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Emaline's Gift (The Magi Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Brad Francis
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

An Ancient War


Emaline walks down the dark street much more quickly than she would during the day. She tells herself to slow down and scolds herself for indulging silly, childish fears—she’s thirteen, after all!—but continues to hurry. There’s something spooky about this neighborhood at night and the sooner she can get back home, the better.

She doesn’t even see her assailants until they grab her.

In a moment, Emaline’s world changes forever. She finds herself held hostage by Violet and the sinister obeah as they try to coax Anthony, one of the Christ-following magi, out of hiding to come to her rescue. The situation is perilous, but Emaline’s fear turns to amazement when Violet conjures a dark blue fireball out of thin air. When red flames suddenly start flickering through Emaline’s fingers, burning the flesh of the obeah holding her, she finds herself caught up in the middle of a 2,000-year-old war between the obeah and the magi.

A Desperate Situation


Anthony helps Emaline escape from the obeah, but Violet and the others refuse to leave her alone. When Emaline gets kidnapped and held hostage, it’s up to the outnumbered magi to mount a dangerous rescue mission.

In the Tradition of Narnia, Wonderland and Hogwarts...


Emaline’s Gift is a Christian fantasy novel full of magic, excitement and suspense. Great for teens and adults who love fantastical adventures or for parents to read aloud as an action-packed bedtime story, the first book in The Magi Chronicles is an exhilarating introduction to a whole new world—and the God who is always in control!

A Special Note from the Author


My kids and I love reading the magical adventures of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson together. We get drawn in by the storytelling, the action and the vibrant characters. As a parent, I began thinking how wonderful it would be if my daughters could read the exciting fantasy stories that they enjoy so much and strengthen their faith at the same time. Emaline’s Gift, the first book in The Magi Chronicles, is my attempt at meeting that need. Readers of all ages can get swept away by the magical adventures of Emaline and the magi and find their faith encouraged by godly characters who follow Christ passionately at the same time. I believe fiction can be a powerful means of teaching and that we can grow a lot through meaningful stories. It’s my prayer that Emaline’s Gift encourages and excites you while drawing you ever closer to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Thanks for reading!


Editorial Reviews

From the Author

My kids and I love reading the magical adventures of Harry Potter and Percy Jackson together. We get drawn in by the storytelling, the action and the vibrant characters. As a parent, I began thinking how wonderful it would be if my daughters could read the exciting fantasy stories that they enjoy so much and strengthen their faith at the same time. Emaline's Gift, the first book in The Magi Chronicles, is my attempt at meeting that need. Readers of all ages can get swept away by the magical adventures of Emaline and the magi and find their faith encouraged by godly characters who follow Christ passionately at the same time. I believe fiction can be a powerful means of teaching and that we can grow a lot through meaningful stories. It's my prayer that Emaline's Gift encourages and excites you while drawing you ever closer to the King of kings and Lord of lords. Thanks for reading!

About the Author

Brad loves to write. His short skits have been performed in countless churches throughout the United States and he wrote all the material that Stage Right Ministries, which he founded with his wife, performs in different churches and events as God opens doors. He has a short story available called The Book of the Harvest. Brad currently lives in Greensburg, Indiana with his wife, Shannon, and two lovely daughters, Madison and Sage. Emaline’s Gift is his first published novel. He would like to emphasize that he possesses no gifts or talents on his own, but only that which the Lord has blessed him with.

Product Details

  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Brad Francis (August 23, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00916VWUQ
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,760 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Answer to prayer!!!! December 11, 2012
By Jeannie
Format:Kindle Edition
I like to read bedtime stories to my children (ages 5 to 12) but have been trying to find more fantasy novels that use more Scripture and Bible truths. Brad really delivers with this book which is totally Christ centered and focuses on the Truth. This a great novel about the constant spiritual battle between good and evil and how God remains in control and is always faithful. I cannot wait to read more from this author!!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book! October 19, 2012
By MaryAnn
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is a great fantasy novel for young adults. It's full of action, adventure, supernatural battles and the timeless truth of Scripture. You will get lost in time when you start reading it. Very well written and great for inspiration even if it a fantasy world. Hat's off to Brad Francis!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter, X-Men, and Consequences January 28, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I thought a lot about Harry Potter and X-Men when I was reading this, but I loved the emphasis in this book on the true source of special powers and the real heart attitude the author states is necessary to keep these powers under control and growing. People can use or misuse gifts like Emaline's but there are clear, hard-hitting consequences. Everybody's tempted to use the powers for personal gratification. But nobody gets away with keeping secrets or lying or doing end-runs around authority for long.
I was also an average, invisible girl in my school days. But Emaline spends very little time in self-pity. She helps her mother, takes care of her baby brother, and the difficulties of their life really don't affect her attitude. I do wonder a little what happened to that milk she went to the store for, but what happens to Emaline totally eclipses the errand.
Micah was my favorite character, since we have a hard-of-hearing daughter who signs. I also appreciated the window into Secular Humanist philosophy, just enough so that real-life teenagers should say, "Hey, that's what we're learning everywhere, every day... "
I hope there's another book in this series already, because this one was mostly introduction and setup. Not that nothing exciting happens, because it sure does, but I need to get busy and read more.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what the author said it would be! January 1, 2013
By Cynthia
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I really enjoyed this story for many reasons. If you read this book and don't like it based on the fact that it contains scripture and tends to be a little too preachy for you, then you didn't read the description. The author clearly states that his intention with this story was to write a book similar to Harry Potter while strengthening his readers' faith. He was successful. I'm a Christian, so I was expecting the use of scripture. I am not disappointed. Not only did this book fulfill my expectations in that regard, but it also satisfied my thirst for adventure and fantasy when I read a book. I was hooked on the first page and on the edge of my seat at times. There are a handful of typos here and there, but not enough to make me put the book down or think the author isn't a fantastic writer. And certainly not enough to take away one of the 5stars I gave to him. I look forward to reading future books in this series and recommend it to everyone. Even if you don't believe in God, you can still appreciate this story just as you might enjoy Star Wars and the use of the Force. If you're one of those parents who are against Harry Potter and would like a nice alternative, preview this book, and then let your children read it if you choose. Lastly, my hat's off to the author for the last page. What's on the last page? I'm not telling...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put It Down! January 11, 2013
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This book kept me reading to see what was going to happen next.

Easy reading which makes it a great book for anyone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting & Encouraging December 1, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Excellent read with characters I hope will continue in further books as this strong Christian series develops. Urge u to sample it as that's all it will take to 'hook' you!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Christian Fiction! November 23, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The first thing I need to say about this book is that it was written by a very good friend of mine. Brad Francis and I have never met in person, but our conversations over Facebook have always been enlightening and helpful- and oftentimes, quite amusing! Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s take a look at his novel, “Emaline’s Gift!”
“Emaline’s Gift” takes place in modern day Washington DC. Emaline is a 13 year old girl just trying to beat the boredom during summer vacation. Her whole life, however, is thrown upside down when a young man with mysterious abilities rescues her from a gang of psychotic teenagers. The young man, Anthony, is a Magi, one descended from the same Magi who visited Jesus as a child. The attacking teenagers are with the obeah, those with similar powers to the Magi’s, but fighting for the other side. Emaline suddenly finds herself in the middle of a battle between God and Satan, and the choice of who she will follow will determine her entire fate.
Brad Francis is a very good writer. “Emaline’s Gift” is written in the same style as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, appropriate for children without being too tame. He describes the Magi and Obeah’s personalities and abilities vividly, and no two characters are the same. The action is intense, and the stakes are always high. What I found most impressive, though, is how Brad managed to keep the focus on God at all times. Even when the Magi are in a firefight (literally) with the Obeah, he makes sure the reader understands that their powers are not of their own doing- they’re gifts from God. The Magi will constantly stop and pray to strengthen their actions, seek God’s will, and… well, pretty much everything they do revolves around prayer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One!
The author is in my writers group, and I picked up the book during a promotion. He stated that he wanted to write exciting fantasy adventures for his daughters like Harry Potter... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!!
I was excited when I heard about this book. Something that is fiction but yet is Christian based. Starting off the first chapter left me in fits of laughter and keeping me on my... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Ashley
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book
This is a must-read book. It's the beginning of a series, and we find we empathize with Emaline. She gets thrown into this battle between good and evil. Who will win? Read more
Published 13 months ago by rmweatherford1s
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully well-written!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review...and I couldn't be more honest than this!

I so much enjoy reading Brad Francis' books because I know that I will... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Linda Whitehead Humbert
4.0 out of 5 stars faith-based fantasy for tweens
The author had a desire when starting this book, to create a story that incorporated fantasy, wonder, power, intrigue, and faith for children who enjoyed series such as JK... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Kari in MN
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly a miracle
this story is a truly awe inspiring book, the story of a war as old as time. And a fight for the life of a young girl. Read more
Published 16 months ago by lillia
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Preachy
Emaline's Gift by Brad Francis has good writing and an interesting plot. If not for the issues and believability in the story, I would have enjoyed reading it more. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Nikole
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Brad Francis is the author of the Christian fantasy series The Magi Chronicles, the best-selling short story The Book of the Harvest, and the critically acclaimed satire The Savvy Demon's Guide to Godly Living. He is also a published playwright and his short scripts are performed in churches around the United States. Brad lives in Radcliff, Kentucky, with his wife, Shannon, and two daughters, Madison and Sage. He writes to glorify God.

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