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:
Thomas Clayton Booher
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
New Authors Fellowship
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson