The Ravaged Realm

Monday, September 9, 2013
Did you think the Devourer could summon monsters of evil without Aion raising dread champions of His own?” She smiled. “Has it not been told, ‘When darkness floods, fires will rise’?”

Book: The Ravaged Realm (Legends of Karac Tor) by D. Darkley Briggs, Living Ink Books, 2013

Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Boys 14+
Subjects: God’s Will, Loss, Courage, Power
Summary: Ravaged is the only way one can describe the realm. The song of unmaking may be over but the effects are continuing to get worse and worse. Rovers roam the land – they are the living dead that attack and destroy all in their path. Parents take up arms in defense against their own children. False doctrine is seeping into the abbeys of the holy men, destroying them from within. Goths and S’Quoth are ready to attack. In hopes of solving the problems, assisans have risen up from amongst the holy men, attacking their own leaders. Gabe, Garret, Ewan, Hyden and their companions are engaging in rescue and basic survival missions. Arthur and Corus are enforcing their influence, but many are not ready to accept this foreign king. Meanwhile, in another realm, Reggie, Odessa and her three youngest children are traveling through America, past America, looking for the world’s one hope: The Lost Prophet, Aion’s Oracle, the one created to exist till this very time and for this very purpose.
Notes: This is the 4th  in the Legends of Karac Tor series about four brothers who travel to another world and have a role to play in saving the world. This author ties in connections to the King Arthur legends and the concept of naming – the power found in knowing your identity in Christ. In this book, only two of the brothers are focused on. The rest of the focus is on their dad and a lady and three of her children. The younger brothers have to find the courage to stand strong when everything seems to be going wrong. The dad has to overcome his despair at the loss of his wife and take the lead in the search to find The Lost Prophet. The strong spiritual thread running through this book is whether or not all is hopeless. When the darkness seems to be winning, should good just give up and surrender or is there more hope than they see? A character challenges this idea, saying that Aion, the allegorical character for God, will not let evil win completely, but will raise up champions of His own to fight. The character says they are few, but they do exist and are standing strong. The story shows hope, shows how even when it seems as though evil is taking over our own world, when it seems as though everything is falling apart, these is still hope. God is still in control. I highly recommend this book for teens and adults both!
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Romans 5:5 - And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.


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