I won this book in a giveaway a few weeks ago, and just got done reading it. It’s about this kid Sisko, about 14, who goes into his village’s enchanted steam house. This steam house turns people into more of what they are inside. So nice people come out handsome and strong, and jerks come out turned into donkeys, or trees.
Sisko comes out with a mysterious ring that won’t come off his finger. It lets him do healing miracles, as long as he asks God first. The only caveat is that he can’t use the power to benefit himself or he’ll fall under a curse instead.
So Sisko goes on a years-long journey to help whoever God wants him to help, aided by his friend Josh the wizard, and Seth, a leader of a gang of bandits. Sisko defeats dragons, breaks up cults, casts out demons, and raises the dead … and deals with the fallout afterward.
It’s a nice light read. Each chapter is its own self-contained short story, kind of like the old Beverly Cleary or Keith Robertson books. Each chapter is a short adventure inside the book’s main story arc. The good guys are nice people who wrestle with believable problems like pride, fear and selfishness. There’s a couple of bad guys every chapter, but the reason they’re bad is usually the main conflict.
The writing style was passable, but not the greatest. But this is one of the author’s very first books, so I’m willing to let a lot slide under the “first book” umbrella. It’s a nice book you’re in the market for a light read, and don’t mind a light smattering of religious discussion (I don’t think it ever falls into outright preaching, because the character’s not trying to convert anybody, just heal them).