Kien, former Tracelands ambassador to Istgard, receives a calling from the Infinite to journey to Toron Sea and warn them of the impending doom they face if they continue to turn away from the Infinite to worship a new goddess.
Kien visits Ela of Parne to try and determine why the Infinite would send him in her place because, after all this is the job of a prophet, not for a military judge in training. Kien learns that Ela has received her own orders from the Infinite to return to Parne, as they have also forsaken their Creator and face a similar fate as those in Toron Sea.
The story splits Ela and Kien on their missions, and I couldn’t stop turning pages to follow them both. There is so much mystery, intrigue, adventure, and unexpected twists that I easily followed the characters into their thrilling journeys.
“Tell them I seek their hearts”
Kien Lantec still strikes me as one of the least likely people to be called into such an important mission for the Creator, but isn’t that true of our own Christian lives?
Kien, hesitatingly at first, begins his journey to Toron Sea, and what I loved the most about Kien is how real he became to me as his calling paralleled my own. He worked through so many emotions like frustration, disbelief, disobedience, and trying to serve the Infinite on his own terms.
How would this mission and his decisions shape the rest of his life, and his faith? As you begin to travel along with Kien, I’m certain you, too, will be unable to put the story down. He’s an amazingly likable and genuine character, and very easy to relate to.
Meanwhile, Back in Parne…
The second main story line in Judge is that of Ela Roeh, who has returned to her family and her homeland, Parne.
The intrigue and sometimes horror she faces among her own people is real, and the desperation Ela endures keeps you riveted to her mission.
Will Ela overcome the enemies in her homeland? Will her people heed the warnings of the Infinite and avoid complete destruction?
Once again, R. J. Larson delivers compelling story lines with very real characters. Their lives, though in a different time and in a different world, are so much like our own. They have issues, heartaches, failures, and they are not perfect.
Who should read Judge?
Judge, as well as the other Books of the Infinite is one I recommend to anyone who loves adventure, intrigue, deep character development, and all within gripping story lines that bring glory to the Creator.
The Books of the Infinite are of the fantasy genre, but I believe they will appeal to anyone who loves a good story with deep plots and continuously developing characters.
When you pick up Judge, be prepared for an amazing ride!
About R. J. Larson
R. J. Larson writes fantasy inspired by the Scriptures, and she strives to faithfully honor the Lord’s Word in her books.
She also writes Biblical fiction as Kacy Barnett-Gramckow, when she is not working her day job or exploring Colorado with Jerry, her husband for more than 35 years.