Memorable characterization, a fast pace, and a thoughtful reconciling of biblical fantasy with Christian belief set this series apart. The family’s already comfortable with aliens, including the Dubheians and the Starlings, both representative of a variety of “Others” whose presence, since the time of Adam and Eve, is noted in lost books of the Bible. The Broughts keep this secret for convincing reasons, but Stevenson is thoughtful about how to fit space-faring entities into Christian cosmology: “We need to remind people that whether any of this is true or not, it doesn’t matter when it comes to their salvation,” one Brought notes during an early multi-chapter exploration of secret histories.
The past’s mysteries also get excavated more literally in exciting sequences plumbing newly revealed tombs, complete with terrifying sculptures of dragons whose role in the climax readers will enjoy anticipating. As the family works to stop researchers from setting loose demons, Stevenson offers twists, revelations, a wedding, and above all a sense of adventure. The unfussy prose stays earthbound even when the characters quite literally take flight, but the plotting, worldbuilding, and cast are all promising and will appeal to Christian readers looking for fantasy that takes their beliefs seriously.
Takeaway: This Christian fantasy pits a Michigan family against a lost tomb, demons, and ancient secrets.
Great for fans of: James Bonk’s Light of the Ark, Joe Edd Morris’s The Lost Gospel.
Design and typography: A
Marketing copy: A
I loved the story of the Brought family; it makes me wish I knew them! I personally know Christian believers that have seen things in the skies that can't be explained, and I know that's caused some people to question the validity of the Bible. This book talks about that and so much more from a fiction perspective, but it’s filled with a lot of scripture. I love that it discusses the book of Enoch and Adam and Eve, which I feel many Christians aren't brave enough to discuss. Really made me think. A great Christian read! Can’t wait for the sequel from this very talented new author. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, creativity and love of the Lord through this novel!