Key Of Living Fire

Monday, July 16, 2012
Some doors have been closed that were intended to remain so. They conceal secrets either too evil or too great to be revealed. One such door has been opened – the door that holds the secret of Living Fire, which power runs through the sword you bear.

Book: Key Of Living Fire by Scott Appleton, Living Ink Books, 2012
Genre: Fantasy
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 13+
Subjects: Love, Sacrifice, Good vs. Evil, God’s Will
Summary: Ilfedo has been given a task by the Dragon, a task, a warning and a prophecy. The evil wizard who betrayed his people is seeking the key of living fire. If he should gain it, the power given to Ilfedo to protect the people will now be in the hands of evil. The Albino Dragon sends Ilfedo off on a task to find and secure that key. He has also been given the prophecy that his people will need to find a new home. However, those under his leadership are resentful of his decision to seek this out. Meanwhile Oganna continues to strengthen her powers and abilities as she is given the task of journeying to search for this new home.  
Notes: This is the third in a fantasy series about the offspring of a great dragon-prophet and how they attempt to bring help and hope to a world suffering from the betrayal of its greatest warriors. The spiritual elements are tricky. Sometimes it seems like the Albino dragon is the ultimate being. He’s “always there, never leaving his daughters alone”. He “created” the ones who are bringing the hope of mankind. He’s from a different realm, somehow separate from everything else. He’s so powerful that the enemy can’t seem to do any harm to him. And yet he refers to a Creator. But the help for characters seems to come from him or other characters, not a Creator. There is reference to a coming savior, but since I’m only as far as book 3, it’s unclear who that will be – human or ultimate being. There are certainly the themes of good vs. evil and sacrifice for love running through all the books which are spiritual themes. However, for the overall big picture, it seems the series needs to be complete or at least farther than book 3, to understand it. This specific story starts introducing the concept of searching of God’s will. It’s not put in those terms, but that’s what it boils down to. As Ilfedo’s leadership is questioned, he must question what it is the Creator wants of him.
Recommendation Scale: 4/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 143:10 – Teach me to do your will, for You are my God; may Your good Spirit lead me on level ground.


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