Tuesday, April 1, 2008

F.I.R.S.T. presents Ryann Watters and the King's Sword by Eric Reinhold

Alright folks, I’ll admit it – I’m a finicky reader! One minute I’m telling you I can’t read fantasy and the next minute I like it. I have finally decided what makes the difference…I have to have a real world reference point! If my 21st century characters go into another world and their points of reference and understanding are based on my 21st century world – I can follow the story. BUT, if it’s a created world with created beings….I get all muddle headed and give up.

That said, Ryann Watters and the King’s Sword falls into a category that I can understand! I have given it a quick read, and it’s not bad. I had my oldest son read it, but he’s kind of out of the target age range. I trust his judgment though, and he said it was a good book, but lacking in action until the end. Now that I’ve read it, I understand his viewpoint, but considering the age this is intended for, this is a really good read! If your child enjoys the wonder of a fantasy world and you want peace of mind that the story is not based in some kind of dark magic type of stuff, then this is going to be just what you’ve been looking for!

Eric Reinhold takes everyday kids – in this case 6th graders - and has them experience some supernatural things based on Scriptural truths. Ryann Watters is given a task from the angel Gabriel along with some tools to help him accomplish said task. He has to test his own faith and learn to ask for God’s wisdom to figure out each step in the adventure, and he brings his two closest friends along for the ride. In the meantime, a dark angel has visited another child – Drake – and has set him out to thwart Ryann’s success. The story is built around solid spiritual truths, and it is Scripture that unlocks the wisdom needed to complete the task assigned.

Basically, Eric Reinhold takes foundational Bible truth and sets it in a fantasy story that younger kids will enjoy. The only thing that I really thought was dorky was that he had Gabriel speaking in thee’s and thou’s, and that came across kind of strange. Otherwise, you’ve got talking animals, dwarves and all kinds of other things that will really appeal to children while teaching them to trust God even amid circumstances that are frustrating or that try our patience.

I’ve already shared this book with another friend who has a 10-year-old avid reader at home, so I hope you will consider this for the “tweeners” in your life! Our children need good things to read, and this book certainly helps to set the standard! Check out the site for this wonderful tale, and pick up a copy today!




Eric J. Reinhold is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. The former Naval officer writes extensively for a variety of national financial publications in his position as a Certified Financial Planner® and President of Academy Wealth Management. His passion for writing a youth fantasy novel was fueled by nightly impromptu storytelling to his children and actively serving in the middle and high school programs at First Baptist Sweetwater Church in Longwood, Florida.

1 comment:

M. C. Pearson said...

Thanks for posting and for the review! :-D