Friday, March 11, 2011

Angel Fall

"Angel Fall" was written by Coleman Luck, published by Zondervan. The story begins with three children/young adults facing a big change in their lives. They are leaving the home of their mother in the United States to live with their father in England. Very soon they find themselves in a whole other world facing problems that are larger than anything they've ever imagined before. In fact, the fate of the world rests on their shoulders. The world they are in is filled with fantastic creatures, powerful magic, much good and much evil. Will they fulfill their calling? Will they survive? Will the world be saved?

This book has been a challenge to read. Long descriptive passages give way to long dialogues, both repetitive at times. The characters are stereotyped and I felt like I knew what they'd do before they did it. Nor did the characters mature much through their adventures. Several themes were borrowed from other fantasy books. I felt like the author was trying too hard and didn't know if he was writing fantasy or allegory. For a book that was compared to the works of Lewis and Tolkien, it falls far short of the higher goal.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Zondervan. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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