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Friday, May 10, 2013

Book review: Shadow Chaser + Giveaway

Note: If you have not read The first installment, Spirit Fighter, or the second, Fire Prophet, click on their names to be taken to their reviews so you don't spoil them for yourselves.


Welcome to my stop on the Shadow Chaser blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!


Release Date: May 7, 2013
Author: Jerel Law
Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers
Length: 221 pages

Join part angel Jonah Stone as he faces his biggest challenge yet!

Many months have passed since part angel siblings Jonah, Eliza, and Jeremiah Stone began their angelic training. As part angels, or "quarterlings," the siblings joined other children of nephilim to begin honing their special powers.

In this third installment in the Son of Angels series, Jonah's story comes to resemble a modern-day Job as he's faced with trials that affect his health, strength, relationships, and most-prized possessions. As he and the other quarterlings prepare for mid-term exams, their powers are tested once again in the most fierce battle against Abaddon's forces yet. Will Jonah's faith in Elohim continue to persevere as he fights Abaddon in his hardest battle yet?

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 action, adventure, and supernatural fights. But the message is solidly based in Scripture, conveying God is always in control.

Review:

Protagonists: Jonah Stone has endured many trials in the name of God, and has had what can only be a hard life. Now with the burden and gift of being a prophet revealed to him,his life is about to get so much harder. In this installment we see Jonah grow and begin to question God and his ways. I liked the character development a bit more in here because while there were still Biblical messages in here, I could really see the parallels between the lives of Jonah and Job from the Bible. I feel like this made Jonah's character a bit more lifelike and really took this book to a whole other level.

World-Building: Like I said above there is a parallel between Job from the Bible and Jonah in this story, though Job's story will always be more tragic, it was hard to read this slightly darker take on this world. It's always been dark, but more like it was in the background, this book really brings that darkness to the foreground with tragedy and even death. There is a new villain introduced in this installment, though the "Big Bad" will always be the Devil, another powerful Fallen angel steps up to make Jonah's life a living hell.

Predictability: There not much I can really say about the predictability other than I was completely blown away by the twists in this book. It took me a while to understand some of the parallels and then when the larger twists came I was done for. There were still predictable moments as there always are in book, but here they were really few and far between. I loved and hated the twists in this book. I loved them because they made the book so fascinating, while on the other hand, I may be a little mad at the author for the things he does to these characters.

Ending: The ending, while slightly a cliffhanger, just kind of... ends. I felt like there was going to be another chapter or something to introduce something that would carry on the the next installment, or have a large twist, but it quietly ends. Which looking back on it was the right thing to do. I'm not sure if I could have handled the larger twists in this book with the same respect going into the ending. The ending does help bring the book full circle and tie it back to it's Biblical roots once again.

Rating:



This book was by far the best in the series so far. It still doesn't deserve five crests but it's getting there. It was easier to read than the first one that was so targeted to a younger audience that it made it harder for an older one to enjoy it too, but this one definitely raised the bar and made it what I would call and "all ages" read. However, it still wasn't at the caliber I would have liked, but I'm holding out for the next installment to blow me away.

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About the Author:

Jerel Law is a gifted communicator and pastor with seventeen years of full-time ministry experience. He holds his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Tarheels!), and a master of divinity degree from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Jerel began writing fiction as a way to encourage his children’s faith to come alive. He lives in North Carolina with his family. Spirit Fighter is his first novel.

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Giveaway:

Print books 1-3 in the Son of Angels series, US only.

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