by Jennifer Dyer
While at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference last week, I wandered through the book store and a book entitled Halflings immediately caught my eye. I bought it (along with about 30 other books…) and dove right into the pages.
Heather Burch, the author, tells the premise best:
Hunted by men and demons …Seventeen-year-old Nikki must entrust her life to three half human, half angel young men; the Halflings are sworn to protect her at all costs, but when two fall for Nikki, it puts more than their lives in danger; their very eternal souls hang in the balance.
The book has all the elements I love. Good vs. evil, mystery, romantic twists, action, imminent danger, an attractive bad guy (I’ll explain why in a moment), high stakes, and questions poised by the characters that make me think.
My favorite moment in the book occurs (not a spoiler, BTW) when one of the Halflings talks with Nikki about choices and the eternal battle raging in the supernatural realm between the Throne (God) and evil (demons and Satan). Mace, my fav of the Halflings, explains,
“Everyone is in the middle of this war, Nikki. Humans, Halflings, and angels–both fallen and heavenly. You’ve ignored the battle for seventeen years, but something on the inside of you knows my words are true. You’re in a war and it’s time to choose a side. If you don’t, a side is chosen for you.”
Yes! I love this quote! It’s so true and essential to understand as a human, but it comes out organically in the plot. And this is only one part of the wisdom Heather imparts to the reader during the story.
Another point I love in this book is the way the Halflings deal with their fate. Mace is so loyal to the Throne, such a devoted servant. Even in his struggles between love and serving the Throne he is such a great character, so noble and self-sacrificial. He is what we all should be in many ways, IMHO. (FYI he is also a cutie!)
As for why I like attractive bad guys in fiction… Have you ever noticed how enticing evil is? Even Lucifer is referred to as an angel of light, a creature of beauty. To understand how easily we, as humans, can be lead into evil is to gain wisdom. Thanks again, Heather!
There is some romance in the book, a few kisses, various types of temptation, and some sexual tension. The book is YA, not children’s, so the actions are understandable and correlate to the temptations our daughters and sons face daily. Nikki’s confusion about love is something I so remember feeling at her age.
I would definitely recommend this book. Readers of all ages will enjoy the series. And if you haven’t started the series yet, good news! Guardian, the next installment, comes out October 9th, so you won’t have to wait as long as I have to continue the story. (Ack! While putting in the link, I got distracted by reading the first few pages of Guardian and ordering the book. Check it out!)
There are also some FREE ebooks that go with the series!
Happy reading, my friends. Hugs!