This month’s Christian Science Fiction & Fantasy Blog Tour is about the book Scarlet, by Stephen Lawhead. Now, if you have read any of my other posts on Stephen Lawhead, you will know that he is one of my favorite authors, and as such I am both humbled and inspired to read his craftsmanship.
Why do I say ‘craftsmanship’ instead of just ‘books’? It is because I believe Lawhead is a true artist and his level of craft is so high that his books are a joy to read and an example to marvel at.
I will never forget the day I was reading near the beginning of his book “Silver Hand” (Song of Albion Book 2) and I realized that the (first person written) main character was blinded. BLINDED? How can Lawhead do that? How can he write the entire rest of the book in first person from the perspective of a blind man? I was shocked by Lawhead’s audacity and amazed as the pages unfurled and it worked—he actually made it work!
So then, as I sit here and hold Hood (Book 1) in my hand and anticipate picking up Scarlet (Book 2) later today, I can testify that these books are excellent. Not only are they excellent, but they raise the bar for any of us who desire to become authors of Christian fantasy.
What do I recommend? Go out and buy these books as Christmas presents! These would make a great gift for anyone on your shopping list—whether young, old, peasant, outlaw, or king.
(Ahem … maybe I’ve been reading Hood too much lately! Is that possible? 🙂
Anyway, stay tuned for Part 2 with more “review”-ish thoughts.