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Samuel Parker and The New Templars (Volume 1) Paperback – September 29, 2016
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Okay where do I start? How about this book is awesome?! It all starts with Sam, a troubled 10 yrl old orphan that sees angels and demons yet no one believes him. and, to add to the weirdness, a strange but friendly black dog that goes by the name of 'Abby' starts telling him he'll be a very important part of something in the future. Well, I won't give away the ending but in my eyes this a amazing, action-packed, and slightly humorous must read!
There’s a lot to love in this middle grade novel – and a lot of stepping stones for discussion. Great adventure awaits Samuel Parker after he’s finally adopted, great adventure and hard work. Along the way, he (and readers) are taught an important lesson about hate and the importance of guarding your heart. Because while the supernatural powers of good and evil are clearly defined here, Sexton does a great job of conveying through story how easy it is to let our hearts be influenced by evil if left vulnerable.
My one word of caution would be for readers on the younger end of the “middle grades” age range. This book does focus heavily on spiritual warfare, angels, demons, and demon possession. Along those lines, one scene in particular features an exorcism. This is not necessarily something to shy away from, but rather for parents to read with their children and use the opportunity to look together at what the Bible says about spiritual warfare, etc.
Bottom Line: Humor and imagination thrive in this first book of The New Templars series, as well as compassion and truth. Readers will love Sam and Eli and Abby, their camaraderie and their individual personalities as well as their creative gifts. Fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the books of Frank Peretti or Ted Dekker will enjoy this new series as well! I’m already looking forward to the next book!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.)
If you like books about magic, the supernatural, mysticism, faith, good, bad, demons, angles, filled with great characters and a plot that you will never figure out, then this book and series is for you!
Paula Rose Michelson writes Christian Inspirational Fiction with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, Thrillers, Nonfiction, Self-help, and works to encourage. Her books are available on Amazon.
My favorite part was perhaps the lore and bits of of Latin mixed into the read. Regardless of your beliefs, the lore is extremely interesting to read.
Analyzing its literary devices, this book would be perfect to introduce kids to imagery, foreshadowing, and most definitely personification.
Overall, Samuel Parker and the New Templars was an amazing read. It packed adventures, life-lessons, and mystery all-in-one. The author's voice and personality really shined through in the writing as well. I highly recommend checking this out.