Genre: Christian Fantasy
Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 3/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 5/5
What would you do if you could perform any miracle? What temptations would that bring? How would it change you? R. L. Copple explores these questions and more in his novella, Infinite Realities, the first in his Reality series.
Written as an allegory, it is told in the very simple first-person narrative of the main character, Sisko. Having walked into the local steam house, where everyone is supernaturally given exactly what they deserve, young Sisko emerges with the ability to perform any miracle he wishes, but with a very important catch. Each chapter, separated by months or years from the last, shows Sisko at different stages in his journey to use the gift he’s been given. He will gain a companion, a love, and popularity, but will he be able to maintain his devotion to God in the midst of it all?
The one fault I found with this book was its length. I wanted more! With such a short first installment to the series, the reader is left wanting for details.
Infinite Realities is definitely a Christian novel and has a lot of Biblical references and quotations with no morally objectionable material whatsoever. It is a clean, thought-provoking read.
There is also an Interesting, short essay at the end, written by the author, on why it is appropriate (or at least not inappropriate) for Christians to read and write in the fantasy genre.
I recommend this novella and will certainly look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Infinite Realities is available from Double-Edged Publishing.
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