Monday, March 22, 2010

February CSFF Tour: Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter by R.J. Anderson

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Here is my husband's review of this fantasy read:

First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to R.J. Anderson and her publisher for sending me a copy of "Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter" to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me.

It has been an uber-busy time for reading and reviewing books, so I was absolutely thrilled when my husband, the sci-fi/fantasy fan, accepted the mission to read R. J. Anderson’s “Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter” for me. What he shared with me was that it was a decent read that was solid fantasy! He didn’t pick up on any threads of faith whatsoever. The author did mention God in a note to the reader, but the story itself was simply an enjoyable fantasy read from an author who happens to be a Christian. No hidden symbolism, no obscure references to faith.

That being the case, I’m glad that my husband read this book instead of me. I actually prefer the inclusion of a sub-storyline of faith woven into the plot of my fiction reads. Maybe it gives me the illusion of the book being a wholesome read. Still, I will recommend this book and others like it to support the Christian authors that are writing them.

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Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
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Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher


Anonymous said...

It's interesting what you said about faith being woven into this novel. I think it's almost a must that you have to weave yourself into your work. :) I hope it was a good read!

God bless,
Taylor J. Beisler

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

This book is what they mean by "Christian worldview" as opposed to "Christian," I think.

I plan to elaborate on this more tomorrow, but one of the themes was self-sacrifice--central to the Christian message. Also transforming love. I'd even go so far as to say that the Fall is depicted in that the faery's in this world lost their magic and are trying to get it back (and the self-sacrifice is part of that).

But overt Christianity? No, except in the acknowledgements.

Anonymous said...

I loved when she was naked and he covered her. heh heh I thought, ah, yes, to be covered by the cloak of the fallen hero who sacrificed his life (his wholeness and his "throne") to win her as a bride. Sigh. I thought there were pictures of God all over the book. What a great romance!

Fred Warren said...

There's also a repeated reference to the Gardener, whom the faeries seem to revere in the same manner as God.

Piggybacking on Taylor's comment, I've found that a Christian writer's faith will, whether or not they intend it, be reflected to some degree in their writing. Likewise, a Christian reader's faith will be reflected to some degree in their interpretation of any given story.

R.J. Anderson said...

Appreciate you taking the time to read the book and give your honest thoughts about it. The Lord bless you and keep you.