Review of "Leepike Ridge," by N.D. Wilson
I'm not going to do a normal review here about fun plot, great characters, lyrical phrasing, and the rest. No, I'm going to go right for the last line of the book which reads, "In the ground, the best seed is never wasted." I don't know if it is just me, but that sure sounds like John 12:24, which says, "Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it abides alone, but if it dies it bringeth forth much grain."
The reason this caught me is because it was THE verse Fyodor Dostovesky wove throughout such novels as The Karamazov Brothers and Crime and Punishment. For Dostoevsky the "metanarrative" of death - resurrection shapes all reality. He hammered this motif in the structure of his books and sprinkled the verse here and there to make sure readers couldn't miss it. For me, it is Christian literature at its best.
Kudos to Nate Wilson for taking up the death-resurrection narrative torch and topping it off with a paraphrased version of John 12:24 (my favorite verse). Bravo, Nate! Keep it coming.
And folks, make a point of reading this as soon as you can.