This is a very intriguing and enjoyable Christian high fantasy leaning toward the heroic. The level of spirituality is Old Testament with potential self-chosen spiritual life change possible—though not common. A relationship with God is virtually unheard of among man but the core of the fay world with which man is intertwined. The world is divided between the half in bondage and slavery to evil and the half seemingly free to make their way toward good and freedom. The fay are immortals placed on the world to make their choice between serving self and power or serving the Eternal.
Mainly, this is an intriguing, exciting epic adventure about finding freedom
It is a typical American venture, in other words. It is saved by wonderful characters—both evil and good. The three main characters, Keiran, Caél, and Jarmith, are very different from each other and all wonderful heroes in their own right. The bad guys are extremely evil immortal slavemasters governing their underlings as worthless slaves controlled by fear. Needless to say, the good guys seek to be free of the bad guys—but they want to take all their people with them into freedom.
I missed strong female leads. There really aren’t any, though there are a couple very nice, strong women in the book. This is a manly book, written by a woman, which gives us a different look at the more normal testosterone-driven world of leadership and warriors. These are men it is easy to admire. Even the bad guys are more driven by fear than evil. Only the evil fay leadership is shown as truly evil—consciously denying and rebelling against their creator.
Spiritually, there’s not a lot here
But the tale is a solid joy you should read if you like epic fantasy at all. There’s very little romance. This is about a fight to the death for freedom. Read it!