Friday 5 August 2022

Novel Trilogy Review and Spirit-filled Fiction Award: The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth by Jarrod Edge

The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth: The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 1The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth: The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 1

In approximately 100 A.D. in the ancient Greek city of Ephesus, the aged Apostle John shares a secret prophecy with his young caretaker about “an evil not born of this world,” intent on coming to Earth and destroying the forces of light. He also tells of a chosen one who would arise to “stand for all mankind.” In 1999 Florida, a pregnant woman survives a car crash just long enough to give birth. The child’s father, FBI agent Johnathan Sette, is still unconscious in the hospital when a mysterious stranger abducts the newborn baby.

This sparks a search that takes up a good portion of Edge’s novel, as forces of light and darkness align around the little girl, who’s the embodiment of the Apostle John’s prophecy. Agent Sette immediately suspects an international crime cartel, the Syndicate, of kidnapping his daughter, but there are even more malevolent and otherworldly forces at work under the control of a being called the Destroyer.

In order to protect his other children, Sette insists that they be extensively trained in martial arts by the super-adept Seven Dragons family. Edge handles these disparate plot strands with considerable ease, and he shows a cinematic flair in standout scenes:

There are enough car crashes, fight sequences and tense standoffs to satisfy any thriller reader. The story is suffused with an uncompromising but never preachy Christian ethos, in a rare instance of religious fiction that can be readily enjoyed by a wider audience. Edge maintains a fast pace, but cuts the mood frequently with humor and pathos. Minor, annoying formatting problems, such as a copyright notice at the bottom of every page, only slightly distract from this accomplished first novel.A well-done first installment in a promising Christian-themed action series.

The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth: The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 2

One FBI Agent, four children, trained in an ancient form of Martial Arts, Angels, Demons, Aliens, Monks, Priests, Hackers, Dragons, Mossad, Snipers, Terrorists, Navy SEALS, an Evil Corporation, the United Nations, the Vatican, Voyager, NASA, a President, a Prophecy, and an Apostle! The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth, The Battle Between Light and Dark, Book 2.

The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth: Enoch, Book 3

Enoch (The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth Book 3)

The third installment of the award-winning and visionary YA science fiction Christian series!

A young girl is the Chosen One to fulfill a prophecy in a battle between light and dark.

Earth has recently discovered that it is not alone. In a universe with portals to different dimensions, times, and worlds, a prophecy forebodes an interstellar war against evil and the forces of darkness, and that God will send a chosen one and ten to end the war.

The prophecy predicts a great war for the universe by an Unholy Trinity of three – The Destroyer of Worlds, Queen Deceptra, and the Saint of the Apocalypse. For more than a thousand years, races of beings across various star systems that had been conquered were being oppressed and controlled by evil forces. A young girl is the Chosen One to end the final battle of the universe and spread a message from God to all beings. In the fifteenth year of the prophecy and with an Earth recovering from war, Enoch, seventh of Adam, comes to strengthen God’s people with his teachings.

Enoch is the thought-provoking third book in The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth series, the next enduring YA science fiction favorite.

Perspective by Peter: 

This trilogy has been a work in progress for the author since 2013. The author set himself a goal of 10 novels in  10 years and he has achieved this. What a great effort! I have waited since then to read this trilogy and the associated short stories.

Edge states that he likes to tell a good story. He certainly does that! He

".....has been recognised for his ability to take Christian concepts and relay them to his readers in a fun, action-filled way. Through the series within the E7 Prophecy Universe, Jarrod takes readers on fantastic journeys, traveling throughout the United Stares, the world, and even into space to fight an interstellar war against evil and the forces of darkness." (quoted from About the Author, Enoch, Book 3 of The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth). 

This trilogy and the short stories are an epic science fiction and fantasy that exists in his mind/imagination. To quote him again from the above, About the Author in Book 3:

"....His inspiration derives from his Christian beliefs...."

These beliefs are infused into the story. They are obvious and not implied or hinted at. Edge is not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ and does not hesitate to show that the Sette family, especially Elizabeth, live out the Bible in their quest to defeat evil and the forces of darkness and are obedient to the leading of the Holy Spirit in doing so. They are totally committed and surrendered to the Spirit. Christians reading this should find this encouraging and an uplifting of their faith and relationship with Jesus. If the Sette family can do this with all the dire circumstances they find themselves in, then it should be an encouragement to the Christian reader that this living in Christ's victory is open and available to those who accepted Him as Saviour. Edge has depicted the Lord of Lords and the Kings of Kings as the same God of the Bible and the same One whom we have accepted as Lord and Saviour in our hearts and lives. There are many aspects of spiritual warfare in this epic tome: prayer, knowing who you are in Christ, standing on the promises of the Bible and applying them to their lives and fight against the forces of darkness. 

I had wondered you could marry martial arts with Christianity. This was explored well in another novel series, The Adventure Chronicles by Jeffrey A. Davis. I was skeptical, but after reading that series, I can see how it could be compatible. Edge shows how this could be too. In both these novel series, it has to be based on Christianity and the Bible first and not the other way around. The special gifts/abilities that the Sette family and more so, Elizabeth, were transferred to them as enablement from God to the Dragons who transferred them to the Sette family and those of the Temple of Light. Readers of this series will enjoy The Adventure Chronicles too. Edge's take on this marriage of the martial arts and Christianity/Biblical base is unique and forms a sold foundation that this trilogy and its associated stories are based. 

There is never a dull moment throughout the trilogy and short stories. You hit the road running from page one and you had better keep up or the pace of this epic (trilogy and short stories) will leave you behind. His world building is extensive with layers, he can definitely brag that he has created a universe, the E7 Prophecy Universe. It is one to revel in and look back in awe.

 Thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy. This is an author to follow! Allow yourself to be immersed in this epic adventure of overcoming evil and being an instrument of victory and God's glory! 

The three ratings below are based on my discernment:

World Building 5/5

Characters 5/5

Story 5/5

The two classifications below are based on the booklet, A Spiritual System for Rating Books by David Bergsland:

Spiritual Level 5/5

Enemy Spiritual Level 5/5

Overall Rating: 5/5

Spiritually, based on my review and on the aforementioned reference booklet, A Spiritual System for Rating Books by David Bergsland (Radiqx Press) and that The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth trilogy contains elements of the criteria of what constitutes Christian Spirit-filled Fiction outlined in this booklet, (click on the title below to see what this is based on), I bestow to Jarrod Edge the

Reality Calling Christian Spirit-filled Fiction Award

Congratulations, Jarrod!

If you would like to investigate this series further, click on the link below:

The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth

Readers and reviews are an author’s best asset, so I encourage any reader, to consider reading The Prophecy of the Seventh Elizabeth Trilogy and then submit a review on Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes and Noble and on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest (or any other social media platform you subscribe to).

Reviews help promote an author’s novel to potential readers and encourage the author to keep writing. Reviews also help get the author’s message (and God’s message) to the reader, who may need encouragement and support in their lives while being entertained by the story.

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