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5.0 out of 5 stars Christian fantasy taken to a whole new level, July 5, 2014
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This review is from: Seal of the King (Kindle Edition)
To read Seal of the King is the equivalent of taking a stroll through the plethora of biblical figures that helped to shape Western society. More than an individual love history, this is a book about Christian love, in the sense that David and Aurora’s love history is an underlying symbol for the much larger love Christianity is based upon. David finds himself amidst a series of life changing events and he needs to adapt himself from being a humble farmer to his new role as a warrior of God. He’s an amalgamation of two biblical figures, King David and Saul. David was a simple shepherd, before he was approached by Samuel, and anointed by the prophet. Saul, on the other hand, was much more accustomed to war. King David, too, had to withstand times of war, but he was a poet, a man of singular wisdom and artistic taste. The epic journey David finds himself into got me thinking of Job’s history as well. The path to God’s enlightenment isn’t easy, and David’s Christian values help him through his altruistic path, alongside his Dawn (Aurora). The name Smith chose for Aurora is very appropriate, since it means “Dawn” in Latin. Aurora is, literally, the dawn of David’s life. After meeting her in person, having seen her in his visions and dreams, David’s life will forever be changed.
The prose is well-written and organized. There are chapters with fewer dialogues, whilst other chapters are filled with conversations and vivid descriptions. The depictions of David and Aurora’s faith in the Lord wouldn’t be vivid enough if it wasn’t for the wise choice of perspective. The omniscient narrator can get the reader inside the protagonist’s minds and feelings, keeping a close proximity that is needed in a book about a journey of Faith.
I said before that David has to go through a sudden metamorphosis of simple farmer to warrior, becoming a synthesis of the biblical figures David and Saul. The latter fell in disgrace with God… will David have the same fate? You’ll have to read to find out.
I recommend this book to anyone who wants a renewed interpretation of Christianity and feel like reading an immersive history about complex, faith-driven characters.