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Number of Pages: 266
Vendor: Christ Books
Publication Date: 2012
|Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 X 0.60 (inches)|
Edith Gauthreaux5 Stars Out Of 5Bible and Fantasy meet, mixed wonderfullyMarch 4, 2015Edith GauthreauxQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I read this book to see if I would recommend to my grandchildren and/or Youth at church. I was very impressed by the way it was written and how great the author used the Bible as the reference.. I must say I would surely recommend this to the youth, our grandchildren and others, alike... Worth the read for adults as well.... Story was brilliantly delivered.. Can't wait for the next book to come out. This is the first of three.
christ readerAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Bible, Theology, Fantasy, mixed brilliantlyNovember 21, 2012christ readerAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5The common "theory" for Christian fantasy writers is to "not preach" too much, and let the life style of your fantasy characters demonstrate Godliness and morals. The typical writer in Christian fantasy follows the allegorical mold set by the great C.S. Lewis. Deception of Magic breaks this mold for Christian Fantasy. In fact, it shatters the mold. Some allegory is used, but most of it is direct Bible, which is blended into the action very well.
The story starts with the main character, Javin, in a well done descriptive arena combat with another fighter. We learn Javin can barely talk, is extremely shy, and socially awkward. He is also one of the greatest fighters to ever come out of the Guild of Warriors. After the arena combat, we are introduced to Chellell, Javin's childhood girlfriend. While Javin stayed strong in his faith and church, Chellell has left the church. She is part of the Guild of Magic, which strongly denies the existence of God. The paths she and Javin's have followed ended their relationship several years ago. They part ways as friends, with Chellell unaware how sick Javin gets whenever he is near Chellell or any other magic user.
After Chellell and Javin part ways, Javin encounters a caravan of wagons being attached by goblins. He rescues them in a brilliant combat scene. We are introduced to Gevi, a half elf, half human girl. In my opinion, Gevi is probably the most developed and interesting of all the characters in this novel. She is temperamental, yet fun, with a "bubbly" personality. A lot of humor and satire surrounds her. I loved the monkey-man scene with her and Javin, as well as the combat scenes she is in near the end of the book.
Through the rest of the story, Javin and Gevi start developing a romantic relationship. It is slow building (maybe to slow), but very clean and godly. It turns out that Javin is going to work for Gevi's adopted father, a dwarf. Meanwhile, a giant and an evil magic user from beyond the borders of the kingdom, form an alliance and build a army of giants, goblins, and creatures called gorms. The army invades the kingdom, causing mass chaos. To add to the chaos, the king over the kingdom has outlawed The Guide (Bible) and is persecuting the followers of the Lord of the Stars (Jesus), so that the influence of magic can grow. Javin and Gevi, along with Gevi's father and a couple of believers, end up on the run, fighting for their very lives.
Chellell is confronted with the reality of magic, and forced to choose between God and Magic. Stubborn to the end, she tries to keep magic, only to have magic turn on her when she tries to help the followers of God. She and her friend Lily, end up united again with Javin and Gevi. They flee together along with Javin's village, to the Elven Forest. Intense combat occurs when the invading army attacks the elves. The brilliant combat sequences, ingeniously mixed with humor, occurs at the elven forest.
Through the whole novel, the Bible is used. The plan of salvation is given several times, along with characters dealing with forgiveness, pride, and prayer. A lot of scripture is mixed in with combat and humor.
Author: Joel Bouriaque
Located in: Wetumpka, AL
Submitted: November 21, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. I have been married for fifteen years with two children, one of them handicapped. My family and I run a small hobby farm in central Alabama. Playing guitar and writing are my hobbies. Youth and handicapped children are a life passion for me and my wife.
What was your motivation behind this project? Deception of Magic started seven years ago as a project for church kids. What did they want in a Christian book? What problems would you want solved? Overwhelmingly, the youth wanted heavy Bible, a fantasy, real characters, along with real problems teen face today, with Biblical answers. The surprise to me, was that they insisted it not be watered down. I was told to, Write like you teach.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope all the readers come away with a better understanding of God, and how they fit into His plans. Life is hard for Christians, and sometimes we don't understand why God allows things to happen. Hopefully, they learn something about the Bible as well.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The biggest impact to me was the craving youth have for a deeper understanding of God and the world we live in. I was surprised to hear from pastors, youth leaders, and parents about the conversations Deception of Magic started
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Believe it or not, my biggest influence comes from the older Christian writers, such as the Puritans. CS Lewis is another, you got to love him! The fantasy genre comes from my love for the younger generations. Issues faced then, we face today. The difference is purely the use of God's word in dealing with issues.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: We are all sinners! Through Adam, we all face a sentence of death. Jesus came, and on the cross paid for our sins. Death is not the end, but separation. We will all one day be separated from our body, which the Bible calls the first death. There is a second death, which is eternal separation from God. The good news is that all who call upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved from the second death. There is a heaven, there is a hell. All men decide their fate. I pray for my readers, to accept the Lord Jesus Christ as their Savior, choosing heaven, instead of hell.