13 September 2016

Bonnie Roof Reviews SHE WALKS IN POWER By MaryLu Tyndall

She Walks in Power (Protectors of the Spear)
By MaryLu Tyndall
Ransom Press, Sept. 2016

Reviewed By Bonnie Roof

~5 stars!~


England - the Middle Ages:

Eighteen-year-old Alexia D'Clere has work to do for God. Known as the Falcon of the Emerald Forest for her excellent archery skills, she is the Protector of the Spear - a spear tip which stabbed Christ and known for it's powers of wisdom and discernment. The equivalent of a female Robin Hood, she risks the penalty of hanging from a noose - her hunting game in the most lush of the king's forests and giving it to the underprivileged peasants of the village Luxley considered theft from the king.

Orphaned, and with rumors of a plot on her life, she has lived in hiding in the forest with father figure, friar Josef, for 10 years. Now believed to be deceased, Alexia poses as Mistress Bregley - herb gardener, maid, and minstrel to her seventeen-year-old sister Lady Christiana D'Clere, who resides in the family castle, Luxley Manor. Alexia's true purpose: uncovering the source behind the plot on her life, as well as determining the cause of her sister's health issues and night horrors, which have continually increased for two years. Friar Josef frequently reminds emotional, impatient Alexia to control her emotions, concentrate, hear the Spirit within, let patience prevail, and seek the light in others.

Feeling threatened while hunting, Alexia's archery wounds Sir Ronar Le Peine, a knight and member of the  Kings Guard, en route with the king's special confidant, Bishop Godfrey, and other members of the guard. Hiding life secrets of his own, Ronar is on a mission from the king to find and recover the Spear of Destiny, for use in fighting the king's enemies and rumored to be at Luxley Manor. Now striving to make his life count, he feels his lack of faith and pride have led to his downfall through God's punishment for his past sins, including straying from the teachings of the church and society.

Attracted to each other - Ronar seeks to discover the mystery of Alexia, she feeling Ronar belongs to God but doesn't know his own heart. They follow separate teachings - he the teachings of the church and the laws of man, she the teachings of God. Possessing the loving spirit of God, friar Josef has taught Alexia to follow God's leading and blind herself to the temporary world, while opening her eyes to the real world of the Spirit.

Although not a huge fan of medieval novels, I read 'She Walks in Power' due to the unusual storyline and my knowledge of the writing gift MaryLu Tyndall possesses to draw the reader in - no matter the setting, genre, or storyline. Her books hold something for every reader - vivid realistic characters, accurate historical content, beautifully detailed descriptions, romance, mystery, humor, adventure, forgiveness and redemption, hope, and a strong thread of faith. Keeping me totally enthralled and engrossed, the beautiful storyline of 'She Walks in Power' left me with a sigh of contentment and a re-confirmation of God's love and protection. 

*Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thought and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

This book may be purchased through Amazon, B&N, and Kobo.


GIVEAWAY: MaryLu Tyndall is generously giving away a paperback copy to one blessed commenter! (US only) E-book copy for international entrants. Please leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect against spammers.


67 comments:

  1. Thank you, BONNIE, for the lovely review of this amazing story! I was hesitant about reading a medieval era book (not usually my fave), but upon doing so I realized there just isn't any genre MaryLu can't write! As long as she doesn't write any Amish vampires on the moon, I'm good. LOL!

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    1. Lol, Diana!! Although, if anyone could pull it off, it'd be MaryLu! ;)

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    2. I think you are probably right, Noela! hehehe

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    3. Thank you, Diana - LOL, I so agree!! MaryLu has a gift in getting her story across, no matter the setting, doesn't she?? A beautiful book!!

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    4. Oh my goodness, Diana, your comment made me giggle.

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  2. This amazing story is one of my top favorites of the year!! Thanks for your wonderful review, Bonnie! :)

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    1. Mine too, Noela - it's one of those stories that stay with you, for sure!! Thanks!!

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  3. Thanks Bonnie for the great review! This is on my TBR list and I can't wait to read it!

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    1. SO glad, Becky - I feel sure you will enjoy and be inspired by 'She Walks in Power', it's a "powerful" book!! Thanks for your comments!!

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    2. Becky, please leave an email address where you can be contacted, should you be the winner of the copy of 'She Walks in Power' - thank you!!

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    3. lelandandbecky(at)reagan(dot)com

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  4. Great review Bonnie!
    I too was not sure how this book would be as medieval is not a genre I would pick to read. However, since I know from reading other great books by MaryLu I took a chance and read it. I certainly was surprised (really should not have been) at the depth of the characters, love the inspirational elements woven within this fantastic storyline! Wow, great book!
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. I had the same initial feeling as you re: reading a medieval story, Tina, but as with you - read it because I've so enjoyed MaryLu's other stories. She has such a wonderful gift in portraying realistic characters, and her inspirational elements are always "spot-on" - the inspiration being a huge reason for my reading her works. Thanks for your support and wonderful comments, Tina - blessings back!!

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  5. This looks interesting, Matey. TY for the review and giveaway. God bless, you.

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    1. 'She Walks in Power' definitely is "interesting", to say the least, Lucy!! I really do feel it holds enjoyment and inspiration for every reader. The characters and descriptions are so vivid!! Thanks for your great comments, Lucy - blessings back!!

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    2. Lucy, please leave your email address as a way of contact, should you be the winner of 'She Walks in Power' - thank you so much!!

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  6. An awesome review, Bonnie! Now I can't wait to read this! :) I was drawn to the cover at first sight. LOVE the emerald forest, MaryLu, and her red hair, too! May it be blessed and highly favored by God as it goes forth into all the world to glorify Him! Amen and hallelujah!

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    1. Thank you so much, Caryl!! The cover is striking, isn't it?? I feel everything MaryLu writes is anointed and so blesses her readers - thanks for your support and inspiring, sweet comments, Caryl!! Hoping you have the opportunity to read 'She Walks in Power' very soon.

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  7. Anything by MaryLu is on my TBR pile. Thank you for sharing your great review. And for the giveaway! Here's hoping...

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    1. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your wonderful comments, Anne!! So happy that you appreciate MaryLu's beautiful writing!! Good luck!!

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  8. A wonderful review of a fabulous book, Bonnie. MaryLu knocked this one right out of the park!

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    1. She definitely did, Betti!! Thank you for your kind comments and your support!!

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  9. I followed Marylu's blog prior to the release of She Walks in Power and the bits of information she released about the characters and story line had me hooked.

    Please tell me that there are others that feel the way I do when I'm beyond excited for the release of a new book like this one that's been on my radar. I, seriously, will feel a heaviness in my chest mixed with antsy euphoria, like the feeling I would get if I haven't seen my husband for a month and he's coming home. It's the anticipation of a strong faith message mixed with redemption and a slow burn romance. Who needs drugs when you have God and a good book. Ok, so I might be the odd one, but I'm owning it. haha tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, Terrill - thank you for that wonderful description of a reader's euphoria over an anticipated book release!! No, you aren't alone in experiencing those feelings - for readers there is just something, a "high" if you will, about a wonderful new book that non-booklovers can't understand. The same with the fellowship between one reader and another reader, or between author and reader, I think. Is your husband one who understands your need to always have more books, LOL?? My family doesn't "get it" (especially since I have run out of space to put them, LOL), nor understand how I can spend hours on end reading, reviewing, and doing online prom for authors/books.

      I totally agree - "who needs drugs when you have God and a good book". There surely is none better at combining the two than MaryLu!! 'She Walks in Power' is such a beautiful inspirational story - good luck, and thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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    2. Bonnie, thank you for validating my book euphoria. I don't think my husband gets it, but he never complains. He even listens when I go on about a book he couldn't care less about. :) Now, that's love.

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  10. A great review thank you. A fascinating time period.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Hi, Mary!! Everything about 'She Walks in Power' is fascinating, trust me!! I think you will love it!! Thanks for your comments!!

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  11. Thank you for a great review, Bonnie. You can feel the power from the book by just looking at the cover.

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. A wonderful way to put it, Melanie - I agree!! The cover is powerful, the story within - even more so. Thank you so much for your comments!!

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  12. This book's cover is mighty interesting. Everything I've read about it sounds good! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!

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    1. Awe! I forgot to leave address.
      grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    2. It's beautiful, isn't it - Brenda?? Not your usual cover - nor story, and a winner, for sure!! I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it very soon. Thanks for commenting!!

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  13. This sounds like a fabulous read. Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for your comments, Cindy!! 'She Walks in Power' is a "fabulous read" and then some. I so hope you have the opportunity to discover this for yourself VERY soon.

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    2. Cindy - please stop by and leave your email address, a way of contacting you, should you be the winner of 'She Walks in Power'. Thank you so much!!

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    1. D. Johnson - SO glad you stopped by!! Yes, 'She Walks in Power' is totally 'awesome' - it's a exciting, inspiring adventure I feel sure you will enjoy!!

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    2. D. Johnson - I'd love to be able to contact you, should you be our winner of 'She Walks in Power'!! Please stop by and leave your email address, thank you!!

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  15. I am so excited about this book! Thanks for a great review.
    Connie
    cps1950(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Connie - I'm excited that you're "excited" about 'She Walks in Power', I hope I've enticed numerous readers to read MaryLu's beautifully inspiring novel!! Good luck, and thanks for your comments!!

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  16. Wow, this book just sounds so good! Thanks for sharing about it! Please enter me at dguz55 AT gmail DOT com

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  17. Thanks so much for your enthusiastic comments, dguz!! 'She Walks in Power' is a beautiful story that leaves lasting inspiration and love for it's characters - with readers. I hope you get to experience it soon - please stop by again soon!!

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  18. Thanks Bonnie loved your review. Can't wait to read an the cover is beautiful
    carlaganell(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Carla!! I so agree about that beautiful cover on 'She Walks in Power' - it gets your attention, doesn't it?? The story within that cover is even more beautiful!! Thanks for your comments, Carla!!

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  19. I really hope MaryLu gets this on audiobook, too. Sounds like such a great story! thanks for the review, Bonnie! Hugs!

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    1. Yes, I hope so too, Carrie - for all those audiobook lovers, such as you!! 'She Walks in Power' is a beautiful story, as is each one of MaryLu's books. Thank you, Carrie - hugs back!!

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  20. LOL, I'm the opposite Bonnie --there can never be enough Christian medieval fiction! But glad you still enjoyed it anyway. Is this going to be a trilogy?

    Jafuchi7(at)hawaii(dot)edu

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    1. Jafuchi7, aren't we blessed to have Christian fiction to satisfy the appetite of every Christian fiction reader?? I don't think MaryLu could write a book I wouldn't love, no matter the storyline or genre - the reason I own every book she has written, in both paperback and e-book, LOL!!

      I do think there are to be more books in this series, although I'm not sure there won't be books in her other series written before the next one in this series. You can keep up-to-date on what she is writing by following her website: marylutyndall.com.

      Thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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  21. Please forgive my tardiness to this wonderful giveaway and post! I've had my grandkids and then I caught a cold from one of them. Bonnie, thank you so much for the wonderful review!! You are such a doll! And thank you everyone for your very kind comments! You are all such an encouragement to me! God bless you all. I'll try to come back later... Hugs and Blessings!

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    1. Praying you're feeling better, MaryLu!! Grandkids are such a blessing, aren't they?? Even if we do catch their colds, LOL!!

      Thank you for your sweet comments!! I'm always grateful and blessed by the opportunity to read and review your books - I always pray my reviews do your beautiful, inspiring writing justice and entice more readers to partake of the blessing, inspiration, and enjoyment received from reading your books.

      Hugs and blessings back, dear MaryLu!!

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  22. BONNIE, thank you for this compelling review! I believe we need more books that show God's power and faithfulness! I am so excited for the release of She Walks in Power!

    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, Caryl!! I couldn't agree more about needing more books that show God's power and faithfulness - a huge reason for my reading MaryLu's books is the strong faith element she includes in them. I'm always blessed by it and am so grateful she is faithful and bold in proclaiming it!! Thanks for your sweet comments and your support!!

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  23. I believe it's the "unusual storyline" that attracts me most to this book. Thank you for your review. It's always interesting to read an author's take.

    geaneymail at gmail dot com

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    1. MaryLu is a master at "unusual storylines", Amanda!! She has the ability to make those storylines a reader might not ordinarily read become some of their very favorite, as she has done with me. The characters, descriptions, historical content and faith elements are perfection!! Thanks for your beautiful comments - good luck, please stop by again.

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  24. Oh, oh, oh! I've been seeing this cover popping up in so many places, and finally getting a chance to find out more ... Great review, and now I seriously need to read this book ((my poor To Read list, teehee))!!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    crowquettequeen (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. Your "poor" list and mine too, Rebecca - LOL!! Never enough time for reading all the wonderful books we'd love to read, is there - but aren't we blessed to have such a problem!! That being said, 'She Walks in Power' is one book worthy of being at the very top of your list - I hope you have the opportunity to enjoy it very soon. Good luck and thanks for your great comments!!

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  25. Great review Bonnie! I wasn't sure I would like this genre but reading your review has changed my mind. I would love a chance to win a copy.
    andreastephens(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hi, Andrea!! SO glad my review enticed you to read 'She Walks in Power' - you will find more info about the book, as well as character pics and descriptions, etc. on MaryLu's website: marylutyndall.com. Info on her other books can be found there also, should you not have read any of her other books. She's a very gifted author who writes exciting, faith-filled books!! Thanks for your wonderful comments - good luck!!

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  26. Bonnie, It must be the name. I'm not into reading that type of novels either but your review has me wanting to read it.

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    1. Hi, Bonnie!! I think MaryLu will win you over with her exciting 'She Walks in Power'- it's a beautiful story, enjoy it!! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!!

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    2. Bonnie - please leave an email address where you can be contacted, should you be the winner of one of our 'She Walks in Power' giveaways. Thank you!!

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  27. This sounds so good! I love your books, MaryLu! Even if I don't win, I'll definitely be grabbing a copy! Thank you for the giveaway!

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    1. So glad you're a reader of MaryLu's books, Sarah - 'She Walks in Power' is one of her very best!! Enjoy and good luck!! Thanks for your wonderful comments!!

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  29. Thank you Bonnie for this review,appreciate you always keeping us up to date on new CF releases. Although I haven't read many Medieval adventures, This sounds very good. Hope to read it soon! Thanks to Marylu for this new story and giveaway! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. I seldom read this genre, Lynne - however, 'She Walks in Power' is excellent, as are all of MaryLu's books. The adventure, descriptions, realistic characters, and faith elements will draw all readers in. Thanks for your amazing support, and your always gracious, encouraging comments!!

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