The Kingdom

Friday, September 21, 2012
Ana peered over Teo’s shoulder as he examined the caravel. “Do we really need to know? Isn’t it enough that we escaped?” Teo turned around, resting his hand on the pommel of his sword. “He’s our enemy, Ana. He stands opposed to everything we believe. I can’t back down out of fear. If I don’t confront him, who will?” Teo glanced down at his waist. “This is the sword of Arman. Your grandfather believed in fighting injustice with courage and honor. I’m a solider of his regiment. Those are the principles I live by as well.” Ana stared at the sword for a moment, then lifted her eyes to Teo’s. “Alright. Whatever you face, I’ll stand by your side.”

Book: The Kingdom by Bryan Litfin, Crossway Books, 2012

Genre: Fantasy/Futuristic
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 13-19 but honestly, enjoyable for anyone older than 13
Subjects: Power of God’s Word, Good vs. Evil, Love, Sacrifice, Trials
Summary: The Word of Deu needs to come to Chiveis. And Theo and Ana are the ones to bring it. But they have a great enemy who will stop at nothing to be certain that does not happen. A kidnapping, an attempted human sacrifice, a volcano, political struggles, shipwrecks, war, and multiple chases from those bent on taking their lives all must be faced before they can make it home and safely present Deu’s Word to the people they love.
Notes: The third in the Chiveis Trilogy, this story takes place in a future time under the concept that God’s Word has been lost for centuries and an accidental discovery of it changes the lives of those who hear it. It’s been primarily the story of a young man and young woman as they face banishment from their country due to their following of Deu and many trials as those who follow and worship evil do all they can to prevent the truth from being heard. In this story Theo and Ana face not only the continuing battle to destroy them and the truth, but also trials in their relationship as temptation to go too far grows stronger and strong wills clash. In the first book Theo faced great temptation. In the second, it was Ana who faced it. This book is more focused on their adventures together and the war against evil than specific temptations for them, but a few short ones occur. It’s also a look at the power of truth as those back in Chiveis face another opportunity to stand up for the truth or deny it.  
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 John 4:4 – You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

Thank you to the publishers for sending me a free review copy!


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