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Reviewed by Scott Cahan for Readers' Favorite
The Rhise of Light by Max B. Sternberg is a fantasy adventure in the vein of The Hobbit with an assortment of characters on a quest to defeat evil. The story follows a young man named Leon Rhise, who is disowned by his rich father and finds himself without direction for his future. Soon, he sees an angel who tells him he has been chosen to represent the God of the universe. Leon is called to become a judge and is sent to bring hope to a dark and lost world. As he grapples with his new responsibilities and tries to learn what it all means, Leon’s path crosses with several others who become his traveling companions. These include a grumpy yet loyal dwarf and a secretive woman with magical powers. Together, the ragtag group goes on a journey to confront evil forces holding the lives of simple village folks in their grip.
I thoroughly enjoyed The Rhise of Light by Max B. Sternberg. It has a strong cast of characters that carry the story from start to finish. Leon and his companions are each interesting in their own way, with distinct personalities, backgrounds, and quirks. The interaction between the characters added lots of color and humor to every scene. I also enjoyed the action throughout the book. The pace is just right, alternating between magical battles and quieter moments where Leon and the others try to figure out all that is happening to them. The third thing that I loved about this book is the way it utilizes God and the teachings of Christianity as the only powerful force that can defeat the evil that has overtaken the land. Mr. Sternberg handles weaving in Christian teachings so expertly; I never felt like it was out of context. It was just as smooth and fitting as the way Star Wars pits Jedi teachings against the dark side. The Rhise of Light is a delight to read and deserves its place with great adventure stories like The Hobbit, Star Wars, and many others.