About the Book
When Roric was born little did he know that his family would die violently as he watched and that his world would crumble only to later find himself chained into the life of a slave forced to survive in the world of the arena where every match meant death for someone, but he survived and one day he escaped.
A Warrior’s Redemption is the beginning of a family saga that starts with a boy named Roric. He lives on a distant world that is full of unrest, where disputes are settled by the sword. Little is known of how they came to this world, only that they came from a place known as Earth, in the distant past. How they came is a mystery that some want to discover again while others would gladly die to keep those secrets from ever seeing the light of day. Roric’s father tired of keeping the secrets of his ancestors, from the people of his nation, forsakes his family’s oath, and leaves to find peace in another land. Little did he know that the wickedness of the land that he settles in would kill him and all his family, except for his oldest son, Roric. Roric, embittered by seeing the death of his family, finds himself sold into slavery. He becomes a survivor in the arena, where man is matched to the death against man and beast alike. He escapes only to pursue a life of vengeance against those who afflicted him and killed his family. Tormented by a life without peace, he remembers the guiding words of his mother, which open up a path of redemption that becomes the guiding influence of his life. Through acts of intrigue and deception he is lead to the awareness of the darker menace within a spiritual world that is unseen, but that he is no less involved in. He travels to the land of his ancestors, a place of majestic mountains and the valleys that lie between them that are settled by a people that exist in peace only because of the warriors that have fought and died to keep them so. It is in protecting these people that Roric finds a reason worth fighting for. He grapples with the long held secrets of his family and unlike his father before him, decides to fight so that his people can remain free. He rises above his humble past to become a leader that inspires a nation in its fight for survival and becomes a legend.
4 out of 5 (stars)
After I read this book, it took me a couple of days to gather my thoughts, as I’d never read anything like it before. One thing I knew however, was that overall, I liked it! After all, any book over 400 pages long that could keep me glued to my kindle screen had to be pleasantly captivating.
Roric, the main character, was very interesting to follow. I found his tenacity and resilience intriguing. He dealt with so much, and his journey to greatness was full of many struggles. Yet, he maintained a kind and gentle heart. After discovering God, he developed a deep sense of gratitude too. I thought that was sweet!
The selection of characters is a unique bunch. The author crafted the plot in a way that you could see God’s hand in Roric’s life, so that the way Roric encountered each character in the story was clearly not accidental. From the beginning, it was clear Roric was on a journey to discover something bigger than what he’d ever imagined life could offer. How that journey unraveled throughout the story, in my opinion, is the real gift to the reader.
There was one character in particular that caught my attention—Sebastian. He entered and exited the story in a way I never expected. To eventually discover his true identity and intentions was a welcome surprise. This guy wasn’t what he seemed at all, and what I liked most about him was his quick/wise reflectiveness and assessments of the matters before him; and also his calm acceptance of where God had placed him in life. These beautiful traits helped him deliver well in his role.
A lot of faith issues were dealt with, some so astounding that if you’re not open-hearted, you may not be able to accommodate them, even as a Christian. Stanton chose to expose the full extent of God’s power. This book practically sent me back to the Book of Acts. You experience Roric’s growth of faith in God, as well as yours (if you let it). The best part is that, it reminds us that God does pay attention; He answers prayers, and there’s nothing He can’t do. This story is unapologetically expressive of God’s truth and Word, and explores a deep sense of spirituality that writers rarely delve into. Stanton brought to light the questions, doubts and shaky faith that attack a Christian in the roughest of times, and also the temptations that show the extent of man’s weakness and vulnerability. It was raw truth. And finally, Stanton let us see the numerous ways God nudges and speaks to His children.
I admit that sometimes I found the characters too dramatic, but it also added to the fun and reading enjoyment. Also, this work could do with a little more editing, even though all together, the lack of it wouldn’t get in the way of you understanding and enjoying the story. There’s also some back story that though I appreciate and understand the role they played in the overall plot, I think they could have been better handled.
Note—I struggled on how to award this book with a star rating. But after thinking about it, I decided to give it a 4-star despite the non-editing, because I didn’t want to take away the fact that this book can be enjoyed. In all honesty, I thoroughly enjoyed it. So I gave it a 4-star rating, but with this note to prepare readers on what to expect.
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*Although I offer this review to the public, it is my opinion and simply that. My gratitude to the author, Guy Stanton III, for reaching out to me with a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
About the Author
I’m a dreamer, a poet, a lover, a husband, a father, and a man of God. I’m inspired by what I’ve seen and what I’ve read, but what I create with my words is where I dream. I pray for inspiration, and I enjoy what I have written just as I hope that others will as well. I’m a quiet man on the outside, but writing has become the playground of my soul to express itself in the grandeur of the created worlds and tales that I have been fortunate enough to dream of. The best way to find out more about me is to read my books. I write from the heart and I express both my shortcomings and my triumphs. I like to think of my writing as ‘Reality Fiction’. I tell it like I see it. Life is short and the troubles many, but with faith in Jesus Christ all things have become possible to me. I may write ‘make believe’, but I strive to live out what I write. I enjoy my work and I hope you do too. Have a blessed time reading my imaginative thoughts.
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