Beyond the Gloesmurby Kathleen E. Deisher
Series: The Gloesmur Scrolls #1
269 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jeanne
Good read with good theological foundations.
PlotThe pampered Princess Jondalyn is taken from her world by a flying horse and sent by the Lord Iyahsu with a stable boy, a prince, and a lord on a mission to recover the Belt of Truth from the Dark Lord Shed.
MoralityThe good and the evil are very finely separated from each other throughout the story. Jondalyn's character matures, and the other characters are basically embodiments of virtues.
Spiritual ContentThe story is based on a strong Christian foundation, and is in some ways an allegory. There are no mixtures of other beliefs; the antagonists of the story work openly to oppose Iyahsu. Scripture is quoted in places and its ideals are enforced.
ViolenceThere are battles scattered throughout the story, though none are very graphic. One character is wounded in the arm, and flying horses are not well treated by Shed and his cohorts.
Drug and Alcohol ContentSome of the evil creatures are referred to as being drunk or given sleeping drugs towards the end of the story. Otherwise, there are some mentions of wine.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone.
ConclusionThe Christian parallels in this story are excellent and the character development good, especially that of the Princess Jondalyn. The ending of the tale was satisfactory and leaves the reader wanting to hear more about the land beyond the Gloesmur. The style is simple, and the story is probably best for younger readers - something not always found in contemporary fantasy stories.
|Written for Age:||13+|
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