Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review: Angelguard by Ian Acheson

When a book has a promotion on it comparing the author to Frank Peretti, fans of Frank Peretti will take notice. 

Acheson's story is a level below the master of the "spiritual warfare novel" however. Angelguard reads well, and has a nice storyline. It is engaging and fairly fast-paced. 

However, there are a few weaknesses. 

  • The book is 380 pages, more than enough for your average novel. However, a lot of characters and continents are covered, and some of the dialogue and character development seems to take unnatural leaps at times. 
  • Also, the angelic realm seems to dictate the behavior of the human realm in a manner that may be slightly more forceful than scripture indicates. When demons are present, people do things they never would do otherwise, and when they are absent things calm down immediately. It seems to slightly remove the concept of personal responsibility. 
  • One disconcerting note that I must include for Christian parents: Acheson includes one seemingly gratuitous curse word. I have long relied on Christian publishers as trustworthy sources of reading material for Christian families, but now caution must be advised. 
However, the book is readable and entertaining, even if the dialogue seems forced in places. I love a good story as much as anyone, and this is a good story, even if you must wade through a few minor distractions in order to get to it. 

I give Angelguard 4 out of 5 stars. 

I received a free copy of  this book from Kregel Publications in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Karen

    Thank you for reading Angelguard and for your generous review. I have taken note of your constructive feedback. It's important for me to receive such comments, so thank you.

    Best wishes



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