Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider

Christian - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
292 Pages
Reviewed on 04/08/2019
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Author Biography

Although my degree is in psychology, I have always been an artist and writer. In 2009, my first novel, “The Judging,” was published by Treasureline Press. I grew up reading Stephen King and Anne Rice (horror and vampires), and in 2004, I read Frank Peretti’s “This Present Darkness” and was inspired to write “horror” from a Biblical perspective. As a Messianic Jewish believer, I also bring elements of my Hebraic roots to the books which readers have commented on often. “Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider” is Book 1 of 6, and #5, “Conundrum”, is currently in editing and expected late 2019 from Little Roni Publishers. Please follow me on Amazon to be alerted when my new books come out and connect with me on Twitter or Facebook (or email!). From the beginning, I love hearing from you.

As for horror or vampires in “Christian fiction,” I love writing characters who struggle with Truth, faith, their sin / short-comings, because everyone experiences these trials in life; when I write fiction, I always write a character who is working his or her way to the Truth—as we all are in real life.

Simultaneously, I am writing a stand-alone novel, “The Indwelling of Tori Blessing,” that will use spiritual warfare to bring a nonbeliever to the Truth, while at the same time, end the evil workings of a demonically-empowered demigod. This will be my first “young adult” novel and incorporate biblically-accurate angel and demon characters with the protagonists aged 16 to 21.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider by Ellen C Maze is perhaps the only original novel I have come across after reading the Harry Potter series. The thrill, the mystery and the suspense of the chase had my heart racing and wanting more. I enjoyed how Beth is hard-headed enough to stand her ground but intelligent enough to know when she should run away. The story itself is brilliantly constructed and developed, which kept my attention and had me literally begging for more.

This is the story of Beth Rider, an author who struck gold when her vampire novel reached number one. She was happy, even ecstatic, but during one fateful book signing event, she comes across a stranger who threatens her. Now she finds herself the target of an ancient vampiric race called the Rakum who will not stop until they get their hands on her and kill her. It is literally a race against time and a race for her life. If she slows down, she will die, but how far can she run?

The story is absolutely genius. I was literally biting my nails and wanting to know what would happen next. I was rooting for Beth and needed her to survive this race against time. She is the perfect protagonist. She is humble, intelligent, headstrong and simply a genuine person that I could meet in real life. This made me relate to her and enjoy reading about her even more. Her growth was tremendous, which added more to the story. I loved it!

K.C. Finn

Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is a work of fantasy fiction with Christian themes and undertones, penned by author Ellen C Maze. Forming volume one of the continuing saga of Rabbit books, in this first instalment we meet author Beth Rider as her young adult series of books hits the bestseller list. But her work of fantasy fiction catches the menacing eyes of some actual fantastic beasts, the vampiric creatures known as the Rakum, and they decide that Beth must be eliminated. Beth becomes the rabbit as she is hunted down, desperately trying to find somewhere safe to hide from the Rakum, or find a way to destroy them and live freely again.

As the opening to an extensive series, author Ellen C Maze does a great job in setting up her fantasy world and the trials and tribulations that will affect her characters here and in future novels. Told with a biblical world view on the supernatural aspects, the non-graphic action and language of the piece work well for all readers aged thirteen and up to provide a superb fantasy action adventure tale. I liked the development of Beth very much as an innocent thrown into a world of desperation, and her struggle to escape such powerful dark forces was both exciting and morally strong for the message of the tale as a whole. The Rakum, too, were well developed into frightening beasts with their own agenda of destruction. Overall, I would certainly recommend Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider for those seeking a new and exciting Christian fantasy read.

K.J. Simmill

The problem with writing a good book is you never know how far it will reach, nor the impact it will have on those who read it. Beth was used to the somewhat overzealous fans, but what she wasn't prepared for was a visit from a monster straight from her tales. He marked her for sport, but when her path crossed with Michael's, he was certain there had been a mistake. She didn't fit the profile of a rabbit. Her book had been dangerous to their kind, prompting a disconnection that the Elders hadn't seen for a long time. This woman's work was dangerous and, to secure their lifestyle, she and her influence had to be forever silenced.

Rabbit: Chasing Beth Rider is Ellen C Maze's Christian paranormal novel. It focuses on Beth Rider, a young novelist whose book has turned the lives of the Rakum upside down. This steady-paced novel introduces an increasing level of tension until you daren't put it down because you just have to see how things will play out. Obviously being Christian fiction, there is a constant yet not particularly preachy injection of faith, God, and the power of religion, which means the book will appeal to those who enjoy a faith-orientated read, and those who find an overly-religious tone too oppressive. The balance in this book is good and central to the unique plot line. This is a fantastic story, with plenty to be taken away from it. The more you read into the meanings, the more messages become apparent. Hope, salvation, fear, threat, challenges, and trials will keep you reading, while the ever-growing characters and their developing bonds will keep you hungry for more.