Sunday, February 3, 2013

Book Review: Broken Wings

Broken Wings by Shannon Dittemore is the sequel to Angel Eyes and Book Two in its trilogy. I was curious to read it because I enjoyed reading Angel Eyes. Broken Wings didn’t make quite the same impression on me, though.

First, there seemed to be a lack of continuity between the two books. Angel Eyes was fairly complete in itself. Broken Wings, though, is mostly a set up for Book Three, Dark Halo, due out in August of this year. Broken Wings begins about six months after Angel Eyes ends, introduces new characters whose place in the story won’t really be clear until the next book, and seems to significantly alter Brielle’s dad’s character, turning him from a loving, but confused single father into a grieving alcoholic so overwhelmed with his own issues that he has only frustration to offer his struggling daughter.

As I read this fictional story, I was uncomfortable with some of the author’s ideas about the spiritual realm. If an author is writing about werewolves or vampires or zombies, that author can take all the liberties she wants and make up just about anything because those monsters are fictional. But the Bible tells us that angels and demons and unseen spiritual warfare exist. We don’t know much about these, but I’m not sure we’re at liberty to just make up our own picture for lack of actual knowledge. Readers who don’t know much about the Bible might assume the Bible really says that cherubs sneak into Hell as spies to learn what Satan is up to in order to tell the Archangel Michael when God doesn’t give Michael the information Himself or that the Bible really describes all the different kinds of angels and demons that Dittemore includes in her story. I wasn't quite comfortable with this.

That said, when Dittemore writes of Brielle learning to worship God with the gifts He’s given her or discovering that human songs of praise and prayers for help are powerful, she helps readers understand what really matters in this life. Those parts of the book are beautiful! So I’m still curious to read what happens in the next book, trusting that questions and confusions brought up in this one will be perfectly resolved in it.

I thank Thomas Nelson Publishers for sending a complimentary eCopy of this book for my honest review.

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