How far will a father go to rescue his daughter, and how much power does he really have to bring that about? How hard will a soldier push herself to do her duty when doing it has already cost her health, friendship and maybe her future? What will it take to bring together two races desperately in need of each other? Most members don’t even try to hide their disdain and disgust for each other. You have no idea how richly complex the answers to these questions are and how much you need to find them out by reading this book.
Sora is taking his place among my all-time favorite characters. He’s a typical father, keeping his children’s colorful drawings close to his heart. He’s everybody’s wise and patient friend, even those who tell him to “butt out.” But even the Pilgrim in Bunyan’s timeless allegory might not have tried to carry as big a burden of guilt as Sora does. His patience and open-heartedness create an unexpected opportunity for the expression of the author’s Christian faith.
Some people might object to the inclusion of multiple intelligent races but Koepp makes it work for me. It’s easy to take a somewhat allegorical view of certain beings. It’s clear that the message of the book is to give God the glory for good decisions, victories and even happy reunions.
The Numodynes are more than a little puzzling. But they are an important picture of how good and evil can look a lot alike. Even when you make the effort to figure out which is which, they can still both have a powerful effect on you and your plans. It’s good thing God is there to help with the understanding and the response.