First of all, the characters are breathtakingly crafted. David and Aurora are both very round characters. They move, they grow, and they come alive on the pages of Smith’s work. Their interactions and backstory are equally excellent, and their romance is palpable. They are not your average fantasy story protagonists – Aurora, a powerful warrior, and David, a headstrong farmer, have been having visions of each other for many years. When they finally meet, their fates intertwine for a powerful and dangerous meeting with darkness itself, and with their personal relationships with God.
I feel that it is important to mention Smith’s writing style. Not only is he extremely descriptive and well-versed in the ways of character development, but he manages to stretch the plot out, leaving just enough breaks in the action to give the reader some time to breathe. The rest of the time, however, the action and romance is absolutely enthralling.
I would suggest this book to anyone who like Christian Fiction, Fantasy, and Romance. You will not be disappointed! I cannot wait for the next installment in the series.
“Seal of the King” is an action-packed fantasy novel with a battle of romance and faith intertwined. The protagonist David sees visions of a beautiful, strong warrior woman who he has been seeing in flashes since she was a girl. Though no one believes David, to him the girl is very real.
What David doesn’t realise as the novel begins is that the girl has been having these same flashes of David. One fateful night their worlds suddenly merge and cross, and David rescues Aurora from a group of soldiers determined to kill her. The pace picks up from there, and the action unfolds as David learns more about Aurora’s war-torn world and discovers that his own world isn’t as mundane as he thought —and soon they are on a mission to save both from the darkness.
I really enjoyed reading this book, it was the strong reviews that brought me here, and the promise of romance that compelled me to read. I actually enjoyed the action too. I was not left disappointed.
The character development is particularly well done, they are brought to life on the pages, and you can easily believe they are in the room with you. They aren’t perfect, and I think that adds validity to the story, because in real life, who is perfect?
The writing is excellent, the characters fantastic, and the plot wonderful, what more could you want? Oh yes, the author did a wonderful job of writing a great story without resorting to excessive violence or graphic scenes. Anyone can read this book!
I highly recommend!
Aurora and David have known each other all their lives, though they have never really met. Seen in foggy glimpses and moments that others would call “imaginary” or even crazy, they have seen the other grow; pain, love, loss, sorrow – it’s all been shared in a silent harmony of surreal, even fantastical dream like flashes.
One evening, while tending his farm, David sees something in the distance. Following his instincts he investigates and manages to save his imaginary friend and lifelong companion from a fireball aimed straight at her head. Suddenly thrown together, against all reason and across time, this bond that has blessed them both catapults them both into a prophetic fate and dash to save everything, and everyone, they know.
Each discovers more about themselves, their powers, their abilities and their purpose together in this crash course adventure that pits light against dark, The Lord against The Dark One and a pair of fated leaders against forces neither is prepared for.
“The Seal of the King” is a worthy addition to any library, especially recommended for fans of Fantasy, Sci-Fi and Biblical Fiction.
I liked that they had their feelings, love without any strife. In a lot of romances, the couple spends a lot of time fighting their attraction, or denying it. Even though they come from very different backgrounds these two know they love each other, and they know they need each other to save the world. One of my favorite parts of the book was the way the author handled the honeymoon. It was done tastefully but also showed the love and passion these two felt for each other.
Which brings me to the point of the story. Davis and Aurora are fighting darkness on the side of Lightness. Of course and we have to always believe that good will prevail. This is the very core of humans, and this book is no different. in the battle of Good vs. Evil, Good will always be the victor.
This book is a great romance. The book is a great faith based read, and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys the fantasy/Christian/romance genre.
Seeing a Christian based story that can really stand up these days is hard to find. The story has an overall religious tone, and makes everything mesh together so well. But not in an overbearing or preachy way I have seen in the past.
Author Ralph Smith has built an excellent world and weaved in truly dynamic characters. He knows how to turn his words into beautiful picture in my head. I was drawn to keep reading from that very first paragraph, and only put it down when I had to. It was nice to see their beliefs were a strong point, and they made choices based on that faith.
This is a fantasy, but the love story between Aurora and David is incredible. They find each other and become one; love that will conquer, a true power couple. It’s not cheesy or unbelievable and really shows what having your true love by your side can allow you to accomplish.
I don’t think the love scenes are graphic in the least, and would have no problem letting my young teen read it. I know everyone’s opinion on that differs, so know there is some light sexual content. I’m sure most parents(as I do) read any new book before giving it to their children.
Overall I can wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone…really anyone. It has elements of so many genres and does them so well it has something for everybody. Sci-fi, fantasy, romance and it’s not forced.
5.0 out of 5 stars Faith and Fantasy, July 18, 2014
This book tells the story of a brave young farmer named David, who throughout his life saw a girl that no one else could see. Then one day he saves the life of the girl Aurora. She is a fearless young woman who has an imaginary friend. It does not take them long to realize that they have been seeing each other their whole lives from different worlds. They soon become aware they are part of a prophecy that will take them on an adventure that could lead to them to their demise. With the powers bestowed upon these two young lovers they set out to defeat the dark one in hopes of fulfilling their prophecy.
I also enjoyed the suspense in the plot. The author managed to write an exciting story without having to resort to excessive violence or anything graphic. And finally, I like that this story is faith-based. A lot of Christian fiction is not very well-written and this book is. Well done!
The plot moves at a quick pace and really pulls the reader deep into the story. It starts out strong and never lets your imagination go as you get to watch Aurora and David come together to battle the Dark one.
A good read that kept me engaged and entertained, not much more that I can ask from a book 🙂