Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Book Review: The Muirwood Trilogy

I have a Kindle Fire that my husband got me for Christmas last year and I use it daily. One of the great things that it has opened up to me it the exciting idea of self publishing. Being a cheap-scape I don't like to use media on my Kindle that I have to pay for so I either download free classic books or books that authors are offering for free. Sometimes you get a bad apple (even if you are careful) but there is a lot of good stuff out there too. 

That is how I cam across this trilogy. I got it for free around Easter last year and only got around to reading it last month. When I started, I couldn't put it down! I read the entire thing in about a week. The plot follows a girl born in another world (similar to ours) where "magic" exists, but being able to control it is something you are born with. The stronger your parents were, the stronger you can become. Children train at places that are similar to monasteries, under the tutelage of a person that we will liken to a bishop. It is at one of these "abbeys" that we meet the heroine who is being raised there because she was abandoned there by her parents as a child. She has an innate ability to use magic but does not know who her parents were, nor will anyone tell her. Soon, she is off on an adventure to discover who she is and to save the people she loves. I liked the book because of the fantasy elements, but also because it was so squeaky clean! It was an exciting story told without the use of cursing or sexual content.

My only criticism is the lack of redemption in the plot line. The story feels "religious" but there is no grace, mercy or repentance represented. Once characters have made their choice, there is no turning back. In this world characters must save themselves if they want to go to "Heaven". We know there is only one way to Heaven and that is through Jesus Christ!

However, if you are looking for a good clean fantasy read, check out The Wretched or Muirwood, The Blight of Muirwood, and The Scourge of Muirwood by up and coming author Jeff Wheeler.

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