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The Story King by Matt Mikalatos

 


The Story King is the third book in the Sunlit Lands series (The Crescent Stone and The Heartwood Crown are books one and two). If you've been reading my blog for a while, you know that Matt Mikalatos is one of my favorite theologians and I try my best to get my hands on and read and share all of his titles. No surprise then that I loved The Story King. 

Mikalatos does a great job of wrapping up all the stories and filling in all the right holes while leaving enough mystery for the story to have a life of its own. In much the same way that The Final Battle from the Narnia series helps explain the beginning of the story, The Story King does so for the Sunlit Lands. Even though it's an ending, it's rooted very deeply in the beginning of the story and how we don't have to let broken things stay broken because that's the way it's always been. If pressed very hard to sum up the entire series, I would say that the story we believe about ourselves helps shape the world we live in. And because of that, it's very important that we recognize the grace and love that help bring us into being. 

Since finishing The Story King, I've spent many hours pondering my name and how I think of myself, and how I interact with the world because of those thoughts. I don't know if that was Mikalato's intent with this trilogy but it is a very beautiful result. 

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for the purpose of review. I'm never required to say positive things but I'm always thankful when I can. 

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  1. Thanks, Tina! So glad you enjoyed the Story King!

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    1. I did enjoy it! Jason’s story has me pondering all sorts of things! But don’t let this make you think you’re off the hook for the completion of Validus Smith’s story.

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