A Fire in the West brings the Christian fantasy Stonegate Series to a classic finish. This dystopian view of the US about a hundred years into the future shows what might happen after the collapse of civilization in North America. To readers of fantasy, we’re encouraged to slip into a familiar world—no magic or magical creatures. But a comfortable world has been built.
Christian fantasy Stonegate Series
After decades of recovery, the society is in some ways similar to the medieval period in Europe. There is a common language, related to English. Many of the crafts and trades found here would be familiar to our ancestors. But with the progress beyond subsistence existence, the old scourge of mankind, war, also makes a reappearance.
The affairs of humans have drastically changed, but the landscape, climate, flora, and fauna remain largely the same. Walled towns have taken the place of some of the old cities.
Fox, Harry James. A Fire in the West: Stonegate Book 3 (Kindle Locations 6062-6065). Foxware Publishing LLC. Kindle Edition.
Mr. Fox’ military background forms the spine of the tale. Coupled with his history of riding throughout the region on horseback, the whole series receives a strong tie to reality. This feeling of truth and accuracy eases the suspension of disbelief quickly.
The characters also touched me with their complexity and authenticity. The culture makes sense, and the level of civilization seems real also. The story feels a lack of intensity at times because the good results are a bit too predictable. But, hey! This remains a fantasy.
The Christianity remains religious
An intimate relationship with the Lord does not enter the tale, at all. God works powerfully at times. But, the deep knowing expected by scripture does not appear.
In addition, our spiritual enemy and his minions have no part to play. The archetypical evil Prophet remains merely a nasty guy. Though he supposedly appalls us—the concept of eternal damnation makes no appearance.
Overall, it’s a fun read, good entertainment
That’s not a bad thing. But it removes the edification for which I am always hoping. The series works for teens, though it’s a bit much for mid-school. It’s a good read.