Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Book Review & Giveaway – Venom and Song By Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper

I had the opportunity to review Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper. This is the second book in the Berinfell Prophecies series.

Venom and Song

{From the publisher:

Now in the strange realm of Allyra, the Seven young lords confront a traitor in their midst, a creature-infested forest, teenage fears and doubts, inexplicable mysteries . . . and the Spider King himself.

In a rigorous training program that makes boot camp look like Disneyland, the Seven must quickly learn to harness their own powers, work as one, and elude the Spider King's spies. But as the ancient Berinfell Prophecies are revealed, the Seven soon discover their training might not be enough. To stop the Spider King they must also unravel the secrets of the Rainsong, travel to a creepy, trap-infested fortress to find the legendary keystone, and lead the Berinfell Elves in an attack on the Spider King's own turf. An epic adventure with powerful messages about true strength, forgiveness, and working together as one body that will grab the attention of intermediate readers.

Learn more about The Berinfell Prophecies at www.heedtheprophecies.com.}

When I got this book in the mail, I simply couldn’t start in the middle, so I actually got the first book in the series, Curse of the Spider King, from the library and read that first.

The series is young adult fiction, and reads like it. The story is engaging and fun. It was a little challenging to keep up with all the characters at first, but as the story went along and each character developed more, it became easier. I have read a ton of fiction similar to this that was not “Christian”, so I thoroughly enjoyed that aspect of this series. It is still fantasy, but God and his Word are central to the beliefs of the elven race in the books. The writing is not as tight as I have read with some other books, but still very enjoyable, especially for the target audience of young adults. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book, this series, and am looking forward to another book in the series.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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5 comments:

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

You can never have too many books. Especially fantasy.

I'm already a follower! :)

Perhaps after I get a book published, I'll give you a copy to give away!

Eileen Rhoadarmer said...

I blogged about your giveaway today, at this address:

http://sciencefictionmommy.blogspot.com/2010/08/fantasy-book-giveaway.html

And I forgot to tell you a book I read recently in my first post. I'm very behind on reading, but I finally read On Writing by Stephen King. It was actually the first thing I've read by him (I'm not big into horror) but it was really interesting to see another writer's take on life, and on writing.

Cheers!

mom2girls said...

I follow on GFC, the book I have most enjoyed recently is The White Queen by Phillipa Gregory - she is by far my favorite writter right now, the other great one I have read - though it is DEEP is A Star Like Henry by Roddy Doyle.
tracyschultz@yahoo.com

Seth said...

I just followed and would like to be interviewed. Have you read anything else by the authors?

Seth said...

Haha. Looking back at this now I feel so stupid lol. Interviewed? No. entered

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