Bellanok: The Reluctant Savior
by Ralene Burke
A haven for myths and legends . . . until evil discovers a way in. With evil darkening the mountains to the north, the fairy queen, Fauna, must journey from the island realm of Bellanok to the modern world to find the man the Creator appointed to save their kingdom. A man she has been dreaming of her whole life. Brian is a down-on-his-luck pastor on the verge of giving up on God. He’s tired and frustrated–a failure. No sooner does he make a decision that jeopardizes his career than an unusual blonde woman shows up and tries to convince him he is some kind of savior. Fauna must open Brian’s eyes to a different reality, and Brian needs to embrace the haven’s secrets. If neither of them succeeds, Bellanok will succumb to evil and the world will lose all trace of innocence.
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Powerful and Eye-Opening Read!
I jumped into Bellanok with exciting expectations, but Ralene gave me so much more! This wasn't a typical story with fairies, unicorns, and dragons (which I was expecting), but really a beautiful new concept I had never read before. I absolutely loved how she wove in the need for ALL to have salvation from Jesus Christ because we ALL have been exposed to sin (fairy or not). In many ways, this was a powerful story of redemption. Bellanok was so much more than a story I read for pleasure. I was strongly touched by many parts and believe one of them was instrumental in opening my eyes to being at peace with some of the things in my life. It took me a day or two to process one particular conversation between Fauna and Brian and believe it will be something that stays with me for a long time. The only thing I was seriously bummed about was not knowing what happened to a certain character from the war. He wasn’t mentioned again and I was EAGERLY hoping he would pop up later. Overall, I very strongly recommend this story to those who love fantasy (especially dragons) that desire a strong Christian message.