This book begins with a bang and races from there. I actually got the third book first, but quickly realized that I needed to read books one and two to complete the story. The children learn that they are special kids destined to fight in the spiritual warfare battle of good against evil. What child (or any age for that matter) can resist that! The kids learn to put on their armor when they are called on to go into battle by going to school with others who also have special gifts. The book uses versus from the Bible to back up the story. This should be in every library that has a Harry Potter book, and gifted to every child that loves to read. I would much rather see kids consuming this than Harry Potter. I highly recommend this series for lovers of action and supernatural forces.
Angels have always been a fascinating topic for me. So, if you offer me a story that oozes with angelic history and legend - including mention of the Nephilim and spiritual warfare - and tell me I can share it with my boys, I'm in. And in I am. With Spirit Fighter, Jerel Law brings to life a tale of heroic pursuits, danger, intrigue, and a search for more than you might expect at first glance.
Brother and sister duo Jonah and Eliza learn that they're special. Moreso, that they are urgently needed to complete a mission for Elohim. Using talents and skills they're learning "on the job," the two head off on a rescue mission and discover themselves, each other, and the importance of faith. Central to their adventures - and offered up for the reader's benefit - is a lesson on the full armor of God, anchored in faith.
Many people will certainly call this a "Christian version of Percy Jackson," and, to be fair, there certainly appears to be a bit of overlap. But, I haven't read the Percy Jackson series, so I'll just acknowledge the similarities as I understand them and move on to how well this book was recieved by my boys (8 & 10). They were hanging on every word and already can't wait for book two. Fall can't come soon enough (though, I might have called it "Autumn" based on the content).
This book is about a seventh grader named Jonah Stone who thinks himself as a normal boy. He soon discovers that he and his siblings,Eliza and Jeremiah, are "quartelings"; people who are one-fourth angel. The siblings, with the help of their guide Henry, use their powers in a bid to stop the war of good against evil.
First of all, I would not compare this book to the Percy Jackson or Harry Potter series. I think they are totally different. I want not entirely impressed with this series, as I found it very predictive, and somewhat plain, though I'm not sure if that's because I'm out of the target audiences' age range. What I did like though was the the way the Jerel tied in the "biblical background". It was pretty interesting in that sense, and I think I learned a bit from that. Overall, I'd rate this as OK. I'd probably recommend this to my younger sibling.
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"What if NephilimÃ¢â¬âthe children of angels and menÃ¢â¬âstill walked the earth? And their very presence put the entire world in danger? In Spirit Fighter, Jonah and Eliza Stone learn that their mother is a Nephilim and that they have special powers as quarter-angels. When their mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, they must use those powers to save her. Along the way, they discover that there is a very real and dangerous war going on between good and evil and that God has a big part for them to play in that war."
My son loved the Percy Jackson series as well as the 39 Clues series. This book is equal in interest level as well as readability. There is some building up of the premise at the beginning, but the action is included even then; it keeps the reader's interest throughout the entire book.
It is difficult for me to find good books for my children to read in the pre-teen and early teen years, but this is one that is worth it!
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"Spirit Fighter" is an action packed novel full of everything that would appeal to a tween male. The story moves along at a good pace, there's action and warfare and it involves a boy that is not totally perfect - just pretty much normal, or so one would think until the boy finds he has powers.
Sounds like a book every tween male would enjoy, but I personally wouldn't recommend it. It blurs the line between Biblical reality and fiction, as it uses scripture and fallen angels to do so. Although the main character, Jonah, uses his power for "good", Scripture says "Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean? not one." (Job 14:4) If a child is the grandchild of a fallen angel, he won't be the prize he is made out to be in this story.
Christian children know that magic is not of God, yet in this story we see things that can be done that fall under that magical category. What makes a child decide that since the Bible has been quoted here, that maybe there are others things that aren't quite real in the Scripture? I would much rather hand a child a copy of "Harry Potter" or "The Lightning Thief" because he knows it's pretend and an adult can discuss that with him. Even C. S. Lewis did not mix up Scripture with his children's stories.
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