Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Misfit by Jon Skovron

MisfitMisfit by Jon Skovron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I really liked this book, not so much because of the story, which was really good and interesting in an of itself, but because of the way Skovron told the story.

He was able to integrate deep insights about theology and beliefs into the story without making it seem preachy.

Some in particular that I like to say in real life, and I’m paraphrasing here; “Magic is just science we don’t understand yet.” “Beliefs create reality, not the other way around.” “People don’t choose their actions based on their beliefs, but rather choose their beliefs to justify their actions.”

Again, Skovron was pretty good with not preaching, these just jumped out at me in particular because I have personally been saying them in some form or other for a while.

Back to the story itself though; Jael is a half-breed. Her father is human, and her mother was a demoness. Her mother was murdered by another demon when Jael was just a baby, and she and her father has been running all their lives to evade the demon who wants to kill her.

When Jael reaches her sixteenth birthday, she finally receives her birthright from her mother, which her father had been keeping from her, and she decides to fight rather than keep running.

It’s a great story with a lot of nuances, and though it doesn’t seem like there’s a sequel, I would definitely read it if Skovron decides to write one.


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