Release Date: March 13, 2017
Publisher: Kth Investment Group
Genre: Fiction / Young Adult / Fantasy
Series: Chronicles of Stephen, Book One
About the Book:
Stephen, a young man with a powerful gift to hear and control thoughts of others, returns home to Saint Louis, Missouri after his good intentions led to tragedy. His mind is torn, and nearing insanity, paranoia starts to set causing him to think he is constantly being watched. With the help of his mentor, however, he begins to understand his gift and how to control it. As he begins to seek out his purpose, he is left asking, “Why me?”
Stephen soon finds himself an unwilling participant in a war that has waged for several millennia and is forced to choose sides in a battle he never believed in. The deeper he goes the more he understands what is at stake–his life, his soul, and even the fate of humanity. And, he can’t shake the feeling that something, or someone, isn’t quite what they seem. Is this feeling a sign of his paranoia returning? Will Stephen find the justice he seeks? Or, will his quest lead to vengeance and a thirst for more power?
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It’s rare to find good fantasy novels in Christian fiction so when I heard that “Choice of the Mighty” by Kenyon T. Henry was a young adult Christian fiction fantasy novel, I knew I had to check it out. This was such a fun and probably one of the best books that I have read about spiritual warfare.
When I first started the book, I didn’t really know what I was getting into. I was intrigued when I read that this was based on King David’s Mighty Men of Valor. These are a group of men that King David picked to serve God faithfully. The idea that this group today still exists having been passed on generation after generation is even more intriguing. I love when authors involve secret societies like this which just adds to the fun!
While it took me awhile to warm up to the characters in the beginning, I fell in love with them. Stephen is our main character who has a desire to be good and to help others. But then there were the side characters who became just as loveable. These characters will constantly surprise you. They are all far from perfect, making human mistakes, but their characters grow so much throughout the book.
The beginning is slow so the story takes some time to pick up, but this didn’t bother me at all because there was a lot going on that the author had to reveal. While I wanted answers immediately, the pacing was perfect. The action scenes were incredible, although I would have liked to see Stephen have a weakness of sort because some of these scenes ended too quickly and easily. Although we do have some action, it wasn’t your kick-butt constant action. The focus is more on that serving The Mighty doesn’t mean there will always be epic battles to save the world, but more on serving God, being kind to others, and showing the love of God towards others. I think that’s what sets this series apart from other books.
The story also has a redemption and faith aspect which isn’t preachy. Kenyon T. Henry shares the truth at the appropriate moments and gives a clear Gospel message. He even explains why it’s so important to make a decision. In fact, most of the theology is sound and scriptural.
Overall, I enjoyed this. I’m immediately starting the sequel, “Trials of the Mighty” because I am curious as to what is in store for these characters next.
Highly recommended, especially to fans of Harry Potter or Percy Jackson!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Kenyon T. Henry:
Kenyon Henry is from Northwest Georgia, is married, and has six kids. He is known to take his books on the road, sharing them and his testimony with readers at comic conventions, schools, and libraries. As a prior youth leader, he is no stranger to the negative influences impacting today’s youth and uses his books to try to be a positive influence on others in the world around him.