Thursday, October 04, 2007

Serials and Scenarios - A Hideous Beauty

Jack Cavanaugh, a very talented storyteller has stretched out from his normal historical fiction into fantasy.

Those of you who love wild stories are going to want to check this out.

Click on the book cover to visit the Amazon page.

Here's my review of this really entertaining read.

If you are a Jack Cavanaugh fan, you are in for a treat. A different kind of a treat, though. Jack's new series is a Spiritual Warfare/Fantasy. Proving that a good, respected-in-his-genre storyteller can cross into another genre and do it right, too.

My husband and I read Hideous Beauty over the weekend while we drove to Minnesota and back home. We both loved it. I struggled with the first several pages, trying to figure out exactly what was going on, but my hubby didn't. We both loved the main character, Grant Austin, who narrates with sarcastic humor and experiences a wild adventure full of intriguing friends and enemies. Several times, we found ourselves laughing out loud as Grant encountered one issue after another with witty thoughts, comments and actions. The feel is very lad lit, complete with some serious relationship mess-ups.

Another small issue was a bit of tweaking with our theology. Both of us wondered a time or two if we agreed with the possibility of this or that event playing out quite like it did in the book. But this is fantasy fiction. I hope no one bases their theology on something they read in fiction. If you don't struggle with differing opinions of the faith, then you shouldn't get hung up on…well…on speculative differing opinions.

Hideous Beauty is going to appeal to Hines, Liparulo and Wells fans and Cavanaugh's faithful readers. If you love spiritual warfare, fantasy, and great stories, you might want to get your hands on a copy.