The Spell Of The Crystal Chair

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

“Our enemy are called the Yanti. We were once united as one tribe many years ago. But for some reason, war came and the tribe was divided.” “What was the war about?” Dave asked quietly. “No one remembers now.”

Book:  The Spell Of The Crystal Chair by Gilbert Morris, Moody Publishers, 2000
The Spell of the Crystal Chair (Seven Sleepers: The Lost Chronicles #1) 
Genre: Allegory/Futuristic
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 13-18
Subjects: Trust in God, War, Prejudice
Summary: Ask anyone in the Lowami tribe and they’ll tell you just how savage and fierce and evil those people in the Yanti tribe are. But if you ask anyone in the Yanti tribe, they’ll tell you the same thing about the Lowami tribe. Both tribes have a few people in them who follow Goel and a few who are stubborn and uninterested in following Him. The Lowami come at Goel’s suggestion to find the Sleepers to help them win their battles against the Yanti. When the Sleepers arrive though, soon they find things to be a bit different than they thought. The real enemy isn’t the Yanti at all, but the Dark Lord and his evil followers. In this frozen land of ice and snow the Sleepers once again have to rely on Goel to provide the way to win the battle.
Notes: In this book, once again the Seven Sleepers have to place a great deal of trust in Goel as He sends them into battle without specific details, just promising He will be with them. The other characters in the story learn a little bit about war. They live in cultures that have battled one another for so many years, no one knows why they are battling each other. When they get to know one another, they realize they are only hurting themselves and that it’s stupid to keep fighting someone who isn’t really so different from you after all. The Seven Sleepers series is Science Fiction in that it is futuristic. It is not meant to be fantasy. It is meant to be realistic fiction set in the future, but it seems like fantasy most of the time! The story takes place after the earth has been almost destroyed by nuclear warfare. What's left has been genetically changed and messed up. All sorts of strange creatures and people exist now that didn't before. Whether it be giants, dinosaurs or something else, most of "Nuworld" is strange and seems like something that could only exist in fantasy. The sleepers are 7 children who were placed in sleep capsules right before the war began, then the capsules opened 50 years later to this genetically altered world.
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

James 4:1 - What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don’t they come from your desires that battle within you?


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