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Book: The Rhise Of Light: Book One in the Darkness Overcome Series
Author: Max B. Sternberg
Cover Illustrator: Robert Sternberg
Publisher: Max B Sternberg, 2021
ISBN-13: 978-1736998922 Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1736998927 Hardcover
ISBN-13: 978-1736998915 Paperback
ISBN-10: 1736998919 Paperback
Related website(s): http://maxbsternberg.com/ (author)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 12-18 and up
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sternberg, Max B. The Rhise Of Light: Book One in the Darkness Overcome Series (Published in 2021 by Max B Sternberg). Twenty year old Leon Rhise is the son of the wealthy Lord Lucian Rhise, a very important nobleman in the kingdom of Xaelon, but the young man left home five years ago to fight in the Undead Wars. After a horrific, wartime accident which brings his career in the airship navy to an abrupt end, Leon returns home, hoping for a warm reunion, but finds that his reception is very cold, and he is abruptly driven away. His only possessions are the clothes on his back, a necklace with a Levigem that represents his family, and an ancient, rusty spear. Disowned, unemployed, and friendless, he feels that all hope seems lost. Then he discovers that the old spear is actually a mysterious relic, which opens up the possibility of his becoming a Judge, a hero of legend that has not been seen for centuries, according to what an angel tells him that night in a bizarre dream which he experiences.
Will Leon choose to follow his destiny as Judge and bring back the knowledge of the forgotten God known as Adonai? Does he find anyone who believes his story and agrees to help him? And what happens to him when wanted posters appear offering a reward for his capture whether alive or dead? This book could be categorized as “Christian Fantasy.” Woven through the plot with plenty of action, humor, and intrigue are themes like repentance, redemption, faith, and forgiveness from abuse, as well as numerous Scripture references. The Rhise of Light , which is a clean novel with an interesting story line, well-developed characters, and rich description, as well as a good amount of adventure, is Book 1of the “Darkness Overcome Series.” Author Max B. Sternberg has been working on two additional novels for the series. Book Two is The Rhise Of Hope.