5 out of 5 stars
ROPE OF SAND, along with DEATH BE NOT PROUD, was a complex book, intellectually written, and all consuming.
This series has really baffled me. I didn’t read book one-MORTAL FIRE. Book two-DEATH BE NOT PROUD was sent to me for review purposes, and I wasn’t really sure I liked it at first. There was a paranormal bent to it that turned me off to begin with, it was slow in sections, and hard to follow in others. But let me tell me, the second half of DEATH BE NOT PROUD quickly picked up momentum and totally captivated me. I became so attached to Emma and Matthew, I didn’t want the book to end. My review of DEATH BE NOT PROUD reflected my mixed feelings, but I was so intrigued by it, I knew I would get the sequel.
ROPE OF SAND started out much the same way as its predecessor. It was a bit slow, and I had to reestablish a connection with the characters. But, once I did, there was no stopping me. I was emotionally invested once again with Emma and Matthew and felt every hurt, fear, and frustration they experienced as they tried to move forward and move on. It is hard to write a review for this book because anything I say could be considered a spoiler.
C.F. Dunn has a unique writing style. I can’t really describe it other than to say it is articulate and intellectual. This series is so out of the norm for me but I am completely captivated by it. I have decided to go back and read MORTAL FIRE and can’t wait for REALMS OF DARKNESS to be released in the future. I wouldn’t really consider this a Christian novel as much as I would say this is a novel with Christian characters in it. Matthew and Emma have faith in God but are struggling to understand why He has allowed Matthew’s life to be so complex.
Note: Some use of strong language.