The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline is the first book in a trilogy by the Christian author, Tabitha Caplinger. The story follows Zoe as she discovers there’s more to life than the typical routine of school, friends, and family, and that she belongs to a line of ancient warriors destined to save the world from destruction. Intriguing dialogue, suspenseful action sequences, and strong characterization make this an exceptional story and a fun and exciting read. I recommend The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline for fans of young adult literature and for anyone who enjoys tales of supernatural adventure.
Summary: Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to prevent the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant—she’s the key to humanity’s salvation. In this first installment of the Christian fantasy trilogy, The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.
Author Bio: Tabitha Caplinger has been in student ministry for close to 15 years, and currently pastors at Faith Community Church in House Springs, Missouri, with her husband Brian. They have two sassy daughters, Lila and Rory. Student Ministry is core to who Tabitha is; she loves discipling others and helping them see themselves through Jesus’ eyes. Her goal is for every young woman to be confident that, “she is loved more than she will ever know by someone who died to know her.” When not working, Tabitha and her family like taking in a good movie or walking through the park. She also admits to being a little obsessed with TV.
Paperback: 190 pages
Publisher: Vox Dei (October 13, 2015)
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An outstanding work of dystopian fiction, The Future King: Logres centers around Gwenhwyfar, a high school student who seeks a right path as her world grows increasingly dangerous. Set in mid-21st century England, Gwen and her friends must navigate a turbulent and mysterious political scene, oppressive school conditions, and the intricate landscape of their personal lives to survive and hopefully fulfill their destinies. M.L. Mackworth-Praed creates a multi-layered and inventive story, based on the Arthurian legends, through concise and descriptive prose and a unique sensitivity to the elements of successful storytelling. This is an amazing novel and a great literary achievement.
* some bad language, brief violence, and scenes of physical intimacy
Summary: Britain, 2052. In a world of war, disease and hunger the UK stands alone as a beacon of prosperity under an all-powerful ruling party. Life at new school Logres seems promising for fifteen-year-old Gwenhwyfar, and quickly she falls for the school’s handsome catch, Arthur. When Arthur’s rival, Lancelot, returns after a suspension, her heart is soon divided. Realising that behind the UK’s prosperity lies unspeakable cruelty, Gwenhwyfar sets off on a path to dismantle everything the government stands for. Suspenseful, raw and awash in a dystopian setting, The Future King: Logres is a story of identity and discovery against this backdrop, the second coming of the Arthurian legends.
Author Bio: I’m a prolific doodler, which over the years has translated into being an illustrator; a here-there artist who dabbles with embroidery, and a keen writer with a taste for fantasy, sci-fi and young adult fiction. I just self-published my first novel, The Future King: Logres, an Arthurian second-coming set in dystopian 2052 Britain. If you like YA Fantasy or are a lover of the Arthurian legends then check it out!
Paperback: 518 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace; 1 edition (December 5, 2015)
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The Last Magi: A Tale of Faith, by E.A. Sharpe, chronicles the journey of Artaban, the fictional “fourth Wise Man” to follow the star in search of the new born Christ. This novel is joyous and engaging, a fast read while also inviting us on an epic adventure with plenty of humor, suspense, and awesome surprises along the way. I recommend this book for readers of all ages who might appreciate a fun and unique perspective on the story of Christ’s Nativity.
Summary: A Christmas classic your children will read to their own. “Wise, witty, profound and often poetic. A tale for the ages.” – Charles McClellan. Now available as a quality paperback. A compelling tale of faith, folly and the wisdom of the heart, The Last Magi is the story of Artaban, the fourth Wise Man. Leaving behind his betrothed—the fiery and beautiful Rasha—he follows his fellow Magi to Bethlehem, there to crown “the child born to be king.” But Artaban is too late; the infant and his family have gone. Thus begins a quest that takes the Mage through the cities and wastes of Asia and Europe, through years of hardship and peril. Mocked and impoverished, alone but for his sardonic servant, Ismail, Artaban doggedly persists, even as his body falters and his eyes dim. Is it all for naught? Told in ringing prose and rich with vibrant characters, The Last Magi is a gripping narrative of one man’s magnificent obsession, of love, danger, despair and redemption. Here is a book to cherish, to read and reread. Here is an old-fashioned fireside tale for children of every age.
Author Bio: Ernest A. Sharpe is a professional writer living in Austin, Texas. He has authored novels, screenplays and various forms of nonfiction for many years.
Paperback: 196 pages
Publisher: Positive Imaging, LLC (December 2, 2015)
* also available on Kindle and NOOK