Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review: Machiavellian

I have been eager to read this book ever since I read In His Image. I was privileged to be part of the beta-reader team for Machiavellian and let me tell you, it did not disappoint me.

Andi is still my favorite character. I love her struggles in this one as she explores in a subtle, yet powerful, way if the end really does justify the means. Pennington delved deep into the issue and did not make it easy for Andi; she made it real.

The other characters, both old and new, make a completely wonderful cast. From the fun Napoleon to the cranky Doctor, each of the characters leaps off the page and feels real.

I loved the element of mystery and intrigue in this story. It kept me on the edge of my seat and turning pages as fast as I could. Though the other two books held my interest and I finished each of them in a day or two, this one had a flavor of mystery to it that made it irresistible.

As with all of Pennington’s books, the message was deep and powerful, because it is woven into the story and feels real, not forced. You can tell that the message came from the author’s heart, not out of an agenda to teach a lesson. It is one of the reasons that this series is by far my favorite sci-fi in any media format.

Some of those of you who follow my reviews will enjoy that, so far in this series, there hasn’t been any romance. These books are just adventure stories that also have a point to them.

I highly recommend this, the third book in the Firmament series, for those who like fiction that honors God and that is full of adventure, and for those who like clean sci-fi.

I received this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions in this review are entirely my own.

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