04 October 2010

The Wolf of Tebron - Book Review

The Wolf of Tebron, Book One in The Gates of Heaven series, By C.S. Lakin

Publisher: AMG Publishers/Living Ink Books

August 2010, Pages: 288

Category: Youth Fantasy Fiction


Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the publisher to review. A thank you goes out to Shelby Sledge, with Phenix and Phenix Literary Publicists for background information. The Wolf of Tebron is described as a modern fairy tale with components of fantasy and myth, also. A blacksmith must go on a quest to seven places on Earth that heaven has designated to protect the hearts of men from evil.

Susanne Lakin also has another book just released, her mystery novel, Someone to Blame, which won the Zondervan first novel contest. She is a member of ACFW, which is where I “met” her in one of the online groups and was fortunate to get to talk with her in person at the recent ACFW conference. She is also a member of Christian Authors Network and Christian Filmmakers.

This is a fairly fast paced novel but Susanne’s writing is so beautiful that I found myself reading extremely slowly just to savor the choices she made in every sentence. The cover is gorgeous, and is one reason why two of my author friends ended up taking home (from the ACFW conference) one of my (purchased) signed copies of this book and an advance copy I received! So my giveaway book had up and gone.

This is definitely a literary novel. It is one that deserves a place in Christian high school curriculums. I see this as a modern classic such as Hind’s Feet on High Places.

Personal note: I was interested in reading this book because I have a fantasy book that I have put aside as I work on a series of historical novels. I had also seen some of Susanne’s comments and writing online and was really impressed with how lovely her words are. Meeting her in person, she is casually elegant, extremely intelligent, and is wonderfully expressive and considerate. She’s a joy – just like her book.

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