From Sky to Sky by Amanda G. Stevens: Book Review
About the Book
Book: From Sky to Sky
Author: Amanda G. Stevens
Genre: Christian Suspense/ Fantasy
Release Date: February, 2020
Zac Wilson can’t die.
Daredevil Zac Wilson isn’t the first celebrity to keep a secret from the world, but his might be the most marvelous in history: Zac doesn’t age and injuries can’t kill him. What’s more, he’s part of a close-knit group of others just like him.
Holed up in Harbor Vale, Michigan, Zac meets two more of his kind who claim others in their circle have died. Are their lifetimes finally ending naturally, or is someone targeting them—a predator who knows what they are?
The answers Zac unearths present impossible dilemmas: whom to protect, how to seek justice, how to bring peace to turmoil. His next action could fracture forever the family he longs to unite. Now might be the time to ask for help. . .from God Himself. But Zac’s greatest fear is facing the God he has run from for more than a century.
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Let me start this review with one simple expression: I need book three! STAT!
Okay, I love, love, loved book one in this series, No Less Days. But I had one question at the end. And Amanda Stevens fulfilled my wish by providing an answer in From Sky to Sky. Picking up right where No Less Days ended, From Sky to Sky is an emotionally wrought tale filled with myriad characters and well-placed plots.
Zac Wilson is immortal, and so much more. His backstory will break your heart, and you’ll be ready to jump into the book as he faces his darkest nightmares. We all have things we want to forget, and we have a limited lifespan. Can you imagine what a century of running from God would be like? I can’t fathom it, but through From Sky to Sky I was able to see into a bleak world of darkness and pain that still held a glimmer of light and hope.
From Sky to Sky is a prodigal son story you won’t be able to put down.
Zac’s anger is so visceral and raw, at times, it will take you by surprise. He sees himself as broken and has difficulty asking for help. This makes him flawed and relatable, something I love in my characters. Fans of speculative fiction, I highly recommend this series. You might want to start with No Less Days, as there is a lot of storyline that continues moving forward. Plus, I just love both books and think you should read them too.
I requested a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
As a child, Amanda G. Stevens disparaged Mary Poppins and Stuart Little because they could never happen. Now she writes speculative fiction. She is the author of the Haven Seekers series, and her debut Seek and Hide was a 2015 INSPY Award finalist. She lives in Michigan and loves trade paperbacks, folk music, the Golden Era of Hollywood, and white cheddar popcorn.
More from Amanda
For years, the theme of immortality has intrigued me. I love the Elves of Middle-Earth, the “happiest and saddest” of the peoples Tolkien created as they watch the ages pass. I love the exploration of aged sorrow in Tuck Everlasting. I’ve stuck with TV shows which shall remain nameless (but, ahem, a few feature vampires) because I’m always wondering how did this writer tackle immortality? Anything new? Are the characters convincingly old and young at the same time?
The thing is, while some of these fiction works satisfy me more than others, I’m always left with a tug of incompletion. Eventually I figured out this tug was a story in my own head and heart wanting to come out, a contemporary story that included the gospel. What might God’s plan be for those whose earthly days seem unnumbered? How would their age affect their interactions with humanity and with faith? These questions were the springboard for the No Less Days series, and of course the answers vary with the individual. Ultimately this is why I write: to explore people, their inner selves, their relationships. My goal is always to create characters that breathe from the page.
In From Sky to Sky, we get a look into the head and heart of Zac Wilson, who has been on the run from God longer than any of us could imagine: a full century playing the prodigal. I always try to be honest about how much life can hurt, “even” for the Christian; if we had triple the number of years to accumulate hurt in this broken world, we’d have a lot of it. That’s true of all my ageless characters, including Zac. To scratch the surface, this man fought in two world wars and has outlived all his children.
But the sum of Zac is much more than his collected wounds. He is a deep-feeling, fun-loving, generous guy. He enjoys music and physical activity. He has an insatiable sweet tooth and a need for open spaces. He’s not afraid to laugh at his own expense, and he has a boundless love for people and the stories of their lives.
My hope is that readers will grow to love this young old guy as they journey with him through some dark times toward redemption and light.