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.”

 

Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Title: Daystar: The Days are Numbered

Author: Anne Hamilton

Summary:

Prince Ancelin Bedwyr Cai, better known as Ansey, keeps his ability of the Flair secret. After all, who cares if he can converse with animals? For Ansey, his one goal is to become a knight – but his father stands in his way.

Fern McDey prides herself with her ability of invisibility. In fact, she is so practiced at being invisible, that her own father seems to forget she’s alive. To Fern, no one knows she daystarexists, nor do they care.

Ansey’s life is turned upside down when his dream is crushed. But after a run in with a strange girl from another world, the White Three of the White Tree, two secretive children, and being victim of a kidnapping, Ansey’s life is set on a path he never imagined.

When she is tricked by her stepsister, Fern is drawn into a world on the brink of destruction. Swept along in a journey beyond her imagination, Fern learns of the long searched for ‘King Who Guards the Gate.’ Who is this person, and what does this whole chaotic mess have to do with the legendary Seven Powers. And who is this Ancient of Days?

When the Dark Sleeper awakens, will Fern, Ansey, and their odd assortment of friends discover who they really are?

Pros:

Daystar: The Days are Numbered shows the gift that true friendship offers.

Cons:

There was one instance of the expletive “d- – -“.

Enjoyable rating:

4.5 out of 5

Musings:

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My thoughts:

Daystar: The Days are Numbered posses a unique plot. I was drawn in and hooked. Plenty of action and danger spiced this book to make an enjoyable read. Although my only complaint is the usage of the “word”, which unfortunately docked it from a rating of 5 to 4. Daystar: The Days are Numbered is a worthwhile and intriguing read – one I will definitely read again.

“What’s to stop me from killing you and taking the Powers?” The giant raised the sword. “All I see is a dwarf, a pony, and seven children, none of whom is even remotely capable of resisting the might of Uller Princekiller.”

 

 

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