This month’s CSFFBT book is “Curse of the Spider King”, book one of “The Berinfell Prophecies” series. It is written by Wayne Thomas Batson & Christopher Hopper.
My first impression when seeing the title & target audience was that it was going to be a good book, but not super impressive. So I wasn’t as excited about reading it as I was with other books.
Then the book arrived. I was immediately impressed (extremely impressed) with the look, feel and quality of the hardcover edition I received. Thomas Nelson knows how to make their authors look good! The fact that there’s so much forest green on the cover helped to, since it’s my favorite color (I have a feeling that if God has a favorite color it’s green too).
So with my hopes lifted up I began the book. Then… my hopes started dropping again fast. The first chapter or so just didn’t seem well done. I thought “Well, at least now I know my book will have absolutely no problem getting published with Thomas Nelson!” Then I thought, “One of the authors is obviously not meant to write a book, but maybe the other author will be better.” So I read on, and sure enough when there was a shift in the book (seeming to be a switch in writers) the book got WAY better. I was hooked! But then I realized it was going to shift back to the other author…
Well, it was at that point I realized that Thomas Nelson found a winner in this duo of writers. The novel took off and never looked back. Maybe the beginning was just rushed, or the maybe the editor wasn’t as focused on it. Whatever the case, I devoured the rest of the book faster than anything I’ve read before. Both authors did an amazing job!
At the end of it all I was saddened for two reasons:
1-the book was over and the next one isn’t out yet…
2-my hopes of an easy publishing contract were flushed away, it was back to a competitive market.
One thing that still puzzles me is how satisfied I was with the entirety of the work. Once I finished it I felt that it was basically an introduction, and a thinned-out one at that. Yet it stands alone very well. I will say that it left me salivating for the next one in the series, but if this was the end of it all I’d be ok with that. I’m not sure how they pulled it off, maybe it’s because they did an excellent job of laying the foundations for a new world to enjoy. I’m a sucker for a well-built reality in fiction and in gaming. However it was accomplished, well done Wayne & Christopher!
The target audience is definitely young adults, though I don’t think there’s an upper age limit on who will like it.
In regards to the spiritual aspect of the book, I think they did a good job there too. There were no life altering spiritual depths (that I can recall), but truths of God were solidly built upon. I believe God is honored by the novel.
Curse of the Spider King is a must have for those who love fantasy and adventure, and I imagine that the whole “The Berinfell Prophecies” series will be quite the collection. Pick it up, read it with your kids, your spouse, or by yourself. Whatever you do with it, if you read it you’ll probably tell others to check it out.
Thanks Wayne Thomas Batson & Christopher Hopper for this book, and thanks ahead of time for the rest of the series!
You can dive deeper into the Berinfell Prophecies at www.heedtheprophecies.com
Pick up your own copy at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1400315050
Other members of the tour have written about the book on the following pages:
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Todd Michael Greene
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte