Recommendation: Highly Recommended
Somehow, young Hunter Brown is chosen - chosen to break the curse of the Bloodstone, chosen to learn the truths of skills of the Codebearers and bring them freedom, chosen by the Author for a dangerous mission that could cost him his life. As a teenage boy this is a lot of pressure, much different than the carefree life Hunter has led up to this point. Along the way he learns so much about himself, about the Author, about being a friend and about life. This is a book - a series - you don't want to miss.
Positives: I felt that the spiritual allegories were very biblically based and true to Scripture. The ideas of our sinful nature and the temptations and doubts we struggle with were very real struggles that Hunter worked through. The story was full of action! My two boys (age 11 and 9) devoured these books. You gotta love when your kids are begging you for more time to read!
Talking Points: As I read this story there were a couple of Scriptures that kept coming to the forefront of my mind. Philippians 2:12-13 tells us that we are to work out our salvation. While I don't believe that Hunter was saved until the end of the book he had to work through so many things in his mind. He searched for truth and had to learn where to go to find truth. If your child is a believer they will have doubts from time to time. Encourage them and help them to search the Scriptures and pray to find the answers to their questions. Help them work out their salvation. My favorite part of the book came at the end when Hunter realizes the ultimate sacrifice he must make to be a Codebearer. Mark 8:34-35 tell us of the sacrifices we must make to be a disciple of Christ. Talk about what it means to deny self and to live for Christ. Also, look at Luke 14:26-33 and talk about "counting the cost." No one should come to Christ without attempting to understand the difficulties and glories they will encounter in this life. However, they should also understand the eternal implications of their decisions. "For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?" (Mark 8:36).
Age Level: 9-16 year olds