Prophet

Book title: Prophet (Books of the Infinite Series, Book One)

Author: R. J. Larson

Summary:

Ela Roeh is a simple girl from Parne. Nothing special, no one spectacular. But when ash rains from the sky and a vision sweeps over her, her life is suddenly changed.

Ambassador Kien Lantec had no intent of being imprisoned when he went to confront the king of Istgard. But that’s what has happened, and his future is not looking any brighter. How can he possibly change the king’s mind and not get killed in the process?Prophet

Traveling with her crippled sister, Ela, following the Infinite’s instructions, makes her way to Istgard. But will she fail her calling before she is able to start it? And is it truely the Infinite’s will that she be accused of murder and imprisoned?

As Ela warns again and again the royal family of Istgard, hidden allies come to the surface, including a protective war horse. But does one of those allies really have to be an insulting ambassador?

And if Ela and Kien are released from prison, will they survive the war intended to take their lives?

Pros:

Ela grows in her faith and learns to trust in the Infinite’s plans even when they do not make sense.

Cons:

None

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Prophet is a gripping story with traces of the Book of Judges in it. Filled with humor, action, and suspense, it is a story not easily put down.

 

“Die!” the young man roared. He swung his sword at Kien.

 

 

 

Eragon

Book title: Eragon (The Inheritance Cycle, Book One)

Author: Christopher Paolini

Summary:

Eragon is hunting when a blue stone of unmatched beauty appears. Mystified by its appearance, he takes it home to his uncle. But no one – not even the traders – know what this stone is, nor what it is made of.

And then it happens. The stone that was unbreakable cracks, revealing a dragon. As the Eragondays pass and the dragon grows, Eragon fears the attention it will draw. But is the attention of simple townspeople all he should fear?

Eragon, along with a dragon and an old storyteller with many secrets, begins the long hunt for the creatures that murdered his uncle. But is there more to this than he anticipated? What about the mark on his hand? And what about this mysterious storyteller?

But will a mere, untrained Rider, an old storyteller, and a dragon be able to face off a dark and powerful evil – and live?

Pros:

Eragon learns of sacrifice, perseverance, and loyalty.

*Cons:

Eragon goes to a fortune teller/witch to get his fortune told.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

While Eragon is by no means a Christian book, I enjoyed it nonetheless. The story is of writing style that is somewhat similar to that of Tolkien and Donita K. Paul.

Eragon is a book full of twists, surprises, and mystery. With nearly 500 pages, it is a slightly longer read. For anyone who loves the fantasy genre, Eragon is a book worth reading.

   “You were foolish to escape from me in Gil’ead. It will only make things worse for you in the end.”

   “You’ll never capture me alive,” growled Eragon.

   “Is that so?” asked the Shade, raising an eyebrow… “You can’t stop me now. No one can!”

 

*Note: Magic is used in this book

Son of Truth

Book title: Son of Truth (Followers of the Word, Book 2)

Author: Morgan Busse

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Assassin Caleb Tala has always done his cousin’s bidding without question, even when he is sent to survey the war. But nothing goes as Caleb planned. And then there was that woman with the glowing hand.

His sins bared and the darkest depths of Caleb are brought to light – all his sins, all his murders – everything. Shaken and disconcerted, Caleb finds himself in a place he’s never Son of Truthbeen before. What happened, and where is he?

All Nierne wanted was to escape to the White City with Father Reth in search of the last Eldaran.That was her goal. But things didn’t go as planned. Now Father Reth is dead, and Nierne is trapped in a foreign city.

When betrayal winds Nierne up as a slave, will she be forced to work with a man she never hoped to see again?

In search of knowledge about the Eldarans, Caleb stumbles across a slave girl who could shed light on his questions. But will she help him?

Time grows shorter as evil spreads across the lands, infiltrating deeper and deeper. Will the Guardian rise in time?

Pros:

Caleb must rely on the Word to overcome his past.

Cons:

None

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Son of Truth immediately sweeps the reader to where Daughter of Light left off. I enjoyed the read immensely, and had to hide the book so other members of my family wouldn’t swipe it.

Often the second book in a series is rather lackluster. Not so with Son of Truth. Riveting, intriguing, and enjoyable, I highly recommend this book.

“Veritas.” Velyni looked at him, and her eyes flashed red. “But how? All the Guardians are dead. I watched the last one die.”

 

Dream Treaders

Book title: Dream Treaders

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Summary:

One of the three Dreamtreaders in all the world, Archer Keaton is determined to do his job – and do it well.

But when his two fellow Dreamtreaders go missing and mysterious reports of a trespasser in the Dream reach Archer, his job becomes harder and increasingly dangerousDreamtreaders

But it is not just the Dream that is is turmoil.

Archer’s life becomes more complicated as the new kid at school – who is acting suspicious and secretive – draws Archer’s best friend away. What is this Rigby Thames up to, and what are his secrets? And how is this connected to the Dream?

Tricked and in trouble, can Archer overcome the tragedy that rocks his world and still defeat his foes?

Pros:

Archer is determined to find his friends and rescue them.

Cons:

None

Enjoyable rating:

5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

An interesting plot calls for an interesting read. And that is precisely what Dream Treaders offers. The reader will be transported to the land of dreams in a way never imagined: from annoying rifts, a cute creature named Razz, to the dreaded and evil Nightmare Lord. Dream Treaders was a fantastic read – one that held me captivated.

The book leaves the readers at a suspenseful cliffhanger, and one can’t help but wonder… what will happen next.

The Nightmare Lord raised the axe higher, and then it came plunging down.

The Gifted

Book title: The Gifted

Author: Matthew Dickerson

Starting age: 14

Summary:

Elynna watched her village be attacked by the dreaded Daegmon Lord. Few survived. Heading to Citadel in hopes of securing help, Elynna is disappointed by the outcome.

Joining a band of survivors, she leads the group in hunting down the Daegmon Lord. Their The Giftedgoal? To put an end to the horrific murders and terror their enemy is carrying out. After a deadly battle, the Daegmon is finally slayed. But at a great cost, for there are few among Elynna’s comrades that are not severally injured.

Returning back to the battle site, horror spreads when there is no sign of the body. Traveling and searching for answers, Elynna’s band is betrayed, captured, and taken to Citadel. With the order of their deaths, the captives see their last remnants of hope slipping away. But what will happen when an unlikely ally comes to their aid?

Pros:

Defending the innocent is a main thread in The Gifted.

Cons:

Elynna is a bit ridiculous with a crush she has, and in turn, is rude to a comrade.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

The Gifted delves into the mind of one struggling to banish an evil foe, and Matthew Dickerson does it well.

The attention to detail is wonderful, and the landscapes come to life as you read. The characters are well written, and I found myself holding my breath as I read the battle scene. The Gifted leaves you wanting more and waiting impatiently for the next book in the series to come out.

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. – Mark Twain

 

The Door Within

Book title: The Door Within (The Door Within Trilogy #1)

Author: Wayne Thomas Batson

Starting age: 13

Summary:

Aidan Thomas is disgusted with how his life is going. He’s had to move across away from his best (and only) friend, he knows no one in town, and he’s saddled with his wheelchair-bound grandfather. And the nightmares he’s having aren’t adding anything pleasant to the situation either.The Door Within

But when scrolls suddenly appear, Aidan can’t help but read them. Scoffed by his parents, he keeps quiet, but the scrolls are ever present in his mind.

Aidan takes a step of faith and enters into a world he never knew existed – a world on the brink of war.

Pros:

Aidan learns respect for his grandfather, and finds that even a fraidy-cat teenager like him can be used by the King for the greatest of purposes.

Cons:

Aidan is disrespectful about his grandfather.

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

The Door Within is an attention grabber. I devoured this book and reluctantly allowed it to leave my hands so that my dad could read it. This book will keep you up all night finishing it.

Batson has crafted this book so that when you’re done reading it, you can barely contain your curiosity as to what happens next. The Door Within is a book that, no matter how many times you read it, will never get old.

 

After I read a good book, I have a hard time coping with reality. ~ Unknown

 

 

The Book of the King

Book title: The Book of the King (The Wormling Series #1)

Authors: Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry

Starting age: 13

Summary:

Owen Reeder has never been anything special. How could he when he is ultra-shy, totally geeky, and limps when he walks? The only friends Owen has are those within the covers of books. Well, and an annoying little girl Owen has nicknamed “Constant.”

When a mysterious man comes into Owen’s father’s bookstore and offers Owen a book unlike any he has ever seen, Owen is ready to snatch it up. And Book of the Kinghe would have if his father hadn’t chased the mystery man out of the building.

But what Owen doesn’t realize is that when he opens the book, his whole life will forever be changed. Owen finds himself an integral part in an epic adventure to battle evil and help good prevail.

Pros:

Sacrifices are made, hope is uncovered, and a new life is restored.

Cons:

Owen thinks to much about a girl (there are no inappropriate thoughts).

Enjoyable rating:

4 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Written in a mixture of second and third person, The Book of the King makes for an interesting read.

When Owen first discovers hints that all is not as it appears, Jenkins and Fabry do an excellent job of playing up the emotion. When Owen is frightened and confused, you will feel those same emotions coursing over you. When he is fighting for his life, you feel as if you are there with him, also fighting for yours.

All in all, this book is an attention grabber, and you will find it a battle to turn your thoughts away from this excellently crafted novel.

If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all. ~ Oscar Wilde