Title: Memory’s Door
Series: A Well Spring Novel
Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Published: August 6, 2013
The four members of Warriors Riding have learned to wage war in the supernatural, to send their spirits into people’s souls, to battle demonic forces, and to bring deep healing to those around them. But their leader Reece struggles with the loss of his sight and his passion photography along with it. Brandon is being stalked at his concerts by a man in the shadows, Dana’s career seems to consume her, and Marcus starts to question his sanity as he seems to be slipping in and out of alternate realities.
Now they have to prepare for war as the Wolf begins to hunt them, fulfilling the second part of the prophecy. His traps are set and he’s waiting to devour anyone who steps into it. His supernatural hate of all they stand feeds his mission and he won’t stop until he destroys not only their bodies but their souls as well. The Warriors Riding need the Armor and blessing of God to defeat their greatest enemy yet.
As the team tries to stay together and close to the Spirit, attacks are launched from all sides to try and separate them from their strength. On their own their powerless, but with Christ no enemy is too big and the team clings to that as their lives are turned upside down and decisions made that can alter their lives forever. The battle has begun and it’ll be the biggest one yet. The team will need their faith like never before if they ever hope to defeat the Wolf.
Will Reece see again or is his vision lost for good? Is Brandon’s stalker dangerous or friendly? Will Dana’s career be her undoing or will she be able to prevail? Will Marcus be stuck between realities forever or will he gain freedom from the confusion? Can the Warriors Riding defeat the Wolf or will they die trying? What decisions will each character make and will they be the right one?
Having loved the first book in this series, I was excited when I got offered the opportunity to read this one as well. My expectations were high, and this book met some of them while others fell flat. I can’t really place my finger on one thing that made this book different, but for some reason it was. This book didn’t resonate the same way that the first did and even though I enjoyed it, something was different and it affected the structure of the story.
The story started kind of slow for about half of the book, there were some confrontations and confusions but overall it was a touch slow for me, particularly since the end felt too rushed and I wasn’t able to truly become engaged with the final battle before it was over. Pacing was an issue here but the story was nice and fairly easy to follow if you’ve read the first book in the series. If you haven’t read the first book I don’t recommend starting with this book, but starting at the beginning.
The message behind this book, though it can get mixed up in some fuzzing theology and ideas, is very solid and freeing. Jesus loves you for who you are and doesn’t want you weighed down by mistakes, regrets, or fear. That is the true reason why these books speak to me so much. I think every one of us needs to hear that every now and again when the lies and fear and regrets start creeping in again. Most other ideas broached in this book, other than The Lord speaking and spiritual warfare, I don’t believe for an instant (mostly soul travel) but part of me thinks it would be cool if some of it did exist.
The characters in this book have started to really develop nicely. Dana had really grown Into her role as the Leader very well and spiritually, I felt that she was the strongest one in this book. Reece was the character that took some steps back this book. He seems to question God at every run because of his lack of sight and the fact that it hasn’t been restored yet, but honestly I can’t l him blame him for questioning particularly since he knows it’s to be restored. That said it was still a bit disappointing to see him stumble like that.
This author captivated me with his first book in this series and though I never really believed soul travel existed it was still fun to say what if and read the message behind the blurred lines. This book was different somehow an I don’t really know how. Maybe the novelty of it wore of or maybe it’s something deeper. I don’t know. All I know is, I’d didn’t enjoy this one as much as I enjoyed the first. I recommend this to a select audience.
Overall, I didn’t enjoy this one as much as the first but still enjoyed it. This book is perfect for fans of speculative fiction. This book is definitely best left to adults only. I give this book a three out of five.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.*