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And Christian Fantasy? Magi and obeah who can teleport to anywhere in the world or conjure fireballs in midair...? I wondered how these special powers could possibly focus on Jesus. But Brad delivered! It's a totally Christ-centered story with Biblical Truths woven throughout.
What I found was a wonderful tale for teens as well as adults, great for reading aloud to the kids and grands. It's a story of good triumphing over evil. It's a story of unconditional love. It's a story of winning souls to Christ, even those who everyone has given up on. I liked how the magi never lets the reader forget that God is the source of their powers.
There's examples to show how God can use anyone despite their physical handicaps, how sin separates us from God, how everyone has a purpose.
Pick up a copy of this one - you'll be glad you did.
Great job Brad! Looking forward to more!
“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. It was refreshing to see this take on spiritual warfare, since anything else would make the Magi seem like wizards and not holy warriors.
But, as good as Brad’s writing is, I do still have a couple of complaints. First off, the characters will often give monologues that don’t sound natural. It’s like if I walked up to someone and began to describe in perfect detail an encounter I had with somebody- when that person had been there to see it. The other thing is that, at some points in the story, Brad will break the fourth wall. The story is told in third person, but the invisible narrator telling us the story will occasionally voice the reader’s thoughts instead of the characters, saying things like, “At this point, the reader might be wondering…” or, “If the reader thought [this], they would be wrong.” It wasn’t TOO distracting, and in the end it didn’t affect how much I enjoyed the book, but it DID distract me enough to pull me out of the story whenever it happened- if only for a few seconds.
All in all, though, “Emaline’s Gift” is a great read! It’s a refreshing take on the battle between Heaven and Hell, with some very creative aspects thrown in that add a lot of flavor. Brad stumbles a couple of times in his narrative, but those really aren’t that hard to overlook. I recommend this story to anyone looking for a good Christian fiction story!
I give “Emaline’s Gift” by Brad Francis an 4 stars out of 5!
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