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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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11 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

  3. Pam

    Obviously, Audrey hasn’t studied the historical perspective of the Bible and those who recorded it. Too bad. I look forward to reading your series.

    1. Fiona Tarr

      So true Pam, that’s what I love about writing from this historical period, it isn’t black & white. I hope you enjoy the books 🙂

  4. Ronald Stewart-Dula

    Fiona, I wouldn’t concern myself with a bad review or two, especially ones based on as thin a concept as the mixing of faith and fantasy being disrespectful, particularly since faith is defined as believing in something despite the total absence of evidence for its existence. The Old Testament is, as you say, full of magic as well as folk tales, outright fantasy, and characters for whom there is a complete dearth of evidentiary proof. You only run into a problem when you run into those rare folks who confuse faith with another little five letter word, truth. I just wish those people weren’t multiplying so rapidly.

    Personally, I thought it was a great read.

    1. Fiona Tarr

      Thanks Ronald. I wasn’t so much concerned; although a low rating review always gets the heart racing, but I was interested in feedback and other reader perspective. I really appreciate you taking the time to join the conversation.

  5. Guarin

    “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Arthur C. Clark), or miracle? Anyone who’s faith depends on any potentially disprovable ‘fact’ is in deep trouble. Don’t let someone’s fear of their ‘faith’ being ‘challenged’ disturb you. Rather pity their lack of conviction.

    1. Fiona Tarr

      Thanks Guarin.

    1. Fiona Tarr

      Thanks Lisa

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