The Legend of the Firefish

Our rating: ***½

Packer Throme, burdened with an uncertainty and a guilt about his life, resolves to sneak aboard the Trophy Chase, a fine ship manned by the pirate Scatter Wilkens. Or rather, the recent pirate. Wilkens has turned fisherman in the quest to find and hunt the legendary Firefish, fearsome creatures that bring a high price on the market. Packer has information about them and hopes to join in with the intent of learning enough of the trade to help out his hometown. But things are not as easy as they seem, and soon even Panna, his love back home, is swept into adventure.

A very interesting read with much food for thought. From what I gathered, it employs the “turn the other cheek” policy to the point where, boiled down, it’s almost saying that it is wrong to fight or resist when you are confronted or even accosted by an evil person. And I believe there is something to be said about fighting for justice. However, the main theme throughout is really trusting God with everything, including your life. That, I agree with wholeheartedly. I’m still mulling over the rest; it’s a well-crafted novel. The Hand That Bears the Sword, part two of the trilogy is available as well, and The Battle for Vast Dominion, the concluding book, has just been published the beginning of this year.

2 Responses to “The Legend of the Firefish”

  1. Haha, I read about this book on Wayne Thomas Batson’s blog a longish while ago, and then saw a random person at the beach reading it, but haven’t heard about it since. Looks very interesting. *is annoyed with her library’s selection*

    I definately agree about the fighting for justice thing… “All that is necessary for evil to succeed is that good men do nothing,” you know.

    Anyhow, good review ;)

  2. I didn’t really mind the “don’t resist evil” theology. The story was alright, and I was impressed that Packer actually got hurt, and stayed hurt for at least a little while. So often in books, if a character even gets hurt at all, the injury is conveniently forgotten.

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