When an unearthly wind causes their plane to crash into the Atlantic Ocean, siblings Alex, Amanda and Tori Lancaster find they've mysteriously drifted into another world.
Amanda and Tori have one purpose, to carry a baby back to the Great Mountain, but a continent of Evil stands in their way. Separated from his sisters and unsure of his destination, Alex travels alone through the ruins of a dead city toward a Cathedral filled with lustrous evil and whispering hunger.
On their journey, the Lancasters are confronted by the Worwil, seven creatures of immense power who existed before any world began. Each is hidden; each has been waiting for the children to arrive.
Constantly shadowing them is a mysterious being covered with scars who has fought ten thousand battles. A being filled with the longing of ages. A longing to lead the broken-hearted home.
Find Yourself in the Journey
Luck's novel, written over the span of the last 25 years, begins as though ripped from the pages of today's newspapers (or websites). Three children whose parents divorced four years ago on Divorce Wednesday were leaving their mother and their home to go live with their father and his new family in England. Everything they own is packed in moving boxes and they are ready for a new chapter in their lives. What they don't know is they're about to begin a journey of eternal consequence.
From the opening pages of the book, the characters of Luck's work are so well drawn that the reader can sense the sort of role each one will play. And in creating these characters, Luck allows the readers to find themselves closely drawn to one of the three children journeying to the Great Mountain.
Amanda is the protector with a distinct purpose and the determination to carry it through, no matter the cost. Tori is the pleaser who adapted her life and personality to keep others happy. Alex is the troubled child, carrying the weight of discoveries that broke his heart and built walls around it.
Like C.S. Lewis' children in The Chronicles of Narnia, the trio quickly learns that to survive in the new world, they must make alliances with its inhabitants. But who to trust? Who is telling the truth, and whose way is the right way to the Great Mountain?
Not for the Faint of Heart
Layers of meaning and surprise await the reader, but be warned that it is not for the faint of heart. Rarely has evil been depicted so graphically in a book written by a Christian. Usually the tendency is to shy away from the horrors of sin and its consequences, but not so in Luck's story. And it is not gratuitous, but rather an honest imagining of the gruesome effects of wickedness.
Woven throughout Luck's tale is a story of sacrifice, grace and redemption that reminds us we were bought with a price. A great price that was paid by One who loves us more than His own life, and Whose body bears the scars of our redemption.
Luck created an extraordinary world that is unique and visionary, strange and yet somehow familiar. Many of mankind's questions of God are asked and explored in a fresh new way. If you take this journey, it will stay in your heart and mind for a long time.