Zoe thought the loss of her parents would be the most difficult thing she’d ever have to endure. When she began seeing things she couldn’t explain in her new home of Torchcreek, Virginia, she was sure the grief was driving her mad. Instead Zoe discovers she is part of an ancient bloodline, one destined to defeat the powers of darkness from condemning the world. But Zoe, the daughter of the three, isn’t just another descendant–she’s the key to humanity’s salvation.
In this first installment of the Christian fantasy trilogy The Chronicle of the Three, Zoe Andrews learns that not all shadows are harmless interceptions of light. Some are a more sinister darkness that wants to torment the soul.
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Zoe has recently lost her parents. Now an orphan, her guardianship falls to her aunt Claire. In order to give Zoe a fresh start, away from the memories of her life before, and moves to the small town called Torchcreek. But as it turns out, the move probably wasn’t for the best and Torchcreek is certainly not the small peaceful town they had imagined it to be. Zoe starts to see things that she couldn’t get herself to really believe in. What exactly is going on? What secrets to Torchcreek keep buried and is Zoe really going crazy from grief?
Those and a lot many things will be answered when you read The Chronicle of the Three: Bloodline by Tabitha Caplinger. In interest of full disclosure, I had not realized that this was categorized as Christian Fantasy when I had looked it up initially. But when I did realize it, it intrigued me further. A book that deals with both spiritual and fantasy matter is bound to be interesting. And so it was.
The plot was actually what surprised me the most. As you can imagine, it had great potential. Frankly, I do think religion and fantasy to be two elements that can either do wonders or clash shoddily when put together. I did not know which aspect this book would bring forward. I have to admit that the way the author has brought these two together while building up her own world was well done. But it is also true, that once I started understanding the world, I also saw the greater potential of it than what the author has utilized. Nevertheless, it was unique and that does get the author some brownie points. The characterization was also well done. I loved the character of Claire, Zoe’s aunt, the most. She is one fine woman. For me she overshadowed Zoe, the protagonist, with whatever opportunity she had in the story. As for Zoe, she is a pretty okay sort of character who made us like her just enough to root for her. I did not really like the character of Michael much.
The world building could have done with some more refining and more details. Other than that this book made for a breezy read that I finished reading within couple of hours.
Review Copy received from Vox Dei