REVIEWS FOR PEARL OF MERLYDIA
The Story, Pearl Of Merlydia, by Kara Swanson, and Charis Smith is an amazing allegorical fiction novel written about a 15 year old mermaid princess who is forced into a dangerous, world changing expedition when her whole life is turn upside-down by the loss of a precious jewel. The protagonist, Pearl, is a relatable character who struggles with finding her own identity as a person, and as a follower of the ways of the Creator. This book is both thrilling, and thought provoking as it deals with the struggles created when faced with extraordinary loss and responsibility. It is a hard book to put down, and is aimed at a broad group of readers. I absolutely loved it, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good book to read.
Bob and Sandy Ames:
My husband and I read the entire book this week and we were greatly impressed!! We both thought it was an amazing phenomena that two teenage girls could come up with such a story and still communicate the Gospel like they did! It is written so well and kept us reading and anticipating “what’s next?” Once I got into it, I could hardly put it down. And believe me, not many books do that to me. So, even though we normally do not prefer to read fantasy, this one got us hooked.
Dale L. Mort:
Ultimately Pearl of Merlydia is a classic tale of good versus evil. However, in telling this tale these two young ladies have tapped into a collective creative imagination that is as deep as the ocean in which the novel is set. Just when you think you know <!–more–>what comes next, they twist the plot in a totally different direction. The story starts off like a Disney tale, but then their use of metaphors and allegories, and the presence of characters with supernatural powers, are reminiscent of the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter, with a little Chronicles of Narnia thrown in.
Throughout the book, it is so evident these two talented writers know their Bible as well as their theology. Fulfilled prophecy and the sovereignty of the Creator are two key thoughts which are seen from the front cover to back. The story of the Bible and how God deals with His creation are so obvious in the allegories presented through the story of Pearl.
Fortunately for us who have enjoyed this first novel by these budding authors, the epilogue of Pearl of Merlydia promises a sequel or two!
Dale L. Mort, Ph.D.
Assoc. Vice President
Lancaster Bible College
Wow, wow, wow! After I read Pearl of Merlydia I just sat there with such an awe for our Creator! I felt like I was right there with Pearl and Fyn through the whole story, whether it was action packed encounters, talks with the Creator, the meetings of all the interesting characters along the way, the mysteries, the sadness and confusion, or the joyous victories! I couldn’t believe it when I finished the book! As I have told Kara often, “MORE!” 🙂 But really, Pearl of Merlydia is a fascinating book that I would recommend and I am so excited for Kara and Charis on completion of this exciting tale! It really shows in an allegorical sense how our Creator is always there, caring for us, understanding, helping us, and triumphing!! Wonderful, awesome, and amazing.
Pearl of Merlydia is an amazing story of courage and bravado that I very much enjoyed reading! The authors are personal friends and I’m more proud of them for getting this far with their book than anything. They have done a wonderful job and taken time with this book and have put a mixture of everything in this tale, including, mystery, adventure and a touch of religion. Top on my list of favorite books!
These two authors have done a great job creating an imaginary world that helps illustrate the real truth so well for young minds.
This is an amazing debut for two new young authors. It is so well written and so beautiful in its themes and spirituality. The multiple layers and periodic twists of the story’s plots, all based on Scripture, are wonderfully presented and interconnected. From the first words of the Prologue, I could not put the book down as the prose carried me into the world of mermaids and sirens where I was captivated by the faith, the struggles and the love of Pearl and her friend, Fyn. Charis and Kara have truly published a masterpiece!! The Lord has blessed them both with a wonderful way of expressing their love for Him which, of course, is the best witness of their love.
Really enjoyed this story! Starts off kind of slow, but once Pearl has found her family the plot really takes off. She has to face SEVERAL obstacles, but she is never alone and simply loved her faith 🙂 VERY clean Christian fantasy and one or two VERY SURPRISING twists that just made the plot better! Pearl meets a few unexpected friends along the way, learns about selfishness and forgiveness, making sacrifices, and honoring the Creator as well as her unique parents along her journey. Her abilities as a mermaid are fantastic and even though Pearl has to overcome difficulties, she learns how special she really is along the way and that she is much stronger than she could have known. I was touched reading this story and I learned a lot also. Highly recommended for readers who love mermaids and fantasy stories and faith 🙂 Reminded me of Narnia (the leviathan thing) and The Little Mermaid, also inspired me as I’m writing an underwater story.
Dr. David Frisbie:
An inventive world of sea creatures and dark adversaries forms the backdrop for this clever and well-written coming-of-age tale. The reader is quickly caught up in the drama and suspense faced by the primary characters. Written for young readers, an adventure for all.
This was a great book and very well written! I really liked that the story was written to honor and praise God through the amazing true story of Jesus Christ and I thought it was very cool the inspiration for the Leviathan came from Psalm 104:24-26 Also, it was interesting to see the story unfold from two different perspectives! This definitely a book I would recommend reading!
Absolutely loved pearl of merlydia, I loved how all the characters somehow were all connected! The authors did such an amazing job. I really liked reading it from 2 different perspectives!