Tuesday, April 13, 2010
The Thorn (The Chronicles of Gan #1) by Daron Fraley
Three tribes are at war on the planet Gan, unaware that the sign of Christ’s birth on an unknown world - Earth - is about to appear in the heavens. During a bloody skirmish with Gideonite troops, Jonathan of Daniel spares Pekah, a young enemy soldier, gaining his trust forever. These two distant brothers from estranged tribes covenant with each other to end the war being waged by a self-proclaimed emperor, and soon discover the intentions of a far more dangerous foe named Rezon - a sinister general bent on ruling those he can bring into subjection and destroying all others. In the end, Pekah’s selfless bravery is the means by which all the tribes are united. But there are dissenters, and Rezon escapes a well-deserved fate. When the promised heavenly signs appear, will there be peace at last, or will the malefactors once again threaten the safety of them all?
The Thorn is full of rich descriptions. The author has a great handle on helping the reader "see" the countryside, towns and the characters.
I must admit, I was a little confused at the beginning of this book about the religion. But as I got more into the book, I understood what Daron was doing.
The story takes place on a planet called Gan where three tribes were warring against the other, each wanting to rule, and many believe owning The Thorn is the key. But not everyone wants bloodshed.The Thorn is symbolic.
Daron mixes conflict, romance and religion in a clear way. I clearly "saw" Gan thanks to Daron's descriptions. The mountains, towns, forests and even tents were clearly defined.
Each character had their own voice and personality. I really wanted Daron's main characters to succeed at the same time wanting the bad guys to lose and lose big.
Good, clean, uplifting book.
I'll be waiting for the second book, Daron!