Illuminated by Jackie Castle.

(From my 12-year old.)

Illuminated is the first book in a series by Jackie Castle, the White Road Chronicles. I really enjoyed the book and would recommend it to anyone, especially Christians who need a little motivation in their walk with Christ.

The main character is, in essence, a girl without a past. Princess works at the evil Lord Darnel’s castle in Racah as Lord Darnel’s daughter/slave/pawn. She has  no recollection of her childhood outside of the castle.

But then a captive named Dean the Messenger enters the scene. She is drawn to the man’s calm, unwavering faith in the face of death. Dean sacrifices his life to give Princess a chance of escape. But the way is hard and the white path she must follow to safely reach the great King Shaydon’s throne in Aloblase is often difficult to stay on. She embarks on a journey to redemption, and it often seems that she will be unable to continue. Can she ignore Lord Darnel’s hold on her past and allow the mysterious Issah and majestic King Shaydon to redeem her?

I absolutely love this book! One of the things I liked about Illuminated was the ever-altering cast of characters surrounding Princess: Dean the Messenger, a frightened dragon, a surprising Okbold, stone-faced Jerin, a squad of Albernium warriors….the list goes on and on.

I also loved the way Mrs. Castle portrayed Issah, a guardian of the White Road. His gentle welcoming spirit toward Princess is soothing to her and weary heart.  He also shows us that being great has nothing to do with your social status.

My favorite character was probably Lotari, a stubbornly kind centaur. Despite being shy of humans, Lotari musters his courage and chases Princess through the forest, helping her reach the beautiful city of Aloblase.

The people of Many Rivers also provide uplifting entertainment. Kind and quick to share, they welcome Princess and her band of travelers. But they also are a little mischievous.

I’ll give this book 4 out of 5 turning pages.



I received a free copy of this book from the author for the purpose of review.


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