Tuesday, August 20, 2013
“I know what I have to do,” she said, words forming on cracked lips. “I have to beat the seeker. I saw it in a dream. And you can’t help me. Either of you.” “There’s no way on this planet that’s going to happen.” Mace’s body tensed. “We fight together.” Nikki shook her head. “We can’t. I saw that in my dream too. If we fight it together, it’ll kill me.”

Book: Avenger (Halflings Novel, A) by Heather Burch, Zondervan Publishers, 2013

Genre: Supernatural Fiction, Speculative Fiction
Target Audience: Girls 16-18
Subjects: Angels, Dating relationships, Salvation, Trust in God, Temptation
Summary: After a short time of calm, trouble arises again. Vessler has sent a seeker after her, a horrid creature from the pit whose only focus is his to destroy his target. Very few know much about this creature, but those who do simply know of a loved one who was destroyed by one. Nikki has learned a lot about fear and faith, but surviving this will take a deeper level of faith than she has ever needed as faith is the only way to defeat it. In the midst of the battle for her very life, there is still a battle raging over her heart. Raven has no intentions of giving up easily, despite Nikki’s claim that it is Mace she loves.
Notes: This is the third in a series about Halflings – creatures who are the product of Nephilim – demons having intercourse with humans. The idea is that they are victims of the choices made by the Nephilim and have to work to gain salvation. They are destined for hell but if living a high enough standard can make it to Heaven. They have strict rules to follow one of which is not having relationships with humans. Nikki is something unique. She has some kind of special gift or ability that makes her more important than most humans.
As I read through this book I had objections to its theology. It portrayed God as not all-powerful, as if the choices made were out of His control and then as if He wasn’t loving enough to care about these Halflings. The character who is the most angry and bitter against God seems to be justified in it. He seems to have the only perspective one could have from the situation.
However, I contacted the author and she said that though the first book gives this impression, the other books in the series provide a bigger picture and explain more and answer some of my concerns. She said that the character who is bitter against God is providing the wrong perspective. So I would conclude that by itself this series is not Scripturally sound and portrays things that contradict Scripture but that the author inserts a couple elements in this third book to improve it a bit. This third book focuses primarily on the issue of faith vs. fear and at the end of the book does provide a means of salvation for the characters.
Recommendation Scale: 2.5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 John 4:18 – There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.


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