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The Pillar of Light: The Milana Legends, Part One, A Christian Fantasy Adventure (Volume 1) Paperback – April 9, 2016
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"Fans of fantasy, mystery, and other worldly places will enjoy THE PILLAR OF LIGHT. Anna Travis presents a smoothly crafted tale that incorporates magic and mystical surroundings with adventure and intrigue. Nani and her companions are sure to return, since only the Pillar of Light has been dealt with, leaving five more for future stories." - Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com
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"The Pillar of Light" is a fantastic journey, twisting and turning through the wonderful and mysterious world of Milana. As Nani and her companions uncover the truths of Milana, they discover that it is more than just a different world - it's a place where the bonds of friendship reach beyond what can be seen." -Lindsay van Staden, Elementary Educator --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The Pillar of Light is a Christian fantasy that focuses on the message of forgiveness and redemption, two of the most basic pillars of the Christian faith. I thought that alone was a cool play on the faith, books with a message are tough to find these days but ones with a firm Christian message is even rarer. So kudos to Travis for giving us something that’s both interesting and able to learn from.
The beginning of the story takes place in a missionary home in Brazil, its here that we meet the Millers, a husband and wife who simply go by Doc and Ruth. Readers are given a description of their struggles as whites in a minority country. It’s a very interesting tale as I’m a minority so I’m used to the whole racism thing being the other way around. There wasn’t a huge stress on their victimization but it was clear that the Millers had a hard time in Brazil, both as white people and especially as missionaries. Two struggles that are actually very common in other countries.
Fast forward a bit and we meet our protagonist, Nani, a girl who has little to no recollection of her own identity or whereabouts. She is taken in by the kindhearted Millers and thus our story begins; an adventurous race to find out just who this mysterious girl is.
I honestly enjoyed this book, its worthy of each of the five stars I gave it in its rating. Its written well, it has an even balance of detail and story, and its got a colorful and multicultural cast—most of whom have a Christian foundation in their background. So basically this novel has everything I look for in a book.
If I had to name a complaint, it would be that there were a lot of characters. Not everyone was a main character but there were plenty of people just called the boy or girl, the Hunter, etc… If you actually read the story then you’ll know many of the characters mentioned aren’t integral to the rest of the book and don’t make more than one appearance. Also, this book takes place in multiple locations, because of the storyline there’s bound to be plenty of characters. But for me, it was an AWFUL lot. However, I still gave the book five stars. Obviously the number of characters wasn’t bothersome enough to make me close the book but I did take notice to it.
Overall, I think Travis did a great job in representing the realistic side of Christianity while keeping her fictional novel interesting and entertaining. I liked the blend of faith and fiction and the happy medium she was able to find with her characters, detail, and plot. Christian fantasy isn’t easy to write, I can speak from personal experience, but Anna Travis makes it look easy. That’s a wonderful, wonderful gift to have.
I would recommend this book to fans of fantasy and adventure, those with an interest in Christian fiction will especially appreciate this book but I feel that a secular audience will find enjoyment in the author’s writing as well.
*I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*
Note on the mechanics of the story: Some of the Milanian words were difficult for me to read. There were also some editing errors. However, the story is definitely worth reading if you can overlook these minor annoyances.
Many different actions scenes or intriguing moments
"He poked it a second time and there was a whoosh as Nani sank into the soil. Whoosh. Whoosh. Whoosh. Kalin, Alexi and Chan were swallowed up by the ground."
Use of Christian themes and undertones
There is an obvious parallel to the Christian belief of a higher being
These themes and undertones do not slow the progression of the plot
The book begins as a simple mystery, but everything becomes very complicated once the story reaches to another world.
I believe people not young adults will enjoy this book. I was skeptical whether I would enjoy it, but I did.
I enjoyed the world which is explained in detail and, in my opinion, exceeded the world of Narnia.
Too many characters including minor characters which weren't integral to the story. There were many main characters.
Since this book markets as a YA Fantasy, I imagine a few kids will have a hard time following every different character.
Anna Travis would do well sticking with YA Christian Fantasy, but she has not continued the series since completing the second book two years ago.
*My opinion: what I didn't care for or do not prefer. This will not lower a rating unless it overly, and distracts from the story.
This book is a great mixture of spirituality and science fiction. I can't wait to read the next one!