“Shadow Hand” by Anne Elisabeth Stengl

This story…a story of blood and love, reaches me on a spiritual level that no sermon or book on how to be spiritual ever could. Only in such a fantastical world can one reach the edges of understanding our fantastic God.

Though the story of itself is good and well-written, it is the quality of True Reality within the fantastical that makes this book and series great. The reality of our natures as human beings, our frailties and fears, our vulnerability and how we hide it, are all unmasked through the characters decisions and internal musings. And, as ever, there is the One who has many names and many forms, but who is ever true to His nature and ever faithful to His children. One, who puts a Path before us, woos us, and yet gives us the choice whether to follow or not. I have never read a more moving portrayal of our Lord and Savior: of His pursuit of us and of His care for us.

This story will lift not only its characters from the grip of the mundane, but its readers as well. I hope you will take the time to read this excellent book. I am eager to see more in this series: there are still gaps in the time line that I’d like to see filled. I love how she brings characters and events from the other novels together to make a coherent whole. And while it is not always easy to figure out where exactly in time you are, you’ll always have the sense that things are happening for a purpose…and will read to the end to find out what that Purpose is.

Thank you to NetGalley ( https://www.netgalley.com/) and Bethany House for providing me with a copy of this book to read and review. I’ll be adding it to my personal library soon.

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