"To everyone, young or old, who has ever imagined that an ordinary rock was a dragon's egg."
Cameron O'Hearn, the director of the Mass of Ages trilogy put it well when he said this about Catholic artists, "(W)e are not musicians on the Titanic, just trying to make tragedy bearable. But we are prophets who have witnessed a divine spark, some glimpse of the heavenly homeland, and we want to tell the world about what ‘eye has not seen, and ear has not heard" so that Catholics aren't just "assenting to a list of beliefs, but are thrilled by them. That the truths of the faith become irresistibly beautiful. So that they remember that this world is thy ship and not thy home." The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia are excellent examples of this, in my opinion. They not only capture the heart and mind of the reader, but they raise them up in the beauty of Good; good friendships, good fellowship, good ideals, good society... a glimpse of Christendom in tiny places. The deep friendships between the Nine Companions in The Lord of the Rings, the coziness of the Shire, the epic and courageous men fighting monstrous evils to protect all that is good in the world... It pulls the heartstrings and reminds the reader of the human longing; for Heaven, for Christendom, for Good. A book written by a Catholic doesn't have to be preachy or boring, it just has to show a glimpse of Good, and take the reader along on an adventure to find Good. To preserve Good.
Magnify, the first book in the Christian epic fantasy series Storm & Spire, is another example of such storytelling and Catholic artistry. Author Stefanie Lozinski not only writes an enchanting story that grips the reader, but she also weaves Christian allegory throughout without being stuffy or preachy.
Magnify, ( a #1 New Release in Teen & Young Adult Christian Action & Adventure on Amazon) follows Wes, a young man who is born into the role of Envoy for the people of Kavereth, fated to bring the sacrificial treasure of the people to the Dracodei (the Dragon gods). However, Wes has his whole world turned upside down after meeting Celesyria, and together they must face the biggest and most terrifying question imaginable... one that would potentially turn everyone they love against them, and change everything they've ever known. Is the truth worth the risk?
With Dwarves, Dragons, Deermasters, and political intrigue... Magnify gently takes ahold of the reader and holds them captive to the very last page, leaving them hungry for the next book!
I highly recommend this book not only to fantasy lovers, but to anyone looking for a genuinely good book to read. It is easy to read; there wasn't a time where I felt bored or felt I knew for certain what was going to happen next. I also enjoyed the authors poetic writing style. For me personally, I found this book pretty similar to Taylor Marshall's Sword & Serpent trilogy and I'd say that fans of his work as well as The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine, Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings as well as the C.S. Lewis' Narnia books would especially enjoy Magnify.
Give this book a try! It might be your next favorite read!
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Magnify is available on Kindle & free on Kindle Unlimited! The paperback is coming soon!