Arren Powers is a brilliant engineer, but it hardly matters on the world of Ogma, where no one cares how machines work. Everything they need is provided by the gods. So he is delighted when Nathan Freed, the high priest, requests his services. Arren repairs the strangest
device he has ever seen, inadvertently granting Nathan the power of the gods.
After witnessing Nathan inflict divine punishment on an old rival, Arren realizes the danger his world is in. This power is too great for men to wield. Arren tries to break the control device, but fails. Now Nathan, who has the power to summon furies and command lightning,
wants Arren dead.
Arren flees, aided by a voice from an observational satellite which only he can hear. The voice guides him toward unexpected allies: an immortal woman in a flying castle, a hunter in a hidden realm beyond a wall of fire, and a librarian who may have uncovered the gods' deepest
While Arren and his allies try to understand their world, knowledge of the gods' machine spreads, until new gods wage brutal war for control of Ogma. Arren's engineering talents never mattered to anyone before, but now he may be the only one who can stop the machine, and save the world.
If everything is provided by the gods, why do they have machines?
I'd be glad to loll about being provided for. Where do I sign up?
And if he's such a brilliant engineer, why can't he whack the control device with a sledge hammer? Here, use mine.
One of the first requirements of any hook is that the story can't contradict itself unintentionally. If it's intentional you have to note it.
The rest of this is the usual stuff: not specific, no stakes other than a meaningless "save the world"