Know your audience.
That was the phrase that kept popping into my head as I read Defenders of the Covenant by Angie Lofthouse. Why? Because early on, it became quite clear this was an LDS Sci-Fi book, in contrast to a Sci-Fi book written by an LDS author.
Lofthouse has unapologetically ingrained into the book cultural references, practices and traits of the LDS religion. In my opinion, the elements of faith, prayer and forgiveness are as important to the story as the Sci-Fi elements.
I state this because I can see other reviewers writing, “This Sci-Fi book is filled with Mormon propaganda!” To those that say that, I respond, “You’ve missed the point.”
As with most Sci-Fi books, the setup, or premises of the book, is a vital component. Defenders of the Covenant takes place in an undefined time in the future. Earth has been conquered by “The Great Ones” that have enslaved humanity. However, there are pockets of refugees hiding here and there in the world.
The book centers around four young adults—refugees, though there are also other prominent characters. The characters are faced with their own challenges and each plays a major part of the fight to free Earth.
Defenders of the Covenant clocks in around 360 pages—but it zips along at a good clip. The story is epic in nature, juggling several storylines that converge at the end.
I really enjoyed Lofthouse’s writing style. It flowed very well and I found myself reading dozens of pages at a time without looking head for the chapter ending where I could find a good place to stop. The four main characters are well defined. Even though the book jumps from storyline to storyline, not once was I confused about picking up where we left off.
Lofthouse’s love for Sci-Fi is evident in her writing. Yet, she balances it with the emotional and spiritual nature of humans. The result is a thrilling story with a strong human element—something that many Sci-Fi books lack (from my experience).
Who would like this book? It’s a safe, clean read for teens and up. It’s clearly marketed for an LDS audience, however those who enjoy an engaging adventure who have an open mind will also enjoy it.
In the end, I think Lofthouse stayed true to her target audience—something with which many authors struggle. While it could limit the appeal of Defenders of the Covenant, I, for one, think she needs to be congratulated for sticking to her (laser) guns.
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**Disclaimer: While I received a copy of this book for reviewing purposes, it in no way influenced my opinion of the book.**