Fantasy is not a genre of fiction I typically choose. I mean, come on. Dragons or other strange and frightening creatures? Make-believe words and worlds? Magic? Medieval-type settings full of castles and men and women who fight with swords or other deadly weapons? REALLY?
By definition, fantasy is extravagant and unrestrained imagination using fantastic. This type of fiction never attracted me much, though I did enjoy Lois Lowry’s, The Giver, and Robin McKinley’s Beauty: A Retelling of Beauty and the Beast, The Hero and the Crown, and The Blue Sword when my classes read a couple of these. I spent the majority of my teaching career reading informative and informative-technical books, and most of my energy was spent teaching second language learners to comprehend their school texts. Though I probably thought fantasy was pretty cool as a child, I don’t remember thinking so as an adult. That is I didn’t, until I read the works of Christian author, R. J. Larson a.k.a. Kacy Barnett-Gramckow.
The characters in all Larson’s books, Prophet, Judge, King, and Exiles are so believable, and their problems and struggles are so real as they deal with the Infinite and each other, that an occasional nasty, evil, or dragon-like creature didn’t interrupt my enjoyment of the stories. What I liked best of all, was the subtle biblical, allegorical imagery believably woven into the characters, setting, and plot.
When I visited R.J. Larson’s website, the following quotation caught my attention:
Click here to check out the Books of the Infinite, by R. J. Larson / Kacy Barnett-Gramckow
Also check out Larson’s biblical fiction, Dawnlight.