Greetings, friends! Instead of having a fashion themed post today, I'll be reviewing a book. My friend Bethany, one of the blogging sisters behind Clever Bunnies, recently wrote a novelette titled What Thou Need'st. She self-published her work and has it available to purchase and read on the online app, Snippet.
What Thou Need'st is a tale of redemption, loyalty, and adventure that takes place in a Middle Ages setting. It follows the story of a mute squire named Kendall Thatcher and his selfish master, Prince Bartholomew. Both young men are caught up in a confusing conundrum when something mysterious happens to Prince Bartholomew. As the story progresses, lively new characters arrive on the scene, whether against their will or by "chance". To add to the trouble of the main characters, a war is looming on the horizon for their countries. Finally, everything comes to a head as the prince makes a decision that will change his life, as well as the tide of war.
One of my favorite things about What Thou Need'st was the way the chapters often ended in cliffhangers, daring the reader to continue. Because it's a novelette, you can continue reading without it taking up an entire day - for busy people, that can be a blessing! Another thing I really liked about the book was that it boldly and clearly proclaims the gospel.
This story will appeal to anyone looking for a fresh take on Christian fiction, and will be enjoyed by a variety of ages. If you would like to take a look at it click HERE and scroll down until you see the lovely illuminated cover (and guess what - it's only $1.99). Happy reading!
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SPOILER ALERT! Below, I would like to give an explanation for anyone who has concerns about magic in stories, as this is something my family considers. Bethany asked for an honest review, so I will give it. Be forewarned, I will be giving away a key plot element!
The plot of the story centers on the fact that Prince Bartholomew has turned into a dragon and must go into hiding with Kendall. Not being one for fantasy or anything magical, I must admit that this made me unsure of what to think about the story. However, Bethany rendered this tale well without resorting to sorcery. It somewhat reminds me of the Bible story in which King Nebuchadnezzar loses his senses and lives like an animal for seven years. Though Prince Bartholomew thinks he is under a spell that must be released, it later becomes evident that his transformation was something God allowed to show him that he had had a sinful "dragon heart" all along. Only faith in Christ could change his heart. And that's all am going to reveal. ;)
He who is of a proud heart stirs up strife,