Saturday, January 8, 2011

The Sword of Light: Shayia's Adventures - Book One

The Sword of Light: Shayia’s Adventures – Book One, written by Kimberli Renee Campbell, begins the Sword of Light series. In this opening volume, Shayia is chosen to lead the women and children away from Sedona Village to protect them from an eminent attack by the evil sorcerer, Izahrik. The village has been attacked before and all signs indicate it will soon be under attack again.

Shayia is the son of Tay, who was caught by Izahrik in the first attack and is feared to be dead. During the battle, Tay dropped his sword, the Sword of Light, and before Shayia leaves Sedona, he is given his father’s sword to protect and guide him on his way. It lights up when there is danger and excerpts from The Word appear on its blade for guidance.

Shayia will need guidance as he is only 14 years old. All his life he has been taught to learn from the Sacred Book as well as to honor and serve the Creator. Now he is not only responsible for the safety and well-being of the women and children, but is also the leader of five other young men from the village who are sent to help him on his quest. However, not all of the five are on Shayia’s side as Shayia already suspects and discovers to be true.

Shayia’s strength and faith will be sorely tested. He can prevail only with the help of his faith, the Sword of Light and the Sacred Book.

What I Like: I like adventure stories with a Christian perspective.

What I Dislike: I must add I am not a big fan of such books that use magic and sorcery in their storyline. The Sacred Book mentioned in the story is obviously the Bible, and the Creator is God, but I don’t think believers need magic swords to protect them, even if the “magic” is based on Biblical principles.

Overall Rating: Good.

Age Appeal: None was given but I’d say 9-12.

Publisher Info: Positive Productions Plus!; 2009; ISBN: 9780982149300; Paperback, 143 pages, $12.99.

Buy now at $12.99!
Special Info: Visit the author’s blog.

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