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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Yodin the Rescuer (And the Goddess of Eyos) by Lew Anderson is a well-imagined story that comes to life within another story. It all begins with a leather-bound book hidden inside a small locked box. Yodin Baewolf’s grandfather gives him a stern warning that the box may only be opened when Yodin is ready. After three years of waiting, the strange old book that it contains is now in his hands. It relates a one-of-a-kind story that only the brave of heart can finish. He did not expect that the story he read would become his reality, as he is thrown into a fantastic world filled with mythical creatures. Yodin realizes that he has not been transported into that world by accident. High Goddess Adrusala Meyanna and her kingdom need saving, but an outsider like Yodin is too confused to understand what being a young victor is all about.
I first encountered the idea of a story within a story in The Neverending Story. Similarly, this work of Christian fiction skillfully weaves the theme of faith into determining the outcome by making it an integral element in the fantasy world’s fate. Lew Anderson has created a true young adult Christian fantasy adventure. There is so much we have to consider in Yodin the Rescuer (And the Goddess of Eyos), which is one of this novel's strong points. Consider the interaction between Yodin and Adrusala. The young goddess speaks with a high level of maturity as would be expected from a ruler. Yodin, being young and confused, tries to make sense of the situation he has been thrown into, and the reader pictures him as a young man on the brink of spiritual and emotional transformation. This is a story that everyone should read, as it renews your confidence in the power that connects faith to self-confidence.