Saturday, January 4, 2014

Spiritual Warfare

Cloak of the Light    (Wars of the Realm #1)

Chuck Black 

Drew is caught in a world of light - just inches away from the dark

What if...there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if...our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

     When I picked up this book, I understood it to be Young Adult Christian Fiction. I was expecting Drew to be young, maybe in high school in a lab doing a stupid experiment and it going wrong. Totally off base, Drew at the start of the book is a mere ten years old. In the next 50 pages he is a senior in high school and has experienced more trauma in those fifty pages than most people experience in ten years. It just never stops. It made the beginning of the book feel very rushed because every ten pages another bad thing would happen to him. Once I got past that bit it didn't feel quite as rushed.

     It did take me a while to understand how the book related to Christian Fiction but once I did it was all I could do not to pound the book into understanding what is happening. The writing style was a bit odd and hard to adjust to, but once you got past the rushed bit it became easier.

     I cannot wait for the second book to come out. When I finished the book and I realized that it was the first book in the series and hadn't even come out yet, I cried. Mr. Black at the back of the book goes through chapter by chapter and supports the choices he made with Bible verses. It was actually quite cool and well thought out.


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