Even with an intertwining of multiple characters involved across two passages of time, Bramwell is ethereal in his care for each and every thread of the story. Brilliantly fresh, The Gift and the Defender is a volume for almost any age. I would add that I’m just starting my second round with this gem, and even now it seems to reveal new glistening enchantments that I missed with the first dance. Well done! Looking forward to an expanded series!
Bramwell uses beautiful description and vivid imagery to connect the reader to the story and the story to reality–the realities that too many of us take for granted or discount as fantasy. Bramwell instead uses his created world to describe the life of faith. Fans of Tolkein and Lewis will feel right at home. Those who know the Bible well will pick up on plenty of insightful symbols used in the plot. Any reader who enjoys science fiction or fantasy genres will connect quickly with the characters and join them on their journeys.