Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Holiday Gift Guide 2015: The Cavern Of Promise (Giants in the Land)

The Cavern Of Promise
Giants in the Land, book 3
by Clark Rich Burbidge
Publisher: Deep River Books
Pub. Date: June 25, 2015
Retail: $15.99
ISBN: 978-1940269504
Pages: 256
Buy Link: Amazon

Book Description:

Thomas and his giant companion have disappeared.

At the mercy of the evil king of Westland, in great peril, and with no hope for escape, Thomas faces an impossible test for survival. Book Three caps this award-winning trilogy with a danger-ridden triple quest: save Thomas, redeem a lost people, and reverse the land's painful slide toward destruction. Can help be found in a mythical cave at the far edge of the world? Whispered legends speak of a ferocious tribe, fearsome obstacles, and fabled treasure. Join Thomas and his companions under an uneasy truce, risking all to seek the source of redemption―the Cavern of Promise―in a journey that could bring deliverance . . . or doom.

About the Author:

Clark Burbidge was born and raised in the mountain Valley of the Rockies. He earned a MBA from the University of Southern California and a BS form the University of Utah. His fiance career and his involvement in community and church service span over three decades. Clark and his wife, Leah, live near Salt Lake City, Utah, where they enjoy their blended family of ten children and three grandchildren.

Billy's Thoughts:

Back in the late spring, I received a copy of The Cavern Of Promise, book three of the Giants in the Land series, by author Clark Rich Burbidge. I had previously reviewed books one (The Way of Things) and two (The Prodigals), so I was looking forward to reviewing the third installment. Unfortunately, I didn't get around to reading it until a few months ago. Instead of posting a review for it then, I decided to wait and feature it in this year's Holiday Gift Guide.

The Giants in the Lands series is set in a world where giants are real. The villagers had relied on the giants for years to help them lift heavy stones for foundations, dig canals for irrigation and to build levees. Then one day, the giants just disappeared, leaving the villagers to defend for themselves.

Book one, The Way of Things, centered on Thomas, a young father who volunteered to venture in the forest to search for the remaining giants, where his courage and faith are challenged. Book Two, The Prodigals, took place seventeen years later and centered once again on Thomas, who is now the Land's Forest Ward.  Despite his responsibilities, he has kept an eye on his family from afar. When a deadly crisis occurs that threatens his family, Thomas and his giant friend, Earthwatcher, must team up with the lost prodigals to save the day.

A little older, Thomas is still the Forest Ward in the final book in the series, but his faith is once again tested when the evil king Westland captures him along with his giant friends. While he has been the hero in the past, he must have faith in the villagers to save him and the giants.

Like Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia series, the Giants in the Land has a spiritual hidden message throughout the series, but avoids feeling preachy. The overall theme is that giants can be anywhere, even in your own life (your teachers parents, grandparents, coaches, etc.). The author has done a fantastic job creating an unique world with interesting characters. The illustrations by Karl C. Hepworth are wonderfully done. Overall, The Cavern Of Promise is a well-written and fitting end to the series.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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