kycatholic (kycatholic) wrote,

Sword and Serpent

Yesterday, I finished reading a gripping novel, called Sword and Serpent, by Taylor Marshall. As the subtitle puts it, it is a "retelling of St. George and the Dragon" (and you can guess who the "dragon" ultimately is). The setting is shortly before the persecution of Diocletian, transporting you back, so to speak, not to "once upon a time", but to the late Roman Empire, and it makes such characters not heroes out of a fairy tale, but real flesh and blood. Of course it is fiction, but it does help remind us that people such as St. George (and other early Christians we meet in the tale!) were real people, that also had to struggle in their fight against the "dragon , the ancient serpent" (cf. Rev 12:9), not only externally, but internally in their own souls, and who were able to defeat him by the cross of Christ. Too often we can forget that when describing such early Christian martyrs (indeed, *especially* the early ones) and extolling their virtues, as if they just came naturally.

Plus, the story is highly captivating, simply as a story. Of late years, I have not really been able to get into fiction as much as I used to. With the exception of the fiction of G.K. Chesterton, as well as some written by a special person I know (she knows who she is! :-) ), the last time I can remember actually enjoying a novel was a few years ago. But this story was quite different, as you can see by the fact that I was motivated to write a review of it!

Apparently I'm not the only one who greatly enjoyed it. As of this post, there are 262 reviews on Amazon, and 97% of them are either 4 or 5 star reviews.  And, at this moment anyway (though I don't know for how long), the Kindle version is available on Amazon for 99 cents (or a $1.05 with tax). So, if you want to be highly entertained and inspired, I would suggest checking it out.

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