Sunday, January 27, 2013

So...a tale of love? Is this some kind of romance novel? And...what is the book about--besides love?


So...a tale of love? Is this some kind of romance novel?

A romance novel--no. It's a fantasy/adventure story that is a sequel to the other three books in the series. By "a tale of love," I mean it is a story that demonstrates what love is. I could just as easily have called the book The Son of a King (A Tale of Sacrifice) or The Son of a King (A Tale of Obedience) or The Son of a King (A Tale of Giving)--but none of love's many descriptors entirely encapsulates the concept of love. So The Son of a King (A Tale of Love) it is.

No single relationship in the story demonstrates the facets of love the story highlights; several different characters display them. So, for example, love is demonstrated through a friendship and through the choice a character makes when he is called to do something very difficult. But I have also tried to demonstrate what love is not--the grasping, self-centered sort of "love" that often finds its way into "love stories."

And it is a tale of love in another sense. Real life--life as we know it--is itself a love story. Life is the story of God's pursuit of us and of our response to that pursuit. When we are gone from this life, that is all that will matter and all that will last. A tale of love that did not include a hint of that Great Love Story would be incomplete.


So...what is the book about--besides love?

Here's the official description:

An unthinkable request. An unwanted journey. An unlikely trio. Unseen battles. Unknown dangers. Unforgotten pain. Unforeseen loss. Unimagined joy. The Son of a King (A Tale of Love) by Candace Christine Little recounts the adventures of William, the son of the king of Windsal, as he returns to Morlestoph--and uncovers the unlimited power of an unceasing, unfailing love.

The Son of a King (A Tale of Love) is set twenty-some years after the end of the third book, but it is a continuation of The Honor of a King (A Tale of Mercy). This fourth book is a bit different from the three that precede it in that the character telling the story is William instead of Barto. (Also, though the main characters in the first three books are still part of the story, they are not the main characters in the fourth book.) Because William is the narrator, his personal history very much shapes the story.

Apart from William's personal history, though, many of the images and ideas in the book come from the book of Acts (in the Bible). But that brings me back to the topic of love: the book of Acts is about God sending His people to the ends of the earth to share His love, and it is about God pouring out His Spirit on those who believe and empowering them with gifts they and the world desperately need. So...seriously...calling this book a tale of love was a very deliberate but almost unavoidable choice. It's all about love. :)