Novella Review: The Locke Hart Chronicles

One of the cool things I’ve discovered since starting my blog, is the network of writers who are willing to help each other learn, and grow their writing skills through sharing their work before it’s published. That enables the writer to get better, unbiased feedback about their writing. Having your mom, sister, or mom’s sisters’ cousin read your writing may feed your ego, but it may not enhance your work much, or your odds of getting published.

I’ve had the great pleasure of “meeting” fencing with ink (Michael Baylock), who initiated a writing swap for reviews on his blog. And so, this is how I came across his novella.

The magical tale of dragons, warriors, and swordsmen is intricately woven around Christian based verses and way of life. Though the story includes references front The Bible, it tells the lessons and morals that anyone can relate to, and standards that we all should live by.

In spite of this being a mythical read, the emotions experienced by the characters are real. They have been developed into well-rounded yet defined beings whose feelings would be easily identified with by any tween reader. The characters are fun, with a good sense of humor, while also striking a realistic sense of fear and grief.

The novella contains a great build-up, all the way through. The most anticipated part of the novel never came – but the ending was better than I could have predicted, learning that it really wasn’t about “the battle” itself rather than the journey leading up to it. Locke’s transformation throughout the story melded old Christian beliefs with a modern outlook on the religion – which in my opinion is what younger followers are looking for in their faith.

The Locke Hart Chronicles is an interesting story for young imaginative readers who want something a little different than the typical Bible parables. I’ve honestly never read anything like it, and I wish I had discovered this type of writing at a much younger age. I think it is an excellent addition to any young Bible reader’s library.

If you are interested in reading The Locke Hart Chronicles, or want to initiate a reading swap, please feel free to contact the author directly – CLICK HERE

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We read to learn, to feel, to laugh, to understand others. We write to teach, express, communicate, to inspire others. I created Invisible Ink as an outlet of sorts, an area where I can organize the chaos; a place where hopefully I can be true to myself, and my readers. Writing is personal, it takes a brave and dedicated soul to formulate a piece and then share it with the world. That being said, I get just as much out of reading other's work as I do sharing mine ( I am always open to manuscript review swaps, just send me a message). Words read off a page evoke emotions. When taken out of context, or through an out of focus lens - anyone can mold the words, shifting their meaning to fit their agenda or distorted outlook. Staying true to form and myself, I won't censor my content, but I will censor my audience. Whatever lens you happen to be reading this through - I hope you enjoy!

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