Young Katie Campbell is a girl who believes in God, and doubts the existence of magic, while her older brother Jack believes in magic and doubts the existence of God. But when Jack’s magic thrusts the children into the Nohr World — a world ruled by wizards — the children will learn that both God and magic are very real.
Like many good tales, this one involves a quest – to find and capture Majesty, the white horse who will usher in Christ’s return. Katie must travel through a world filled with wonders she has never dreamt of, to find an animal she never knew existed; all to save her brother from an evil wizard who will surely destroy him if she does not deliver the horse of power and glory, the white horse. With a valiant angel to watch over he, Katie sets forth with a merry band of trolls as her brave companions. (However, the trolls here are much less “troll-ish” and much more like dwarves from other fairy tales. I found that somewhat distracting as trolls are notoriously bad characters in other stories, so I found myself just calling them “dwarves” in my mind.)
This book is being compared to The Chronicles of Narnia , and there are some noteworthy similarities. Majesty features ogres, goblins, giants, monsters and talking animals as well as evil wizards. The book not only has a spiritual themes, but actually is much more overt in its Christian message. The adventures are whimsical and the book must be applauded for making a clear stand for Biblical values.
However, where the adventures in Narnia all are woven together to lead the reader from one discovery to the next, each chapter subtly building upon the previous to continue the story, develop the characters and move the tale forward, many of the chapters in Majesty seem to be just little adventures on the side. It will be interesting to see if Murray can weave a compelling tale or just continue recounting adventures as the series progresses. Will the characters and discoveries of each chapter lead somewhere, or just be anecdotal?
Where The Chronicles of Narnia appeal to young readers for the fantastic stories and to older readers for the subtle spiritual themes so deftly women through each book, Majesty will appeal more to young readers.
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