It's hard to imagine Stephen Lawhead writing something this cheesy after years of his hits like the Arthurian series, but the target audience must be ..Show More »young teens and not adults. Add to that one of the most melodramatic narrations that I've heard and add a touch of music for good measure and you have a disappointing story.
Something that seemed almost like plagiarism was the borrowing of thematic elements from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. There were Ringwraiths (the Legion of the Dead) and even an event in a barrow (like where Frodo rescued his friends after being nearly killed by the barrow wight. I could add more, but it was almost like listening to LOTR - the Classics Comics version.
On the positive side, it would be a nice story for a young person who is not yet ready for his grown-up stories.
There are two sequels to this volume and I suppose they follow the development of the protagonist as he grows into manhood and discovers his true giftings. If you like this story, then you'll probably like the others, but I wouldn't be willing to waste my time.
NO. It had a pretty good story, but the author is obsessed with adding god to everything. He believes in god that is great. However, every other line ..Show More »is the god on high. Limit this to a couple of times a book and this book is 5 stars.
No religious profanity! that is something I refuse to expose myself to but I have found much more difficulty avoiding than it should be. A good story..Show More » and performed extremely well - WELL DONE!