This is not the story of a little girl always looking back in the past or fearful of the unknown chasing her. Makilien is an intriguing wonderful heroine. She is very realistic within the context of dragons, trolls, elves, and so on. From the beginning of the first book, “Truth”, she shows remarkable character—well before she discovers Truth. Even more remarkable is the fact that she is almost completely unaware of her qualities.
This is not a story about a beautiful, shrieking, young bimbo looking for adventure out of boredom. It’s about a young woman oppressed by evil in the beginning and compelled to find the Truth. When she finds it, her life is transformed; and, she does marvelous things as she is thrust into adventure. This trilogy review is a marked upgrade from my review of “Truth” a week ago—and how rare is that? I had strong assumptions that Makilien’s character would fall short of reality—as it does in this day and age. So many end like “The Staff and the Sword trilogy” by Carr (which I reviewed a month ago, panning the ending). Carr showed us a remarkably complex religious spirituality on an Old Testament level. Jaye [see below] gives us packaged truth in a form which allows us to see it from a new perspective.
The supporting cast of good guys is great fun and inspiring. Oh, that we had political leadership like this. In many ways the trilogy is about good and bad leaders. As in reality, true leaders have responsibility and authority thrust upon them. These men and women are transparent, loving, and genuine. It is fantasy as it is meant to be for Christian readers.
The spiritual reality
It is very interesting. It is a recognizable twist of Christianity without preaching or doctrine. Good and evil are openly displayed for what they are. The Truth in this trilogy is good and loving. It is not Christian or an allegory, but it will help you see what a true believer is meant to be. Yes, it’s actually edifying.
This was a trilogy that was hard to put down. Thank God, all three were available. My usual comment applies: the three books make one really good full-sized book. The whole world is wonderful. The bad guys are genuinely evil, but believably complex. In fact, the original evil ruler is a magical incarnation of the one I simply call the Creep. But, redemption is always available to people who have fallen into evil.
It’s truly rare (yet desperately needed) to find a fantasy that is inspiring and edifying. The Makilien Trilogy does it really well. You’ll like these books.
As an aside, Molly Evangeline will henceforth be known by her real name [or maybe 2nd pseudonym]: Jaye L. Knight
I’m looking for good things…