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Reviewed by Joseph C. Posner for Readers' Favorite
A Matter of Blood’s protagonist is Jake Amarel, who leaves his family pastureland behind to make a name for himself in the big city – Berlath. Jake is an aspiring inventor, whilst his family members possess powers that allow them to manipulate energy and matter. Seeing as Jake has been adopted, he does not have the same abilities as his father or his brother, Nathan. Jake’s time in Berlath is fraught with danger and difficulties, and all the while, the sense of estrangement from his family pushes him to make decisions with severe consequences. Will Jake survive the Berlath underworld unscathed? Will his family reconcile with him once they see the path he has taken?
A Matter of Blood is not the type of literature one would expect for a retelling of one of the Bible’s most well-known parables, but in her latest novel, Lauren H Salisbury produces a well-executed story that articulates Jesus’s message in a fantastical world. The most successful aspect of Salisbury’s work is her world development. The fantasy elements are carefully blended and the reader immediately enjoys the presence of creatures such as Mammoxes and Flurtoos. This is a credit to the author who skillfully utilizes the genre to convey her story. This book is engaging and entertaining, whilst Jesus’s powerful message of reconciliation is cleverly interwoven into a vibrant fantasy world.