"This is a middle-grade fantasy type Christian fiction novel. It is the second book in a series. We were fortunate to be able to review the first book in the series as well. They are best read as a series in the order they were written for the most understanding and enjoyment.
As school starts back up we tend to add an extra read aloud to our daily schedule. The Towers of Light series has been amazing. My kids sit still to listen to it and are totally enthralled. The older ones also have read it on their own but they still sit to listen.
Book two takes you further and expands on what happens in book one. You can read my review of book one Light of Mine to find out about it.
This is a great series about the power of light versus darkness. In this book, the children’s uncle shows up and tries to lead them off their path. He thinks they should go to safety and stay out of the fight. Their faith wavers and they leave their path because they allow his voice to draw them from where they know they should be.
The allegories in this book are wonderful! I love that even adults can glean something from the book and it’s a wonderful way of telling and showing how things can apply to the Bible and our faith as well as the modern world when really children think they’re just reading a riveting fiction book.
I am very picky of what books I allow to stay on our shelves. We have limited shelf space in our small home. This series will remain on our shelves for all of my children to read. Also, even if I don’t get the chance to review the rest of the series we will be adding them to our collection. Grab a copy of this series and read it! You won’t regret this decision.
I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations."
For Him and My Family
"Growing up, I was an avid reader, devouring as many books as I could and blazing through series after series. Among my favorites were “Little House on the Prairie” and “The Younguns of Mansfield.” The nineteenth-century has always held a special place in my heart, and slipping into that bygone world through literature was and continues to be a great joy for me. I read almost exclusively Christian works, and my favorite genre is, unsurprisingly, historical fiction, while fantasy has rarely found a place on my shelves over the years. However, over the past year, I have stepped out of my comfort zone and taken advantage of the opportunity to review books from the fantasy genre, which has proven to be a blessing and has introduced me to many wonderful authors and their books.
One of these is Allen Brokken, author of the Towers of Light middle-grade fantasy adventure series. As much as I love discovering quality adult fiction, finding the same for children is a double blessing because it is so needed these days. “Still Small Voice” is book two in the series, which should be read in order because the story continues seamlessly from one book to the next. This second book deals mainly with transitions, setting the scene for what I predict may be a showdown in book three. However, this is not to say that “Still Small Voice” is unexciting or merely a placeholder. Far from it! Rather, we see Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan facing difficult decisions and learning that these decisions have consequences. In order to keep the Light burning, they need to remain strong in faith, but that isn’t always easy to do, particularly when their Uncle is not a believer and they are confronted with negative feelings.
“Still Small Voice” immerses readers further into the world of Zoura while gently teaching Biblical truths along the way. I love that Brokken does this so naturally, without making his stories seem preachy and sententious. Although I am quite beyond the target audience age range, I love the inclusion of special animals and the humor that the author infuses into the narrative despite the overall serious tone resulting from the threat of danger. Brokken demonstrates skillful insight into children’s behavior by the way in which he writes the story mostly from their viewpoint, highlighting their concerns and uncertainties. Also, it is very refreshing to read about children who are respectful and God-honoring and who are trying to follow the Holy Spirit’s still, small voice to conquer the darkness threatening Zoura and their own family. Another thought-provoking, heart-stirring story in the Towers of Light series that leaves readers anxiously awaiting the third book and hopefully learning to listen to the still, small voice within.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through Celebrate Lit and was not required to post a favorable review. All opinions are my own."
For the Love of Literature
"This story is an excellent one to pick up and enjoy as a family! I thought that the premise was interesting and I am enjoying getting to know the characters as they seek to listen to the Still Small Voice. I loved that they are kind hearted children who are concerned about their Uncle's welfare, even when the reader might be feeling like there are warning signs for them not to be so trusting of him. I also love the setting. This is a delightful fantasy style series that will delight readers of all ages.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. This is my honest review. "