Sands of Ethryn (Guest Post)

Title:  The Sands of Ethryn
Author:  C. S. Lakin
Pages:  328
Year:  2014
Publisher:  AMG/Living Ink Books

            Ethryn.  It is a land full of both despair and hope—the first of the sacred sites to ward off evil.
            C.S. Lakin’s The Sands of Ethryn provides an interesting allegory to the biblical account of what might have happened at the Tower of Babel where God confused the languages.  Lakin also explores a couple of short biblical stories from the book of Genesis that intrigued her enough to motivate her to use them as the basis for her latest book in The Gates of Heaven series.  In addition to the account of the Tower of Babel, Lakin draws inspiration from the brief passage of the sons of God coming down and intermarrying with the daughters of men to produce giants (nephilim) and the account of God’s messengers sent to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.  Even a Star Trek© episode, according to Lakin, provided source material in that one of the characters—King Kael—falls into a deep slumber or coma and lives the life of a different person (Lael) five thousand years prior, who just happens to be one of the people taken from his village and forced to work on building the tower to reach to heaven.
Although the author draws inspiration from biblical and other source material, The Sands of Ethryn is meant to be an allegorical fantasy story in its own right.  Lakin delivers just that—a well-written fantasy novel.  The shifts in the story from one time period to another were, in a few places, a little confusing, which made it a little difficult to keep what was happening in each period separated; however, what happened in each of the two times were masterfully interconnected and essential to explain what was taking place in the story.
Overall, The Sands of Ethryn is an enjoyable story that allegorically and speculatively fills in the imaginary possibilities of what might have happened to bring about the languages of the world, but more importantly, it shows that evil cannot overcome God’s providential purpose for the world and for humanity. 
My rating is 5 stars.

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