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Archive for Christian fantasy

Curse Bearer by Rebecca P. Minor

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Curse Bearer, Book 1 in the Risen Age Archive series, is Christian fantasy published by Written World Communications.

This is "an epic tale of curses and miracles, where headstrong ignorance creates bondage, and the desire to serve offers freedom." It's an engaging story with a lot of spiritual depth.  I enjoyed it immensely.

Danae Baledric, the eldest daughter of the local apothecary, lives in a town that has been overthrown by the enemy for so long that the people have little to no resistance left in them. After Danae's father is poisoned (in some fashion) by a knife creating a flesh wound that won't heal, Danae sets out on her quest to find answers and bring back a cure.

The journey contains Patrons and elves and an evil that hunts her. I particularly liked the spiritual depth and allusions in this novel.  The Creator God of this created world is called Creo which at least harkened my mind back to Creator every time I read a reference to him.  The fight of good versus evil showed the forces of darkness, and how Danae defaulted to darkness when she really thought she served herself.  I love to see such truths shown in fiction.

In true fantasy style, this is book one, and the story continues in the books to follow.  I intend to follow. If you read the Curse Bearer, I suspect you will too.

 

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Daughter of Light by Morgan L. Busse is another great fantasy read from Marcher Lord Press.

There is so much going on in the plot of this novel that I'm not even going to try to sum up. Protagonist Rowan has my empathy and encouragement from the beginning. The secondary characters are likewise engaging.  The bad guys are bad, and yet presented in the complex plot as not necessarily the ultimate bad guys. The magic is powerful and spiritually acceptable in its allusions to the truth of the ways of God.

The writing is clean and makes it easy to get lost in the story.

Yes, I not only enjoyed this book, but I think I'll read it again before I start book 2, Son of Truth.
 

The Unraveling of Wentwater by C.S. Lakin

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Fantasy from Living Ink Books, The Unraveling of Wentwater is the fourth book in the Gates of Heaven series by C. S. Lakin.
The people of Wentwater live under some heavy superstitions. But that's okay, it seems to work for them — for a time. Up on the mountain, the intellectuals of the academy look down on the villagers and their ways.
Justin, one of the few villagers invited up for education, is determined to make something of his life. Teralyn, daughter of professors, just wants to play music that touches people's hearts. The trouble begins when Justin's professor asks him to accompany Teralyn down to Wentworth for the music festival.

What I liked about this book:  Teralyn, the magic, the fairy tale behind the story. I liked Justin's struggle and the wickedness of the witch.
I struggled with the shifting spiritual theme, that I'm not sure I ever did get a firm grip on, and the distance I felt toward Fromer's character.

I know I've said this before that I need to go back and read the first two in this series … instead I keep going forward. You may like to give them a try from the beginning, but book 3 and 4 are stand alones.

 

Dawn Singer by Janalyn Voigt

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Dawn Singer is Christian fantasy from Harbourlight Books. This is pure fantasy with all the necessary elements to make it so. Janalyn Voigt creates a new, interesting world with a medieval, magical feel with plenty of new creatures and abilities. She has characters with secrets. She has good versus evil, and a quest for a noble cause.

The writing is clean and easy to follow.  The characters are empathetic and attractive. The ending … well, it is book one in the Faeraven series.  I look forward to reading book 2 soon.