Book review: Lucas: Guardian of Truth

Lucas is a lonely kid with a big imagination. Then one day, the things he imagines start coming true. Strange creatures appear and watch him. A dog appears out of a wristwatch. And still his mother doesn’t believe him.

Later on, Lucas is taken to a parallel world where people “imaginate” all kinds of things, from buildings to weapons. But the Mind Master threatens the entire world and has already engulfed most of it in thick, velvety darkness inhabited by monsters. Only the Guardian of Truth can repel the darkness and restore the world to its proper state.

This is a fun, middle-grade read. I was reminded alternately of Ben Ten and The Green Lantern, because of the way the imagined things are explained (hard-light constructs). Lucas and the princess, Sariah, are clearly characterized and fun to follow as they encounter the darkness, monsters, and the Mind Master.

Toward the end, the Christianity gets a bit heavy-handed. I felt that it made the story predictable. But I’m much older than the intended age group. An 11-year old boy would eat this book up and beg for more. It has lasers, dragons, talking pets, and kids who save the day. What’s not to like?

There’s a book trailer on M.R. Anglin’s website, too!

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2 thoughts on “Book review: Lucas: Guardian of Truth”

  1. Thanks for your honestly. Just reading this review makes me dislike this book but of course, I’m far from the intended audience as well. Stil. It kinda bugs me when situations like this arise – i.e: the kids can save the day because the kids have imaginations but the adults are just stubborn useless folk who automatically don’t have any imaginations whatsoever. Argh.

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  2. In response to DoraMouse:

    I read the book and to be fair, the thing about adults being useless is not really the case here. The people on Earth and people on Kalaria are just different. The adults in Kalaria mess with imagination as much as the kids do. It’s how they build their cities, make their tools, weapons, etc. because it’s a world where the line between technology and spiritual blurs. The imagination can be used for good or evil and the chosen path opens the door to either godly or demonic company. This is an interesting precept and I hope the following volumes build on this.

    2 cents!

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