Saturday, August 31, 2013

Memory's Door

When I requested this book, I didn’t realize that it was the second in a series.  However, I managed to follow the characters and events fairly well.
Spiritual warfare is a difficult genre to write because of the fine line between speculation and accurate doctrine.   Since I have not studied the topic in any depth—and as a Baptist, I tend to be wary of such claims—I can only offer my opinion based on gut feelings. 
As fiction,  Memory’s Door  is interesting. As doctrine…that’s where things get fuzzy. The “opposing side” was realistically portrayed—they were given enough points to be sympathetic, but enough flaws to be realistic opponents.  However, I’m not so sure the protagonists were accurate in their theology.   I can’t point out any particular flaws, but the general nature of fiction, especially speculative fiction, makes it hard to separate the two.
Perhaps I’d understand the theology better if I’d read the previous book. However, I did think that the showdown at the end of the book is well-written and plays with the reader’s expectations. While I was genre-savvy enough to recognize the trap,  it was still a believable threat.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review from Thomas Nelson’s booksneeze program.

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