Spirit Fighter takes on the Nephilim subject for the pre-teen audience. Many non-fiction and fiction books have been written about the Nephilim in reference to an obscure though intriguing Scripture (Gen 6:4) Many speculate that the Nephilim were the offspring of the fallen angels "sons of God" and human women. In Spirit Fighter, the Nephilim have returned, as the demon Marduk has taken human form and created sons, daughters and grandchildren. As with many of the elements in this novel, this situation is loosely and distantly based on a Christian understanding of the Bible.
And that leads me to the question that I was wondering throughout the book...is this Christian or fantasy? The book purports to be based on Scripture and is categorized as Christian. However, the name Jesus appears once in the book in an incidental Scripture reference. If this book were in a real sense based on Scripture and Christian, Jesus, being Lord and having all authority in Heaven and earth, would be a main character. Law rather inserts an ambiguous God refered to as Elohim. The pastor-father in the book refers to God by this Hebrew term for God--something I have never heard a pastor do on a regular basis. So is the book's character Elohim to be understood as God the Father of Jesus, as Christians understand him, or is he a general god to be palatable to non-Christian readers? Is he the God of the Bible or the god of fantasy. Unlike CS Lewis or Tolkien, Law mixes in blatant Scriptural and Christian truths with fantasy to create a confusing world. I think this inconsistency would lead to confusion and misunderstandings for young readers. For example, can we really be killed by a flaming dart of a demon? Can a demon impregnate a human? Can a demon show up at the front door looking like the cable guy and kidnap your mom? Why don't these Christian characters and angels call on the Name of Jesus and "overcome all the power of the enemy?" (Lk 10:19) Instead, the characters never call on the Name of Jesus or mention his name in prayer, so to me this contradicts Christian practice -- especially when it comes to spiritual warfare.
I love the fantasy books such as Harry Potter, Inkheart, Narnai and LOTR, etc. I'm not so sure I'm comfortable with the enmeshing of the Bible and fantasy. The lines are too murky. However, it can inspire dialogue with children and teens regarding the realities of spiritual warfare, prayer, angels and demons.
I enjoyed reading the story despite the many contradictions which I tried to overlook. I enjoyed the brother and sister team of Jonah and Eliza as they put on the armor of God to fight evil beings. I think I perceived the young characters in the book as acting well beyond their age, and the severe danger they encounter seemed to be downplayed by the dialogue and lack of emotions. If this story were truly happening, I think prayer would be much more central and effective.
The book is entertaining. I think it needed its world mapped out better and its good v. evil realm made more consistent.