As I was reading Cloak of the Light, at first I thought When is the action going to start?. Then I looked closer at the cover and realized that it wasnt a stand alone book (silly me!!) but the first book of the Wars of the Realm series!
And what an awesome start is waswith well developed characters, an interesting story that opened up a mysterious unseen world of invaders, and YES even battles I was hooked (and I got this book for my husband). I am definitely looking forward to the rest of the series! We are also planning to check out more from the author Chuck Black, because, Yes, I was that impressed with my first book of his!!
I really appreciate the authors note and the readers guide at the end of the book. The Readers Guide explains the biblical framework from which much of the speculation for the novel is derived. I hope you find it informative and helpful in your own investigation of understanding spiritual warfare.
As a wife and mom deep in the seemingly mundane, repetitive tasks of parenting and education, I appreciated this book not only as a great read but also as a needed reminder and encouragement of what is important in this life! Thank you, Chuck Black. :)
**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for an honest review.
Cloak of the Light, by Chuck Black, is a spectacular book. It is filled with both tragedy and triumph at every turn and opens the readers eyes to the possibilities of the spiritual realm.
When Drew Carter loses his father at age twelve, his life changes forever. While his mother struggles to support them, even with the help of his fathers friend, Jake, Drew attempts to rebuild his life. Then a move across country makes it more difficult. When Drew begins anew in college, he is relieved. But an accident in the physics lab with his friend, Ben, leaves him blind and his friend missing. He believes life is essentially over for him, but his sight returns, bringing the ability to see spiritual beings that no one else can see. Drew and his friend, Sydneya Christian trying to encourage Drew, search for Ben in an attempt to solve the mystery of the spiritual invaders.
I enjoyed this book very much. In fact, it was hard to put it down! It is action-packed and full of suspense. I loved Sydney and found myself applauding her for her choices, difficult though they might be, and Reverend Ray and his family were also much of an inspiration.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian suspense novels.
I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
"But his mind wouldn't stop buzzing_. Was he going crazy? He'd seen movies of people, some of them very famous and intelligent, who experienced hallucinations. How real were they to those people? Drew had never been so unnerved or scared in his life. If he wasn't crazy, then these invaders were real. And if they were invisible to humans, how extensive was their power? Could they read his thoughts_or perhaps even control them? He closed his eyes_ If only he could close out the fear as well."
Book: Cloak of the Light by Chuck Black, Multomah Publishers, 2014
Genre: Supernatural/Speculative Fiction
Target Audience: Boys 16+
Subjects: Angels and Demons, Death of a loved one, Friendship, Faith, Love
Summary: Life just falls apart after his dad's death, completely falls apart. The only thing left keeping Drew sane is the times he escapes into the wilderness with his dad's friend. With this help he manages to survive the rest of high school. In college things seem to go well - for a time. Then an experiment goes wrong, Ben vanishes and Drew_ well, something strange happened to him. He's not sure what, but starting with the moment right before everything exploded he has been seeing things - some kind of invaders. He doesn't know who they are or how they got here but one thing is for sure: they want nothing but death and destruction for all mankind.
Notes: The first in the Wars Of The Realm series, Cloak Of The Light speculates "What if an unbeliever could see the spiritual forces in the world around us? How would they interpret what they saw? And how would they respond to it?". Drew is not a believer and does not appear to know much about Christianity but a girl he is very attracted to is a Christian and gives just a hint of truth to Drew. By the end of the story he still has not realized that what he is seeing are angels and demons. The story is clearly building up throughout the series rather than giving answers in the first book. He does learn quite a bit about Christian principles of love and service from a church he gets connected with. The biggest spiritual content benefit to this book is the end. After the story is finished there is a very thorough discussion guide with verses explaining where each of the elements come from and pointing readers straight to the truth of Scripture. With that guide, my rating is a 5, without it a 3. I suspect the series overall will be a 5, just not book 1 by itself.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Ephesians 6:12 - For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Thank you to Blogging For Books for providing me with a free review copy of this book.
High school student Drew Carter has already lived a life filled with tragedy. College offers him a second chance, until an accident in the physics lab leaves him blind, and his best friend, Benjamin Berg, missing. He is told he will never regain his sight, but it comes back better than before. His vision is so much better, in fact, that he can see invaders that no one else can see. Is he crazy, or are they really there? If they're real, how dangerous are they? He knows his Ben would have some of the answers.
As Drew adjusts to his new sight, his other senses come to life as well. He can hear, feel, and sense things like never before. He trains, and put those skills to work while he looks for Ben, and tried to learn more about these invaders. Sydney Carlyle, the Christian girl who always turned down his advances, offers him encouragement and help in his search.
Cloak of the Light is the first book in the Wars of the Realm series. I can't begin to explain how much I loved this book. The characters have depth. They are realistic and layered. The story begins with loss, and heaps on more_ and more, but what it leaves you with is a real story. Once Drew sees the invaders, it's non-stop. I actually found myself holding my breath during a few scenes. I am eagerly awaiting the second book, which comes out this Fall.
This is classified as Teen Fiction, but I also suggest it for adults who want a thrilling read.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in return for an honest review