J. M. MacLeod The Singing Sword

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The Singing Sword

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In November 2002, Xulon Press published The Singing Sword by J.M. MacLEOD, his first in a series of Christian allegories written in the fantasy genre re-popularized recently by Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. With many book markets stunned by the success of the enticing but pagan, Harry Potter series, Christians will be glad to have an alternative that’s not only an exciting adventure, but instills scriptural principles via a fast-paced adventure.

MacLEOD has invented a world where the inhabitants of Carnalia, ruled by the ruthless Emperor, Lurcan, wage warfare against the kingdom of Ecclessa and its regent King Elyon and his son Logon. Ecclessites venture into Carnalia with the hope of rescuing lives for the king by using their glowing swords to pierce the hearts of Carnalians. These wounds aren’t physical, but spiritual, revealing to Carnalians that they’re fighting for the wrong side, that King Elyon and Logon love them and that Lurcan is the real enemy.

Artka, the protagonist, begins fighting against the king, but through a series of dangerous escapades sees his need of Logon’s forgiveness and becomes an Ecclessite. But that’s not the end of Artka’s troubles, for invisible swamp creatures, shadowy spirits and false Ecclessites do all they can to waylay Artka and his friends from obeying Logon’s directives.

MacLEOD was inspired by the writings of John Bunyan (Pilgrim’s Progress, The Holy War) and C.S. Lewis (Narnia Chronicles, The Screwtape Letters) as they weave spiritual truth into stimulating stories. Instead of using magic, so prevalent in the fantasy genre, MacLEOD incorporates true spiritual realities from the Bible, making it a truthful supernatural thriller.

The Singing Sword is more than an exciting fantasy novel, it’s a gateway to spiritual adventure. It is highly recommended for readers twelve-years-old and up.

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Based on spiritual realities, TSS reveals the unseen spiritual realm with a visible setting in which angels and demons, Jesus and Satan, the world and the Spirit are contrasted via the fantasy genre. The world of Carnalia, the evil emperor Lurcan with his seen and unseen monsters, and the nations' inhabitants represent the world the flesh and the Devil. On the side of truth, the land of Ecclessa and the former Carnalians who've been transformed into Ecclessites stand for the Church, albeit broken down into feuding factions. War rages between Carnalia and Ecclessa, yet many of the brigades are more intent on winning arguments than "lives for the King".

Though fantasy is the vehicle for this Christian novel, use of magic has been avoided. Instead, TSS encourages the believer to discover the powers invested in him by Jesus through the Bible and the activity of the Holy Spirit in his life.

TSS ignites the reader's imagination by reminding believers we're in a spiritual war, and unless we return to the weaponry and battle plans Jesus provided, our casualties will be great and our victories small.

I Cor. 4:20

About the Author:

John MacLeod was born again at about the age of five, grew up in an evangelical church, held positions of leadership in youth group and YFC/Campus Life, worked in Christian coffeehouses and street ministry during the sixties and seventies and led Bible studies both in church and his home.

With this beginning novel of The Singing Sword series John is seeking to share the truth of Christianity through allegory, challenging the Church to return to her foundations by knowing both her Lord and His Word.

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