I don't read a lot fantasy, instead picking and choosing the few authors that I truly like. R.J. Larson is one of those that I REALLY like! I first heard about The Books Of The Infinite series about a year or so ago. The first book (Prophet) looked interesting but I didn't pursue reading it until I found out that the author had written one of my favorite series of Biblical Fiction, under another name. I read Prophet and really enjoyed it. I had been excitedly awaiting the next book, Judge, and believe me it didn't disappoint!
Aah, where to start? Prophecies, sacrifice, betrayal, a little romance, adventure, battles, destiny, and a little fencing match, all pointing to the Creator. What more could you want in a book? The author packs a lot of story into 350+ pages and all of it well worth the time spent reading.
One of the things I look for in an author's writing is, not only the attention to detail, but also how descriptive they are of settings without going overkill. I love authors that can paint an entire scene in a few simple words, a scene that is like watching a movie in your mind, almost as if you are there. R.J. Larson has it down to a 'T' in this book.
The world of The Books Of The Infinite is imaginative and well thought out. The reader is drawn in and at least for a time becomes a part of that world.
I loved the nod to the Biblical story of Jonah. Who would have thought that the story would be just as thought-provoking in a medieval/otherworld setting? Other Biblical stories and themes make their appearance and many readers will readily recognize them.
I enjoyed reacquainting myself with characters from Prophet, they seemed like old friends. Ela, Kien, Tzana, Beka, Ela's parents Dan and Kalme, and not the least Scythe or Pet as he is also called much to his chagrin. Triumph and tragedy will change the lives of all involved.
Not only is this an entertaining story but there are many lessons slipped into the pages that are well worth learning. Themes of following God's leading no matter what, repentance and forgiveness, trust, love, kindness, all shine through in such a way that it doesn't come across as preaching or a Sunday School lesson.
I sincerely enjoyed this book and I am happy to say that I have the next book, King, waiting for me on my shelf. I can't wait to dive back into The Books Of The Infinite!