5.0 out of 5 stars Two worlds brilliantly fused together to create one great adventure, July 14, 2014
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JB Lazarte (Manila, Philippines) – See all my reviews
 
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One of the things that frustrate me about other book series is when the author waits until the end to make the story interesting and fill it up with brilliant plot twists and adventure, while two-thirds of the book is spent establishing characters and have them do mundane things. Fortunately, I didn’t experience that with Seal of the King by Ralph Smith. Smith immediately jumps into adventure within the first few chapters, immediately hooking the readers and keeping their attention well into the end of the book.

The book opens with David and Aurora in their respective worlds, contemplating about each other’s existence, how both believed that the other existed but have never actually, physically met. Until someone threw a ball of fire at Aurora and somehow David felt the singe of heat on his arm. And the events continue to unfold to have them finally meet each, when the worlds they knew and loved were in the brink of a great war. David, who lived in the modern world, was simply mystified at how strong Aurora is as a warrior. And Aurora, who always felt like she didn’t believe in marriage and had no interest in it, suddenly found herself amazed with the man she wasn’t sure existed in the first place.

I also appreciate that Smith was able to write in a way that lets the reader drink in David’s fascination with Aurora when he finally saw her in person for the first time. “For a split second, he drank in her grace and beauty,” is the perfect line to sum up how David felt after years of frustration and doubt.

From the initial meeting of David and Aurora, to figuring out how and what they meant to each other, to finding themselves in the middle of a great battle and figuring out to survive it—let alone win it, the story escalates quickly but sensibly. Smith doesn’t waste unnecessary words and elements that have nothing to do with the development of the story, and ends the book with the best possible hook ever.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and Action Packed, July 14, 2014
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This story was a great read in my opinion. It has a Christian theme to it as the heroes fight against the “Dark One” but it was done in good taste and was not preachy like a lot of Christian fiction tends to be. There are elements of romance as well that give the book a nice depth as we get to see Aurora and David come together as the story progresses.

The author immediately grabs your imagination in the first chapter and really keeps up a nice pace as the story progresses. It is definitely a page turner as there is plenty of action and suspense and really holds you in this world.

Overall I found it to be a great book that I would reccomend to toehrs. THere is certainly room for a follow up which I hope the author is working on now 🙂

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5.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling fantasy with a message, July 14, 2014
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“Seal of the King” is a thrilling fantasy that brims with action, romance, and a deeper moral message. Ralph Smith uses the realm of fantasy to evoke the values of a simpler time in an exciting and imaginative tale.

This book contains all of the freedom of expression, symbolism, and world building that we have come to expect from a good fantasy novel. However, this one also introduces a strong message of faith that is played out through the actions of the characters and the strength and versatility of the narrative.

This is a unique and well-written fantasy that defies being pigeon-holed into a single genre, and promises to hold appeal for readers of all ages. I look forward to more from this author.

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