Review: “Seal of the King” by Ralph Smith


indexI rarely read romance novels, even ones with a fantasy twist, but I do have a weakness for Christian indie writers. I came across Ralph Smith and his book series, which starts with “Seal of the King” on Twitter. We struck up a conversation, and that led to my read and review.

“Seal of the King” is one of those books that gets better as you go along. To be honest, the beginning was a little rough, and I almost gave up on it, but I kept going, and was rewarded. The story is of David, a young man in what appears to be Colorado (just guessing here) and a young woman that he has seen in dreams and visions for his entire life. Aurora, the woman from his dreams, lives on an alternate Earth that is caught in a long war against The Dark One. Aurora is being chased by Bad Guys when David miraculously steps in and rescues her. He then takes her back to our Earth. Apparently, he is the only one who was unaware of this other world, and a council of believers soon discovers that he is a Chosen One, and that with Aurora’s help, they are to confront the Evil One and rescue her world.

The story takes a bit to set up, but when it does happen, it is fun and inspiring. This is a strong Christian story, and makes no apologies about its message. The best part of the story is the characterization of David and Aurora, and the way their love is portrayed. For even though this is a Christian story, these two aren’t prudish, and the sexual tension is obvious. I was curious how the author would deal with the wedding night, which was a long time coming, but it was tastefully and realistically handled.

The biggest problem I found with the book was its apparent and desperate need for an editor. But my understanding is that it was going through the editing process as I read it, so that is an encouraging thing to hear.

This is the beginning of a series, and the author set it up well. Part of the challenge of writing a series (which I know well) is to come to some conclusion with the first book, and yet leave enough unresolved to give you fodder for the rest of the books. And I found myself looking forward to those books.

If you like Christian fantasy, or Christian romance, or both, pick this book up. You’ll like it.

I give it 3 1/2 stars out of five.

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