Saturday, October 8, 2011

Undercurrent by Michelle Griep Book Review

Genre: Christian Fantasy
Recommendation: Excellent

Originality – 5/5
Writing Style – 5/5
Plot – 5/5
Characters – 5/5
Aesthetics – 4/5

A fantastic Viking romance!
When Cassie, a snobby, lonely, middle-aged, career-driven professor magically time-travels to the era of the Viking, more than just her comfort level changes.
Undercurrent is a time-travel story, a love story, a murder mystery, a story of betrayal, and a story of sacrifice. Michelle Griep pulls all of these elements together in one truly engaging volume.
Besides Cassie, the other main characters are two Viking warriors, Alarik and Ragnar. Alarik is accused of murdering his brother in a drunken rage and is forced to flee his village. Ragnar, his cousin and friend, believes in his innocence and goes to find him. Meanwhile, an outside force threatens the village and will stop at nothing until it is completely under his power. Can the two cousins prove Alarik’s innocence? Will they able to rescue the village from this oppressive power?
Undercurrent is a very openly Christian novel and you will not find anything offensive therein. Ragnar is the only believer in Jesus in his entire village. He has suffered for betraying his father’s gods and is ostracized from any position of influence he would normally have. Yet he continues to believe and to witness and to yearn for the salvation of those who despise him. Will his perseverance in Christ be rewarded?
I thoroughly enjoyed Undercurrent. There were a lot of places where the story could have become cliché, but Ms. Griep did a wonderful job of keeping the story fresh and moving forward. I highly recommend it as being an Excellent read.

Undercurrent is available from Risen Books.
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