The Sarian's Sword (Tales of Vantoria book 1)

Rated 4.50/5 based on 2 reviews
When Wenchel follows a map left in an old, forgotten Bible, he has no idea of the secret it will uncover. Soon he finds himself in a world where dragons and flying cars share the skies, goblins prowl the dark of night, and a magic castle waits for its king to return. More

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Language: English
ISBN: 9781301577767
About Robert J. A. Gilbert

I am a storyteller at heart.

I inherited it from my father who has told stories for as long as I can remember. His stories of his own youth, his travels, and his adventures in Africa as a bush pilot were as inspiring as they were fascinating.

At this time I am a writer by hobby. I also design board and card games, write songs, and dabble in a few other creative mediums as well. My biggest love is teaching, and it is through teaching that I have discovered the art of fables, parables, and morality tales. You can read many of these on my blog page.

I hope that you find my work interesting and enjoyable. Most of all, I hope that you come away from my writing with more than a smile—I hope you come away with a better understanding of the real message I aim to convey.

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Review by: Chris Solaas on Feb. 05, 2016 :
Wenchell is a young bible college student who discovers an ornately decorated leather bound bible in a dusty back room of his college. An ancient map and note in the bible lead him through a portal into another dimension, where flying cars, high tech computers, dragons and wizards are common.

Along with four companions from wildly different worlds, he immediately is thrust into an investigation to determine how certain villages in the Region of Peace are being burned to the ground. Little do they know that God is directing their steps along an altogether different path...

Gilbert has masterfully crafted a fast-paced, humorous tale of adventure and faith, set in Shift, a world where all other dimensions intersect, similar in function but vastly different in character to that in the CS Lewis Narnia series.

Content:
Violence:
Well, it's a tale about a sword, so expect some fighting. But it's not gratuitous or graphically described. Swords intermix with plasma rifles and flaming arrows for interesting battles as the characters fight to survive while unraveling the mystery.

Language:
Clean.

Adult Content:
None, really. There's a few scenes where a kiss is exchanged.

Christian content:
Faith is a predominant feature in this well-written adventure. Some of the characters have their faith challenged as the story progresses, but they are set back on track by the 'Guy with the Bible'. One of my favorite exchanges in this book is:
"I'm just a guy with a... with a Bible."... "Perhaps, in God's plan, the guy with the Bible is needed most of all."

Final analysis:
This is a well-written, entertaining novel with a solid clean faith foundation. I highly recommend it. I'm off to book 2. How about you?
*I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for an honest review.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Jodi Woody on Feb. 04, 2016 :
I was given a copy of The Sarian's Sword (Tales of Vantoria book 1) in exchange for an honest review. This is a great fantasy/sci fi read. It is unapologetically Christian and I loved the characters and the mix of modern and old in the story. A good allegory and I love those. I give it four stars. Fun read with a very good message that will get you thinking. No sexual content or swearing, there is fighting and violence (mild). I can recommend for teens and up.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

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