The Book of the King by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, a review

The Book of the King (2007), by Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry, tells a tale full of the supernatural. Its young protagonist, Owen, is one courageous guy.

Owen evades violent bullies and comes home to the bookstore where he lives with his indifferent father. It’s full of malevolent happenings, scary stuff for middle schoolers if it weren’t for the existence of a narrator, who adds some distance.

Someone who looks like a bum gives Owen an amazing book and then loses his life to the malevolent beings. Soon all kinds of people, including Owen’s father, are after the book. What’s Owen to do? How can he even find time to read it for clues?

There are of course Christian themes in The Book of the King. But is it a good read? I find Owen’s courage in the face of terrifying circumstances to be a bit far-fetched, and I am not seeing the connection between the prologue and the rest of the story. Maybe it shows up in later books in The Wormling series. Having a narrator isn’t unusual in middle-grade novels, but this one I find intrusive.

In short, I’m not a fan of this book, but there’s nothing glaringly wrong with it. I’ll give it three stars. * * *

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    1. I know of an author who says she’d rather get a one star rating than a three star rating because even if you hated the book, at least there was a strong leaning that way. Sorry you didn’t have a stronger / better feeling about the book but that sometimes happens when you read a lot of books. Better luck next time. 🙂

    2. I had a great summer of reading. It seemed as though every book I picked up was terrific. Which is unusual, right? We always run into stories that just aren’t our cup of tea. sounds like this book was one of those experiences for you. 🙁

    3. So many different kinds of books for young people these days. The topics are much more relevant to life than when I was that age. – Margy

    4. I love books about the supernatural!

    5. Fine analysis! Thanks for the honest review.