Christian Fiction

On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness

Featuring toothy cows, hidden secrets, crazy sockmen, books, Fangs, ridgerunners, and sea dragons; On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness is a rip-roaring tale of adventures, intrigues, and three children-Janner, Tink, and Leeli Igiby. These children, living in a little house in the Glipwood Township have perfectly ordinary lives, or so they think-until a series of strange events occur that lead them to believe that perhaps their lives aren’t quite as ordinary as they thought. The ferocious Fangs of Dang are seeking for the lost jewels of Anniera, which are somehow tangled up in the history of the three Igiby children, their mother, and their ex-pirate grandfather; and the Fangs are determined to find the Igiby’s at any cost.

I would highly recommend On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, written by Andrew Peterson and published in 2008 by Waterbrook Press, for ages 10+. It’s witty, fun, fast-paced, and the plot twists will leave you on the edge of your seat. There is some minor violence to watch out for with younger readers. All in all, a well-written, wholesome book with unique characters and a twisty storyline. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Coral

“A broken shell tore into the skin of her left foot. She winced and withdrew. Blood, red and angry, drip drip dripped onto the sand, dissolving in an instant. As if it never was.

Better a bleeding sole than a tortured soul.

A soul that was nothing now. Because before preluded after.

And after. Was never as it was. Before.”*

Coral, mermaid princess of the sea, is slowly succumbing to a fatal, human-originated disease: emotions. Her sister, the Crown Princess, already has been taken by its cruel waters-and Coral fears the Red Tide is coming for her next.

Brooke, teenage girl on the west coast, is close to giving up. Depression, anxiety, and trauma have pushed her to the breaking point and she’s trying a therapy home as a last resort. But if nothing will be as it was Before, what’s the point of going on?

Merrick, famous and wealthy golden boy of San Francisco, wants to escape both his father and his social status. But when his sister attempts suicide and his mom vanishes, his life is thrown upside down and he doesn’t know what else to do except escape.

When these three lives collide there can either be healing or heartache…and sometimes both exist in the same story.

I would highly recommend Coral, written by Sara Ella and published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson for mature readers 17+. A truly breathtaking and heart wrenching novel about love, loss, and mental health, this re-written fairy tale will grip your soul as you read it. There are several mature themes throughout the book including self harm, unwanted advances, and other traumatic experiences. Coral is written with a theme of hope, memorable characters, and an intriguing storyline. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

“…after will never be the same again.”*

*all excerpts taken from Coral, written by Sara Ella and published in 2019 by Thomas Nelson

The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er

The Lost and Found Journal of a Miner 49er is a collection of tales regarding river mermaids, journeys, boxing kangaroos, love, bandits, acts of valor, and daring escapades. This novel features the brave Miner 49er, also known as Cody Kirschenbaum, and his darling daughter, Clementine. As you read these 17 wild adventures that take place at the time of the Gold Rush, you’ll learn valuable lessons, laugh at Cody’s dry wit and outlandish stories, and enjoy a good, Western fantasy book.

I would recommend this book, written by Jack Dublin, for ages 10+. Well written, humorous, with unexpected twists and fantastical creatures set in Gold Rush California; this book is great for a bit of lighthearted reading. 3.5 out of 5 stars.     

Till We Have Faces

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Till We Have Faces, written by C.S. Lewis and published in 1956, is a thought-provoking and convicting novel ended with a powerful unexpected thrust. Lewis reworks the timeless myth of Cupid and Psyche into a tale of two sisters, one ugly and embittered and the other beautiful and kind. Follow the elder sister Orual as she battles with pride, toxic love, and anger against the gods who ruined her life and stole her sister.
I would highly recommend this book for ages 16+. There are some mature elements younger readers might not fully understand, as well as some deep themes to pick apart and think upon. A masterful tale of the struggle between true and toxic love, ranked among some of C.S. Lewis’s finest works. 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye

How shall I begin? How might I convey to you, the reader, of a most troublesome circumstance which befell me, whereby I might kindle in you an understanding of the dark misgivings which linger in my nightmares? *

Sherlock Holmes and his faithful biographer, Dr. John Watson have embarked on a new set of fantastical adventures. A mysterious client has sent them a number of questions involving unsolved Biblical mysteries, and the great Detective is determined to solve every one. The only catch-the mysteries happened over 1,000 years ago. And in order to solve them, Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson have to trust a machine that was designed by the nefarious Professor Moriarty to take them into the past to solve these mysteries. Will they be able to solve all the mysteries before the police get wind of their potentially illegal activities? And who exactly is this mysterious client that has sent them on this dangerous mission? Find out in Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye by Len Bailey, published in 2013 by Thomas Nelson. This book falls under the Christian fiction and mystery genres.
I highly recommend this book for ages 15+. There are some mildly thematic elements to watch out for, as well as some violence. This book is a medium reading difficulty, and the dialogue and descriptions are excellent. The book is a little slow at times, but the characters are well written and the mysteries are intriguing. All in all, 3 out of 5 stars.

*Excerpt taken from Sherlock Holmes and the Needle’s Eye, written by Len Bailey and published in 2013 by Thomas Nelson.

The Ghost of Gold Creek

“My name is Misty Stevens.” *

After Misty’s mother takes one wrong step; her life changes forever. Her mother is gone, her father is impossible to understand, her best friend Lou is headed down a path that Misty can’t follow, and to top it all off, a mysterious wild horse is causing havoc among the neighboring ranches and farms.
Buried artifacts, ghost stories, emotions, and feelings for a particular boy leave Misty confused and worried for her sanity…and maybe even for her life.

All it takes is one wrong step. *

The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress, is a heartwarming story of love, loss, and coming of age. This book falls under the contemporary mystery romance genre.

I would recommend this book for ages 16+. There is romance, intrigue, and some thematic elements to watch out for. A well-composed story with memorable characters and compelling plot twists. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

…there is no going back, only forward. *

*All excerpts taken from The Ghost of Gold Creek, written by Lisa Michelle Hess and published in 2019 by GlasIncPress.

The Screwtape Letters

Under Secretary Screwtape is writing advice to his protégé Wormwood as how to best tempt Wormwood’s “patient”, a human male living in England, into sin and draw him away from God. Written by C.S. Lewis and copyrighted 1942, this book is a masterpiece of satire and would fall under the category of Christian fiction.
C.S. Lewis wrote with a different style in this book than he tended to do with his other works; he uses less detail and no dialogue, as the book is told primarily through Screwtape’s letters to Wormwood. The Screwtape Letters is not an easy read, though it does flow very well; Lewis’ ideas and philosophies are quite profound. I would rate it at a hard read.
I would definitely recommend this book for ages 15+. There are some mature themes in it regarding the temptations that are recommended by Screwtape. An amazingly well written book with excellent literature, deep theological values, and thought-provoking chapters. 4.8 out of 5 stars.