This is the second and another good book for middle and high school readers from The Issachar Gatekeeper series. Lucy, age thirteen, and her friend continue to battle evil spiritual beings so there is plenty of action in this novel. Readers will be introduced to some spiritual warfare concepts such as a person being heavily influenced by demons and the power of proclaiming the High King's truth to those demons. We are also told about the reality of changes that occur when a person commits to the High King. Lucy has done so but Schuyler still needs to make the commitment.
Nixon has created a spiritual realm that is a suitable combination of fantasy and Christian truth. We experience the High King, creator of the universe, and His son. The basic principles are Christian but there is enough imagination from Nixon to make the plot interesting to young readers. Bible passages and biblical truths are subtly inserted. The main message of this novel, I think, is the cost one must be willing to bear in fighting evil.
I like Nixon's writing style. The plot moves at a good pace. There is a little humor and some snappy dialogue. There is a good balance of thrilling action, the personal life of Lucy, and Christian principles. Nixon has added notes at the end of the book to help readers understand the reality and nature of angels and God. She also lists the Scripture references used in the story, a great help for parents.
You can read my review of the first book in this series, The Ghost of Darwin Stewart.
There will be at least one more in this series and I'll be looking for it.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
You can get some insight into Nixon's writing style and creating stories similar to those in the Bible at her website, www.lgnixon.com, and clicking on Ascalon Chronicles.
About the Author:L. G. Nixon grew up hoping to be a writer. After a long career in office management, she began writing. Growing up in a creaky old house where relatives told ghost stories, she now shares stories God lays on her heart. She lives in Michigan with her husband and enjoys outdoor activities. You can find out more at www.lgnixon.com.
Fitting Words, 288 pages.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book from the author. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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