The Isbane Conspiracy, written by father-daughters trio Angela, Karina, and Randy Alcorn, centers around four young people faced with many challenges throughout one calendar year. In between the chapters about the young people and their families, there are letters between Prince Ishbane and Lord Foulgrin, two demons assigned to lead astray the young people. This back and forth style makes the novel a quick read while also provides the reader a chance to really ponder the decisions made by the characters and where evil really comes from. While I normally shy away from “Christian fiction” because it tends to be trite, this book went beyond the normal sappy picturesque family story. It has meat, even if that meat very closely resembles C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters.
The audience could be anyone of any age regardless of the fact that the plot centers on young adults. In fact the introduction to the book makes this claim. I was a bit leery because of course the authors want anyone to read their book, so naturally they say it doesn’t target a specific age group. I would caution parents to read the book before allowing children under 15 to read this and to even be prepared to discuss the issues with older teenagers. Even though it is well researched, it hits on many issues that might confuse younger readers.
The novel hits on many modern hot topics including sexual purity, teenage pregnancy, demons, spiritual mysticism and magic, drinking, school violence, lust, eating disorders, suicide, and bullying. At some points, it felt completely natural to discuss so many topics, but at other times I wondered if the authors didn’t try to hit on too many hot issues. The book provided excellent Biblical support for its arguments in each of the areas, which could help any believer or questioner think about these relevant topics. It just felt a bit unbelievable that all of these events could take place within one calendar year to only four young adults. Sometimes the maturity level of the young adults seemed a bit much too since they easily worked through these problems.
Overall I would give this book 4.5 stars out of 5.
“I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.”