Sunday, August 25, 2013

One More Chapter! One More Chapter! REVIEW: King by R.J. Larson

King by R. J. Larson
Books of the Infinite #3

I've just come home from a long weekend at the lake.  When I wasn't in or on the water, I was often found  reading this fantastic book.  I received King from Bethany House in exchange for an honest review. (For the government man.) ~smile~

My thoughts:
Prophet and Judge were such magnificent stories, I couldn't wait to get my hands on the latest novel in the  Books of the Infinite series, King by R.J. Larson.

Time seemed to stand still as I lost myself in these pages.   The emotions, struggles and intrigue woven into the personal lives of the prophet Ela, Kien, Akabe, and Caitria are magnified as their stories and futures intertwine into one.  King's ancient setting was a welcome respite from the twentieth century.  ~smile~  I love Christian allegories, and Larson is a master storyteller.  This is the best book series I've read in ages.  As I finished the last sentence of King, I found myself sad that it was the end.  The narrative and the characters were that compelling.

The thing that made this series so valuable to me is the way it made me think about God, my Infinite.  There was something about calling Him Infinite that made me take notice, to be aware of Him, in a way I might not otherwise have thought about Him. No wonder He calls Himself "I AM".

I strongly suggest reading this series in order, beginning with the story of Ela of Parne, The Prophet followed by Judge.  It just makes more sense to read them in order.

Well done R.J. Larson!  Thank you!
5 stars
Reviews of the first two books of the series.
Book 1 Prophet  Don't begin reading this before bed!
Book 2 Judge This was a don't want to put it down book!
Book 3 King  One more chapter! One more chapter!
Here's the description from Bethany House:

"Akabe of Siphra, I have brought your enemies low and lifted you from the dirt."
Against his wishes and desires, Akabe Garric has been chosen by his people to be king. A warrior at heart, he'd never dreamed of such a swift, unexpected rise to power. Determined to prove his worth to the citizens of Munra and honor his Creator, Akabe undertakes a monumental task: to rebuild the Infinite's Holy House in Siphra.

"Only this I ask: Restore My temple and let Me dwell again among the people."

Akabe soon discovers that the land he needs is held by the Thaenfalls, known Atea-worshipers who will give up their claim only if he marries into their line. Though he seeks direction from the Infinite, his pleas are met with silence. Frustrated, Akabe makes an impulsive decision, sweeping his nation into a lethal storm that threatens his plans for the temple. As questions of love and faith become tangled with lies, ancient feuds, and treacherous plots, can Akabe, his mysterious queen, and his trusted friends Ela and Kien Lantec find the Infinite's path...or will they fail as so many others before?

"Will your faith hold strong when I am silent?
Child, can you be My king?"

Prophet Ela, Lord Kien, and King Akabe are the main characters in this adventure fantasy.  Each chapter is written from the viewpoint of one of these three persons.  This enables a richer understanding of the nuances of the story, because we peek into the thoughts of each character.

"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.   I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising." Full Disclosure

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