A heavenly war rages among the Fallen that threatens to tear Victorian era England asunder. As the Descendants of these angelic warriors take sides in the escalating conflict, Brody West arrives with his father from America, only to find that his role in this firestorm is far greater than he ever could have imagined!
The Descendants Saga answers Where the creatures of mankind's myths and legends really came from...and their plans to subjugate humanity and dominate the world!
©2012 James Somers (P)2013 James Somers
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"Harry Potter meets Twilight"
Pretty decent story read by a decent narrator. Duncan White does a good job with the English accents. Although the main character is american caught in 19th century London, at times it seems he mysteriously develops an English accent. The rest of the characters are done adequetly. Duncan reads at a slow enough pace and at a steady tone so the listener can easily follow along and visualize in their mind's eye what is happening.
The first half of the story is pretty awesome. I could sense influences such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, even Roger Zelazny (walking among shadow changing your environment until you find the place you want - also a good bit of shape shifting thrown in), also Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist and of course Frank Peretti. The second half or at some point in the story however, you get a healthy dose of the Twilight series and some similarities to Harry Potter and his powers without the little stick (summoning fire to devour enemies and protection bubbles ala Gandalf the Grey). Anyhow although some reading this may disagree, the main character and story started to veer off into a Harry Potter versus the dudes and dudet from twilight or underworld or interview with a vampire something or other.
The influence of Frank Peretti is only slight as there is only slight mention of angels and for that matter the Word of God. This is not a full in your face Christian fantasy horror like Peretti's This Present Darkness books. It is however a mishmash of different legends and myths thrown into a spiritual warfare story or so the author leads you to believe so.
Hopefully the rest of the series will actually involve God and His "Angels". This is a story about the descendants of the Fallen - whether they be werewolves, vampires, giants, gargoyles, elves, pixies, shape shifters, telekinesis and the like.
Hope this review was helpful and not utterly confusing.
Adventure, suspense, entertaining!
Brody was a strong Christ following character and never really questioned his salvation.
I cannot choose! I loved the whole book and could not wait to keep listening any chance I could get!
Brody's faith and the ripple effect of it. His faith was powerful and others believed because of it.
Wonderfully written! I love that even though it is fantasy, there is still the Christ element in it. I do not relate as well to books, movies, or tv shows where no one even thinks of Jesus as a way out or condsiders asking Him for help.
"Nice, and good to have a book with Christian tones"
A nice, fun ride, and instead of negative programming, has great thoughts from a Christian perspective.
I listened to this on a long drive and it was gripping and helped the time pass.
There are too many vampires,fairies and the like in this story to make it believable. I listened to most of it once before and my impression was right. I can't even get through it.
could not stop reading. Narration, great! Storyline amazing! Characters were very real. Places and description were very clear and easy to visualize.
"a very poor narration..."
I really like the author and the story, but get a better narrator, he'll put you to sleep, he reads like a computer generated voice, he doesn't even sound like he even likes the book, very poor narration. Duncan White was a poor choice of a narrator.
This is a great book by a great author and the narrator just makes it better! I loved it all especially King Lycean's accent! I loved the original book and I loved the audiobook even more!
"engaging, captivating, spiritual"
The story is quick to develop. Great character development and a fast pace
God's salvation is present throughout.
He does well to differentiate among the characters
I enjoyed this book very much. I was confused with the theology of it until the twist at the end, and I was pleasantly surprised. Duncan White did a great job with the narration and I'm anxious to hear more from him. The idea that there is another very active realm (or dimension) that's invisible to us is a legitimate teaching from the KJV and this story left me with a lot to ponder long after I was done listening. I'm deep into Descendant now and looking forward to reading the whole series.
The surprise at the end just gelled everything together
This is the first I've heard from Duncan.
The entire thing.
Maybe to throw on a camp fire to tell an interesting story.
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