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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Daniel and the Serpent's Abyss by Charles Nathan Lumbatis is the third book in the Sons and Daughters series. Daniel and his friends have been training and preparing for when the day arrives to save Seren's sister Raylin and set forth on a journey to find the last Weapon of Power. The Abyssal Staff is the last weapon they have to retrieve which will put them on their most dangerous adventure yet. Gabriela arrives with the news that she will lead the trek to the British Isles, which will give them an opportunity to go after Raylin who continues her search for more power. Their journey doesn't go according to plan when Daniel and his friends end up in Ireland while Seren comes up with her own plan to save her sister. As they plot their next moves, Daniel can't understand why the Three haven't been answering prayers or why Gabriela has become distant while their fight against the Serpent is growing closer.
Daniel is back with his next adventure as he and his friends face their toughest struggle yet. The battle with the Enemy represents the battle between good and evil with Daniel and his friends as the chosen ones to stop this evil. Faith is a strong element of the story as Daniel and his friends have grown in their faith as the Three have guided them on their journey from the beginning and have interfered just when they were needed most. This faith has grown over the last couple of books only to now start to shake as the ultimate fight against the Enemy is approaching. The Three seem to have become silent which threatens to shake Daniel's faith in them.
Charles Nathan Lumbatis explores themes of family through Daniel as he discovers a family of his own and now faces a dilemma when he learns that his biological mother wants to get in contact with him. This pushes him to look into his family's past which has a connection to the Enemy and to make a choice about whether he wants to meet her. His relationship with Gabriela continues to be explored through their journey seeking the weapon, which shows that the two seem to have drifted and pushes Daniel to wonder why she has become distant on their journey. Daniel and the Serpent's Abyss has all the components that make a fantasy adventure truly epic: faith, action, family, and the battle between good and evil.