Indebted by Charmayne Hafen
book review

Indebted: YA Fantasy with a Christian twist

About the Book:

Charmayne Hafen
Capture Books
280 pp.
Young Adult Fantasy

In the alternative reality of 16th Century at the edge of the Berkshire Forests, Wren finds herself rattling around in an austere castle, abandoned by the King and Queen, Wren refuses to be the lost bird she became at age twelve. With the aid of the cook and the cook’s son, Wren discovers her unknown dexterity and honing it, believes it will open up a new path. Daring to leave the kingdom of Greenham, Wren ventures out to Shaw, the land of King Olerion. As myth and history become intertwined, the sword-wielding princess is confronted with a task so impossible, she will need something beyond her own strength to defy bondage to a nightmarish dragon.

Book Review:

Indebted gave valuable insight into the life of a young princess who felt abandoned by her parents. Her mother disappeared and her father ignores her. Princess Wren only wants to be accepted and loved.

This was a great premise for the story behind Indebted. There are too many people out there who feel unloved and will connect with Wren on that level. The basic theme of the novel is that God loves us, despite what anyone else might think of us.

While I love a good Christian Fantasy novel, I felt that Indebted missed the mark just a bit, at least for me. Princess Wren had extreme potential that was constantly being buried. From one breath to the next, she would go from warrior princess to whiny pity party.

The end to the hero’s journey though, was quite satisfying. Wren started her journey because she was looking for love and acceptance. She found both through God, but that did not mean her journey became an easy path of sunshine and roses.

As someone who had only ever relied on herself, Wren found it difficult to trust anyone else. Afraid of being rejected, she risked losing her friends as a result of that fear.

I recommend this book for fans of Christopher Paolini’s Inheritance series and any who enjoy Christian Fantasy.

I requested a copy of this book from BookCrash. I was not required to leave a positive review. all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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