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Reviewed by Janelle Fila for Readers' Favorite
Lucas: Guardian of Truth by M.R. Anglin starts with a bullying attack. Lucas is picked on, has an overactive imagination, and grows frustrated when his mother doesn’t believe his fantastical stories. But when his dad sends him a mystical watch, complete with an artificial intelligence watch dog named Rover, Lucas’ boring, mundane life starts getting interesting. Lucas is dragged into Kalaria, a land when people imagine objects out of thin air. He is dropped into a battle between light and darkness, and must work with Princess Sariah to save Kalaria from the evil clutches of the Mind Master. If he succeeds, he might just learn how to fix the issues in his own life, too.
M.R. Anglin writes a super cute middle grade book that teaches a valuable Christian lesson about good versus evil. This story will definitely appeal to tween boys, especially if they have an active imagination and dream about slaying dragons and saving the day. Lucas: Guardian of Truth reminded me of The Neverending Story, especially with the bullying theme at the beginning of the story. Lucas is drawn into saving a magical world which helps promote his self-esteem and makes him realize that he does have value. The Christian theme is strong and the Bible is referenced often, but the morals aren’t heavy handed and don’t ever feel forced in this story. I think younger children will appreciate the life lesson, especially since it comes after some really cool action and fighting scenes.