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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Three by Christa Kinde is the first compelling opening for what will certainly be a delightful Forsaken Sons series, a narrative with powerful religious undertones and biblical themes. In this first book, readers encounter fascinating characters on a transforming journey: Benaiah, whose life has been centered on working the stinking trenches of war for a living and an outsider to Israel, travels with Samuel to anoint the shepherd boy, David. He vows to work for David until he is safely on the throne. But to help the up-and-coming king, he must seek out The Three, a trio whose incredible strength defines their fearlessness and the awe they inspire in war. Follow this exciting narrative that combines royalty with adventure, a transforming experience of war and a tale of loyalty.
Christa Kinde creates exciting characters and readers will want to follow Benaiah, an unusual character, half-human and half-angel, someone who suffers a lot because of the choices of his father. But he has a mission, a very important one. He is called to lead and under circumstances that make his sense of inadequacy and status as an outsider even more remarkable. Besides giving the narrative a powerful spiritual atmosphere, the author creates settings that reflect the lifestyle in biblical Israel. The smells, the feel of places, and the images leap off the pages and add a cinematic character to the story. The voice is strong and captivating. The Three features beautiful dialogues and a narrative style that is atmospheric, filled with religious symbolism and suspense. Christa Kinde uses humor to enhance the reading experience; the language is hugely poetic and interesting. I found this novel to be a success on multiple levels — it is researched, well crafted, balanced, and entertaining.