I almost put this book down. I’m so glad I didn’t. But we’ll get to reasons later… I want to explain what drew me in.
I love history, especially anything dealing with 1st and 2nd century A.D. or ancient Sumerians. For that aspect alone, this book rocked my world. Ms. Witenhafer REALLY knows her stuff when it comes to history and I loved learning new facts that were interwoven beautifully into the story line.
Each one of the characters made an impression immediately. That’s not to say that I loved each one immediately, but I was left with no middle ground. There were no tepid emotions for any of the characters in this book–I either loved them or hated them (or both).
Also, when it comes to craft, skill and style, I applaud Ms. Witenhafer! She drew me entirely into Damon’s world, either the ancient one or the modern one, and fully into his internal world as well. At one point I hated him so thoroughly I almost put the book down, but the beauty of the words, the story, the history and the characters around him kept me reading. And I’m so glad I did. I love the sword fights, the high speed chases, the fully original story. Damon gave me chills of delight and horror, Reign made me want to jump up and shout “YEAH!”, Minkey made me twinge with disgust, Miss Lily made me feel warm and loved–I could keep going on and on.
I love the way a relationship with the Lord is presented in this book. Even when I didn’t agree with Ms. Witenhafer on certain details about ancient beings, the story was told well enough that I could look past all that. It was less about doctrine and more about GRACE and I really appreciated that. Like a breath of fresh air.
If I spent $99 instead of $.99 I’d still have gotten a bargain. If I could give it 10 stars instead of five, boy, would I! I’m so glad there’s a sequel. What a book!