Paul McCuskerFocus on the Family / 2013 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$13.494.5 out of 5 stars for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® : The Marus Manuscripts Books 1-3, Volume 1. View reviews of this product. 9 Reviews
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Bri4 Stars Out Of 5Great for Middle Grade ReadersJune 4, 2018BriQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5This is volume 1 of the Passages series, which contains books 1, 2, and 3. Each book takes kids from our world into the fantasy world of Marus. Each book is also a retelling of a biblical story, set in this fantasy world. It was a lot of fun to read these stories and find the parallels between the Marus adventures and familiar Bible stories. I love stories like these ones too, where people from our world are transported to another world. The kids learn about the Unseen One while in Marus, which helps them understand more about their faith in God in this world. I also enjoyed the slight connection to Adventures in Odyssey. The kids in these stories were from Odyssey, and the manuscripts were found by Jack Allen and read by Mr. Whittaker. (The prologues with Whit and other Odyssey characters were taken out of this Volume 1 set, but they are in the individual books.)
The only thing that was a downside for me was the world-building. It seemed a little confusing to me. It felt at some points like a futuristic fantasy world, and at other times like a historical fantasy world with a bunch of time periods jumbled together. And the world wasn't as "fantasy-ish" as I usually like stories like this to be. But the characters were realistic, the stories were exciting, and the biblical re-tellings were a lot of fun to read.
Book 1: Darien's Rise - 4 stars
Kyle and Anna are transported to Marus and become a part of a struggle between an insane king and Darien, whom the Unseen One has chosen to sit next on the throne. This is a re-telling of David and Saul from 1 Samuel. I loved Darien as a character, and also the Old Judge (representing Samuel), who was so kind and wise and sassy all at once! This was my favorite of these three.
Book 2: Arin's Judgment - 3.5 stars
Wade finds himself in Marus at the height of a prophesy of doom, and his knowledge of weaponry makes him a pawn in a plot of defiance against the Unseen One. This is a re-telling of Noah and the flood with an unusual twist. The destruction takes a different form, but it is just as deadly. This story was a little darker than the first one, but it has important lessons about what happens when people turn away from the Unseen One (God).
Book 3: Annison's Risk - 4 stars
Maddy goes to Marus and becomes a helper to the Queen and, when they learn of a plot against the people who believe in the Unseen One, part of a plan to save them. This is a re-telling of Esther, and I really enjoyed it. This one had a lot of intrigue, with secret plots and secret messages and secret passageways. But what I loved most of all was how Maddy learned that belief in God isn't like a fairy tale; faith means we place our whole lives in His hands.
I'm excited to finish the last three books in this series in Volume 2, and I recommend them for fans of Christian middle grade fantasy or fans of allegory!
Joe5 Stars Out Of 5You won't be disappointed!!November 9, 2016JoeQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I loved the Passages series by Paul McCusker. I was 12 when I first read them and now Im 13 and I read them all again. Lots of cliff hangers and I couldn't take my eyes off the book. When I finished it I was disappointed because I wanted to keep reading it forever. I almost read my book instead of playing video games, so that means the passages books are terrific.
Eleazar5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome!September 1, 2016EleazarQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This Book got my Kids from Church really intrigued and grasped! They Loved it! We're barely in the 2nd Chapter of the 1st book, and my KidMin can't wait for more!
AdventuresinOdysseyLover5 Stars Out Of 5GREAT Christian Kids FictionJune 8, 2016AdventuresinOdysseyLoverQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A lot of books nowadays are not something that kids need to read and we are so thankful for good books like these. We love these books and the fact that they are based on Bible stories makes it even better. It's actually kind of fun to read the book with your Bible next to you to see what you can find that is exactly like the Bible and how it's different.
Valerie Jones5 Stars Out Of 5"Is there more?"January 21, 2015Valerie JonesQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5My tween breezed through this book, she loves to read. She said some of it was interesting and parts of it were boring because it was similar to stories she already knew from reading her bible, "It was just changed some."
I wasn't sure she would like it when I bought it. She asked if there were more and I assured her there is. I am glad to find another good series. I like the fact that you get three books in one. It makes it easier to keep up with. :)