Tuesday, August 24, 2010

CSFF Blog Tour: "Favorites" Day Two

Yesterday I lost myself a little. Get me talking . . . er . . . typing about my favorite books and I could keep going and going. So today, I decided I would limit myself to a trilogy (sorry, I can't seem to stay away from the series!) that maybe not many people have heard of.

Let me set the stage for you. Shortly after I discovered Firebird by Kathy Tyers, I was once again looking through the Christian Book Distributors catalog, trying to find some great speculative fiction books. Sadly, at the time, there wasn't much to choose from. The only thing I could find was a "grab bag" box. They would toss half a dozen books into a box from a given genre and mail it to you. I suspect it was there way of cleaning out their warehouse, but there you go. At the time, I figured it was worth a shot and placed my order.

I honestly can't remember most of what was in that grab bag. Most of it deserved to be there, truth be told. But there was a diamond in the rough: Children in the Night by Harold Myra. After reading it, I immediately placed an order for the other two books in the trilogy, namely The Shining Face and Morning Child.

Imagine a world of darkness. That's where a young man, Yosha, and a young woman, Asel, live. They and their people live deep underground, trapped in perpetual and absolute darkness. They've been banished there by their God. But hope comes to their world in a cripple who claims to be from the world above. Soon Yosha and Asel are on a great adventure, one that might lead them to the one thing they've never seen: real light.

I love these books! It's been a long time since I've read them (I may have to change that), but I remember being amazed at how Myra built his whole series around the Biblical metaphor of light and darkness. He also worked in both the active and passive obedience of Christ. While Morning Child, the third book, isn't as good as the other two, it doesn't drag down the other two.

The sad thing is, I believe these books have been out-of-print for over a decade now. You might be able to snag used copies via Amazon, following the above links. Definitely do so if you can. Me, I'm thinking I may have to add these to my to-be-read pile again.

Go and see what the other tourists are sharing:

Brandon Barr
Thomas Clayton Booher
Keanan Brand
Grace Bridges
Beckie Burnham
Morgan L. Busse
Jeff Chapman
CSFF Blog Tour
Stacey Dale
D. G. D. Davidson
Jeff Draper
George Duncan
April Erwin
Andrea Graham
Tori Greene
Ryan Heart
Timothy Hicks
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Mike Lynch
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Chawna Schroeder
James Somers
Speculative Faith
Rachel Starr Thomson
Steve Trower
Jason Waguespac
Fred Warren
Dona Watson
Phyllis Wheeler
KM Wilsher


Mike Lynch said...

The nice thing about this month's reviews is that we are exposed to stories we've never heard of before. Thanks for sharing them with us.


Sarah Sawyer said...

Thanks for sharing this series! I took a peek at the amazon reviews and it looks like you're not alone in your high recommendation. I'll have to see if I can pick up a used copy somewhere.