Broken Wings

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Being back here is strange. It feels very disconnected to me, and yet if I’m to believe Virture, all this turmoil was caused because the grave was empty. Because my dad his emptiness below the ground. All this because I wanted truth.

Book: Broken Wings (An Angel Eyes Novel) by Shannon Dittermore, Thomas Nelson Publishers 2013

Genre: Speculative Fiction/Supernatural
Target Audience: Girls 15+
Subjects: Faith, Loss, Angels, Fear
Summary: The fear is growing. Damien is back, truth is being revealed, new enemies are moving in and the fear is pouring off of them all. With her gift of sight, Brielle can literally see it. What she doesn’t see is all the reasons for the fear. Jake is afraid they won’t have a future together after all, now that the ring from the Throne has disappeared. Why has the Throne taken it back? And replaced it with Damien’s dagger? She doesn’t see her father recalling the last time he heard angelic music – the day her mother vanished – not died as Brielle has been told all her life – vanished right out of her sick bed she lay dying in. She just see the past that Marco and Oliva have had to wrestle with. But she sees the fear in all of them. And she feels it in herself. Evil has targeted her and has no intention of letting her go.
Notes: The second in the Angel Eyes Trilogy, Shannon Dittemore speculates on what a halo might be and what kind of experience someone would have if they could see the spiritual realm. The story began in book one with a retelling of the story of Elisha praying that the eyes of his servant would be opened to see the angelic warriors surrounding the enemy army and how the servant saw the spiritual realm (Found in 2 Kings 6:8-23). Then it introduced the story of two eighteen year olds, ordinary humans who are given a special gift from God. When wearing the halo of his angel guardian, Jake was given the gift of healing. When wearing the halo after Jake gave it to her, Brielle is given the gift of seeing the spiritual realm – the angels and demons and the physical manifestation of feelings such as fear and love. In this book their story continues. The demons desperately want to get their hands on these gifted teens and will stop at nothing to do so. In the midst of fighting that battle, the grave of Brielle’s mother is uncovered and discovered to be empty, forcing her dad to reveal the truth to her. The ring that appeared to Jake’s guardian from the Throne that represented Jake and Brielle’s future together has vanished and been replaced with the sword Damien used to stab Brielle in the last book.
 The application/lesson focus in the story is actually the same as the first book - fear and the power it holds over its victims in contrast to the freedom from fear that is found in Christ. In this one Brielle has to learn the power believers hold over the powers of darkness. A powerful angel tells Brielle that it’s the song of the redeemed that causes darkness to tremble. Jake and Brielle recite Psalm 91 when battling the enemy.
Overall – this series is speculative, but in it’s speculation it does not contradict Scripture in any way, but rather supports and even quotes it. I highly recommend this one!
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 8:37-39 – No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Thank you to Thomas Nelson (Book Sneeze) for providing me with a free review copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.


Anonymous said...

I just read the first book in this series and quite liked it! Glad to hear this one's good, too.

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