Into the Book of Light by Ted Dekker and Kara Dekker (The Dream Traveler’s Quest; 1)

The Synopsis:

Millions have taken the journey into the Dekker universe. Now that universe opens its doors to young readers.

What if you could find a way to enter another reality full of wild and life changing adventure? And what if every time you fell asleep you woke up in that other reality? Welcome to the world of Theo Dunnery, a twelve year-old boy who feels alone and full of fear when he stumbles on an ancient book that draws him into another world.

In that world, he learns he must complete a quest to find the Five Seals of Truth if he is to conquer his fears. Facing great odds and many enemies, Theo sets off on the adventure of a lifetime to discover who he really is as the son of Elyon, and overcome the darkness that has haunted him for so long.

I purchased this book on my own and was therefore not required to write a review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.

Review:

As a huge Ted Dekker fan, I about jumped out of my chair when I received the first email promoting his new children’s series! And yes, I was one of the crazies that pre-ordered the entire series.

That being said, as I read Into the Book of Light, I couldn’t help but feel a strong similarity to the Narnia series. It is a unique world with unique trials and quests. There are friendly creatures, and there are creatures that try to make Theo believe lies, but the ultimate quest is to figure out who he is. It is very bold in introducing Elyon as God in the first book, I thought that perhaps that nugget of information would have been a great series ending reveal, but perhaps Dekker has something even better planned for the end of the series *shrug*. Of course I liked that revelation regardless of when it was introduced 🙂

This book is geared for young readers, I’d say 8-12 years, so it is quick moving and simple to read. It’s clean, there is no cursing and no detail in the action scenes, and absolutely no sexual content at all. The illustrations really help the reader visualize the story and I thought they were incredibly well done.

Overall, I enjoyed this beginning of Theo’s adventure and look forward to continuing his journey. And I also know that my younger siblings will enjoy this series! I give it 4 out of 5 stars!

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Rayleigh is a Sophomore in college with a major in Accounting and long-term goal of being a CPA. She is an avid reader of all genres, and just as much of her time is spent writing as it is reading. She is the Associate Editor and Web Manager for PURSUE Magazine, in addition to posting her monthly articles on their blog. Rayleigh interns for Hartline Literary Agency where she advises authors in the best way to market their books. She is also a Social Media Manager for various businesses.

Her writing pseudonym is Rae Leigh and she is in the process of seeking publication for her Dystopian novella, Program MIRA.