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Rachel Starr Thomson is a writer, indie publisher, editor, and writing coach, bringing together imagination, inspiration, and spiritual truth. She's the author of the Seventh World Trilogy and other books published by Little Dozen Press.
Rachel is a homeschool graduate, a dweller in southern Canada, a lover of long walks, good books, hot tea, and rich fellowship, and a counter-cultural revolutionary who thinks we'd all be much better off if we pitched our television sets out the nearest window.
If you like Kristen Britains " Green Rider " series , then this will appeal to you. The story follows the tried and tested format with the main character Maggie, an orphan with A tragic past traveling through difficult situations to deliver a scroll. There is the promise of the return of the king who had been previously driven away and has become somewhat of a mythical figure. There are several characters who are described as "Gifted " with extraordinary abilities who aid In the fight against darkness and it's allies . There are many similarities in this book , to many other fantasy stories. However this book is well written ,and the author is able to hold your attention.
.I must say that I really enjoyed this book! It connected on a spiritual level but I was especially gladdened to see that there was an author willing and able to put it out there. The characters are beautiful and have so much history and depth. It is true that when we meet someone we may note characteristics but we would not know the factors which have shaped them. All people have their back story and even the evil characters offered a glimpse of how they became who they are in the story.
The allegorical aspects, the gifts, etc - I thought it wonderful and thank the author for the encouragement I found. The spiritual world is no joke, it is real and our world today bears many marks of the encroachment (wrong word? cause it is already here) of the darkness. Anyway I enjoyed but found myself deeply involved. Thanks for this book Rachel. Keep writing.
This was a quick read, it did not weigh me down. I think we are all intrigued by the unseen and unknown. The author wove in the spiritual battles of darkness and light beautifully into the lives of the characters. She also made clear that each one had a choice to make that would determine their future. I'm looking forward to reading the next in the series. I was able to connect with the characters and want to know what happens next in their lives!
I don't like buying ebooks... I'm stuck wanting physical copies I can lend and give away... but I was too interested in the world and characters of this book.
Maggie was rescued from an orphanage, placed in a foster home... then basically orphaned again. The poor girl (how old is she, anyway?) has managed to overcome these hardships, and lives quite happily... until an old acquaintance delivers a mysterious old scroll before succumbing to a non-natural illness. Suddenly, Maggie learns of the murder of her foster family by someone called Evelyn, of the previous existence of a group investigating `worlds unseen' whose members were key people in her life, and she has to know the secrets behind it all. She takes the scroll and embarks on a journey that will change her almost immediately, with Nicholas, a boy who can hear voices; Jerome, leader of a revolutionary group; Virginia, a blind seer; and evil shadowy creatures ready to invade the world unless it can be protected by the return of the King.
The book gives snatches of old writings (or something) telling about the past, of the King who once ruled the world, of his Huntsman, and other creatures whose part I'm still not really sure of. These were kind of cool, but also a little bit distracting.
I liked how the locations were named. For example, Maggie comes from Londron. Easily we can see this is London, just as easily we can see this is not London.
The romance was totally weird. Not in itself, just in how quickly it happened. She meets the guy, boom she knows she's in love, boom it's over. Did I miss several chapters in the middle of the revolutionary stuff? Some other things happened a little abruptly too. For this reason, 4 stars. But I bought the sequel, and I'm looking forward to what happens next.
(Read on a Kindle.)
(Note -- I didn't even know it was a 'Christian fantasy' until I saw the other reviews here. Which means, well done.)
Update: I was disappointed in the sequel and won't be bothering with the third one. I still think this book is worth the read, however.
This christian science fiction (aka steampunk or speculative fiction) is very well done! The seventh world waits for the coming King, but the darkness appears to be overcoming the light. Sound familiar?
Maggie Sheffield is an insignificant twice-orphaned young woman. Her real parents die, then the ones who raised her, Mary and John, are killed in a fire. Now she lives with kindly old Eva Cook. Old Dan shows up, sick and dying, to warn them of something and to give them a scroll that he took from Evelyn and said it must not ever fall back into the evil woman's hands. It must go instead to Jarin Huss, another member of the council, who might be able to read the foreign script.
Old Dan's illness is not a natural one. In a matter of three days he'd gone from healthy to this--bleeding lungs and weakness that would claim him before the day was gone. Someone must take the scroll to Pravik, where Jarin Huss lives. Maggie takes on that challenge and finds on the way to Pravik that something is trying to kill her, and the High Police have issued a warrant for her arrest.
Nicolas Fisher, a strange and somehow wild man, helps her find the way when the darkness threatens. Virginia is blind most of the time but sees far more than anyone knows. Lord Robert means well but has a weakness when it comes to Evelyn. Jordan (Huss's assistant) and the Plowman try to protect Maggie and the Princess, but their lives could be forfeited in the process.
You just have to get this one. Maggie's life and several others stand in the balance.
I received this book free from the author in return for an honest review.