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Spirit Fighter (Son of Angels #1)

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April 03, 2012
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Jonah Stone has always thought of himself as average, but in seventh grade he learns a fascinating family secret, and his world turns upside down. Jonah's mom is a nephilim, the daughter of a human and a fallen angel, which makes Jonah one-quarter angel. When his mom is kidnapped by fallen angels, it's up to Jonah and his sister Eliza to rescue her. Guided by prayer and a guardian angel, Jonah and Eliza embark on an epic adventure through the streets of New York and come to understand that God plans in ways they never could have imagined.

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I'm not usually one for Middle Grade books (for shame!), but I'm so glad this book was sent my way! Not only does it have a supernatural twist and religious base, but it has two awesome, young siblings working together as the heros!

I loved how Jonah was completely unaware at how extraordinary he is. At the beginning of the book, Jonah is your typical 7th grader just trying out for the basketball team. But he quickly realizes that he can do some pretty nifty things that he shouldn’t be able to do. I was very happy that when Jonah was confused, he went to his parents to ask questions. I loved the family dynamic throughout the book. The parents are both supportive and there for their children. The parents were not just in the background, always at work, or off doing something else, they were actually there with the kids. As a parent myself, I appreciated this aspect of the book. I also loved how the parents didn’t blow Jonah off, you can actually tell that they care and want what is best for their children. I could also tell how much Jonah and his younger siblings care for each other. Even though they are siblings, and they annoy Jonah, he still cares for them and it shows. I found this so honorable.

I thought that the dynamic between Jonah and his younger sister, Eliza, was fantastic. The two worked well together and I enjoyed the two of working together to save their mother. The book was fast paced, and kept me entertained the entire way through. The book discusses good vs. evil and uses Bible verses and God to back it all up. It’s a great book for a young reader who loves fantasy mixed with religion. What a great debut series! I cannot wait for more!
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Jillian Van Leer Reviewed by Jillian Van Leer January 14, 2013
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Excellent middle grade fantasy!

I'm not usually one for Middle Grade books (for shame!), but I'm so glad this book was sent my way! Not only does it have a supernatural twist and religious base, but it has two awesome, young siblings working together as the heros!

I loved how Jonah was completely unaware at how extraordinary he is. At the beginning of the book, Jonah is your typical 7th grader just trying out for the basketball team. But he quickly realizes that he can do some pretty nifty things that he shouldn’t be able to do. I was very happy that when Jonah was confused, he went to his parents to ask questions. I loved the family dynamic throughout the book. The parents are both supportive and there for their children. The parents were not just in the background, always at work, or off doing something else, they were actually there with the kids. As a parent myself, I appreciated this aspect of the book. I also loved how the parents didn’t blow Jonah off, you can actually tell that they care and want what is best for their children. I could also tell how much Jonah and his younger siblings care for each other. Even though they are siblings, and they annoy Jonah, he still cares for them and it shows. I found this so honorable.

I thought that the dynamic between Jonah and his younger sister, Eliza, was fantastic. The two worked well together and I enjoyed the two of working together to save their mother. The book was fast paced, and kept me entertained the entire way through. The book discusses good vs. evil and uses Bible verses and God to back it all up. It’s a great book for a young reader who loves fantasy mixed with religion. What a great debut series! I cannot wait for more!

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Fun, action-packed adventure kids are sure to enjoy! Law brings a fresh, positive approach to the fantasy world joining other popular series' like Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles. Parents can rest assured knowing this good versus evil story is set solidly within the Scriptures and teaches that the most powerful weapon of all is prayer.
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Jen Reviewed by Jen January 08, 2013
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Fun debut!

Fun, action-packed adventure kids are sure to enjoy! Law brings a fresh, positive approach to the fantasy world joining other popular series' like Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles. Parents can rest assured knowing this good versus evil story is set solidly within the Scriptures and teaches that the most powerful weapon of all is prayer.

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This is my joint review for both Spirit Fighter & Fire Prophet by Jerel Law:

Usually, I don't read much Middle Grade Fantasy novels. I enjoyed Harry Potter series and Neil Geiman's Graveyard Book, and was not so-impressed with The Chronicles of Narnia, but that's it. Son of Angels series by Jerel Law intrigued me with promises to be Christian answer to popular middle grade adventure series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians & The Kane Chronicles. Making Christianity and the Bible exciting for kids? I was curious how it will turn out.

Jonah Stone is just another 13 year-old boy with a loving family in a peaceful small town called Peacefield. His father Benjamin Stone is the pastor of Methodist church and his 11 year-old sister Eliza and 7 year-old brother Jeremiah are constant source of embarrassment and trouble but he loves them anyway. The whole perception of the world will change for Jonah when he finds out the truth:
"Johan, you are not entirely human. You're mostly human, just not... totally."
Jonah's mother is nephilim, half angel and that makes him one quarter angel - quarterling. Jonah is suddenly stronger and faster than his friends, one of the perks of having angel ancestors. But that's just the start of him discovering his powers and what is he capable to do. Turns out nephilims and quarterlings are very powerful creatures, and as always there is someone who wants to use them for bad and nefarious purposes. Good thing they will have help of Elohim (God) and his angels.

Frankly, this book was not as bad as I expected. Hmmm... That came out wrong. :) Actually, it was not bad at all. Story is told from Jonah's point of view and I liked that he's not perfect and that's he's often troubled by doubts, jealousy and other problems. Jerel Law painted a perfect picture of young coming of age boy. Sadly, all other characters pale compared to Jonah and feel a little shallow. While Jonah is painted with different shades of gray with white light of faith shining trough them, other characters are more black or white and not very complex.
How Christianity blended into middle grade fantasy book? I must admit, surprisingly well. There is some Bible quoting but not too much. And for some biblical creatures that attack Jonah, their origin and history is only hinted so I was intrigued and even thought about grabbing the Bible and looking for part where they are mentioned to learn more. So if you want to make your kids interested to learn more about Christian religion and they liked Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and similar books, Son of Angels series by Jerel Law may be just the thing for you. :)

I recommend this book to fans of: middle grade fantasy and adventure who don't mind having a little bit of Bible quotes and Christianity teachings added to the mix.

Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
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Middle Grade fantastical adventure with sprinkle of Christianity

This is my joint review for both Spirit Fighter & Fire Prophet by Jerel Law:

Usually, I don't read much Middle Grade Fantasy novels. I enjoyed Harry Potter series and Neil Geiman's Graveyard Book, and was not so-impressed with The Chronicles of Narnia, but that's it. Son of Angels series by Jerel Law intrigued me with promises to be Christian answer to popular middle grade adventure series like Percy Jackson and the Olympians & The Kane Chronicles. Making Christianity and the Bible exciting for kids? I was curious how it will turn out.

Jonah Stone is just another 13 year-old boy with a loving family in a peaceful small town called Peacefield. His father Benjamin Stone is the pastor of Methodist church and his 11 year-old sister Eliza and 7 year-old brother Jeremiah are constant source of embarrassment and trouble but he loves them anyway. The whole perception of the world will change for Jonah when he finds out the truth:
"Johan, you are not entirely human. You're mostly human, just not... totally."
Jonah's mother is nephilim, half angel and that makes him one quarter angel - quarterling. Jonah is suddenly stronger and faster than his friends, one of the perks of having angel ancestors. But that's just the start of him discovering his powers and what is he capable to do. Turns out nephilims and quarterlings are very powerful creatures, and as always there is someone who wants to use them for bad and nefarious purposes. Good thing they will have help of Elohim (God) and his angels.

Frankly, this book was not as bad as I expected. Hmmm... That came out wrong. :) Actually, it was not bad at all. Story is told from Jonah's point of view and I liked that he's not perfect and that's he's often troubled by doubts, jealousy and other problems. Jerel Law painted a perfect picture of young coming of age boy. Sadly, all other characters pale compared to Jonah and feel a little shallow. While Jonah is painted with different shades of gray with white light of faith shining trough them, other characters are more black or white and not very complex.
How Christianity blended into middle grade fantasy book? I must admit, surprisingly well. There is some Bible quoting but not too much. And for some biblical creatures that attack Jonah, their origin and history is only hinted so I was intrigued and even thought about grabbing the Bible and looking for part where they are mentioned to learn more. So if you want to make your kids interested to learn more about Christian religion and they liked Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and similar books, Son of Angels series by Jerel Law may be just the thing for you. :)

I recommend this book to fans of: middle grade fantasy and adventure who don't mind having a little bit of Bible quotes and Christianity teachings added to the mix.

Disclaimer: I was given a free eBook by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.

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