Saturday, 5 January 2013
Judge by R.J.Larson
The last thing Kien Lantec expects on his first day of military leave is to receive marching orders from his Creator, the Infitine. Orders that don't involve destroyer-racing or courting the love of his life, Ela. Adding to Kien's frustration, his Infinite-ordained duties have little to do with his skills as a military judge-in-training. His mission? To warn the people of ToronSea against turning their backs on the Infinite to worship a new goddess.
Tell them I see they are beguiled. Tell them I seek their hearts. The wise will hear Me.
But why Kien? Isn't this the role of a true prophet, such as Ela of Parne? Seeking answers, Kien visits Ela and finds her stricken by a devastating vision of her own. Her birthplace, Parne, has forsaken their Creator and will soon suffer judgement. Pulled in separate ways, each must seek to follow the Infinite's leading ... and hope He will reunite them again soon.
Child of dust, will you be My servant?
Review: The sequel 'Judge' is just as good, if not better, than the first book in this series, 'Prophet'. Judge is witty, pearled with sparks of humor from the loveable monsters, the 'Destroyers', sprinkled with the slowly growing love between Ela and Kien, and filled with the unashamed and powerful will of the Infitine.
R.J Larson has it right when she writes about the Infitine (our Lord). The passion that she has for God is so clear in her writing. As you read her books, you want to be like Ela. You want to have the love and devotion that she has. You feel to the very depths of your bones that our God is worth every sacrifice and that he is worth your utter and complete devotion. Judge makes me want to live, with everything I have, for God. Larson just paints such a vivid picture of what a true Christ-follower should look like.
In addition to being a huge inspiration, this book is a great story. Parne, Ela's birthplace, has taken to following false-gods and mining poisonous ores. At the Infinite's command, Ela returns to Parne only to face the fierce hatred of the people she judged on behalf of the Infinite years ago. Tormented and beaten, Ela's path is wrought with difficulty and danger but her devotion to the Infinite never fails.
While Ela is struggling in Parne, Kien is having his own set of difficulties as the Infinite sends him to ToronSea to minister to the people there. When he arrives and sees the lecherous, sorrid state of the citizens there, Kien's reaction brings on the full wrath of the Infinite ...
This is a great book and I really enjoyed reading it. As a side comment, I also I love the covers on these series - they really do the books justice.
"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group"