Tama Fortner, ECPA award-winning and bestselling writer
Debut author H. R. Hess invites readers to soar into a world of dragon riders, Sendings, and stars that come down to walk the earth. It is a world locked in war and the timeless battle between good and evil. Here, Zaphreth leaves behind all he knows to embark on a mission to infiltrate his enemy’s inner circle. On the other side of the battle lines, Runa escapes her father’s palace and a life she did not choose. When their paths unexpectedly cross, the adventure truly begins.
As a reader, I’ll confess that fantasy isn’t my go-to genre, but I’m so glad I gave this one a try. Hess exhibits a care with words that is too rarely seen—her writing is simply beautiful.
With echoes of the Christ and our own redemption story, The Dark Star is for every boy who feels the pull to be something more, and for every girl who longs to choose a life of adventure and meaning.
Inspiring and magical
Toby, age 12
The Dark Star was a magical and inspiring book. I really liked the way it used dragons without focusing on them. I loved it when Zaphreth finally met King Elior and was surprised by his forgiveness just like God is. And I enjoyed the battle between Elior and Lur showing that God will always be victorious in the end.
Rob Seabrook, author
This genre may not be my usual reading, but I really enjoyed escaping into this new world, engaging with the young heroine and hero. The book is ideal for readers aged 8 or 9 and above. Pace is so important to keep all readers engaged, and this one races along, the reader quickly getting drawn in to the adventures of the two main protagonists.
There is plenty of lovely description and intrigue to keep the pages turning. I have a feeling that there will be many of young readers waking up a bit bleary eyed, having read well into the night!
There are Christian themes running through the book, making it a great allegorical story for the Christian reader. It is a wholesome, clean book with strong underlying principles that allows younger readers to fire their imaginations and be inspired.
I am very much hoping that there is a sequel or two on the way!
Aryan Sanghrajka, reader
I am not a very big reader, however this extremely well written book got me back into reading. Thank you Rich Castro, outstanding novel!
Teens will definitely relate
Peter Andrews, Urban Saints
Rich Castro has taken the friendships, fears and frustrations of teenage life and crafted a high-octane fantasy adventure that demonstrates why underestimating the talents and tenacity of young people is rarely a good idea.
Ani, reader (Amazon review)I brought this thinking about gifts for young friends but I always like to read a book before I give it away so I started reading, and honestly, I just kept reading (brief stops for meals and sleep) but finished it within 24 hours! It was such a great read, I loved the interweaving of the story - back and forth in place and time. It was a wonderful story, exciting, sad, happy and more, and certainly not predictable. Within the story it covers a lot of issues that are relevant to young people (school, bullying, death, faith) helpfully but without being preachy or detracting from the story. I highly recommend it ... especially for older teens.
A 'can't miss' sequel
Nicolas C. Day, Selah Award finalist and author of Into the Great Marinara
"Murderous plots and government conspiracies - Defiance artfully delivers all the earmarks of a fantastic thriller, without the unnecessary distractions of foul language and explicit scenes. This is a can’t miss sequel of the crew back in action, using all their wits and grit to fight for freedom in a world beyond. Plus, by the time I closed the pages, I walked away with a new appreciation for looking out for my friends and seeking the inner healing that we all desperately need to fulfil the duty of a higher calling."
"Tell us another one!"
Donald S Whitney, author and Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
A story with a lesson is far better than one with none. Biblical lessons are the best. Geoff Thomas is the consummate storyteller. Our children used to clamor, “Tell us another one!” On these pages you’ll find a fascinating mix of American folktales, with flavors from various nations. The bonus is the application—wisdom for everyday life and for eternal life. It’s golden! A truly unique book. I've never read another like it.
Excellent bedtime read
Christine Farenhorst, Christian Renewal Magazine
There are Aesop's Fables and now there are Geoffrey's Epilogues.
Geoffrey Thomas has embroidered a stitch of Biblical truth into the material of a number of folktales; he has inserted a shoot of Scriptural veracity into the appendages of popular stories. Some of these stories such as Brer Fox and Brer Rabbit, feature well-known characters; others such as the hunted Goose, are not as familiar. But all have this in common in their epilogues: the pointing of hearts to the goodness of the Lord Jesus Christ.
This book, and there are three more in the works, can be used for bedtime discussion; for heart-searching of both young and old alike; and for considering the fact that this life is but a step away from eternity.
Noah Levy, reader
I love the way the book tells you more about God and Jesus. The best story I think was Casey Jones because he risked his life to save others like our Saviour Jesus.