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I apologize for not being more active, but not having other reviewers or books to review, it's been a little difficult. However I want to let you know about this wonderful DVD "God's Not Dead." Working at the library I found it on our shelves and took it home. When I brought it back I raved about it. I wanted to take it out again, but it seems word gets around. It's always on hold for someone else. That's great.

The opening scene is in a freshman college philosophy class. The professor states he is an atheist, and asks that if everyone will sign a paper with 3 little words on it he can dispense of the dust and get to the subject. Those 3 words are "God Is Dead." One student cannot sign that. He is given 3 chances to argue the case of the existence of God before the class.

Fueled by hate on one side and a determined love of God on the other this is not your simple movie. The poor kid researches and goes off on a journey of his own to state his case. The end is nothing short of amazing. I guess telling people stuff like this is one of the reasons I can't get a hold of it a second time. It's really that good.

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May our Lord be with you now and always. Remember, God is in control, even when things look like they're crashing all around you. David

Sunday, August 05, 2007

by Caprice Hokstad

Day 1 Sunday

Welcome to Day 1 of THE DUKE'S HANDMAID, by Caprice Hokstad. I think you're going to enjoy yourself. Hokstad has created a world much like ours, yet very much unlike ours. I want to call this high fantasy, but Caprice reminds me that the elements of high fantasy, dragons, magic, etc. are missing from this work. Still, it has a charm to it that reminds me of J.R.R. Tolkien. She's created not just a world for us, with 2 suns and 2 moons, but a well-defined social structure. There are those considered, socially, higher by birthright, and those considered lower. They are the Elva and the Itzi respectively. There doesn't seem to be animosity between them, but they accept their social station in life. The Elva have physical characteristics that speak of the sky. Their hair is black, gray or white, the latter two having nothing to do with age. Their eye color is normally blue, sometimes gray. Even their ears point to the sky. They are of superior intellect and so rule over the lower class Itzi. Physically Itzi have characteristics that speak of the earth. Hair color is brown, yellow or red. Their eye color is usually brown, although they may also have hazel, green or even blue eyes. The tops of their ears are rounded, keeping them close to the earth. The Itzi are uneducated and believed to be intellectually inferior to the Elva.

That isn't enough for her. She now divides these two groups into others, slave and free. And as we read on we find there are more than one kind of slave. You run smack into this almost immediately as Keedrina, a free Itzi woman, offers herself to be a free-will slave for Duke Vahn, but I'll let you read about that yourself. The point is, when she does enter into his service as kee—slaves names are never capitalized—there is division between the other slaves, some who are Elva. The reason for this is because the status of a free-will slave is greater than that of a traditional slave, and greater still than those bearing the “P” brand on them. The social structure is so well laid out that it is at once, believable. We can believe that there is a place like that, perhaps even in our own world, where this complex structure might exist. She then creates her characters according to these social structures, and we feel as if we have been whisked away to a distant planet that is so utterly strange in one sense, and yet, so utterly familiar in another. For the people who inhabit this world are people we know. They may not have pointed ears or the coloring of the Elva or Itzi, but they remain people that we know none-the-less.

You aren't going to find God really mentioned anywhere in this book, and certainly not the name of Jesus. This was some cause of concern for Caprice prior to submitting it for a tour. After reading it I have to say it is a wonderful love story that seems to be set in some fairy-tale world. The story itself is what is Christian. The allegories you will see along the way. The compassion of one person for another, or the prejudice of one for another are Biblical themes. You will get the sense that this one person is Christ-like, yet not completely. Later you will find another character who exhibits other Christ-like characteristics.

Remember that this is but the beginning of the story, not an epic complete in itself. And remember also the duality of this world. If you do you won't have problems with the mention of a plural divinity, nor that they are called one thing by the Elva and another by the Itzi. If there is one thing that seems to stumble the Christian reader it is this, but it is also quickly explain. One need only to remember that this is another world and God would be referred to according to the culture the Creator allowed them to construct under His guiding hand. Caprice, there may not be any dragons or magic in this work, but between the complexity of the societies, the awesome adventure you take the reader on, I am still thinking this to be high fantasy, perhaps of the highest because it does not have things that don't exist, but things that do. - David

THE DUKE'S HANDMAID is available at

Don't miss out on checking her site at Welcome to Latoph

And of course her blog as well at Queen of Convolution

Read the first chapter of THE DUKE'S HANDAID at THE DUKE'S HANDMAID – Chapter One


Caprice Hokstad said...

What a wonderful start to the tour. Thank you, David.

GarthTrekker said...

Sorry I'm late! I was away last week and just now posted a link to Caprice's sites. Minimalist, but at least a plug. Thanks for hosting the tour - great coverage for the book. Lyn from Bloggin' Outloud

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