I received this book from the author/publisher for the purpose of this review. All comments and opinions are entirely my own.
Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn.
Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl offers encouragement through her faith, but Drew is too logical and scientific to believe that her prayer of healing was anything but coincidental in the restoration of his eyesight.
As his sight returns, he discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to see fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others.
But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist? The only one who can help him, his genius friend Benjamin Berg, has disappeared. In Drew’s quest to find Ben, he discovers that the invaders themselves are at war, for his efforts to thwart the devastating actions caused by the dark invaders are aided by invaders with a different nature.
Time grows short as the dark invaders close in on Drew. With skills that no other man possesses, and help from Benjamin and Sydney, Drew initiates a plan to expose the invaders to the world.
Cloak of the Light has everything a good YA novel should have; romance, action, mystery, and well-done characters. Chuck Black is an excellent author who brings the reality of angels and demons to our knowledge in ways that I have never read before.
He engages even the non-Christian readers with the main character, who is anything but a Christian. Drew is a charming character that many readers who struggle in comparing science to Christianity will be able to relate with. Although we may not necessarily “like” him to start off with, we are willing to get to know him and his personal story is intriguing.
Although the battles between the “invaders” are action filled and fascinating, there is also a good amount of heart-racing suspense that will affect the reality the reader lives in. The constant “looking-over-the-shoulder” suspense is some of the best I’ve read, and yes, will have the reader looking over his or her shoulder.
Because Drew is in high school and most definitely not a Christian, there are a few party scenes and very mild (very rare) sexual remarks. There are vivid deaths, bloody battles, gunman attacks, and gang activity that cause me to recommend an older teen/young adult audience (16+).
All in all, Cloak of the Light is a powerful book that throws you into the spiritual realm, bringing to life Spiritual Warfare in heart-pounding ways. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars!