Seventh Dimension - The Castle

A Young Adult Fantasy

Fiction - Supernatural
246 Pages
Reviewed on 09/30/2015
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Author Biography

Lorilyn Roberts is an award-winning Christian author who writes for the young and the young at heart.

When not writing books, Lorilyn provides closed captioning for television.

Lorilyn is a single mother by choice. She adopted her two daughters from Nepal and Vietnam. Read her Amazon best-selling memoir, Children of Dreams, endorsed by New York Times best-selling author Jerry Jenkins, and be inspired.

Seventh Dimension Series:

Seventh Dimension - The Door, 1
Seventh Dimension - The King, 2
Seventh Dimension - The Castle, 3
Seventh Dimension - The City, 4
Seventh Dimension - The Prescience, 5
Seventh Dimension - Am I Okay, God?

    Book Review

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.

Paula Tran

The Castle by Lorilyn Roberts describes a Jewish man, Daniel, who has been sucked into a seventh dimension. Travelling between different time periods, he is a wanted man by the Roman soldiers. In order to escape persecution and live in peace, Daniel must flee to Jerusalem, but not without complications. He constantly has to look behind his back for Roman soldiers, and has lost God's gifts and many of his possessions. Most of all, he is being tormented by a demon, who tries to make his life as miserable as possible.

This novel will definitely be a treasure for readers of all ages. While it has a bit of a fantasy element to it, time travel and dimension travelling is always a classic page turner. However, this book is written in a more serious tone, dealing with some adult issues, problems, and ideas. The Castle also puts a whole new spin on time travel and dimension travel, with religious and cultural aspects to make it more dramatic and emotional. This book has elements that children and adults will love equally.

I also like the way the author portrays the setting, action, and characters throughout the novel. Even in the beginning of the novel, the details are enough to allow readers to paint a picture in their minds, but not too much to bog them down. The characters are also realistic, dealing with problems that readers are able to relate to. In addition, the amount of suspense in the writing is amazing, which keeps the reader interested and turning the pages.

Paul Johnson

In The Castle by Lorilyn Roberts, Daniel, a young Jewish man from present-day Jerusalem, enters the seventh dimension where he learns that time is an illusion. In the seventh dimension, he finds himself in first-century Palestine where he becomes witness to events surrounding the arrest and trial of Yeshua (Jesus). At the same time, Daniel himself is in danger, wanted by the Roman authorities as a runaway slave, and has escaped from prison. The scenes rapidly change. One moment in a Roman prison, then at the temple in Jerusalem where he watches Yeshua argue with the merchants, then to the Garden of Gethsemane when the guards arrest Yeshua and where Daniel is almost arrested. Finally he is at Golgotha where Yeshua dies on the cross. While everyone knows the story of Jesus, this is a new perspective. Even knowing Yeshua is going to be betrayed and convicted, there is a sense of anxiety and horror experienced by Daniel as he watches the events unfold. But, for Daniel the story doesn’t end there, there is a learning of things to come.

The Castle is a strong account chock full of historical significance. It is filled with action and drama. It contains a lot of historical detail, sci-fi, fantasy, and even time travel. The story is technically well written. The fictional characters are strongly developed and the plotting allowed the story to build up at a steady comfortable pace. The dialogue is sharp, well done, and period specific. All in all, a good story very nicely done.