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Transforming Realities Paperback – March 16, 2009
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Transforming Realities has been updated and republished as Reality's Ascent. New cover, cooler looking map, and some formating/typo errors fixed in the new version. Do a search on Reality's Ascent if you'd like to buy the most updated version.
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R. L. Copple's Transforming Realities is an action-packed fairy tale, full of myth and adventure. Wizards, trolls, magic mazes, flying islands, and winged horses all play a part in the fantastical quest of two children racing to save their mother and father from the wicked plans of a demon. An engaging story young fantasy fans won't want to miss.
~ Caprice Hokstad, Author of The Duke's Handmaiden and Nor Iron Bars a Cage
I'm not sure what to compare it with because I don't think there's anything else like this in today's literary world. A feast for the soul.
~ Grace Bridges, Author of Faith Awakened
A thoughtful Christian fantasy adventure in the spirit of Role-Playing Games.
~ Frank Creed, Author of Flashpoint: Book One of the Underground
With a book called Transforming Realities, you can be sure that someone or something will be transformed. The best news is: it could even be you.
~ Selena Thomason, Managing Editor of Mindflights Magazine
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Originality - 5/5
Writing Style - 5/5
Plot - 5/5
Characters - 5/5
Aesthetics - 3/5
Transforming Realities is a definite win!
As the sequel to Infinite Realities, this second installment in R. L. Copple's Reality series is even better than the first. To start, it is a full-length novel that begins 20 years after the conclusion of Infinite Realities. Sisko has married Gabrielle and raised a son and a daughter with her. He is still wearing the ring given to him in the steam house, but is performing no miracles with it. He has been unable to use it in that manner since his abuse of it in the last book and is still dealing with the consequences of that error. Trouble soon comes, however, when someone tries to take the ring from Sisko and use it for themselves.
This is a fast-paced action story from start to finish as Sisko and his family battle wizards, supernatural beings, trolls, and more in order to defend the gift God has given them. It is a story of love and family, of temptation and healing.
I particularly enjoyed seeing how some of the more minor characters from the first book have developed over the years and the humorous and realistic interaction between Sisko's son and daughter. The sibling relationship truly is like no other.
If you're looking for a good, clean Christian read with plenty of story and a great message, this is it!
(The only reason I gave the Aesthetics category a 3 is that the cover image, although portraying a key element of the story, is simply not that impressive artitistically.)
I give Transforming Realities an Excellent recommendation. Just make sure you read its predecessor, Infinite Realities, first in order to appreciate it fully. (I have also reviewed Infinite Realities.) I will definitely be looking forward to the next installment from R. L., Fiery Realities.
Realities, a short collection of stories from the life of Sisko,
bearer of a healing ring. Book two begins some twenty years after
those events, and a rather more substantial volume. It helped me to
have read the first book before embarking on the second; however,
information from Sisko's earlier life is sprinkled through
Transforming Realities so any reader beginning at this point will
certainly not be confused.
The story opens with a supernatural encounter and the kidnapping of
Sisko's beloved Gabrielle. The evil demon holding her captive gives
Sisko and his two children a supposedly impossible task to complete in
order to free her - they must find seven people who embody seven
virtues, whilst travelling to Sisko's childhood home, the village with
the magic steam house. But the demon and his wizard lay multiple traps
in the path of the family fighting for their wife and mother.
Mysterious and wondrous occurences abound, filled with a sense of
wonder. I particularly enjoyed the visit to the sky-island and the
surprise appearaces by Joel the guardian at the most unexpected
moments. This is a story of a family fighting to be reunited; of
examining one's heart and listening to God; of being strong in Spirit
rather than in brawn. It's not all sugar-sweet, either - it's clear
that a calling from God is not to be taken lightly. Threads and clues
twirl in from all sides until they tie together beautifully in a most
I enjoyed watching the Kaylee and Nathan grow and develop through the
challenges they face along the journey, the insurmountable odds
forcing them into adulthood. I almost felt Sisko's pride at the way
things turned out, so effervescent was his pleasure in what his
offspring had become.
It'll make you think, it'll make you question your motivations and
your spirituality, it'll shine a light on shadowy places long
forgotten. I'm not sure what to compare it with because I don't think
there's anything else like this in today's literary world.