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Beyond the Gloesmur

by Kathleen E. Deisher
Series: The Gloesmur Scrolls #1
269 pages, Fantasy
Reviewed by Jeanne

Good read with good theological foundations.

Plot

The 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.

Morality

The 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 Content

The 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.

Violence

There 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 Content

Some 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.

Sexual Content

None.

Crude or Profane Language or Content

None.

Conclusion

The 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.

Fun Score: 4.5
Values Score: 4.5
Written for Age: 13+

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