Recommendation: Highly Recommended
An excellent adventure novel this story has it all - sword fighting, a love story and a classic battle of good vs. evil.
Positives: A gripping story with excellent character development, I did not want to put this book down. Also glad that I just received the sequel in the mail!
Negatives: There was nothing I didn't enjoy about this book, however a warning is necessary if you choose to read this book as a family or let your children read it. There are several sexual references. These include a reference to a young girl being ravaged and of two young people rolling in the bushes during a pagan festival. The most descriptive scene is a direct reference to the Prov. 7 harlot. While there is nothing explicit or inappropriate about these scenes, they would probably not be suitable for young children. You are the best judge or your child's maturity and what you want them to read.
Talking Points: The Bible is filled with promises that God's Word will stand forever (Is. 40:8, I Peter 1:24-25, Matt. 24:35). In spite of man's best efforts throughout this story to suppress and destroy the truth, it cannot be accomplished. Talk about God's faithfulness to preserve His Word. The other Scripture that kept coming to mind as I read this is Romans 1, particularly verses 19-32. Even though the characters in this story had no written Word of God, they knew that a good Creator-God existed. Just like Romans 1 tells us - God can be seen and known through creation and while this knowledge alone is not enough to save, it gives man no excuse. Talk with your children about how we can see God's attributes in creation and then talk with them about how that should spur us on to know and understand the Creator of the Universe on a personal level.
Age Level: 16 years old and up (see note above)