Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Seed: A True Myth By Erik Guzman

I received this book from Litfuse Publicity for no charge in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.

Book Description:

Young Madeline and Roark are desperately running from the shadow that destroyed their home and is threatening their lives. One day, they encounter Tatus, an older man who has sworn to avenge the death of his family at the hands of the shadow, and they form an alliance with him. Tatus promises that he can keep them safe from the shadow if they will help him build a fortress. So they build.
But as fortress-building consumes their lives, Madeline and Roark are increasingly filled with anger and fear, and an unseen evil threatens to ultimately destroy them. When they finally face the shadow, he presents them with an unthinkable offer that will reveal shocking secrets of the forgotten past, the unseen present, and the unimaginable future.
We've all had the feeling that something's not quite right with our lives. It's bigger than any specific failure or disappointment. It's bigger than any person. No matter what you achieve or how much you drink or sleep, you can't shake it. It haunts you-night and day-and propels you to do something. So you build. You build and build the maze that is your exhausting life. Sound vaguely familiar?
The Seed: A True Myth is a journey into the personal labyrinths we create to protect ourselves and those we love from the pain of living in a broken world. Guzman's "true myth" takes the reader on an unforgettable journey that is, in essence, the grand narrative of God's redemptive work in the world. This page-turning Christian fantasy tale is packed with mystery and drama, and readers will feel the weight and power of redemption as they journey alongside Guzman's characters in their epic battle. The Seed deftly communicates the heart of Trinitarian theology through story-without using theological language or Christian terms-and reinforces biblical themes such as God's character and man's true identity and calling.

My Thoughts:

The Seed: A True Myth is the first book from Erik Guzman I have had the pleasure of reading. The Seed is the retelling of the creation story in the bible and it is a very neat and unique retelling.  This book really leaves you thinking about redemption and our own struggles. I will admit in the beginning I had a hard time getting into the book, found myself confused by characters but once I got further into the story I got into the story. The characters are very well written and highly developed through the story. I equally enjoyed all the characters. As they faced the shadow, they had big decisions to make about their lives, between good and evil. This story really gives the reader a lot to think about, about their past and how they will decide to move forward. Erik Guzman found a unique and thought provoking way to retell this bible story that really speaks to anyone who reads it. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Fantasy/Myth and authors like C.S. Lewis. You will not be disappointed. I give this book 4 STARS.

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