"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
This is a great series for any person. I really think teenagers and older would love this series. I plan on introducing it to my teenage son. I believe everyone should read a book like this that deals with the spiritual realm - the battle of heavenly angel army vs the demons. There is a constant spiritual battle that goes on all around us that we are not aware of and most don't think about. We all know we have a guardian angel, but honestly when do we stop and think about that angel fighting demons away from us, protecting our every way. From just missing a car and being in a wreck to almost doing other things and getting hurt. We might think - Close call! But honestly do you think that maybe that was your angel stepping out and protecting you? I say my angel works overtime with me and my clumbsy ways, but I do stop and say thank you. I pray daily for the angels of my children to watch out for my babies. Reading this book will open your eyes to this realm that people often forget about. This is a series that leaves you longing for more. I will most definitely be reading book 2 in the Fall! I love the way the authors breaks down chapter by chapter at the back of the book and explains what you are reading and backs it up with Bible verses. This is a book of action, suspense, and leaves you with thoughts of Heaven. I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this honest review.
"Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn. Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl offers encouragement through her faith, but Drew is too logical and scientific to believe that her prayer of healing was anything but coincidental in the restoration of his eyesight. As his sight returns, he discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to see fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? The only one who can help him, his genius friend Benjamin Berg, has disappeared. In Drew's quest to find Ben, he discovers that the invaders themselves are at war, for his efforts to thwart the devastating actions caused by the dark invaders are aided by invaders with a different nature. Time grows short as the dark invaders close in on Drew. With skills that no other man possesses, and help from Benjamin and Sydney, Drew initiates a plan to expose the invaders to the world."
My sister MaKenzie will be reviewing this book today, because she begged and begged and begged to read this book before I did, so, being the darling, sweet big sister that I am, I let her read it first!
"I, being a rather large fan of Chuck Black, was thrilled when I heard that he was coming out with a new series. What I love about his books is that all aspects tie in and are perfectly in sync with the Bible, this however does not take away from the action.
I loved this book, it is fantastically written, well put together, and has a great adventure level. It was written mainly at a high-school level however and I would not recommend this book to younger audiences. It has some violence but none too detailed, no language or other offenses. I give this book a full five stars and can't wait for the next one to come out!"
Well, there you have it! A great read that is recommended to all Chuck Black fans!
"I received this book from Blogging for Books for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are my own."