Paul McCuskerFocus on the Family / 2013 / Trade PaperbackOur Price$12.994 out of 5 stars for Adventures in Odyssey Passages ® : The Marus Manuscripts Books 4-6, Volume 2. View reviews of this product. 2 Reviews
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Bri3 Stars Out Of 5Fun AllegoriesJune 14, 2018BriQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 43.5 stars
This is the second and last volume of the Passages series, containing books 4, 5, and 6. I felt very similar about these books as I did about the first volume. It was fun reading about kids transported to another world, and it was fun looking for the biblical parallels. But I also felt that on the whole, the land of Marus wasn't "fantasy-like" enough. That's just my opinion, however, and I'm still glad I read this series.
Book 4: Glennall's Betrayal - 2.5 stars
James ends up in Marus and finds himself sold into slavery with a young man named Glennall, who is set on getting revenge on his brothers. He gets a chance when he rises in power, but has to learn about forgiveness. This is a retelling of Joseph from the book of Genesis. This was also my least favorite of the series. The whole story focused on revenge until literally the last page, and I thought Glennall (Joseph) was portrayed in a very negative light, more so than I see in Scripture.
Book 5: Draven's Defiance - 3.5 stars
Scott gets sent to Marus to become the apprentice of the prophet Draven, who is in the middle of a power struggle with a weak king and evil queen. This is the story of Elijah and King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, and the showdown on Mount Carmel. I thought the ending was a little rushed, but I liked this one quite a bit.
Book 6: Fendar's Legacy - 4 stars
Danny, Wayne, and Michelle wind up in Marus, only to find themselves separated and each playing a crucial role in freeing an entire people group from slavery. This tells the story of Moses and the plagues, leading up to the Exodus and crossing the Red Sea. I loved this last story, and thought it did a great job of showing God's power on behalf of His people.
So, even though I had mixed feelings about some aspects of these books, I did enjoy reading them. And if you are an Adventures in Odyssey fan, or if you like middle grade allegorical fantasy, then this is a great series for you!
Mom to Four BoysOklahomaAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5ExcellentDecember 23, 2013Mom to Four BoysOklahomaAge: 25-34Gender: femaleMy eleven year old loved it! He wanted the mystical place, and I wanted a good, clean book without the inappropriate language and activities. This was it! He is not a huge reader, but get the right book and he devoured it !
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