The Word Changers: Book Review

Are you trying to run your life in your own way, or are you willing to live as your Author intended?

This is the fundamental question that is proposed in The Word Changers. Are we being narrow-minded and selfish, or are we living in a selfless manner? In a society that proclaims disbelief in the Author, how can right prevail?

When I began reading The Word Changers, I was caught up in the story immediately. While most books take a little while to set up the story and the background and I don’t get really pulled in until I figure out a little bit of what’s going on, The Word Changers drew me in from the first page.

The Word Changers has a unique “book-within-a-book” mindset (combining the book-world with the real world). Its tone is unique; I have never read a similar book with the same tone. The grammar is superb. The characters and description are both very well done. One in particular is a very complex character; it takes the reader a long time to figure out his motivations. Posy’s character isn’t specifically drawn in depth, but we get to read the entire story through her eyes. Kyran’s character has a lot of depth. We get to know what motivates him and empathize with how he thinks. The changes in the king’s character–his ups and downs–are very well done as well. My favorite character, however, is the Author. The main story is resolved very nicely (though personally I was left with a few questions about different minor issues and side characters in the book).

Advisory: The Word Changers has some romance and magic in it. Neither one is over the top or mentioned very often, but they are both clearly there. Some of the romantic elements would, in my opinion, have been better left out. The romance is what changed my 4-star vote to a 3-star vote. In the beginning, there is a dark, evil feeling to the magic–but by the end, it is clear that magic is viewed by all the good characters as indeed being evil and those who use it suffer consequences.

The story subtly ties the issues in the book Kingdom in with the issues of our real world. Some deep lessons are learned in and presented through this story. The message is very good. It leaves the reader with something to take away, and it provokes thought. The themes of deceit, hypocrisy, and trust are very intriguing portrayed. Are we following the will of the Author or our own willful desires and thoughts? I also love how The Word Changers portrays sister relationships. The allegorical elements of the story are excellent. Overall, The Word Changers is suitable for young adults who enjoy Christian fantasy.

I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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