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Number of Pages: 304
Vendor: David C. Cook
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Ginger Garrett is the critically acclaimed author of Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther, which was recognized as one of the top five novels of 2006 by the ECPA, and Dark Hour. An expert in ancient women's history, Ginger creates novels and nonfiction resources that explore the lives of historical women. A frequent media guest and television host, Ginger has been interviewed by The New York Times, NPR, Billy Graham's The Hour of Decision," The Harvest Show, Fox News, and many other outlets.
In 2007, Ginger was nominated for the Georgia Author of the Year Award for her novel Dark Hour. A graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in theater, she is passionate about creating art from history. You can learn more about Ginger and her work by visiting www.gingergarrett.com
As crimes escalate, suspicion of witchcraft brings an Inquisitor named Bastion to the tiny community. At first the townsfolk are skeptical, but soon Bastion's eloquence and charisma win the trust of many. The Inquisitor begins to drag innocent women forward on charges of witchery, torturing and executing them as he sees fit, but soon faces unexpected opposition from two unlikely fronts: a doubting, timid priest, and a weak, unimportant woman.
Garrett tells her story using the omniscient point of view, an approach which is helpful in giving the reader a glimpse into the minds of both Mia and Stefan. Relationships also lend extraordinarily complicated elements to the plot. Of particular interest is the interaction between Mia and Bastion, as both characters teeter on the line between friendship and romance. Because the author never explains the genesis of Mia and Bastion's attraction, the complexities of their relationship may be a bit confusing at times. Ultimately, however, the situation provides a gripping plot twist in which Mia is accused of witchery and realizes that God, not Bastion, must be the one to save her from evil.
Mia is a relatable character, exemplifying the helplessness of humanity as she is constantly beaten down and discouraged. Readers may identify with her desires for love and acceptance and will cheer when she finally escapes her oppressive husband. Additionally, Stefan is a tremendous example of how God can use even the weakest of His servants to accomplish impossible feats in the lives of His people. By the end of the story, both characters learn to face their flaws and fears, fighting against impossible odds to rescue their village from the clutches of deception.
As I read the first few chapters of Wolves Among Us, I was drawn in by the story, impressed with both characters and setting. By chapter ten, I was completely enthralled by Garrett's ability to weave stunning imagery and prose. As I continued to read, however, it became apparent that not everything about the story was exactly as it had first seemed. The plot idea was brilliant, but some points were insufficiently developed and others were downright confusing. Furthermore, whereas Garretts mastery of language was impressive, there were chapters when the story seemed to be tangled in imagery. Lest I sound too judgmental, though, Wolves Among Us should not be burned at the stake without being given a fair trial from readers. Its story and characters will likely appeal to lovers of Christian historical fiction, and may provide a good, summertime story for the poolside. Kari Lynn Travis, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com