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Friday, May 10, 2013

Book Review: Fire Prophet

Note: If you haven't read the first installment in this series Spirit Fighter click here to go read that review so you won't possibly spoil it for yourself.

Release Date: December 11, 2012
Author: Jerel Law
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Length: 257 pages

What if you could actually see angels and fallen angels engaging in battle--and you were expected to join the fight?

It's been one year since Jonah Stone and his sister, Eliza, discovered that their mother is a nephilim, the product of a union between a human and a fallen angel, which makes them and their little brother, Jeremiah, "quarterlings," or one-quarter angel. After embarking on an epic journey to rescue their mother and the other nephilim, who were kidnapped by fallen angels, the Stone kids have enjoyed a little peace and quiet.

But when Jonah and Eliza are attacked by fallen angels at school, they learn that quarterlings all over the world are being targeted, and separating them from their parents is the only way to keep them safe. The kids undergo special training to help them discover their own unique angelic gifts, which come in handy when they embark on a mission to find a mysterious prophet who they believe holds the key to Abaddon's defeat in a massive battle between good and evil.

Parents today are looking for fiction that makes Christianity and the Bible exciting for their kids. This series is the first Christian answer to Percy Jackson and the Olympians, the Kane Chronicles, the Secret Series, and other middle grade series packed with adventure, action, and supernatural fights. But the message is solidly scriptural in that God alone is always in control.

Review:

Protagonists: Once again Jonah Stone and his sister are swept away by their lineage, and tasked with a mission from God himself. Like the previous installment this one also has a spiritual message, on top of it's already deep spiritual roots. Last time it was to trust in God's plan, it's a little more vague, but it's still there and it's that we are all tasked with gifts and while others may be better at somethings there's still something you excel at. This time around there are fresh new faces as well as some old ones, and the siblings little brother, Jeremiah, really comes into his own as a character in this installment bringing a bit of comic relief as well as his own gifts.

World-Building: In addition to growing and newly developed powers, the Stones have company in the form of other quarterlings who join them to learn their own angelic powers. We get to see characters from the the first installment return, as well as characters that are linked to events shown in the first installment as well. We learn more about the hidden realm as well as learning more about prophets and their own abilities.We also learn more about the "full armor of God" powers these quarterlings can call upon. The only qualm I have with this series is that, while I understand that consistency is good for a Middle-Grade audience, I don't understand why the entire universe refers to God as Elohim, I get why Jonah and his family do, and I can think of reasons why the angels might as well, I just can't see the entire world of this series referring to God by one of his lesser known names. The same thing with the Devil being called Abaddon.

Predictability: This installment was much better in terms of predictability, it was trickier to find the significance of certain plot points and devices, and ever more surprising when I wouldn't have guess that was how they were used. I was caught of guard many times and usually always in the best ways possible, and while there were unpredictable moments that I didn't necessarily agree with, they surprised me nonetheless. While there were a few predictable moments, they only helped make the book even better.

Ending: The ending really tied the story together ad tethered it to it's Biblical roots. It raised questions and revealed twists in the story that were shocking to say the least. The ending was a cliffhanger that while not entirely agonizing does make you want to get to the next installment faster, which I just so happen to have right next to me to read for this second part of this review double feature day.

Rating:


Like the previous installment, this one was great and I loved reading it. That being said though I didn't like the unrealistic fact that everyone in this world refers to God as Elohim and the Devil as Abaddon, instead of their much more recognizable names. I also still wish that this could grow into more of an All-Ages Middle Grade series as I see the potential for a bit more complication in terms of wording and various events could make it much more adult friendly as well as kid friendly.

P.S. Like I said this is only part one of a two part Review Double Feature, the next part is for the sequel, Shadow chaser which should be up at 8 A.M. today and is the main attraction of the day, so be sure to come back for that.


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