even though this book and series is ultimately about good versus evil, which is a topic that seems to have been covered from almost every conceivable angle, especially in spiritual fiction, I was very impressed how this book, and the “Zandeji Chronicles” as a whole never becomes predictable or feels cliché, and there are some nice plot twists I didn’t see coming, especially at the end. Even though this is the third book I’ve read now from Christopher T. Mooney, while the same delicious flavor is there as it was in the first two, the dish tastes a little different here in “Redemption” as all the events of prior have been leading to this ultimate fight… and not everyone will survive the outcome. Even though there were conflicts before, this time the stakes are much higher. Not everyone will survive, and there are lots of ‘changes’ along the way. Solid writing and descriptive details bring the scenes and characters to life, and once again I marveled at how Mooney manages to fit so many complex ideas and extraordinary situations into a cohesive storyline that centers on faith, God’s love, and the power of good to defeat evil all with characters we love (or love to hate). Very spiritual in an organic, inspiring way that enhances the plot, and doesn’t overshadow it. Even though the story and everyone’s personal ‘journey’ wraps up well… I was sad when I finished, only because I enjoyed reading these books the past few weeks. And now I am done. But it was a great experience that took me out of my normal reading habits and opened my eyes to some amazing new worlds, ideas, and characters. Siasha has some of the best character development I’ve seen in a book/series in some time, and the metaphors with real religious issues and figures fit in so nicely here. An exciting, enlightening and satisfying escape that I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a great sci fi/adventure novel with an intelligent, spiritual twist.
(reviewed the day of purchase)