly and for certain unbelievers to suddenly determine that the church is bad, or that all church members must be that way. People think that way today, all the time. And whether or not it is good justification for certain behavior, it certainly is used, and is realistic and believable fuel for anyone who is already going astray.

  • Jenn
    2019-07-17 17:46

    I've always loved Moore's books. Taking three and a half verses from the Book of Mormon (Mosiah 27:8-11) and turning it into 250 or some odd pages of a book has got to be a serious challenge, and all the harder because not everyone is going to be happy with how you portray one of their favorite prophets. :o)I really enjoyed seeing how Moore developed Alma's character. She didn't make him evil - she made him rebellious, but she gave him motivation. I love how Moore's books always make the characters come to life for me. Even though I know that most of the book is fiction, I also know that Moore does a lot of research into the culture and climate of the time, so it feels real.

  • Cheryl
    2019-07-04 19:48

    Like other books I've read by Heather Moore, I thought this was exceptionally well done. She sticks to the facts, but gives us a peek at details we don't get in the scriptures. This helped me ponder what Alma the Younger's life might really have been like. It shows how Satan can deceive even the most elect. I would have liked to have seen more of the book deal with his conversion and feelings after the angel appeared to him. I was so looking forward to that part. I just recently learned that Moore's newest book about Ammon will be coming out this summer. I am really anxious to continue on in this series.

  • Alex
    2019-06-27 12:52

    i was really hoping this book would focus more on the last 20-30 pages or so. the angel kickin' trash and the sons of mosiah going to preach the gospel to the lamanites; that's what i was expecting this book to focus on. not so much alma the younger leading himself and others astray. but i guess you can't ignore half of a story just because you like the other half more. maybe heather moore is saving that for her next book?!

  • Darci
    2019-07-17 15:45

    I want to give this one 4 but I just can't. I loved Abinadi and Alma. This one seemed just a little off to me. I think I was dissappointed that so much of the story was dedicated to Alma the Younger's character development as the antagonist and then at the very end he has his epiphony, all is well and the book was over. I wanted more detail in the after the angel period rather the such a quick tidy end. It seemed a little rushed at the end ...I just wanted more!

  • Laura
    2019-07-09 13:43

    When I started listening to Moore's books, I honestly was expecting the same reaction that I had to Lund's books. But I really like it. She uses the scriptural account as the basis of a well-fleshed out storyline. I also appreciated that the arguments Alma the Younger used which eventually led him on a path of apostasy are really timeless. I suspect if I would have read the books, there might have been some interesting commentary which aren't available in the audio portion.

  • Rachelle
    2019-06-30 15:50

    I love this series of books. Heather definitely makes the Book of Mormon come to life. Her characters have such depth and it gives such insight into the motivations for their lifestyle. I’ve always loved the story of Alma the Younger and now I feel like I understand it even better because I got to go back in time and “see” him in action. The details of the surroundings attest to the in-depth studying Moore does for each of her novels. You won’t want to miss any of these captivating stories.

  • Kisty
    2019-06-30 13:58

    I liked this book also...But I gave it 3 stars because Alma the younger has a such a sad and frustrating story, which is not as enjoyable to read about! HB Moore portraited Alma the Younger very well! I can't wait for her next book to come out!!! Hopefully it will be about Captain Moroni!!! That would be awesome!

  • Nichole
    2019-07-10 16:47

    At first I was skeptical about this book. As I read I tried to not compare it to scripture. I know it is a historical fiction and I loved how they portrayed Alma the Younger's life. I love all the characters and the story that was created. Heather Moore knows how to weave scripture and inspiring words together to create a meaningful story of a Persons life. I can't wait to read her other stories.

  • Ruby
    2019-07-19 18:59

    Like Heather's other LDS titles, this one's a winner so far. I finished it last week and would recommend it to anyone who likes LDS Historical Fiction. Moore makes you feel as though you are really back in Book of Mormon times.

  • Cheri
    2019-07-08 14:59

    A little slower start on this book, but once I got into it I couldn't put it down! I love thinking about the characters in the Book of Mormon and what they might have been like, they seem more real to me and not just another character in a book. Great story, can't wait for the next in the series!!

  • Heather
    2019-07-14 18:49

    Alma the Younger is the best story to read and it helps me get a better look from the Book of Mormon. Alma the Younger choose not follow his father's teachings. He starts to lead many of good people away from the lord. He and his friends has a dangerous plan that would put his own life in jeopardy.

  • Em7ar7
    2019-07-20 11:42

    gives you an idea of what might have brought Alma to the point in his life where he was going around and destroying the church, and what his father and and Mosiah where going through as they watched their sons move further and further into apostasy. a love story is thrown in their too.