Thursday, December 4, 2008

Notes in Review

Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword

by Eric Reinhold

Publisher: Creation House

ISBN: 978-1-59979-388-0

230 pages, hardcover, $17.99

Ryann Watters is your typical 12-year-old boy-next door…until he’s visited by the angel Gabriel.

The mighty being informs the young boy that he has been chosen to find “the King’s sword,” and provides three tools to help him complete this task. In the mystical universe of Aeliana, Ryann and his friends Liddy and Terell form an unexpected bond with a special bunch of talking animals and find themselves battling horrible evil – much of it in the form of the dreaded school bully, Drake Dunfellow. Drake has experienced his own visitation – from the dark angel, Lord Ekron.

The young hero and his friends experience unbelievable, magical events that will change them forever. Though Ryann considers himself a Christian from the start, he finds his relationship with Jesus Christ reaching a new level of strength and trust, and learns a few essential life lessons along the way, as he seeks the King’s sword.

The search for exciting, Christian-oriented reading material for youth is over – Eric Reinhold delivers in this riveting novel, the first in the Annals of Aeliana trilogy. Not once does the author “talk down” to his audience, nor does he use the story as a means to “preach.” His message of faith, trust and knowledge of the Word of God is skillfully imbedded into a page-turning storyline.

Absolutely brilliant! Set in the real-life town of Mount Dora, Florida, this enchanting tale of fantasy combines a compelling storyline, riveting action, and excellent characterization, culminating in a breathtaking novel with the potential to be for Christian youth what Harry Potter was to a more worldly crowd. Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword is a must for the bookshelves of readers – young and old – who enjoy great Christian fiction and fantasy.

Reviewed by Delia Latham

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