Saturday, October 7, 2017

Aveza of the Ercanhelm {Review}




{Author Bio}

Rebekah DeVall is the author of "When Your Melody Fades" and many more upcoming Christian fantasy books. Find her on Facebook or her blog.



{Book Blurb}

Aveza Kenlin is no classic princess. A harsh childhood leads her to join the Ercanhelm, the underground religious organization dedicated to removing her stepfather, Hagan, from the throne. Though she hides her identity from the Ercanhelm for ten years, her missions take her closer to the palace. Rumors of her true identity spread. If the Ercanhelm discover the truth, they will kill her. If Hagan discovers her, living within his city, allied with the Ercanhelm, he will kill them all. Both paths lead to death, yet Aveza cannot speak the truth, plead shelter from one or the other. How much is she willing to give for the cause? Can the truth set her free?




{Review}

I've known Rebekah's work tends towards heart-wrenching, throw-the-book-at-the-wall-and-curl-up-in-a-corner-and-cry, so I was prepared for Aveza of the Ercanhelm.

Or so I thought.

I wasn't prepared for the ending, let's put it that way. No spoilers.

I haven't found many Christian-fantasy books that deal with what-happens-after. So many of them deal with the redemption arc, and with salvation and grace. Aveza of the Ercanhelm is a what-happens-after book. Because yes, a perfect grace saved us. But we are still humans and sh*t still happens. Aveza of the Ercanhelm presented a view on it that I haven't met very many places, where sometimes the happily ever after isn't what we wanted, where sometimes you do the hard thing because it is the only thing. Where sometimes an all loving God loves you enough to ask you to give it up for him.

Aveza of the Ercanhelm was vivid, strong, and painfully real.

(Aveza of the Ercanhelm contains threads of abuse, that while not detailed, are definitely suggested. Recommended for 16+.)