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The Sehret Chronicles: The Follower Paperback – November 7, 2012
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C. F. Barrows writes to grapple with tough issues and share the good news of Jesus Christ with her generation. She lives in Northern Indiana with her family and freakishly well-behaved dog.
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Best for Ages: 13 and up
I had a hard time deciding how many stars to give this book. Especially in the beginning, the number of characters was dizzying. Trying just to keep up with who was who was almost impossible, and I wasn’t sure I would even like the book. I am so glad I kept reading, because it ended up blessing me so much.
This story was an allegory of the spiritual battle that rages in this world, set in a non-magical fantasy world. The world-building was done very well and made me feel like I understood the culture well.
As I said, there were a lot of characters, but my favorites were Yannah, Sheth, and Kyra. Most of the others kind of blended together and were a bit confusing, but these three really jumped off the page. Yannah was a very hurt girl searching for something more to life. Sheth is a believer in God and feels all alone in his faith. Kyra is running from the pain of her past. These three stand out and really make the story worth reading.
Barrows, even though her writing isn’t amazing, really managed to touch my heart. After reading her story at the back of the book, I can see why. This story was her story in many ways. She poured her heart into it, and it showed. Her message of real faith and struggle touched my heart.
There was some romance (nothing beyond holding hands and some conversations), and there was some violence, but nothing was overly described.
I highly recommend this book for those who like non-magic fantasy, faith filled stories, and characters with real struggles.
Right off the bat reading this, I could tell it may be a challenge to remember all the characters. There are quite a few and a lot of the names sound extremely similar - a list of the characters and who they were would have been very useful, along with a map labeled with the different nations. However it is so worth putting in the effort to remember the names!
Barrows managed to capture two common struggles that exist in Christianity perfectly: the struggle of a believer to unconditionally trust God, and the turning away from God some believers experience when faced with a tragedy ("why would a loving God do this?"). I feel like this book was a perfect representation of those and I really enjoyed watching the characters overcome their indivdual struggles.
Spiritual aspect aside this is still a fantastic book. All the characters had unique struggles along with unique ways of dealing with them, and I loved trying to piece together the different backstories. The plot was complex and well thought out, with a good mix of mystery, drama, action, and romance. I especially enjoyed the climax, which was so not what I had expected but was at the same time a perfect way to conclude the plot.
If you haven't read this but enjoy fantasy, READ IT.
I am now off to track down the second book. A salute to Barrows for a novel well written.