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Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
The Castle by Lorilyn Roberts is book three in a Young Adult (Christian) fantasy series. Daniel finds himself trapped in a seventh dimension where “time is an illusion.” Here many events from history appear to merge or connect – from events in Palestine at the time of Christ to trains taking Jews to Auschwitz. Concerned to rescue his father from a castle, escape the seventh dimension and get back to 2015, Daniel must complete the journey that God has for him. In the same dimension, a girl called Shale encourages Daniel, but he finds it hard to believe that a man called Yeshua is the Jews’ Messiah. Daniel witnesses the events that led up to the crucifixion. He then needs to find a special set of scrolls that contain the truth about Yeshua and His followers, and place them where they will be found many centuries into the future. All the while he must evade capture by the Roman soldiers who mistakenly believe him to be an abductor, murderer and escaped prisoner.
The Castle is beautifully written with an intriguing, well thought out plot that carries the reader through mystery, danger, horror and amazement. I liked the way Roberts connects Daniel’s modern day belief as a young Jew with the events of two thousand years ago, and his desire to make sense of things and find a truth. The dreams, memories and apparitions that affect Daniel give the story layers of mystical intrigue. The characters are strong and believable, and Daniel himself is very likeable. I love the way he grows and develops spiritually and emotionally through the story (especially the point where he chooses to help a man who wronged him), eventually piecing his life’s purpose or meaning together. The action and suspense-filled plot gradually link all the different parts of the story, ending in a satisfying way. This is a book that has been written with great care and thought. It refers to many Biblical references, and ties major and significant historical events into a plot where fictitious characters are used to convey a profound message, as well as entertain. Recommended.