Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me. Bethany House provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
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As a young, lame magus who has lost his family, Myrad is running for his life when he joins a merchant’s caravan for protection. A perilous journey ensues, and all the while, Myrad can’t forget his dream of a star and a centuries-old message of a coming Messiah in The End of the Magi by author Patrick W. Carr.
Since I’ve been planning for a while to try some fantasy by this author, I was particularly interested when I saw he’d written a Biblical Fiction novel. It’s important to note that even with its connection to the magi and the Messiah, this book isn’t a “straight shot to the manger” or necessarily a Christmas read. I appreciate where the author begins, tying in familiar and relevant Old Testament figures, and the opening of Myrad’s tale is both heart-gripping and intriguing.
While I couldn’t help but to develop a soft spot for Myrad as I read, he starts to seem something like the awkward pet of the story, in a sense, and it isn’t only on account of his physical condition. The tolerant people around him, male and female alike, are a good deal savvier in their situation than Myrad, as he stumbles into mishaps and foolish decision-making.
Some of the danger feels redundant, the development of a romantic attraction takes an approach I tend to find pretty weird in any story, and there were times when I lost a real sense of a plot driving the events. The read began to lag for me, and after getting past the halfway point, I didn’t have enough interest to press through to the end.
Nevertheless, I still plan to try a fantasy read by this author sometime.