Toxic, by Vicki Lucas
Genre: Faith-based fantasy
Toxic tells the story of three young people who are randomly (it would seem) chosen to save the world. None are warriors, or anything else you’d pick for a warrior. They were chosen of God, but all three question the faith – and in fact, one is even a sworn devotee of his goddess!
How these three quarrelsome people, who come from vastly different walks of life, learn to work together and cope with each other is as much a story as the story itself. The author does a masterful job of balancing their strengths and weaknesses. They argue constantly, but in between are spotlights of laughter and budding friendship. As they grow, they learn to question everything they know about both themselves and the world.
The three are in a race against time (and the evil Chancellor) to try and stop the poison that is slowly infecting the river and with it, the world. The reader is constantly pointed to God, so there is the reassurance that God is somehow in control in this mess, but there is enough setbacks and confusion that it keeps you guessing. Yes, the world will survive, but will the heroes survive? Yes, good will triumph, but how much will evil take down with it?
The story kept me guessing all the way through, even until the end. “Toxic” is faith-based fantasy, but it is very minor on the fantasy part. The story focuses more on the development of the characters, and how they manage to find the faith they never had.
There were a few editing errors I noticed, but not enough to damage the story in any way. I also felt that there were some loose ends that needed to be addressed, several unanswered questions when the book ended, but the author promises a sequel, so we’ll see how well that answers them!
When I looked through the book before reading it, I was greatly impressed by the formatting and design – something you’d see more from a publisher, rather than a self-published book. That’s a compliment! The cover design is impressive and striking, and the table of contents is, to say the least, unique – quite a feat of design!
If you’re in the market for an easy read, for a book that draws you in and makes you forget anything else, this is it.
For more from Vicki Lucas, check out her website!