HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Brenwyd Legacy, Book 1: Finding Truth
Author: Rosemary Groux
Illustrator: Margaret Syverud
Publisher: Believe Books, 2013
Related website: http://BrenwydLegacy.com (series), http://www.BelieveBooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: Young adult, ages 13 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Groux, Rosemary. Brenwyd Legacy, Book 1: Finding Truth (published in 2013 by Believe Books LLC, Washington, DC). What would you do to protect your family and friends? Cassandra (Cassie) Pennington lives with her parents, father Tyler or Ty, a history professor and archaeologist at the University of Virginia who is especially interested in King Arthur, and mother Leah, in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia., along with her dog Kaiser (Kai), cats Smokey and Calico, and her horses. Her best friends and neighbors are the Thompsons, Benjamin, who has known Ty since college, Ben’s wife Hannah, and their twin children David and Sarah. Cassie has always had some unusual abilities, such as keen senses, high intelligence, and being able to communicate with animals, but at age ten she receives a shock—her formerly rounded ears suddenly become pointed!
Cassie learns that she is a descendent of the Brenwyds, a race of people who had been given special gifts by God but during the Dark Ages were thought of as witches and began to be hunted to extinction by the Reficul Brotherhood, an organization started by Mordred in King Arthur’s time to destroy the Brenwyds. The Brenwyds are the source of legends about elves. Cassie is just about to tell all this to David and Sarah on her fourteenth birthday when her parents are abducted by the Brotherhood and taken to England. Cassie determines to rescue them and reluctantly accepts help from the Thompsons and a strange boy named William. Will Cassie find her parents? What will happen to them all? And who is this William? This book is identified as “Christian fantasy,” and while it is fantasy with a great deal of excitement, adventure, and suspense, it is firmly rooted and grounded in a Biblical worldview, which is always refreshing.
In this first novel of the epic Brenwyd Legacy Trilogy about the role of believers in the unseen battle between good and evil, author Rosemary Groux, who has a passion for reading, riding, history, and all things King Arthur, gives young people an opportunity to discover their identity in Christ, the importance of trusting God and not themselves, and an understanding of the power of grace. The book has already won a Mom’s Choice Award®, being named among the best in family-friendly media, products and services and given a Silver for Outstanding Young Contributor. There are a couple of common euphemisms (darn, gosh), but the story is generally wholesome, with a great emphasis on living by faith in the Lord, and strenuously avoids references to magic or other forms of occultism. I really enjoyed reading it, especially as the plot came to its climax, and highly recommend it. It does come to a satisfying conclusion but is not the end of the story. Book 2 of the series will be entitled Finding Secrets.