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I really enjoyed this story for many reasons If you read this book and don t like it based on the fact that it contains scripture and tends to be a little too preachy for you, then you didn t read the description The author clearly states that his intention with this story was to write a book similar to Harry Potter while strengthening his readers faith He was successful I m a Christian, so I was expecting the use of scripture I am not disappointed Not only did this book fulfill my expect I really enjoyed this story for many reasons If you read this book and don t like it based on the fact that it contains scripture and tends to be a little too preachy for you, then you didn t read the description The author clearly states that his intention with this story was to write a book similar to Harry Potter while strengthening his readers faith He was successful I m a Christian, so I was expecting the use of scripture I am not disappointed Not only did this book fulfill my expectations in that regard, but it also satisfied my thirst for adventure and fantasy when I read a book I was hooked on the first page and on the edge of my seat at times There are a handful of typos here and there, but not enough to make me put the book down or think the author isn t a fantastic writer And certainly not enough to take away one of the 5stars I gave to him I look forward to reading future books in this series and recommend it to everyone Even if you don t believe in God, you can still appreciate this story just as you might enjoy Star Wars and the use of the Force If you re one of those parents who are against Harry Potter and would like a nice alternative, preview this book, and then let your children read it if you choose Lastly, my hat s off to the author for the last page What s on the last page I m not telling The author had a desire when starting this book, to create a story that incorporated fantasy, wonder, power, intrigue, and faith for children who enjoyed series such as JK Rowlings, Harry Potter series This book is a good start.The heroine, Emaline is a likable character, though we don t get to delve too deep into her psyche in this book, I do hope that we get to learnabout her, because her self is there, waiting to be shared Emaline is a typical just turned teenager with perhaps a bit The author had a desire when starting this book, to create a story that incorporated fantasy, wonder, power, intrigue, and faith for children who enjoyed series such as JK Rowlings, Harry Potter series This book is a good start.The heroine, Emaline is a likable character, though we don t get to delve too deep into her psyche in this book, I do hope that we get to learnabout her, because her self is there, waiting to be shared Emaline is a typical just turned teenager with perhaps a bit too much responsibility and freedom, which lead to the situation at the lead of the book The story itself is well thought out and kept my interest the entire time The obeah are just as, but no , evil than you would expect for a book written for the tween set The plot advanced nicely and I liked the fact that this book was not trying to be HP, it had it s own set of why s and how s My only complaint would be that I really wanteddetail I wanted a better description of the Abby, of feelings, of relations The who was taken care of, I desiredof the what, when, where, and how, but this will come withwriting, and I do expect to seefrom this author This book was written for children so, since I am blessed with a 9 year old who reads at the seventh grade level and who loves the Harry Potter series, I let her read it too She tells me that she loved it, could not put it down She really liked the fact that the book was faith based and is waiting not so patiently for the next one She is a bit like me that way I thought a lot about Harry Potter and X Men when I was reading this, but I loved the emphasis in this book on the true source of special powers and the real heart attitude the author states is necessary to keep these powers under control and growing People can use or misuse gifts like Emaline s but there are clear, hard hitting consequences Everybody s tempted to use the powers for personal gratification But nobody gets away with keeping secrets or lying or doing end runs around authority fo I thought a lot about Harry Potter and X Men when I was reading this, but I loved the emphasis in this book on the true source of special powers and the real heart attitude the author states is necessary to keep these powers under control and growing People can use or misuse gifts like Emaline s but there are clear, hard hitting consequences Everybody s tempted to use the powers for personal gratification But nobody gets away with keeping secrets or lying or doing end runs around authority for long I was also an average, invisible girl in my school days But Emaline spends very little time in self pity She helps her mother, takes care of her baby brother, and the difficulties of their life really don t affect her attitude I do wonder a little what happened to that milk she went to the store for, but what happens to Emaline totally eclipses the errand Micah was my favorite character, since we have a hard of hearing daughter who signs I also appreciated the window into Secular Humanist philosophy, just enough so that real life teenagers should say, Hey, that s what we re learning everywhere, every day I hope there s another book in this series already, because this one was mostly introduction and setup Not that nothing exciting happens, because it sure does, but I need to get busy and read Emaline s Gift by Brad Francis has good writing and an interesting plot If not for the issues and believability in the story, I would have enjoyed reading it.Emaline has a gift similar to the Magi Her power is discovered during a struggle between good and evil in the opening scenes of the novel This interests both parties and thus begins a pursuit to persuade Emaline to join one or the other The Magi are interested in her Salvation and power The Obeah are interested in her power A lov Emaline s Gift by Brad Francis has good writing and an interesting plot If not for the issues and believability in the story, I would have enjoyed reading it.Emaline has a gift similar to the Magi Her power is discovered during a struggle between good and evil in the opening scenes of the novel This interests both parties and thus begins a pursuit to persuade Emaline to join one or the other The Magi are interested in her Salvation and power The Obeah are interested in her power A love interest between one Magi and Emaline is hinted However, because of publishing issues after 60%, the story has paragraphs that don t belong and half sentences I was unable to finish it The problem with Emaline s Gift is also in the believability, delivery of the story, the preachiness, and the information dumping that breaks up the tension In truth, if the publishing issues hadn t been present, I would have struggled to finish it.The opening scene is the point of view of a cat The reader will wonder why the cat gets the honor of his own point of view, and because this is a fantasy novel, is the cat really a cat But then, the cat is never mentioned again This whole chapter should have been re written from the point of view of someone involved in the plot of the story, not a cat That lost me When Emaline is saved from capture by the Magi, the long conversation within the inside of the old church breaks up the tension that was flowing nicely until then.The reader is forced to read the long dialogues explaining the why, where, and how of the Magi and Obeah This information should have been slowly released throughout to preserve the tension or write a prologue Take for example, Angel Eyes by Shannon Ditte Shannon Ditte began her story with a prologue that explained how the angel hierarchy works without info dumping She opens with a biblical story that she has taken artistic license with in order to make her angels believable.The preachiness throughout Emalines Gift felt awkward as if the message wasn t for Emaline, but the reader While the author says, Emaline s Gift is a Christian urban fantasy novel for young adults It s full of action, adventure, supernatural battles and the timeless truth of Scripture Fans of the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series may find a lot to like here, but all the excitement is strengthened by an exploration of God s will and the importance of building a strong relationship with Him Goodreads He claims the novel is for young adults It reads much younger.Chapter 10 was all quotes or dialogue with no beats or tags no description I wasn t sure why that was placed there and it broke up the story Also, the author tends to frequently switch from one point of view to an omniscient point of view in the same chapter as if now the narrator is speaking In one place, it says, At this point it might be natural for the reader to wonder whether Emaline could have made good her escape This followed Emaline s attempt at escape The reader is drawn into Emaline s mind, then the above quoted sentence startles me We ve just switched from Emalines head to a narrator.It s hard to believe the plot when the Obeah are likened to evil and yet the Magi explain how the three who pursue Emaline can still be saved If the Magi have powers likened to angels and the Obeah have powers likened to demons, then how can the three Obeah be saved Also, in an attempt to rescue Emaline and Anthony the flow of this magical peoples are broken when the powerful Obeah require security guards around the perimeter of their mansion The attempt to save Emaline felt long, too.In spite of the cat s point of view in the beginning, I thought the writing was good, keeping me involved in the story until the message took precedence over the story The writing went from show to lots of tell Because there seems to be issues with the publishing after 60%, I could not finish it Other reviewers didn t mention this problem I gave the story two stars book given by author to review Updated Note The author Brad left this comment Please read We discussed at length the issue with my file I just wanted to let everyone know, however, that this reviewer received a mobi file directly from me, not a download from , and I think that her copy was corrupted somewhere in the process the problem is not present on my end, nor with others who received the exact same file The commercially available Kindle book does not have the issue described and I would fix it as soon as possible if I became aware of any issues I appreciate all my readers and strive to give you as good an experience as possible Now, as for whether the cat reappears in the story, one would have to read to the end to find that out My comment on the cat Being that the cat wasn t in up to 60%, I got stuck on the cat fixated even I was looking for the cat, wondering on it s importance, but when it didn t reappear, became disappointed It served as distraction for me I stand by what I wrote, however I think I would have put the cat here and there to show the cat had a purpose A modern christian fantasy that is well written and has a great plot that will keep the readers attention all the way to the last page.This book was received free through Goodreads First Reads. The author is in my writers group, and I picked up the book during a promotion He stated that he wanted to write exciting fantasy adventures for his daughters like Harry Potter while strengthening their faith in God at the same time Since I ve never read Harry Potter, I had no idea what to expect And Christian Fantasy Magi and obeah who can teleport to anywhere in the world or conjure fireballs in midair I wondered how these special powers could possibly focus on Jesus But Brad deliver The author is in my writers group, and I picked up the book during a promotion He stated that he wanted to write exciting fantasy adventures for his daughters like Harry Potter while strengthening their faith in God at the same time Since I ve never read Harry Potter, I had no idea what to expect And Christian Fantasy Magi and obeah who can teleport to anywhere in the world or conjure fireballs in midair I wondered how these special powers could possibly focus on Jesus But Brad delivered It s a totally Christ centered story with Biblical Truths woven throughout What I found was a wonderful tale for teens as well as adults, great for reading aloud to the kids and grands It s a story of good triumphing over evil It s a story of unconditional love It s a story of winning souls to Christ, even those who everyone has given up on I liked how the magi never lets the reader forget that God is the source of their powers There s examples to show how God can use anyone despite their physical handicaps, how sin separates us from God, how everyone has a purpose Pick up a copy of this one you ll be glad you did Great job Brad Looking forward to *FREE EBOOK ↿ Emaline's Gift (The Magi Chronicles, #1) ☚ Thirteen year old Emaline is running an errand for her Mom when she is suddenly grabbed and forced into a brutal headlock Her fear turns to horrified amazement as she sees one of her assailants conjure a glowing fireball in thin air This chance encounter introduces Emaline to a world she had never known one of spectacular feats and a centuries old battle between good and evil that she is suddenly thrust into When the evil obeah kidnap Emaline and hold her hostage, the Christ following magi rally to mount a rescue Throughout it all, Emaline finds herself pursued by the God who saw these events before she was even bornEmaline s Gift is a Christian urban fantasy novel for young adults It s full of action, adventure, supernatural battles and the timeless truth of Scripture Fans of the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series may find a lot to like here, but all the excitement is strengthened by an exploration of God s will and the importance of building a strong relationship with HimRecommended for readersand up but the author syear old daughter is a huge fan as well