Synopsis: In the quaint rural town of Mount Dora, Florida, a nighttime visit from the archangel Gabriel sends Ryann Watters on his quest to find the King’s Sword. That same evening, Drake Dunfellow is chosen by a dark angel who “fell from heaven,” to stop him. Both boys are given powerful gifts from the angels to complete their tasks. Caught between two worlds, Ryann and his friends Liddy and Terell struggle to unravel the mystery of the sword’s location while seeking help from mythical creatures and talking animals in the heavenly Aeliana. Enter the worlds of spiritual warfare and fantasy, where the real and unreal converge, good and evil clash, and only one can be victorious.
My thoughts: I could tell this was a first novel. The characters acted a little younger than their ages seemed to convey, and there were more than a few grammatical errors (I know, I know). That being said, it is still a great Christian allegory. I loved all the ingenuity put into the creatures and magical surprises that awaited Ryann. A seldom-seen theme I saw was family. Ryann interacted with his family each time he returns from Aeliana, and this interaction shows what a good bond they have. Some great advice is given through this book.
Mr. Reinhold seems to model the book for a younger audience, maybe for 10-13 years, with the style of dialogue, but with the plot and understanding it, I would recommend a slightly older audience of 12+.
My rating: 4 stars
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