I would definitely recommend reading Daughter of Light before picking up this book. However, this review should be (relatively) spoiler-free. I'll be back with a fresh series next week!
Son of Truth
Follower of the Word, Book 2
By: Morgan L. Busse
What: Survivors of recent attacks must band together to rebuild. Rowen and Caleb must learn more about their gifts from the Word.
Recommended to those who like: Fantasy, allegory, Christian
I would strongly recommend reading this series in order. I read Daughter of Light about 3 months ago and loved it, but it was difficult for me to hop back into the series after so long off. This isn’t a series to skip around in.
As such, it did take me a while to get into this book. Once I did, I rediscovered why I loved this series so much. Rowen is still one of my favorite characters. I think a lot of Christians will find it easy to relate to her—she struggles with wanting to do the right thing, but also wanting to be selfish. She struggles with feeling like she’s done everything she could and still being asked to do more. I find her to be a refreshing character in a genre often populated by characters who are either perfect or else who are dealing with a laundry list of problems that magically get resolved at some point in the story.
The supporting cast of characters and other main characters also fulfill their roles nicely.
The plot in this book didn’t quite draw me in as much as the first book did. (What is it with me and the plots of second books? I struggle with liking them, which is odd, considering The Two Towers pretty much ties with Return of the King for my favorite part of The Lord of the Rings.) However, it was still a nice fantasy read with some smaller-scale action.
Sometimes the romance was a little heavy for my taste, but never egregiously so. Most readers will probably enjoy the romantic element or not find it to be a problem. (I'm just decidedly unromantic in my reading tastes, if you haven't figured that out yet.)
The allegorical elements in this installment blew me away once again. It didn’t hit me as hard as Daughter of Light did, but I think that's only because I was expecting it this time around. The spiritual warfare aspect of this book cannot be missed. I’m really looking forward to how that will play out in the final installment of the series.
The Bottom Line: If you’ve read Daughter of Light, don’t miss out on this fantastic sequel. I would highly recommend the series to fans of Christian allegorical fantasy.
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Not a fantasy fan? Check out Tainted, the first in a new steampunk series also by Morgan L. Busse.