Gosh I feel like I needed that blog tour break, but I’m back!
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What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?
Abandoned as infants, Tovi and her twin brother were raised by an eclectic tribe of warm, kind people in a treehouse village in the valley. After her brother’s sudden disappearance Tovi questions her life and her faith in an invisible King. Ignoring her best friend Silas’ advice, she decides to search for her brother in the kingdom on top of the mountain.
Above the cloud, the Council of Masters receives their orders. Tovi and her brother are the objectives. King Damien has a plan and Tovi is the key. The Council of Masters want her, but will she remain unscathed?
Amidst the glamour of the kingdom above the cloud Tovi is torn between her own dark desires and unanswered questions. It starts with a snake and a crown. When the ring is complete, will her life be over?
Maggie Platt is a writer, traveler, cancer survivor, and dreamer. Her greatest joys are being Auntie M to her amazing nieces and nephew and sitting with students and friends over cups of coffee and deep conversations. She works at her alma mater, Anderson University in Indiana, and she lives in a cozy little cottage nearby where students come to sit on her couch just to laugh, cry, and talk about life.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and Ambassador International for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Another disclaimer here: if you are not one for Christian Fiction, then do not read this book. As it mentions above, this is an allegory for some stories that happen in the Bible, and while I don’t feel like this book was too preachy at all, this may not be comfortable for some that aren’t comfortable with the Christian faith. And that’s valid and understandable.
Other than that, I don’t know how I felt about this book in the beginning knowing that for me, being a nonpracticing Catholic, I probably needed to brush up on my knowledge of the Bible and Christian stories. Maybe it worked out for me that I wasn’t very well versed in them, maybe it didn’t, but I tried to take that out of the equation while I was reading this and compartmentalize my past experience. It worked a little bit, and I read this as if it were just another fantasy novel that I had the pleasure of reading. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
Having Tovi and her brother Tali separated after already being abandoned at birth was hard for me to read, and I feel like that’s really because I have a soft spot for siblings that have to learn how to take care of one another when they don’t have their parents. Then they are separated again because Tali just suddenly disappeared? Ugh I can’t handle it! This book just really got intense for me at some points and I’m really curious to see if there will be any other Christian stories that will be part of the rest of the series, since this is supposed to be allegorical.
So let me find some quotes for ya here.
And that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
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