Wednesday, July 6, 2011

"Earthbow" (volumes 1 and 2) by Sherry Thompson Book Review



Genre: Christian Fantasy

Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5
Earthbow is the second book in the Narentan Tumults. Read my review of the first volume, Seabird, here.
Wow, somebody really needs to kill that Cenoc guy!
(Just my first reaction, everyone.) Sherry Thompson has done an incredible job of creating the most malicious, vile, hated villain you can imagine. Lord Cenoc, the brutal king of Latimus, wants even more power and will stop at nothing to get it. Meanwhile, one of his knights, a man by the name of Coris, begins to feel the pull of righteousness and rebels against his evil master in an effort to save three innocent people from becoming the king’s next torture victims.
Out in the countryside, we find the enchanter Harone, Cara’s love interest from the previous volume, and Cara’s little brother, Sandy, the new Outworlder, seeking to discover what it is that they must do to defeat the evil in Latimus.
Earthbow has fantastic characters, a ton of climactic action, zombie animals and trees (kind of), and a very funny stoah creature named Khiva. I especially love how the separate characters and plotlines that Thompson starts her novel off with all naturally compliment and blend together as the story progresses.
There are also a number of spiritual lessons in Earthbow, notably, How does Satan use our own desires to work against and even control us? And, What does it mean to truly repent?
I have definitely become a fan of the Narentan Tumults and will eagerly anticipate the release of the next volume, tentatively titled, The Gryphon and the Basilisk.
Earthbow (volumes 1 and 2) are available from Gryphonwood Press.
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