Linda Windsor spins another epic tale that you won't be able to put down. As wonderful as Healer (book one) was, I think Rebel is better.
Since that onLinda Windsor spins another epic tale that you won't be able to put down. As wonderful as Healer (book one) was, I think Rebel is better.
Since that one scene in the beginning of Healer, I was curious about the young Alyn and Kella, and wanted to see more of them. In Rebel, I got my wish and then some.
Rebel follows Alyn and Kella, years after the events of Healer. Much has changed in their lives since the events of Healer, and the world has changed much as well. Alyn is a former priest, and Kella is a scribe for Queen Gwenhyfar. Both Alyn and Kella are struggling with inner turmoils, and both are lost in their own way.
Rebel casts a darker picture than the first two books, especially in the beginning. The political tensions of Arthur's court take a much more active role in Rebel, especially in the beginning. Everything seems to be deteriorating, Arthur is growing closer to the Roman church, causing much strife with the Celtic church and the pagan tribes alike.
An ambush on the outskirts leaves Kella's father, Egan, Champion of Glenarden, missing. Alyn and Kella set off in search for answers, and for her father.
The bleakness-- coupled with more than a fair amount of strangeness-- drag the beginning down some. But once the book picks up, it's nonstop. You won't want to put it down for any reason until you're finished. And the ending is very rewarding; definitely makes the effort feel worth it.
The last leg of the book is so good, that it makes book three my personal favorite of the trilogy. The characters are lovable, easy to relate to, easy to root for, easy to care about. The plot moves at a good pace, the message is beautifully fantastic, and the action is as good as ever; in fact, the action is the best of the trilogy.
In all, this book is one of the best I've read in a very long time. I can not stress it's excellence more, nor can I stress how much I loved it enough.
Anyone interested historical fiction, Celtic culture, Arthurian myth, Christian fiction, spiritual warfare, and epic adventures need to read this series....more
Interesting, mysterious, suspenseful, heartbreaking, thoughtful. And a breakneck pace that grabs you on the first line, and doesn't let go until you'vInteresting, mysterious, suspenseful, heartbreaking, thoughtful. And a breakneck pace that grabs you on the first line, and doesn't let go until you've finished.
I've never written a review before, but I felt compelled to write one for Corridor. Its just that good. I cannot recommend it higher.
And at 2.99 on amazon, its a steal. Easily worth the price of admission and then some.
My only complaint is that it isn't long enough. The second it was over, I wished there was more. It looks like it may turn into a series, but I'm not sure I'm patient enough to wait....more
Fast paced, thought provoking, suspenseful, funny, touching, and just all around great reading. In the best way possible, this book stayed with me lonFast paced, thought provoking, suspenseful, funny, touching, and just all around great reading. In the best way possible, this book stayed with me long after it was over.
Sam is just a normal kid who gets mixed up with the wrong crowd, and winds up in the middle of something that not even the reader could have guessed at the beginning. It's a common setup, but it plays very well here with Sam's dry wit, and surprisingly great sense of humor.
The story moves at a surprising pace, and will keep you guessing until the very end.
Crazy Dangerous is easy to recommend to anyone who likes a great read....more
Oh, what to say about this book? Interesting, thought provoking, imaginative, suspenseful, enjoyable.
It starts out pretty quick with a showdown betweeOh, what to say about this book? Interesting, thought provoking, imaginative, suspenseful, enjoyable.
It starts out pretty quick with a showdown between our heroes Nathan and Kelly, facing off against the main villain Mictar. Have to give Bryan Davis big props for starting out with such a bang? I mean, how many book two's open like that? Not many.
From there, it's almost nonstop from one perilous situation to the next. The heroes are almost never safe, and the impending doom looms closer and closer with ever turn of the page. There are a few detractors, which I'll get into later.
The characters are likable and feel real. It's easy to relate to Nathan and Kelly as they grow closer and we learn more about them. They are both good role models in their own way. The "romance" deserves mentioning as it was handled in a very unique way to the YA genre; very chaste, innocent, sweet. Very not like most YA books where they shove love triangles and heated "near sex" down your throat.
Now, for the detractors; the plot is hard to keep up with. For someone who loves shows like Lost, this is a good thing as it keeps you continually guessing and paying close attention, but to the less hardcore sci-fi fans, this can easily keep you from really enjoying this book.
Aside from the confusing plot, the writing itself is often confusing. Bryan Davis has a fantastic imagination, but I sometimes found myself confused and with no clear picture of the environments described, and the action occurring. It wasn't too bad, but could have been better.
Even with the breakneck pace of the plot, the massive amounts of exposition regarding environments slow the book down tremendously, especially in the beginning. And even though the characters are constantly on the move, constantly hopping from one world to the next, constantly chasing clues, they never seem to get any closer to solving anything. They gain pieces to the puzzle, but never seem to put them together in a way that makes sense. It can be a tad frustrating at times. But once the holding pattern finally breaks, you will not be able to put the book down until it's over, and when it is over, you'll be glad you stuck it out, and you'll want to read it again.
The last detractors contain spoilers, so... SPOILER WARNING.....
(view spoiler)[ The character of Scarlet was very strange to me. It's hard for me to explain, but the scenes with her in them just felt oddly uncomfortable. I get that Davis was trying to give us a false impression, so we'd jump to conclusions, but it still felt really, really weird.
Last thing I'll complain about is that Davis missed many opportunities for great messages and symbols. Nathan is constantly struggling with the dilemma of slowing down to save a few, keeping on to save the many. It's a common theme, but in a Christian book, when the main character's name is Nathan Shepherd-- how do you miss the symbol of The Good Shepherd, risking the ninety-nine to save the one?... Worse: how do you imply that saving the one is wrong? (hide spoiler)]
All in all, this book put my imagination in a choke-hold and refused to let me go. I loved many things in the book and about the book, had many things to complain about and think about. It was far from perfect, but it was my kind of book. I'd recommend it to anyone who likes YA, Christian, or sci-fi books.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more