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A Love – Hate Review!

‘I was really annoyed. The author mixed fantasy and the Bible together’!

This recent 3 star review from Audrey on Goodreads was gratefully accepted but I have to admit it gave me a bit of a shake up. The idea of mixing magic, prophecy, fate and matters of faith might have had Audrey questioning my writing style, but I couldn’t help but wonder why?

It seems that Audrey found the mixing of faith and fantasy ‘disrespectful’, even ‘twisted’ in some way, yet the bible is full of magic (miracles) and even King Saul (1 Samuel 28:7) consulted with a witch and called upon the spirit of Samuel when he felt abandoned by God. This is the very reason why I chose David and the Book of Samuel to base my first fantasy series. The entire Covenant of Grace series is named this way because all my novels were written to give readers permission to ask the hard questions (or just read a fast paced epic fantasy if they preferred).

Is there a difference between miracle and magic? When is seeing the future prophecy not witchcraft? Who gets to decide?

I spoke with another reader recently who said she loved how my books explored the idea of God without restricting faith to one indoctrination. She is the reason I wrote the Covenant of Grace series; for all those who have sought faith, but found the institution and not the spirit of God.

I would love to hear what others have thought after reading my first book Destiny of Kings.





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3 Replies

  1. Claire

    I’m sorry to hear about a bad review I found the mixture worked together very well and really made the book work

    1. Fiona Tarr

      Thanks for your words Claire, you are always so encouraging. I shared the review not because I was unhappy (3 stars isn’t the end of the world), but more so readers who don’t know me yet, might see where I am coming from in my stories. I am not changing my mix of fantasy & historical Old Testament. In fact this review spurred me on to get stuck into my next book Fall of Jericho. I can’t wait to share a little bit about it very soon. 🙂

  2. Claire

    Great really looking forward to it

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