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{Read E-pub} ⚡ Emaline's Gift (The Magi Chronicles, #1) ⚫ Thirteen year old Emaline is running an errand for her Mom when she is suddenly grabbed and forced into a brutal headlock Her fear turns to horrified amazement as she sees one of her assailants conjure a glowing fireball in thin air This chance encounter introduces Emaline to a world she had never known one of spectacular feats and a centuries old battle between good and evil that she is suddenly thrust into When the evil obeah kidnap Emaline and hold her hostage, the Christ following magi rally to mount a rescue Throughout it all, Emaline finds herself pursued by the God who saw these events before she was even bornEmaline s Gift is a Christian urban fantasy novel for young adults It s full of action, adventure, supernatural battles and the timeless truth of Scripture Fans of the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson series may find a lot to like here, but all the excitement is strengthened by an exploration of God s will and the importance of building a strong relationship with HimRecommended for readersand up but the author syear old daughter is a huge fan as well The first thing I need to say about this book is that it was written by a very good friend of mine Brad Francis and I have never met in person, but our conversations over Facebook have always been enlightening and helpful and oftentimes, quite amusing Now that I ve gotten that out of the way, let s take a look at his novel, Emaline s Gift Emaline s Gift takes place in modern day Washington DC Emaline is a 13 year old girl just trying to beat the boredom during summer vacation Her whole The first thing I need to say about this book is that it was written by a very good friend of mine Brad Francis and I have never met in person, but our conversations over Facebook have always been enlightening and helpful and oftentimes, quite amusing Now that I ve gotten that out of the way, let s take a look at his novel, Emaline s Gift Emaline s Gift takes place in modern day Washington DC Emaline is a 13 year old girl just trying to beat the boredom during summer vacation Her whole life, however, is thrown upside down when a young man with mysterious abilities rescues her from a gang of psychotic teenagers The young man, Anthony, is a Magi, one descended from the same Magi who visited Jesus as a child The attacking teenagers are with the obeah, those with similar powers to the Magi s, but fighting for the other side Emaline suddenly finds herself in the middle of a battle between God and Satan, and the choice of who she will follow will determine her entire fate.Brad Francis is a very good writer Emaline s Gift is written in the same style as Harry Potter or Percy Jackson, appropriate for children without being too tame He describes the Magi and Obeah s personalities and abilities vividly, and no two characters are the same The action is intense, and the stakes are always high What I found most impressive, though, is how Brad managed to keep the focus on God at all times Even when the Magi are in a firefight literally with the Obeah, he makes sure the reader understands that their powers are not of their own doing they re gifts from God The Magi will constantly stop and pray to strengthen their actions, seek God s will, and well, pretty much everything they do revolves around prayer It was refreshing to see this take on spiritual warfare, since anything else would make the Magi seem like wizards and not holy warriors.But, as good as Brad s writing is, I do still have a couple of complaints First off, the characters will often give monologues that don t sound natural It s like if I walked up to someone and began to describe in perfect detail an encounter I had with somebody when that person had been there to see it The other thing is that, at some points in the story, Brad will break the fourth wall The story is told in third person, but the invisible narrator telling us the story will occasionally voice the reader s thoughts instead of the characters, saying things like, At this point, the reader might be wondering or, If the reader thought this , they would be wrong It wasn t TOO distracting, and in the end it didn t affect how much I enjoyed the book, but it DID distract me enough to pull me out of the story whenever it happened if only for a few seconds.All in all, though, Emaline s Gift is a great read It s a refreshing take on the battle between Heaven and Hell, with some very creative aspects thrown in that add a lot of flavor Brad stumbles a couple of times in his narrative, but those really aren t that hard to overlook I recommend this story to anyone looking for a good Christian fiction story I give Emaline s Gift by Brad Francis 4 stars out of 5 I really enjoyed this story for many reasons If you read this book and don t like it based on the fact that it contains scripture and tends to be a little too preachy for you, then you didn t read the description The author clearly states that his intention with this story was to write a book similar to Harry Potter while strengthening his readers faith He was successful I m a Christian, so I was expecting the use of scripture I am not disappointed Not only did this book fulfill my expect I really enjoyed this story for many reasons If you read this book and don t like it based on the fact that it contains scripture and tends to be a little too preachy for you, then you didn t read the description The author clearly states that his intention with this story was to write a book similar to Harry Potter while strengthening his readers faith He was successful I m a Christian, so I was expecting the use of scripture I am not disappointed Not only did this book fulfill my expectations in that regard, but it also satisfied my thirst for adventure and fantasy when I read a book I was hooked on the first page and on the edge of my seat at times There are a handful of typos here and there, but not enough to make me put the book down or think the author isn t a fantastic writer And certainly not enough to take away one of the 5stars I gave to him I look forward to reading future books in this series and recommend it to everyone Even if you don t believe in God, you can still appreciate this story just as you might enjoy Star Wars and the use of the Force If you re one of those parents who are against Harry Potter and would like a nice alternative, preview this book, and then let your children read it if you choose Lastly, my hat s off to the author for the last page What s on the last page I m not telling I thought a lot about Harry Potter and X Men when I was reading this, but I loved the emphasis in this book on the true source of special powers and the real heart attitude the author states is necessary to keep these powers under control and growing People can use or misuse gifts like Emaline s but there are clear, hard hitting consequences Everybody s tempted to use the powers for personal gratification But nobody gets away with keeping secrets or lying or doing end runs around authority fo I thought a lot about Harry Potter and X Men when I was reading this, but I loved the emphasis in this book on the true source of special powers and the real heart attitude the author states is necessary to keep these powers under control and growing People can use or misuse gifts like Emaline s but there are clear, hard hitting consequences Everybody s tempted to use the powers for personal gratification But nobody gets away with keeping secrets or lying or doing end runs around authority for long I was also an average, invisible girl in my school days But Emaline spends very little time in self pity She helps her mother, takes care of her baby brother, and the difficulties of their life really don t affect her attitude I do wonder a little what happened to that milk she went to the store for, but what happens to Emaline totally eclipses the errand Micah was my favorite character, since we have a hard of hearing daughter who signs I also appreciated the window into Secular Humanist philosophy, just enough so that real life teenagers should say, Hey, that s what we re learning everywhere, every day I hope there s another book in this series already, because this one was mostly introduction and setup Not that nothing exciting happens, because it sure does, but I need to get busy and read