Of Slaves and Exiles
Margaret Gaffney builds a really cool magical mythology and plunges us into a fantasy uprising in Of Slaves and Exiles! Ewan, heir to the throne of the magical Curae, seeks help in defeating the High King of Verdania. He finds this in the unlikely ally of Constance, heiress to the throne of Men, the same people enslaved by the Curae. Unfortunately, Constance must battle with her own demons, including her addiction to a magical drug, before she has any hope of helping Ewan. Ewan and Constance are both complicated characters and I loved all the depth Gaffney put into them and her world! It was fun exploring Verdania and the history of the struggle between humanity and the Curae, and seeing how all that laced itself into Ewan and Constance’s struggle. If you love slightly darker fantasy with thoughtful characters and in depth lore, come fix your addiction with Of Slaves and Exiles!
The Heart of an Eye
Iulia Bocaneala gives us a very thought-provoking novel set in a bizarre future in The Heart of an Eye! This work of fiction certainly isn’t for the faint of heart as it’s very deeply covered in layers of logic and philosophy, but it’s quite rewarding for anyone brave enough to take it on. It depicts a future where society functions more like a machine than a social structure, and really delves into the concepts of free will, social interaction, and even the meaning of life itself. This one’s definitely a challenging read, but you certainly come out feeling more enlightened and thoughtful about humanity. If you love a deep look at philosophy set in fiction, come ponder the world of The Heart of an Eye!
Understanding Divine Trinity
Julius Ogunbiyi takes a deep dive into clarifying and exploring the Trinity in Understanding Divine Trinity! Understanding the Godhead as three parts (Father, Spirit, Son) can be confusing at the best of times, so it’s really nice to have materials that walk you through it. Ogunbiyi examines every mention of God in the Bible, guiding us with verses and even a deep examination of root words and translation. It isn’t necessarily a light read, but for anyone looking to grow their Christian knowledge, this was a very fascinating and deep look at one of the Bible’s most confusing concepts! If you’re looking to gain some spiritual knowledge, or maybe just learn about another culture, come examine the three-facetted nature of Yahweh in this deep study!