The Stone of Valhalla Blog Tour

April 4th, 2014

 

Welcome to The
Stone of Valhalla
Blog Tour!

A middle-grade fantasy-adventure by Mikey Brooks.
Don’t
forget to check out the
GIVEAWAY at the bottom this post
for a
chance to
WIN a $25 Amazon
Gift card
and other great prizes!
Synopsis:
Aaron was chosen to save their world, but it might come at the cost of
losing his own.
Breaking
into an old lady’s basement was supposed to reward 13-year-old Aaron with new
friends. Instead he finds an enchanted amulet that transports him to another
world—one at war with magic. Before he knows it, he is accused of witchcraft
and invited to a bonfire—where he’s the main attraction. If that’s not bad
enough, a goblin army shows up and toasts the town…literally. The good news:
Aaron escapes being charbroiled. The bad news: the goblins are after him. They
want his amulet and will stop at nothing to get it. Battling to find his way
home, Aaron teams up with a not-so-magical-wizard and learns it’s his fate to
destroy the amulet and save this new world. But is he willing to sacrifice his
own?
Check out what these talented authors
are saying about it:
The Stone of Valhalla is one of those
books that only comes along once in a great while. Brooks doesn’t just create a
world, he puts you inside of it, allowing you to experience the wonder in a way
that only he can. His characters are likable and fun. His twists leave you
asking ‘Why?’ Treat yourself to an exciting adventure through a beautiful new
land. Make new friends and be a part of the magic. This is a book that you will
not be able to put down!”
—J.R. Simmons,
author of Ragesong: Awakening.
 The
Stone of Valhalla
drew me in from the get-go. Aaron’s journey is
reminiscent of Dorothy’s trek in The
Wizard of Oz
. Magic, sword fights, danger, and more danger, sprinkled with
humor and unexpected twists. This is one of the ‘best’ fantasy adventures I’ve
ever experienced!”
—BBH
McChiller, author of The Monster Moon
Series
.
The Stone of Valhalla is a riveting
mystery revealing true friendship, loyalty and sacrifice. Brooks engages the
curiosity of middle graders and older sleuths alike, until the very end.
Fantastic!”
—L.R.W. Lee,
author of The Andy Smithson series.
 
Excerpt From: Chapter Two: The Penalty of Witchcraft
Aaron thought he’d been transported
to some kind of
renaissancefair. People milled about in the street, all dressed like
they belonged on the set of some medieval movie. Most of their faces were stained
with dirt, and they wore soiled clothing. Large, wooden buildings, held
together by plaster, loomed overhead and all around him. Some had signs
announcing specific trades and goods. The sweet smell of bread came from one
shop, clearly a bakery. A rotund man stood out front, arguing with an old man
who had a silvery- white beard and a long, purple cloak. He was telling the
baker that the rolls he had purchased tasted ‘day-old’ and he required a
reimbursement.
Several passersby gave Aaron odd glances. One little girl
with a group of women dressed like nuns pointed at him and giggled. He thought
he heard her call him a buffoon, but she was quickly shushed by one of the
women and pulled into a shop.
This is so unreal.
Aaron couldn’t figure out what had happened.
How did I get
here? Who are these people?
Aaron waited for someone to jump out and yell, “Surprise,
you’re on camera!”
It never happened.
The seconds drew on like hours, and Aaron stood unmoving
like a statue in the middle of the dirt road. The sweet smell from the bakery
was drowned by the stench of a sweaty mule pulling a cart packed full with what
had to be manure. The wind blew and the wafting smell of poo filled Aaron’s nose.
He coughed and tried to cover the reek with his shirt.
“Witchcraft! Witchcraft, I say!”
Aaron turned around to see a middle-aged woman with only
three teeth shouting hysterically. She pointed directly at him. He looked over
his shoulder to ensure no green-skinned, broom-commandeering, warty-faced lady
in black stood beside him. There wasn’t anyone there. The noise on the street
stopped dead except for the woman. She grabbed a small wooden crate from a cart
filled with fresh flowers and stood on it. “Fetch the constable! Don’t let him
get away, or he’ll set a curse on our town.”
Five large men formed a group behind the woman and advanced
toward Aaron. He didn’t know what to do.
Where to Find The Stone of Valhalla:
Exclusive price for the eBook
release is just $2.99! (List Price: $4.99)
And only $9.99 for the paperback!(List Price: $12.99)
On April 12th
2014 the price will return to the List Price
Another special offer:

During The Stone of Valhalla Blog
Tour

Mikey’s other great middle-grade eBooks will also be set to the low
price of just $0.99!
The Dream Keeper:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo
The Dreamstone:
Kindle | Nook | Kobo
You’re Invited to PARTY!!
The
online launch party will take place on Thursday, April 10th at 4pm
(MST). The party will run for 2 hours and you’re invited to drop by anytime.
The longer you stay the more chances you have of winning prizes! We have slew
of eBooks to giveaway, as well as a Stone of Valhalla necklace AND a $25 Amazon gift card! It is hosted by
LovingtheBookLaunchParty on Facebook. Just follow this link to join the event: http://goo.gl/Q2Fd3r.
What’s that? Another Party!
That’s
right! If you’re local to Utah you don’t want to miss this kickin’ party. We
are having a launch party to celebrate the release of this awesome new book. Of
course there will be plenty of giveaways there too, but what’s even better are
the guest authors! Just check out these fabulous names: J. Scott Savage, Chad
Morris, Lisa Mangum, Jenni James, Ali Cross, and many more. The Launch Party
is: Friday, April 11th from 6-9pm at The Viridian Center in West
Jordan
, Utah. Follow this link for a map: http://goo.gl/dqVc0u
About Mikey Brooks:

Mikey
is a small child masquerading as an adult. On occasion you’ll catch him dancing
the funky chicken, singing like a banshee, and pretending to have never grown
up. He is the author/illustrator of several books including the best-selling ABC Adventures: Magical Creatures
and Bean’s Dragons as well as the
middle-grade fantasy-adventure series The Dream Keeper Chronicles. His art
can be seen in many forms from picture books to full room murals. He loves to
daydream with his three daughters and explore the worlds that only the
imagination of children can create. Mikey has a BS degree in English from Utah
State University and works fulltime as a freelance illustrator, cover designer,
and author. As a member of the Emblazoners,
he is one of many authors devoted to ‘writing stories on the hearts of
children’. He is also one of the hosts of the Authors’ Think Tank
Podcast
. You can find more about him and his books at: http://www.insidemikeysworld.com/.

The Giveaways!

 

Enter the giveaway below to be entered to win one of the following
prizes:
$25 Amazon Gift Card
The Stone of Valhalla
Necklace
Autographed Paperback of The
Stone of Valhalla
Autographed 11×17 Poster

a Rafflecopter giveaway

New Beginnings: Isaiah 61 10-62 3

April 2nd, 2014

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Isaiah 61 10-62 3

In our lives, we can’t just look at a calendar and realize that a new
beginning is just four days away. How do we cope in the meantime?

In this month’s message we take a look at Isaiah 61:10-62:3 to discover what it means to be in between new beginnings and what God wants us to do during what can be a difficult time.

Scroll down to listen to the message or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety.

 

 

 

 

 

God Keeps His Promises: Exodus 12 25

March 26th, 2014

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Exodus 12 25

“It shall happen… according as he has promised….”

Exodus 12:25

Believing God keeps his promises is perhaps one of the most difficult things to do. We’ve often had others break their promises and been guilty of breaking them ourselves. However, God shouldn’t be measured by human standards. Whether we believe it or not, God does exactly as he says he will.

Moses reminds the Israelites in Exodus 12:25 “It shall happen… according as he has promised….” that God will bring them out of Egypt into a land of their own. The Passover celebration became the Israelites way of remembering that God kept his promise, not only to keep the firstborn among them safe, but also to bring them safely out of Egypt.

God’s promise to save the Israelites continued to echo through time, setting the scene for another important Passover sacrifice much later when Jesus was crucified. The sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb of God, was God’s way of continuing to keep his promise to save all his creation. In this salvation God declares his promise to be with us, to care for us, until time’s end. As he has demonstrated from Exodus 3:1 to 10:29, we can believe God does what he says he will do.

 As you read Exodus 11:1-12:42, try to remember a time in your life in which God did as he said he would do. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

Meditation Activites

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Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 11:1-12:42, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God doing what he says he’ll do.
  2. Create a collage of pictures showing your views on how what God has done in the past echoes in your own life as God continues to do as he says he will.
  3. Make some unleavened bread and share it with a friend. Discuss how God continues to do what he says he’ll do just as he did for the Israelites.

Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page or purchase your copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives.

Birthday Bash Sale!

March 9th, 2014

giftIt was 21 plus years ago this week (I’m not telling how many plus years. ;) ) that I let the world know I was here. Because I’m thankful for all the blessings in my life since that day, I’m offering all my books on Amazon and on this post at a discounted rate.

For a limited time (March 9-15) you can buy Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat for $2.99 each and Secrets of the Malkin (Amazon only) for $.99. Scroll down to purchase the epub and pdf versions of Apprentice Cat and Journeyman Cat.

If you’ve signed up for my newsletter, you’ll receive a special thank you gift that you can download for free. If you haven’t signed up, it’s not too late. You have until 12:01 a.m. CST March 16 to sign up and receive your free thank you gift to help me celebrate my birthday.
Here’s to another exciting and productive year!

 

 

 

Journeyman Cat

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Despite the war, despite that everyone else says he’s dead, Journeyman Toby continues to search for his father with the help of his human partner. When what promised tobe another dead-end lead turns into something more, Toby pounces on the possibility like only a talking magical cat can. However, his questions regarding the secret goings-on of a local temple catches the attention of a mysterious cat whose sole ambition is to enslave the human race.

His supervisor orders the young tom to leave his informal investigation alone or be dismissed from the Office of Kingdom Guardianship. Even though he yearns to find his father, Toby obeys because it would mean taking away the one thing his partner cherishes: his position in the OKG. He follows orders, that is, until someone connected with the temple kills someone he loves.

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Apprentice Cat

Toby is a young tom who dreams of becoming an apprentice cat, a feline partnered with an apprentice human mage, at the King’s Academy of Mages. When he is partnered with Lorn Ribaldy, the nephew of known traitor Master Hecktor Ribaldy, he learns his dreams are in jeopardy. There are those who want to keep undesirables out and that includes Lorn and anyone associated with him.

In a meeting with Head Master Cat Meredith and Head Master Mage Jalen, Toby and Lorn are offered a way to change their status from provisional to permanent: find out why Toby’s father disappeared during a standard recon mission for the High Council.

Now all they have to do is keep up with their homework and survive a little espionage.

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God Is Powerful: Exodus 7 17

February 26th, 2014

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Exodus 7 17

“Thus says Yaweh, ‘In this you shall know that I am Yaweh.’”

Exodus 7:17

We have heard and read about the miracles God has performed both in the Bible and in modern times. Most of those miracles were obvious demonstrations of God’s power. However, the power of God comes in all shapes and sizes from the miraculous healing of a terminally ill patient to the blessing of a gentle breeze on a hot summer day.

On a clear night, one can view the power of God in the stars either by the naked eye or by use of a telescope. NASA satellites have sent back amazing photos of galaxies in various formations from spirals that resemble a child’s pinwheel to irregular shapes that look like nothing else.

God’s miraculous power can even be observed in the smallest ant carrying a leaf to its colony and in the ability of a child’s cry to move the heart of an adult to soothe the child. The power of God is everywhere, visible to anyone who chooses to see it.

However, because God granted humans free will, we can decide to see God’s power or to turn away as Pharaoh did. Eventually, though, God makes it clear that it is God who is in control as he has Moses say to Pharaoh in Exodus 7:17, “Thus says Yahweh, ‘In this you shall know that I am Yahweh.’”

As you read Exodus 7:1-10:29, try to remember a time in your life in which God revealed his power. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

Meditation Activites

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Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image of a pinwheel galaxy means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 7:1-10:29, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture of the pinwheel galaxy and its relationship to God’s power.
  2. Create a pinwheel and give it to a friend going through a tough time. Describe your thoughts on how the pinwheel demonstrates God’s power in our lives.
  3. Choose a clear night to gaze at the stars. Let God know how you feel about his power and its influence on your life.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page or purchase your copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives.

Upon Review: Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

February 13th, 2014

I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

 

Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones

 
Five Cup
 

How does an author best get book reviews? What of interviews, blogs and social media? How can a new author expect to be seen while crowding the lane with other authors of his/her genre?

Marketing Your Book on a Budget is tiny for a reason; any author can afford it. But be prepared for the endless information enclosed. You’ll never wonder again about the best ways to speak up about your book, get free advertising, or learn why postcards can help you get the word out faster and easier than any other way.

Plus, once you have downloaded the Kindle version, expect yearly updates for FREE. Just contact us to register via the email at the end of the book. Never be in the dark again when it comes to marketing your book. See what little or no money will really attract!

The Good…

The ideas are simple and easy to implement in the small amount of time most authors have between writing and editing. While a few are the same techniques preached over and over, there are many I found new and creative.

Not only are there a multitude of great ideas to use, there are a number of resources listed that the reader may not be aware of. This is so much better than some of the other books out there that tell you to find out where your readers are, but don’t give you a clue where to start looking.

The Not-so-good…

To be honest, I didn’t find anything I didn’t like about this book, except maybe that it was shorter than I would have liked. However, the simple fact that it is a short book makes it great for quick references.

The Overall…

I would recommend Marketing Your Book On A Budget by Kathryn Elizabeth Jones for any writer looking for a quick reference guide with fresh ideas.

Upon Review: The Dream Keeper (The Dream Keeper Chronicles) by Mikey Brooks

February 12th, 2014

I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

 

The Dream Keeper (The Dream Keeper Chronicles) by Mikey Brooks

Five Cup Must Read

 

 

Dreams: Dorothy called it Oz, Alice called it Wonderland, but Nightmares call it HOME.

When an evil shifter takes over the gateway to the realm of Dreams, it falls to 14-year-olds Parker and Kaelyn to stop him. Their only hope lies with Gladamyr, the Dream Keeper, but can they trust a Nightmare to save their world?

The Good…

From the start, I was drawn into the lives of Kaelyn and Parker, remembering what it was like to feel like an outsider in junior high. The characters are realistically written, colorful and easily remembered. Information leading to Fyren’s end was subtly woven throughout the story in such a way as to be obvious only after the fact. And what good story doesn’t have a hero’s sacrifice? This one was both obviously necessary and beautifully written. Added to those well-written details was the weaving in of the next book’s story, making the final chapter a satisfying cliff hanger with just the right amount of closure mixed with teaser.

The Not-so-good…

A few of the dreamlings seemed like over-the-top caricatures or thrown together after thoughts. However, dreams seldom make sense and are products of our vivid imaginations, so I suppose it would be natural that some of the characters would be outrageous stereotypes and others would be not quite solid in their description. Keeping that in mind, the comic-like descriptions of those few wasn’t a deal breaker for me.

The Overall…

I would highly recommend The Dream Keeper (The Dream Keeper Chronicles) by Mikey Brooks to middle graders and adults who enjoy well written flights of fancy.

The Dirty Little Penny: Luke 15 11-32

February 5th, 2014

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Luke 15 11-32

Wonder how God really sees you? Think your life doesn’t count for anything?

In this month’s message we take a look at Luke 15: 11-32 to get a glimpse at how important God thinks we are as we dig into the story of the prodigal son as it relates to the humble penny.

Scroll down to listen to the message under the picture of the penny or click on the pdf download link to read it in its entirety.

 

 

 

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God Is With Us: Exodus 3 12

January 28th, 2014

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Exodus 3 12

“[God] said, ‘Certainly I will be with you.’”
Exodus 3:12

Have you ever watched the latest news cast and wondered, “Where is God in all this?” Have you ever sat under the stars, feeling smaller than the smallest ant, and thought, “Is God out there somewhere?” Have you ever asked: “Does God see me?” “Does God hear me?” “Does God care about me?”

Yes. God cares about each of us. God sees us better than Santa Claus and hears us better than the wolf in Grandma’s clothes. In fact, as Moses discovered from the burning bush, God is always with us. Even so, we often do not see God in the midst of our lives. Sometimes we see the evidence of God’s care much later. Sometimes we struggle to see that evidence and never find it, but it is there.

As much as we might like for God to announce his presence from a burning bush, or even from a candle flame, God often chooses not to for reasons we may not understand. Yet God promises to be with us. In fact, he says just that to Moses in Exodus 3:12: “[God] said, “Certainly I will be with you.’”

There have been a multitude of writers, poets, artists, photographers, philosophers and regular Joe’s who have tried to capture God’s answer to Moses in a variety of forms. Perhaps one of the most famous attempts at depicting God with us is Mary Stevenson Zangare’s poem “Footprints in the Sand” in which she tells of dreaming about a walk on the beach. When she looked back at the footprints she noticed sometimes there were two sets and sometimes one. When she asked about the reasoning behind the single sets, sets through some of the worst times of her life, she is answered that those were times when God carried her. The poem is a beautiful reminder of God’s promise to be with us at all times.

As you read Exodus 3:1-4:22, try to remember a time in your life in which God called you to do something new and, perhaps, frightening. Then, download the Questions and Reflections and take some time to work through them before engaging in the Meditation Activities below.

 

Meditation Activites

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Find a quiet place, preferably in nature, and take ten to 20 minutes to contemplate what the above image means to you as it relates to the reading of Exodus 3:1-4:17, then choose as many of the following suggestions as you would like to express your thoughts and feelings outwardly.

  1. In your journal, write a free-flow of thoughts and descriptive images as they come to you regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  2. Using play dough, clay or some other medium create a 3-D sculpture that captures your overall feelings and thoughts of the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  3. Tell a friend, or God, about your thoughts and feelings concerning the picture and its relationship to God being with you.
  4. Decide on your own creative way to express your feelings and thoughts regarding the picture and its relationship to God being with you.

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For more non-fiction work, including Bible studies, check out my Non-Fiction page or purchase your copy of Fear Not! Discovering God’s Promises For Our Lives.

Upon Review: Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom

January 15th, 2014

I love to curl up with a nice, steaming cup of tea and a free book to review. In fact I subscribe to three book review sites: Book CrashBook Rooster and The Bookplex just so I can indulge in my favorite leisure activity. What’s even better is when an author contacts me for a review. If you’re an author looking for someone to review your book or short story, check out my Request a Review page.

Because I like to share the great reads I’ve found (and warn readers of the not-so-great finds), I developed a system:

  • One cup — worse than a cup of luke warm black pekoe
  • Two cups — it may be hot, but you’ll need plenty of sweetener just to tolerate it
  • Three cups — it’s not my favorite, but it beats going without
  • Four cups — nice and hot and only needs a smidge of sweetener to be perfect
  • Five cups — loose leaf vanilla Earl Grey, yummy

Sometimes a book or story doesn’t warrant a five cup rating, but it’s so good it can’t be missed. For those I include the “Must Read” starburst in front of the cup rating. You’ll find my cup rating above the picture of the cover. Enjoy!

 

Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom

Four Cup

 

 

“Not my iPod!” yells Jeremy Lapoint as his day plunges to record lows when Sid Lundahl and his crew stomp on the only nice thing he owns, and Jeremy gets in trouble for fighting. With Dad in prison and Mom struggling to scrape by, Jeremy’s life seems hopeless. 

Until he has this urge to . . . fly. 

One leap and Jeremy soars through the air: with this and his other newfound powers, life is suddenly amazing and wonderful—until—a real-live demon chases him through the school hallways, terrifying him, and making him a freak to his schoolmates. Because Jeremy is the only one who can see the monster, he wonders if being able to fly is worth it. 

As Jeremy tries to fight off demons, he is relieved to get help from Asiel, his guardian angel, who wields his sword and fiercely comes to his defense. Asiel explains that Jeremy is a Nephilim—half human and half angel. After his initial shock, Jeremy’s quest to uncover how he got like this sends him to the Higher Humanity Institute where he meets other Nephilim like him along with a slew of friends and enemies —both human and not. 

In the midst of his strange and dangerous struggles, Jeremy also receives the peace and love he has always longed for but never knew. When called to lead an angelic battle for the truth, Jeremy must decide whether or not he will cling to the one who can win the war or let his old doubts and fears overtake him. 

Fun, danger, friendship, mystery, and faith fill the pages of this exciting book about angels and demons. This is a must-read for kids (and grown-ups) craving adventure with a life-changing message.

“To the Lord of Hosts!”

The Good…

This book struck me as very similar to Frank Perretti’s Piercing the Darkness only with middle graders instead of adults. Since that is one of my all time favorite books, I was excited to see the appearance of angels and demons in the story.

When Jeremy finally decides to take up the call to arms, his heroism is unquestionable. I also enjoyed the turnabouts of several of the characters, some we think are bad choosing good and vice versa.

There was excellent use of scripture throughout the book without dipping into preachiness, something that is very difficult to do. I particularly enjoyed Jeremy’s thoughts at the very end on what the birth of Christ must have been like.

***Spoiler Alert***

The fact that Prouse got away with File Number Twelve makes it quite clear the story will continue. I’ve read some books that try to twist the end so that the bad guy gets away, but it’s done in such a way that it turns out laughable. That’s not the case here. We are left hungry for the next story to see if Jeremy and his group of Nephilim will be able to find the woman and retrieve the file.

The Not-so-good…

The story beginning was a bit more abrupt than I prefer. I think I would have enjoyed it better if Jeremy had discovered his new abilities slowly, rather than making the jump from super strength to flying in a single day. In many ways, his first discoveries reminded me of Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spiderman movie, only without as much build up of “normal world” first.

The descriptions of the demons were a bit comical, as opposed to scary like in Perretti’s book, which disappointed me a little.

Also, while I enjoyed Jeremy’s views on the birth of Christ, it felt a tacked on rather than an integral part of the story.

***Spoiler Alert***

The sudden reappearance of Asiel after he was supposedly killed felt like a cheat, as if the author was afraid to deal with the issue of death. We are told that angels and demons can kill each other, but then Asiel is resurrected. While that does fit into Christian resurrection theology, I don’t feel it was set up very well in the story. Up until the moment Asiel reappears, there’s no mention of possible resurrection.

The Overall…

I believe Children of Angels by Kathryn Dahlstrom is a great adventure for middle grade readers and a nice light read for adults.