About the Book
Book: Armor of God
Author: Allen Brokken
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy
Release date: November 19, 2021
In a battle to possess the armor of God, Lauren, Aiden and Ethan stand against their father as he fights for the enemy.
The Dark One has a foothold in the Iron Mountains, and his steel warriors have corrupted the giants. With a formidable army behind him, he fights to secure power over the heathlands. Darkness pervades Zoura’s frontier.
Reunited with Mother and Uncle, twelve-year-old Lauren and her younger brothers, Aiden and Ethan, must light the Tower of Light in Blooming Glen to save Zoura. But the enemy stands in their way. They need the lost Armor of God to overcome the forces of darkness.
As the children search for the armor, the enemy raises a new champion—their father. Knowing the power of the armor and the children’s plans, their father dispatches the Steele Brothers to retrieve the armor for the Dark One.
Zoura’s last chance for salvation will be lost, if darkness corrupts the armor before the children can take it back. Lauren, Aiden, and Ethan have prevailed against the forces of darkness before, but do they have the faith to stand firm against their father as he fights for the enemy?
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About the Author
Allen Brokken is a teacher at heart, a husband and father most of all. He’s a joyful writer by the abundant grace of God. He began writing the Towers of Light series for his own children to help him illustrate the deep truths of the Bible in an engaging and age appropriate way. He’s dedicated 15 years of his life to volunteer roles in children’s ministry and youth development. Now that his own children are off to college he’s telling stories and sharing clean humor on social media @allenbrokkenauthor, and through his blog https://www.allenbrokkenauthor.com
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Armor of God is the fourth book in the series, and it takes a significant departure from the others in that the children’s mother has joined them in their journey. After rescuing her from the Iron Mountain in Fear No Evil, she is ready to take charge of the group to save Father. However, things are a lot more complicated than they appear, and her children have grown used to making important decisions independently.
This book challenged my writing skills. On the one hand, middle grade so often sends the parents away to give the kids agency to be the heroes of the story. But what happens when the parents are active participants? Most middle grade goes one of two directions. The parents are incompetent fools who the wise all knowing children must save, or the parents become wicked antagonists working against the children’s best interests.
As a parent, I cringe when those stereotypes come up in a read-aloud. The parents I know are not bumbling fools and generally work hard to provide the best for their children. So stories that emphasize something else tweaks something in my mind as I’m reading. After talking to a lot of parents, they feel the same way.
So I worked hard to give Mother a very specific objective, save Father. At the same time, the children have concerns that could take them off that path. With the help of my editor and critique partners, I was able to cast Mother in a good light. Armor of God provides readers a realistic portrayal of the family working through conflicts in a positive way, which makes the surprise ending all the more powerful.
So if you are looking for a middle-grade story to read to your kids where the parents aren’t bumbling fools or wicked abusers, you should check out Armor of God.
I would highly recommend that you read the series from the beginning so you become familiar with the characters and their mission. The author has provided a summary of the first three books at the beginning of this one. It is very helpful to those who need a refresher on the series and to those who may not have read any of the other books.
This story takes us deeper into the series with a serious tone that escalates the action and kept me glued to the book. The writing is really good and continues to entice me to follow the characters on their journey. I like the title of this book and was anxious to see what significance it would have in the story. The team is now on a mission to save father but perhaps there is something else they need to focus on as well. The armor of God needs to be rescued as well. I loved when one of the characters said, “We can’t leave a pile of specially made weapons and armor to fall into the enemy’s hands.” Such a profound statement as God has equipped us with ways to fight off the enemy. We need our armor with us at all times so we are ready for whatever evil tries to attack us.
The story moves at a good pace and shines a light on darkness as they battle for truth and freedom. I like how the author weaved faith into the story which shows how the armor of God protects us. The battles the characters fight are intense at times which for me heightened the story to keep me on the edge of my seat. I have been a fan of this series from the beginning and this book is my favorite.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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