Elias of Elderberry by Theresa Sneed is a truly marvelous book! The action, concept, and mysteries contained in this novel are intensely compelling and exciting. Not satisfied with simply writing an entertaining story, Sneed fills the pages with lessons about temptation, addiction, and the morals of right versus wrong.
Elias of Elderberry: 8 out of 10
I love the premise for the novel. When faced with the power to have whatever you want, how would you use it? When such a magical, albiet evil, item is mysteriously thrusts into Elias of Elderberry's hands, he is faced with that exact question. His struggles are remarkably similar to one struggling with addiction; the repulsive and attractive back and forth of decisions.
After a beginning packed with ethical and moral examinations, the reader is introduced to a world of magic, angels, demons, and forces for good and evil that are mostly unknown by our modern world. Elias goes on a journey to save his family, the world, and himself. Trials of temptation, demons, and addiction stand in his way. The only problem that I had with this novel was the odd mixture of magic and really advanced technology that takes the place of magic in many places. The "technology" involved in the story was often strange and weird and would have been much better if the author had just used magic for the same purposes.
Elias of Elderberry is a fantastic book that everyone should read. The novel is far more than just an captivating story, it is an inspiring insight into the human condition and the ongoing, real-life struggle between good and evil.
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