Hi everyone. I meant to finish reading this book earlier this week, but I had family visiting so I spent time with them. Now it's time to do a review for A Shadow on the Land.
5 out of 5 stars
A Shadow on the Land is well written and creatively done. The pacing may seem a bit slow in some areas, but Krystine Kercher does a very good job at exploring the different perspectives of the characters. I also enjoy the world building she has placed in this book. The towns and settlements feel very European and there are even clashing religions. In case you are wondering there are fantasy creatures in the story, including the traditional dragon.
The overall story is about Bjorn Horsa, the heir to the throne of Astarkand. However the current king of Astarkand, Olaf, refuses to give up the throne and tries to have Bjorn killed. Bjorn must flee and travel the land evading the king and trying to find some way to convince Olaf to do his duty.
Some scenes of violence do get a little descriptive, but not extreme.
All things will come to pass in the Lord's time and in His way. People who are Christians would probably do well to use this story to help readers look into the life of David, particularly 1 Samuel 18-2 Samuel 1. When wicked men enter positions of power, they will exercise unrighteous dominion. We must be wise in who we choose as our leaders.