Monday, January 14, 2008

George Bryan Polivka's The Hand that Bears the Sword ~ Reviewed

The Hand That Bears The Sword
By George bryan Polivka
Harvest Housel July 2007
ISBN 978-0-7369-1957-9

Newlyweds Packer and Panna Throme are once again thrust into high adventure. Pirate Scat Wilkins returns with evil intentions for Packer as the Trophy Chase sets sail for the deep waters once again. A new and surprising Hezzan in the Kingdom of Drammun has diabolical designs on not just Packer but on the entire Kingdom of Nearing Vast. And, at home, Panna must await Packer’s hopeful return while imprisoned by the lecherous Prince Mather.

Will Packer and Panna escape their separate dangers and find happiness in the Kingdom of Nearing Vast…or will the invading Drammune army steal away their future and that of all the people of Packer and Panna’s homeland?

Well, I won’t give away the answer, but let’s just say that in usual Polivka style, The Hand That Bears the Sword ends with a surprising twist—and leaves the story wide open for book three.

What I enjoy most about Polivka’s writing is his amazing and fresh descriptions. “Bench Urmond was purpose poured into a granite mold.” This is just one small example of the insight he gives to develop a character in the reader’s mind. Polivka is a master of showing versus telling.

I also enjoyed the hilarious antics of Panna keeping the prince at arm’s length. While men will like the action/adventure of the story, women will cheer for Panna and look forward to the scenes involving her.

The overall theme of the book is that God does answer prayer but most often not in ways we expect—and it’s usually better if we don’t get in the way. He is sovereign and carries out His purposes even when, or perhaps especially when we lose heart.

If you enjoyed The Princess Bride, then you’re sure to enjoy The Hand That Bears The Sword. It’s a delightful mix of humor, adventure, and romance. But be forewarned…you will want to rush out and buy book three, The Battle for Vast Dominion, as soon as you’ve closed the back cover.

Review by Michelle Griep

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