About the Book
Book: Wellspring of Life
Author: Allen Brokken
Genre: Middlegrade Christian Fantasy
Release date: November 4, 2022
Lauren (12), Aiden(9), and Ethan(5) have been reunited with their mortally wounded Father. But, they must take him to the Wellspring of Life before it’s too late.
The Dark One suffered a massive loss when twelve-year-old Lauren and her younger brothers Aiden and Ethan rescued their father from his clutches. However, the battle left Father horribly burned and barely hanging on to life. However, they found a clue to his salvation, the fabled Wellspring of Life.
As the children trek across the wildlife of the prairie, take sides against them to drive them off their path. Meanwhile, the giant known as Skull Crusher hunts them mercilessly while seeking to master the Darkness so he can destroy the family once and for all.
New friends join them in their quest to save Father, but they could also choose the Darkness and lead them further astray. The children’s mission to save their father will fail if they can’t find the Wellspring of Life in time. Will they have the faith to stay on the narrow path to redemption?
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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 18 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 website allenbrokkenauthor.com.
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Wellspring of Life was a blast to write! As a writer, one of the things I’ve had to contend with is that my characters rarely take me on an easy linear path from the start of a book to the end. As I work on a story, things tend to develop organically, and suddenly, the story’s conclusion is very different than when I put the first word on a page.
That’s where I found myself at the end of book 4 in the series, Armor of God. Unfortunately, the devastating way Father was wounded wasn’t in the original outline of the story or the series as a whole. So I had to write a whole book to determine if he survived. I also wanted to collaborate with a good friend, K. A. Cummins, author of the Snowglobe Travellers series, on a possible crossover. These combined to let me try out some new things as a writer.
For example, Wellspring of Life has a glitter bomb, a murder of wicked crows, and no good egg stealin’ prairie dogs, to name a few of the twists and turns you’ll find in this book. The kids also meet some new friends along the way. I enjoyed this the most because the new kids reflect the personality of my kids’ best friends from our homeschool co-op. Despite these kids now being off to college, we all had fun brainstorming their roles in the story.
Speaking of homeschool co-op, the book is dedicated to the Wellspring Homeschool Co-Op that my kids grew up in. Their verse is Proverbs 4:23 “Guard your heart because it’s the wellspring of life.” I couldn’t find a more appropriate theme for this book that deals with the consequences of an unguarded heart.
So I hope you take the time to pick it up, because it’s a wild ride across the prairie with a message of redemption I’m sure your family will enjoy.
The latest installment in the series seems to go at a fast pace and I was thrilled at its intensity. There is an urgency to get father to the Wellspring of Life for healing but something is trying to sabotage the mission. The author does a great job of making us feel like we are on the adventure with rocks flying, double darkness surrounding the group and danger at every corner.
The team works well together as they go farther on their destination. I enjoyed the unexpected distractions they saw along the way. The scene with the birds made me think of a very famous movie where the birds attacked everything in their path. I would be screaming about this time as birds make me nervous when they flap their wings and hover over you.
When Skull Crusher made his entrance into the story, I felt darkness fall over the pages. Just reading about him gives me the creeps. He is up to something and it definitely will not be good. The author writes this character very well and illustrates how clever evil can be if you are not on alert. The plan is not to benefit our team so I anticipated action coming very soon.
As Tye and Lauren take off on their own to clear a path for the others I celebrated with them. They finally had a plan to get father to the place he would be healed. However I was prepared for everything to not go smoothly and couldn’t wait to see where our journey would take us next. After all we have frogs, Daddy Duck prairie dogs and other unusual characters that bring fun to the story. Lauren’s family is worried about her, but somehow I knew she would be protected.
The action never stops in this story as Skull Crusher gets closer to bringing everyone to darkness. The battle is of epic proportions and I cheered as the team took on evil. The ending is heart pounding as light takes on the evil that is surrounded by darkness. Will they get to the Wellspring of Life in time? Grab a copy of this book and join the adventure. The author does leave us with a cliffhanger which will continue in the next book. I can’t wait for it to be ready for us to enjoy.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.
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This sounds like an interesting book, I enjoyed your reviewReplyDelete
Wellspring of Life sounds like a fantasy to entertain the kids, thanks for sharing it with me!ReplyDelete
Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!
Have a terrific day!
My niece would like this book.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the contest.
I need to order this book. My 10-year-old just finished the first four books and he wants this one now!ReplyDelete
This sounds like a really great fantasy read! Thanks so much for sharing it.ReplyDelete
In many years of publishing I've never read a review that made me go, "WOW that should be the back cover of my book!" until this review. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it so much! I really appreciate all the effort you put into sharing this with your audience.ReplyDelete
This sounds like an amazing book. Great cover.ReplyDelete