About the Book
Author: LG Nixon
Genre: Young Adult Fiction/Religious/Christian Fantasy/Mysteries & Detective Stories
Release Date: December, 2021
Ghost hunters, Lucy Hornberger and Schuyler Williams, are chasing ghosts through their school. As they vanquish one ghost, another ghost appears, and Lucy gets blamed for the destruction. She soon learns someone has been cursed, but who?
Darnathian and his Irredaemon forces are still after the Lucy’s artifact, called the Spectrescope. It allows her to see and track spirits. It also hides the Spirit Sword that vanquishes the daemons. Darnathian is determined to learn the source of the Spectrescope’s ancient magic, unlock its secrets and find the Life Tree. If he can eliminate Lucy Hornberger, all the better.
Using the power of the magical artifacts that were in the trunk she purchased from the vendor at the flea market, Lucy and Schuyler must end the hauntings, break the curse, protect the Spectrescope, and do it all without getting expelled from school.
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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.
There will be at least one more in this series and I'll be looking for it.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
You can read me review of the first book in the series, The Ghost of Darwin Stewart.
About the Author
More from LG Nixon
I’ve always had zany and quirky imagination. Growing up in a creaky old house with a grandmother who told stories of ghostly visitations, I was curious. As a child, I filled journals with mystery and detective stories.
These days I write about ghosts and spirits to entertain, and use scripture as dialogue to portray God’s love and forgiveness, our hope of redemption, and the reality of a supernatural dimension just beyond our perception.
Why would a Christian author write about ghosts? Because scripture is filled with ghosts and spirits, angels, and demons along with some amazing creatures. God uses incredible imagery to capture our imagination and draw us deeper into His word. I love to study scripture because I always find new truths that go beyond the scope of imagination.
My writing has grown from my love for Jesus and a desire to share my faith with hope and encouragement. The Issachar Gatekeeper series is designed to show young adults in a fun, adventurous way the impact Christian principles can have on their lives and to deepen their understanding of the world around them.
Our heroine, Lucy, has a wonderful neighbor, Mrs. McGoo, who always comes through to save the day with her delicious chocolate chip cookies. Lucy’s best friend, Schuyler Williams, says, “A really good chocolate chip cookie is nearly a spiritual experience, don’t you think?” So, we are sharing this recipe with you so you can sit, relax, and share some with a friend. Enjoy!
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