Christian mid-school fantasy review: Liza’s Avenger by Erin Burnett
For a first full novel by a Northern Irish young woman, Liza’s Avenger is a very good book. In places, it’s quite thin & plain. But that is common with mid-school books.
However, you quickly become involved with the story, and it’s a good one even though the plot is very familiar. Here’s the blurb:
Hikari once lived an idyllic life in the far-reaches of the Maysea Continent, but when her sister Liza is killed by the mysterious Kellua race everything changes. She is plunged into a perilous journey filled with epic battles, life or death situations and new friends that share her determination to stop the Kelluas. However, will destroying her enemies really bring her peace?
Hikari must decide what is best: revenge or reconciliation.
A Christian novel for children and younger teenagers.
The characters are almost entirely very young and have personalities to match. However, their character is far better than average.
The world building is sufficient and consistent. This is not a mesmerizing new world to be explored, but it’s a solid and intriguing backdrop to the tale.
The spiritual level is a solid 4-stars
It’s the basic evangelical assumptions. The Christianity is constant and for a non-believer, in your face. But it is handled well, even though character development is at the level of a young person. This is as it should be in a book like this.
So, I can easily recommend this for your pre-teens and teenagers. I would be comfortable reading this book to my six-year-old granddaughter, so I could answer questions as I go. It’s a clean, fun read. The violence is not gratuitous or gory. There’s a bit of romance casually tossed in at the end, but it is clean and uplifting.
I was given a free copy of the book to review. The opinions are my own. I wouldn’t hesitate to buy it.