Saturday, May 19, 2012

Review: Spirit Fighter

To create a young adult fantasy novel with the Bible as inspiration requires a lot of stretching of facts and imagination. Jerel Law's "Spirit Fighter" does just that, taking a verse in the Old Testament and using it to ask what would happen if, once again, fallen angels had children with humans.

Jonah Stone's mother is the result of one such union, making him and his two siblings quarterlings - part angel. Just as Jonah begins to discover the truth about his heritage and as his angel powers begin to develop, fallen angels kidnap his mother and Elohim sends his angels to give Jonah and his sister on a mission to save her. On their journey, the two learn more about trusting in God as they meet and fight various dark creatures.

The situations Law comes up with and the humanization of certain angel characters do come across as a bit of stretch, Biblically. But they make for an entertaining story that, although not as well-written as other young adult books, is hard to put down - plus it comes with plenty of reminders of God's power and presence.

*Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review of it.

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