“Starpassage: Honor and Mercy” by Clark Rich Burbidge

Starpassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3Starpassage: Honor and Mercy: Book 3 by Clark Rich Burbidge
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The third book in the Star Passage series, Burbidge once again delivers a fantasy book that blends components of Christian theology with history, spinning a tale that engages readers to travel time and overcome spiritual evils embodied in the forms of ghost-like characters called trackers. This book is written with middle-grade ages in mind. Burbidge typically delivers enjoyable reads that earn above average reviews and this saga is known for being a Gold Medal winner.

The author’s voice has a consistency between each of the works in this series, which helps readers continue the story arc without too much confusion. Burbidge maintains a storyline that continues and keeps readers engaged from start to finish. His first work in this series had a slightly more complex writing style than this work, likely part of settling into his groove with his target audience in mind. I found the writing style to be clunky at times, but for a younger reader this is most likely a better approach to enable them to follow simpler sentences and narrative. I could see kids between eight and ten finding this read right up their alley. The author does incorporate more than a light amount of Christian doctrine into the works, instead of blanket generic “spirituality,” so the audience in mind is definitely Christian youth. While this work isn’t the best of the books I have reviewed, it is definitely a successful series that holds its own and is worthy of a four-star rank.

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