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Dreams of Caladria Paperback – April 7, 2015
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- Publisher : Enclave (April 7, 2015)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 386 pages
- ISBN-10 : 162184045X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1621840459
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 12.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,983,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clean Language: Yes
Christian References: Yes
Comments: Interesting novel that has many differing characters. The ending was not expected and had elements of betrayal, guilt and adventure.
As someone who feels most closely connected with God through music, I was drawn in by Bentz's imaginative, inventive construct of a world where music is a physical presence infused with the very Holy Spirit. Following Jeremy through this fantasy land, foreign to both the reader and the character himself, gave me fresh insight into a Spirit whose work and power are unfathomable and cannot be contained. I love the idea of exploring how Jesus' story of redemption might look in another world. You can tell that Bentz chose each and every word carefully in order to capture the power of our familiar God in this fantastic, Narnia-esque land. His depictions are beautiful, striking in their simplicity: "No one doubted that the light—electrified strands of blue and red and yellow, twirling and twisting to the beat—was the Lord's own breath whispering, 'I am coming. I am coming'" (311). Sentences like this gave me chills.
The complex story kept me engaged for all 400 pages. The level of detail provided regarding the history of this world is cohesive and impressive. Though at certain points in the novel, Jeremy's character was a little flat for my taste. I wanted more detail about what he was thinking and feeling upon the sudden transportation to a strange universe. He only yearned for his love, Anne—I wanted to know, what about his family? his friends? the entire world and context which have been taken from him? He seemed to embrace his unexplained new world a little too easily. I would have liked a more developed progression of the longing for his old life to the acceptance of the new. Apart from this small detail, though, Jeremy is an interesting and believable hero, fumbling through God's call on his life just like the rest of us.
Overall, this is an incredible work of fiction, Christian or not. I will gladly recommend Dreams of Caladria to believing and non-believing readers alike.
Bentz presents a spectacular world, yet ultimately shows us that having a strong internal foundation has the power to be more unshakable than any palace or castle.
I recommend this book for its ability to enter into the mind of an uncertain protagonist, reminding us all that fearlessness is not acting upon the absence of fear, but in spite of it. And if that's not enough, there are some pretty daringly-awesome named characters, too.