Release Date: May 23, 2018
Genre: Fiction/ Young Adult / Fantasy
Series: Forsaken Sons, Book One
About the Book:
In the Chronicles of the Kings, there are stories of a band of elite warriors. But before their daring feats became legendary, David’s mighty men were teenage boys serving an upstart king.
Benaiah toils in the burial trenches of stinking battlefields to earn enough food to fill his belly. He’s an outsider in the land of Israel, set apart from God’s chosen people by fair skin and eerie eyes. But an angel and a prophet unveil a startling destiny. When he travels with Samuel to anoint a shepherd boy from Bethlehem, Benaiah swears to see David safely to his throne. But not alone.
He must seek out the Three, a trio of warriors whose monstrous strength makes them unstoppable. Clues to their whereabouts have been laced through the lessons of Job. Poetic descriptions of a valley of horses and the storehouses of snow lead Benaiah into the hidden fringes of heaven. But his quest twists into a flight to the finish when whispers of the boys’ existence reach their Fallen fathers.
A covertly anointed shepherd boy. A trio of half-human mongrels. And the captain who would lead them into legends.
When I first heard about “The Three” by Christa Kinde, I was excited. Here was another Christian fantasy series dealing with spiritual warfare: angels vs. demons. It takes place in historical Israel through the eyes of Benaiah, a real character from the Bible, who tells the story of King David’s legendary mighty men of valor. Plus, it recently won a Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, which is exciting.
Unfortunately, this just wasn’t for me. The writing is definitely geared towards younger readers so perhaps if I were younger, I may have appreciated it more. For a historical setting, a lot of the dialogue was too modern. It was also kind of boring. It took the entire book for something interesting to happen and when it finally did, I had lost interest.
The author does a wonderful job when it comes to talking about topics such as light vs. darkness, who God says we are, friendship, courage, and many others. If you’re looking for a book that points readers to God and Biblical things, then this would be a good one.
For the most part, it is clean, but there are several mentions of “crud”, and “idiot”. There is also mention of a harem. Although it doesn’t go into detail, I thought that was a little odd for a children’s book.
I recommend reading this with discretion as I’m not sure whether it is one I would recommend or not.
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher 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 Christa Kinde:
Faith in a Father whose ways are mysterious. Hope in a Friend who’s coming again. Love that bears fruit in far-off places. Christa Kindebelieves in bright colors, good manners, crazy socks, word games, cat naps, and postage stamps. But most of all, she believes in God. She writes about her faith with studies, stories, and devotionals that bring truth into focus and give faith a practical spin.