" Mix between Indiana Jones, Harry Potter and Catholicism. Recommended for boys as long as they aren't sensitive to the following issues: the hero frequently disobeys his parents, children are placed in real danger and demons/spiritual warfare occurs. " J said.
" Having spent time in the British Museum fascinated by the reliquaries, I loved the way this book weaves typical teenage boys with Bible Stories, fantastic beasts/ demons and adventure. Looking forward to reading the next installment. My only criticism is the way this one ended--not a cliffhanger, just a weird place to end. " Amy said.
" Even though I was not the target audience for this book, I greatly enjoyed it. I'm a huge fan of Mr. Arroyo, so it was a lot of fun getting to read his first children's novel. The plot was fast-paced, electric, and exciting. It might be a bit scary for younger readers, so I would suggest for 5th grade and up. Although, if you let your kids read Harry Potter younger than that, then they can handle this for sure!I can't wait to see what is next for Will :) " Emmy said.
" This is not the best-written book of all time, but as a supernatural adventure for middle grade boys, it's excellent. I love that the supernatural evil is based in Catholic/Christian theology. I wish the boys were less rude to each other, but perhaps like obedience it's addressed over the series? Or maybe it's just actually how tween boys talk to each other. Anyway, I'm such a big fan of sending demons back to hell in giving this a ridiculously high rating. " Amanda said.
"I liked the pacing, varied emotions driving the story, and the complex characters. Over all I thought it was a good book.
I was disappointed to find this was book 1 of 7 books. These series get old and tire me out. So although I did like this book, I wood have preferred no more than 3 books to tell this one. I am not planing on reading anymore of this series.
I was never sure if the author was making fun of religion, or if he was just using it for inspiration, or if he was trying to make a point and be a missionary of sorts.
I listened to the audiobook read by the author, so instead of feeling offended by his tone and misinterpreting his meaning... his reading helped me understand some of his intent more. The religion had a strange vibe to it. But I thought the story, characters, and writing was done well. " Stacey Raymond said.
"If you have always felt the need to know what it would be like if Indiana Jones taught catechism, then I guess this is the book for you. If you've never needed to know that, this book is skippable.
It's not terrible, but it's not anything special. No character sticks out as particularly endearing or compelling. The plot is take-it-or-leave it. The adventure and action is dull. The creatures really just made me think that I was watching an episode of Primeval (but watching that TV series would be a better use of your chill time than this book...so...yeah).
I hear the author writes great analyses of Catholic doctrine and the like. Perhaps he should stick to that, and stay out of the children's market. Maybe his non-fiction is good, but I'm not Catholic...so.... Maybe this book would be more desirable to Catholic children. But, again, I'm not Catholic (or a child)...so...." Hannah Russell said.
"Not quite what I expected at all. Still a great adventure. Listened from Audible and absolutely love the way Raymond reads his characters' voices.
Story revolved around a boy who is able to see demons and spirits. His aunt, discovering his gift, begins to 'train' him and introduce him to her father's prophecy. Of course the boy gets his friends involved in a death defying maze and cause more trouble then they bargained for.
I felt some of the setting descriptions where hard to picture and could have been done a bit better.
Good read and kept me interested. Ending obviously expecting more. Would read the next book. " Elizabeth Gibson said.
"I'm not going to pretend to be some great book reviewer, so here goes nothing.
I really like Raymond Arroyo which is why I ordered the book in the first place and I REALLY wanted to like it.
But after reading, frankly, it was meh.
It seems like the type of book that someone with no religion and who isn't easily offended by the mention of God or the saints could enjoy as well as religious people. It had a certain feel to it that reminded me of the Seven Wonders (by Peter Lerangis) which I guess is a good thing?
The book just wasn't my style and I put it down easily. I liked the characters and the plot but towards the end it felt dull and forced.
It wasn't bad, but it wasn't toooo good either. You can choose to look at it from a religious point or choose to believe that this is like Percy Jackson and everything in the story is made up. It works either way for me. And that's a good thing since it appeals to more audience.
The ending stopped abruptly, which I actually did not mind since it caught me off guard and actually made me wonder what would happen next.
In conclusion, meh." Nobody said.