Armor of God, B&H Kids, Book Review, Christian Fantasy, Ephesians 6:10-18, Gina Detwiler, Middle Grade, Priscilla Shirer, The Prince Warriors, Unseen Invasion
I’m celebrating my chance to review a second book off the list I posted two months ago about books I was excited for still in 2016. The first book, Kingdom Prayer by Tony Evans, delivered. How did this book, the second book in a series that I had already enjoyed, turn out? Check out below!
Title: The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion
Book Two in the Prince Warriors Series
Authors: Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler
Published by: B&H Kids (October 15, 2016)
288 Pages (Hardcover)
Blurb: In this second book in The Prince Warriors trilogy, the Prince Warriors face new challenges on earth and in the unseen realm of Ahoratos. The enemy, angry about his last defeat, is targeting them with weapons and tactics they had never imagined, including the flaming Olethron. The kids must turn to Ruwach and the Source, who can give them more pieces of armor to help them stand strong against this deadly threat.
My Take: Wow, what a trip this second book turned out to be. The feel of this book was very different from the first in the series, and in a good way. Internal conflicts take the center stage for almost all of the main Prince and Princess Warriors. There are some new warriors introduced over the course of the book, some of them being a welcome surprise.
Perhaps the iconic scene in this book was the early encounter with the Olethrons. It was great to see which of the warriors stepped up, how others followed that lead once the bold decision was made. The different personalities of the warriors provide for extremely unique circumstances that they are being placed in. Some have struggles early in the book, whereas others run into problems later in the book due to their own actions, or in some cases their inactions. I loved the dynamics that each person, and situation, provided as they worked through similar, yet distinctly unique, situations that came up over the course of the book.
It was awesome, of course, to see them gain two new pieces of the Armor of God in this book. The shield, in particular, was executed in an interesting and unique manner. Like Evan, I cannot wait until the Swords come out (I assume in Book 3) but they always have exactly what they need. These warriors are a strong core team, and I am confident that children (and adults) reading this book will find at least one boy or girl in the book that they identify with more than the others. It is a diverse cast that I will be sad to leave behind after the third book because, I believe, that is the final planned book in the series.
The unseen invasion is the last thing I wanted to mention, if only briefly, because it demonstrates the idea that the spiritual war is being waged in our physical world. Most of the people in the world at the time of that unseen invasion were oblivious to what was happening around them, and even were confused by the orders, and actions, of those who could see that invasion. When living out our spiritual walks today, there are often decisions and actions that we will be called to make that will make no sense to those who are living in the world. They might question our choices, perhaps even mock or scorn us for them, yet we are to still engage in that spiritual warfare using the complete Armor of God. It was a nice touch, and something that would lead into some great discussions with the children reading the book.
Like the first book, I highly encourage children and adults to read this. It is engaging for audiences of all ages, from middle grade readers on up. It contains so much scriptural truth in there that are bound to lead into some wonderful discussions and discipleship moments in the home. This series should be on everyone’s radar, and with the final book coming out next year this will be a trilogy that deserves a place in every family’s bookshelf.
**Note: I received a copy of this book on NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.