Jophiel's Secret

A Lifeline Fantasy Series Book 2

Fiction - Supernatural
310 Pages
Reviewed on 11/11/2022
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Reviewed by Cloie Belle Daffon for Readers' Favorite

Jophiel’s Secret is book two of A Lifeline Fantasy Series by Johanna Frank. Pipiera finds herself torn between leaving to help her old friend Jophiel in the mortal world or staying in the Kingdom’s Outer Courtyard to welcome her Mother. The powerful angelic escort Jophiel was on an earth tour himself but was being summoned back early at the behest of the king. To delay his return and help him, Pipiera travels back to the mortal realm, not knowing that there might be more to matters than she thought. Jophiel, currently known as six-year-old Joppha, is clever, sensitive, and determined. After being teased by Emerson, the child Jophiel runs away embarrassed and angry and sees a picture of a familiar place. It spurs him on an adventure to find his way back to his real home.

Jophiel's Secret takes us on an unexpected adventure. The book is an interesting blend of fantasy elements and reality. This tale is filled with a healthy dose of interpersonal conflict as well as warfare, which made me look forward to the next chapters. I sympathized with Matthew’s turmoil as he looked for Joppha and I could feel his confusion and fear when he saw things that weren’t there. His growth as a character is interesting to note especially when I remembered the important role he is to play in the future. I admired his bravery in the face of the unknown and his care for Joppha. Following Joppha’s story as he ran away was also an adventure. I was concerned for him and at the same time intrigued by his resolve to get back home. Johanna Frank has created an engrossing tale with captivating characters and gripping twists and turns that kept me at the edge of my seat right to the end.

Pikasho Deka

Jophiel's Secret is the sequel to The Gatekeeper's Descendants and the second book of A Lifeline Fantasy Series by Johanna Frank. Pipiera is eagerly waiting for her mother's arrival in the Kingdom when she is unceremoniously sent back to Earth on a mission by her ancestor aunts, Serena and Alexien. After her descent to Earth, Pipiera boards with the Damien family, seeking to keep an eye on the events circulating in the small town of Havensight. Meanwhile, six-year-old Jophiel goes missing under the supervision of Emerson Damien and Matthew Mackenzie, who must now find a way to locate him at any cost. While everyone suspects Pipiera as the reason for Jophiel's disappearance, the Rebel Kasartha appears to Jophiel, seeking to deny him eternity. Can Pipiera and her fellow Gatekeeper's Descendants find and rescue Jophiel?

Jophiel's Secret is an intriguing family drama in a supernatural setting in which fantasy lovers are guaranteed to immerse themselves. Author Johanna Frank builds a sprawling fantastical world that will draw readers in from the first page and keep them hooked until the end. The narrative contains biblical themes and lore that will especially appeal to Christian readers. The dynamic between the different members of the Descendants and the inhabitants of Havensight was probably my favorite aspect of the story. The characters are distinct, with their own unique personas and motives that give agency to their actions. Despite being the second book in a series, Jophiel's Secret functions seamlessly as a standalone. Recommended to supernatural fantasy lovers.

Lexie Fox

Jophiel’s Secret is the latest installment in Johanna Frank’s Lifeline Fantasy series in the supernatural genre. The book follows the story of Joppha, a young boy who is secretly the angel Jophiel in earthly form. When Joppha vanishes without a trace, a battle with potentially dire consequences begins whilst Joppha’s family must deal with the suspicions of local law enforcement trying to understand what happened to the young boy. I immediately fell in love with the scale of this story which seamlessly alternates between two distinct ideas: the first being the important philosophical and spiritual notions of angels and evil and the world that lies just beyond our understanding, and the second being a more intimate family drama about a missing child and the speculation by the community that comes with it.

As Joppha struggles to understand what is happening to him whilst yearning to be returned to his family, we as readers are given a fresh lens through which to view both sets of high-stakes dramas from the wonderfully narrated point of view of a young boy. Johanna Frank has underscored the many layers of drama and underlying concepts being played out throughout the novel with a very well-grounded central character who provides a much-needed anchor for the narrative. Joppha’s perspective is well-considered and the prose used throughout helps to create the sense of a young boy fighting to understand the big world of which he is unwittingly a part. Jophiel’s Secret is an excellent supernatural story that doesn’t waste an ounce of its premise, creating a compelling tale with thought-provoking themes.

K.C. Finn

Jophiel’s Secret is a work of fiction in the fantasy subgenre and forms the second standalone novel in the Lifeline Fantasy series of books. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience and was penned by author Johanna Frank. The series follows the events of The Gatekeeper’s Descendants but can be read independently, as it is set in the same world where adopted celestial descendants fall to earth. The newest of these is Jophiel, who is a young boy on earth known as Joppha. The Kingdom Authoritarians will stop at nothing to gain control of the boy’s life, but all Joppha really wants is to return home.

Once you sink yourself into the immersive and highly spiritual world that author Johanna Frank has created for her characters to inhabit, it’s easy to become totally spellbound by the mystical fantasy elements, lore, and adventure that await you on every page. One feature that I especially found heart-warming in the read was the emotional resonance of the characters, who each have at their core a pure intention and a zest for adventure. Young Joppha is the perfect foil for the plot to revolve around, but he is also beautifully crafted and brought to life in realistic dialogue and description to make you feel deeply about his predicament. Add that to the thrilling twists of the plot and the skillfully crafted battle between the Kingdom Authoritarians and the Rebels, and you have a thrilling read indeed. I’d highly recommend Jophiel’s Secret and the series in general to fans of metaphysical and spiritual fantasy reads everywhere.

Vincent Dublado

Jophiel's Secret is the second book in the Lifeline Fantasy Series by Johanna Frank. Joppha fell to Earth and has become part of an adopted line of descendants fighting against enemy forces bent on destruction. Joppha has gone missing, and military forces are on the alert. Matthew believes wholeheartedly that Joppha got into a bus, not comprehending the consequences, and that he is in one of his moods where he needs to get away from it all. Not everyone is sympathetic to Joppha’s disappearance. Emerson’s perspective on the matter is that he is annoying and irresponsible. As law enforcement and Joppha’s family point fingers at potential scapegoats, Joppha realizes that he has all he needs and decides that it is time to enter a new world. After all, he already went through a gate, so it makes sense just to keep going, to be someplace where he might fulfill the longing to be understood.

Casting aside its supernatural element, Jophiel’s Secret has this message: If you’re a young boy who has gone missing, your loved ones will exhaust all means available to find you, while those who dislike you will be insensitive and feign concern. On average, if you’re an ordinary runaway, the chances are that you’ll return home within forty-eight hours. Given that Joppha is no ordinary kid, Johanna Frank gives him other options, while still giving a lot of thought to the psychology of runaways and the possible dangers they could encounter in the open. Frank’s novel is well-written and sensitive. It has an observant, thoughtful, and balanced narrative - not too feel-good and not too dark. It succeeds because it explores character emotions so well that it moves you. If you love reading spiritual fantasy, this book will not disappoint.