Venom and Song- a Kids Read
I reviewed Venom and Song by Wayne Thomas Batson and Christopher Hopper for Book Sneeze. I was excited when I saw this a choice to review because I thought these looked like really good books for my nine year old son who is turning into a big fantasy fan.
Venom and Song is the second book (I have not read the first.) in a series- the Berinfell Pephecies Series. Seven teenagers from Earth have discovered that they are not the normal teens they thought they were. They have been informed that they are the descendant of Elven Lords hidden on Earth to protect them from The Spider King- a threat to the Elven people who destroyed their parents, the first Elven Lords. In the first book, the seven find out who they are, discover their magical gifts, and pass through a portal into the Elven world to face the threat to their people.
Venom and Song picks up here and follows the adventures of the seven as they learn more about their gifts, their history, and the Elven people. Together they train to face The Spider King because they are the only hope for their people now. As they learn to be Elven warriors, they also learn about respecting each other, working as a team, and faith in God (which the elves call Ellos). In the end, they use their powers and their faith to stand up to The Spider King.
This book had a slow start for me. I think part of my problem in getting into this book was the fact that I had not read the first book. I was really confused until I had taken some time to work some things out. As I read, I was more and more involved. Batson and Hopper do a good job developing these seven teenagers. The lessons they learn along the way will make for good reading for tween aged kids.
The book is not a true allegory, but there is a correlation between the Elves faith in Ellos and the children's faith in God. And Elves and children alike learn that without Ellos (God's) help, they cannot win the battle in their own power.
After a slow start, I enjoyed this book. I think Charles will definitely like them, but I'll make sure to get him Book One to start with.
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