Quotes 44

“Fantasy writing must be grounded in both truth and life experience if it is to work. It can be as inventive and creative as the writer can make it, a whirlwind of images and plot twists, but it cannot be built on a foundation of air. The world must be identifiable with our own, must offer us a frame of reference we can recognize.”

“Fantasy stories work because the writer has interwoven bits and pieces of reality with imagination to form a personal vision.”

(Terry Brooks)

Winner of Marion’s Book Giveaway

Earlier this month, I posted a contest for my book giveaway.  I’m giving away The Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka.

The winner is Delia Rios!

Thanks to Delia for being a subscriber to this blog and I would like to thank the rest of the people who entered the contest by subscribing to the blog.  It is much appreciated.

I love giving away books and I plan to have another giveaway in May.  Stay tuned.

Book Review 8: Blaggard’s Moon by George Bryan Polivika

I recently wrote a review for the Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka.  Please check it out on this blog site if you haven’t already!

Well, the author has written a prequel to that trilogy titled Blaggard’s Moon.  It is a standalone novel and you don’t have to have read the Trophy Chase Trilogy in order to understand what’s happening in this story.

The novel starts out with Smith Delaney, a sailor, awaiting his fate on the back of a pirate ship. He has been sentenced to death by the pirate ship’s captain for treason.

While awaiting his fate, he decides to recall a story told by Ham Drumbone about how the great pirate, Conch Imbry, was finally defeated.  Also, he relives his own role in that story.

The story shifts from Smith Delaney’s recollections to Ham Drumbone telling the other sailors about it.

Polivka does an excellent job (like he did in the trilogy) with good characterization and the  intertwining of Christian principles into an adventurous, swash-buckling (with a touch of romance) story.

One of the themes of the novel was asked by Smith Delaney.  Why does God allow evil to happen in the world?  And why does God seemed to let the bad guys get away with evil?

Those questions are prime for a sermon or bible study.  However, the power of fiction can illuminate the answer to those questions sometimes even better than a sermon or bible study could.  I appreciate the fact that the author didn’t shy away from having a difficult theme in his novel.

Blaggard’s Moon is a good, page-turning read and highly recommended.

Book Review 5: The Adventures of Jecosan Tarres by Laura Lond

Book 1: The Journey
Book 2: The Palace
Book 3: The Battle

I liked reading this trilogy. It had everything you want in a
series: good characters, rich setting, and readable. I hope
this series gets more recognition and gain a bigger readership.

Well, the series in a nutshell is the story of Jecosan Tarres (called
Jeco throughout the series) and his journey to manhood. He grew up as
a orphan (like Oliver Twist) and is a believer in the Book of Light
(author’s version of the Bible).

In Book 1, Jeco receives a calling to go to Kanavar, the capital of
Meoria and work for the king. However, he begins to learn he will be a
part of a bigger mission along the journey.

In Book 2, Jeco arrives in Kanavar and becomes a part of king’s court
and learns that the Meorian King, Alvard III wants to go to war
against another kingdom, Tigran. The Tigran Kingdom and people are
believers in the Book of Light and King Alvard wants to destroy it.

In Book 3, Jeco and Lord Farizel (second-in-command in Meoria) were
accused of treason by King Alvard and they had to flee the kingdom.
It looks the kingdoms of Meoria and Tigran are heading to war.

However, they are interesting twists and sub-plots that are trying to
keep the two kingdoms from going to war. Moreover, there is redemption
and humility that comes from an unlikely source.

And Jeco’s (whom I think is like Joseph from the Book of Genesis)role
has changed from Book 1 as he grows and matures.

I give the series a recommendation to be read.

Book Review 3: Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka

Book 1: The Legend of the Firefish

Book 2: The Hand That Bears the Sword

Book 3: The Battle for Vast Dominion

It’s been awhile since I’ve read a trilogy. I’ve read mostly standalone novels lately but the striking covers of Trophy Chase Trilogy by George Bryan Polivka compelled me to read it.

I’m glad I did!

First of all, I must write this series deserves to read by all who enjoy good storytelling regardless of the genre. With that said, I believe that the Trophy Chase Trilogy will be a modern classic of Christian Fantasy.

Now, with that incredibly high praise, let me write what the trilogy is about.

Book 1: The Legend of the Firefish

The opening book of the trilogy introduces Packer Throme, a failed seminary student, who returns back home to his fishing village in the Kingdom of Nearing Vast. Packer is also an accomplished swordsman.

His life goes from bad to worse and decides he wants to go hunting for the legendary, mythical Firefish. The Firefish are mysterious sea creatures that have been hunted for years by people of Nearing Vast.

As a matter of fact, Packer Throme learned the secrets of the Firefish from his dad who left years ago hunting for those sea creatures.

Packer becomes a stowaway on the grandest ship in Nearing Vast. The ship called the Trophy Chase and is captained by Scat Wilkins. Scat is brutal, efficient, and a natural leader.

This becomes the adventure for the opening book of the trilogy. Polivka does an excellent job in developing the characters, having an interesting plot, and intertwines Christianity nicely within the story.

Book 2: The Hand That Bears The Sword

The middle book of the trilogy continues the adventure of Packer Throme. However, there is another kingdom named the Drammun who want to destroy the Kingdom of Nearing Vast and kill Packer Throme.

The Kingdom of Drammun is a theistic kingdom who believes that they are the worthy ones meant to rule everybody who is not Drammun and feel the people of Nearing Vast are heretics because of their belief in a Christian God.

Packer is sent back on the ship, the Trophy Chase, by the King of Nearing Vast to defend the kingdom. However, he has decided to become a pacifist and refuses to take up his sword. Packer believes its God’s will to protect him and his people.

I must admit there were several times in this book, I wanted Packer to fight and defend himself. But, I liked that the author showed that the dimension to his character and made me care about him overcoming his perceived character flaw.

The middle book of the trilogy sets up nicely for the final book and eventual showdown between the People of Nearing Vast and the Drammun.  Also, the role of the mythical Firefish in this battle.

Book 3: The Battle of Vast Dominion

The last book in the trilogy has Packer as the new king of Nearing Vast. (I know some of you can put it together from this review how he would become king.  But, please read it! LOL!!)

The Drammun wants the secrets of the Firefish from Packer Throme and decided to have a truce with Nearing Vast in order to get it.

Packer decides to go the Drammun homeland on a Paul-like missionary trip to convert their people into followers of Christ. Well the adventure continues and there’s an interesting surprise by the Firefish that ties the entire trilogy together.

In summary, I believe this trilogy is closer to Treasure Island or Lord of the Flies with a strong Christian theme instead of Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings. Moreover, George Bryan Polivka has carved his own unique place in Christian Fantasy with this wonderful trilogy.

A must read and highly recommended.