Recommendation: *** (3-stars)
Positives: An interesting storyline. As I have not read the first book in the series I think it took me a little longer to understand the story, but it was entertaining.
Negatives: There are a lot of characters and it was at times difficult to keep track of them (again, it may have helped to read the first book in the series). There were still some aspects of the fantasy I don't understand like the significance of the different levels of the Angelaeon characters such as those who are half angel, half human (Nephili). I don't know how and why they are different from others and I often got confused as to which characters were what. Mostly, I was disappointed in the fact that this book lacked in teaching any straightforward Christian truths through the story. While there were religious characters in the story (priests), there was no mention of any God character or idea of worshipping any deity. It was difficult to draw much spiritual food for thought out of the story.
Talking Points: While these were not main points in the story, I would certainly talk about the presence of evil in our world (and theirs). Talk about the effects of sin and the curse (Gen. 3:10-24) that are seen in the story and in our world today. I would also address the thoughts and actions of Trevin particularly concerning his struggles with his past. Trevin struggled with the mistakes (sin) he had committed in the past. Talk to your kids about the forgiveness Christ offers when we repent and how we are then free from guilt (1 John 1:9, Acts 3:19-20).
Age Level: 10-15 years of age - this story will appeal to boys in particular and those who enjoy fantasy.
I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.