Overview When 10-year-old Sara learns that she must spend yet another boring summer with her relatives, she is less than thrilled. But when the mysterious white horse known as Espiritu shows up, everything changes. Sara is whisked away to the Kingdom of Paraiso-the City beyond the clouds filled with incredible mansions...and a street made from pure gold! Upon returning to earth, Sara discovers she has inherited "the Power of Paraiso" and can now see things "from Paraiso's point of view." She finds herself surrounded by strange new creatures, some of which seek her destruction. As a warrior of the King, Sara must use the King's armor to battle the shadow-like sombras and help save her dad from their evil influence.Will Sara have the strength to stand?
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Studio: Xulon Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.5" Width: 8.5" Height: 0.56" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2006
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1597812242 ISBN13 9781597812245
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Sara is a ten-year-old girl who is spending a summer with her aunt, uncle, and cousin far from her home. Her father is with her, but ever since her mother died a few years ago they haven't talked much. Her father has become a shell of his former self while Sara has grown somewhat wild. On a bright summer day a huge and mysterious white horse called Espiritu literally whisks Sara away to the Kingdom of Paraiso, a literal city in the clouds. There Sara meets a girl named Risa who introduces her to the ways of the King. Upon returning to Earth, Sara learns that she has the Power of Paraiso and is capable of seeing all sorts of things around her that she was unable to before: from the strong and beautiful creatures who watch over her called criados to the armor that suddenly appears on her body one piece at a time to the dark and evil sombras who seem to lurk in the shadows and cause trouble. With her gifts, it's up to Sara to face the sombras and somehow save her father from their influence.
ESPIRITU is a simple tale of fantasy full of Christian allegorical elements. The first part of the book reads slowly, but as the story progresses the pacing of the book picks up. Other than the slow pace at the beginning of the book the only other issue I had with the book was the overuse of parenthesis in the first half of the book (like this). The parenthesis (you know, the curved lines) distracted (directed my attention away) from the story. However, about halfway through the book I didn't notice them as much. Overall, I enjoyed the book and recommend it to those who are looking for some light Christian fiction.