A faith based fantasy thriller so gripping in its action and convincing in its plot that readers are cautioned not to read it before going to bed.
The theme: The next step in fighting the antichrist.
The story: The quest for an artifact the antichrist desperately wants destroyed. More
This is a continuation of the first book in the series where the hero, Mark Young, has pretty much come to terms with being treated as an adult. The line between right and wrong, good and evil is a bit less clear and the challenges come from choice rather than the situation. Some readers may think this story similar to Harry Potter too, but that thinking is stretching it a bit unless you think all schools of magi c are Hogwarts with another name. Besides, Harry never was very good with a sword. The notion of Magi is based on the Wise Men that bore gifts to the Christ Child. They represent the practitioners of the Zoroastrian religion of which there are many myths and legends about their deeds involving astrology, astronomy, healing, charity and knowledge of the spiritual world. The Magi of this series are derived from those Magi plus the swordsmanship, garb, horsemanship and other aspects of the Magi from the movies The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. Their religious views are influenced by Old Testament Judaism, without the blood sacrifices, which produces a character type not often seen in fantasy fiction: the warrior monk/cleric. The entire series is based on the question: What if it were possible to learn the powers of all the Biblical prophets; what would that school be like?
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Gene Curtis is the director of the Writers Studio (Southern Virginia) and editor of Sweetbay Review, an annual anthology of Virginia Writers. He previously sat on the board of directors for Convergence Art Guild.
I enjoyed the book. The continuation of the story is well thought out and the characters are quite believable. Although this story is touted as Christian fiction, it only makes small references to any kind of Christian faith for the characters.