CSFFBT- Faery Rebels- Spell Hunter, by RJ Anderson

So I’d like to tell you this post is late because we had a baby in December and my wife had her gallbladder out in February.  But then you might wonder why she did 3 posts all on time, and I didn’t.  Well, I’ll tell you why.  Because she’s amazing.  And now I’m left with no excuse.  Anyhow, here’s my post.

I had a hard time trying to figure out what I was going to write.  I very much liked the book, but something major seemed absent to me and I wasn’t exactly sure why it was absent.  The makings for it are present, which left me spinning my wheels to figure out how to state my thoughts.

First, as I said, I very much liked the book.  I finished it in 2 readings.  It’s an easy read with fewer words per page, definitely good for a younger audience.  I’m not a big fan of faeries, though I did do a graffiti piece of a faery for my niece Calista…

But even still, I’m a sucker for fantasy fiction so I found myself engaged.  The place of faeries in the world that RJ Anderson put together seemed like a very good one to me.  It seemed to me that there would be a hard-hitting spiritual truth laid out as a result of this relationship between faeries and humans.  But it never came.  That’s not to say the relationship didn’t bring something to the table, it provided for a solid picture of love and self-sacrifice.

Still, I was left hanging in a spiritual sense.  The truth of love didn’t seem to transcend into a spiritual reality that’s more potent than simply something of this world.  I know there’s material in the book to do so with, but I can’t deny the fact that I don’t feel any real spiritual impact.  So as far as this book being a Christian one… it certainly can entertain without offending a Christian world view, it just doesn’t do much to engage the reader on a spiritual level.  It’s too bad too, because the unique world setting RJ Anderson created is perfect for a strong spiritual experience in an area that’s often overlooked.  Maybe we’ll see this potential tapped by her in the future.

All that said, the story is a good one.  The characters were fun to discover, and I did find myself interested in the fate of a few of them.  The plot twists, while not epic, were entertaining.  The world setting, as I said, is a deep pool eager to be tapped.

Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter is a fun book that will not only entertain young readers, but one that will likely create long term fans of the main character.  Young readers, especially girls, will likely swoop up any future installments in the life of Knife.  The book is a wholesome one, though R.J. Anderson wasn’t afraid to show a bit of grit in the process.  It works well.

You can pick up Faery Rebels: Spell Hunter, by R.J. Anderson, at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/006155474X

For those who want to follow R.J. Anderson, here’s a few links:

Author Web site – http://www.rj-anderson.com/
Author blog – http://rj-anderson.livejournal.com/
Twitter – http://twitter.com/rj_anderson

And to see what others from the Christian Sci-Fi Fantasy Blog Tour (CSFFBT) had to say, check out their blogs at the following links:
Sally Apokedak
Brandon Barr
Amy Browning
Melissa Carswell
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
April Erwin
Timothy Hicks
Jason Isbell
Becky Jesse
Cris Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Dawn King
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Crista Richey
Chawna Schroeder
Andrea Schultz
James Somers
Steve Trower
Fred Warren
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher

In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.”