Friday, February 14, 2014


Title: Ransomed

Series: None

Year: 2013

Author: Elizabeth Ender

Summary: Both of them have promised to protect me. My lord in not here. The stranger is. One said I would die if I left; the other says I cannot live unless I go... and to go with one means to forsake the other. Do I stay or do I go? This is my choice. (from Goodreads)

Main Characters:
The narrator
The lord's son
The lord
The master

Review: A mere 54 pages long, Ransomed appears to be a book that can be quickly read, enjoyed, and set aside, yet it is much more than that. It is an allegorical tale of a young girl who is forced to choose between two masters, just as we are forced to choose between two of our own: God or evil. The parallel that Elizabeth Ender draws is clearly and cleverly put, and you cannot walk away from this book without seeing it. While the story itself is enjoyable, the characters memorable, and the plot thought-provoking, the allegory (if such a story can be called that) is strong, and truly is a beautiful picture of love. 

This story touched me personally in a way that not many stories do. The day I received this book in the mail was a horrible day; I woke up sick with a large to-do list staring me in the face, and to top that off, I was incredibly dizzy and fell down the stairs. Trying to work in pain was awful, and I was downright miserable thinking about it all. I picked up Ransomed in an effort to distract myself and ended up feeling sharply scolded instead. Here was the tale speaking of Christ's selfless sacrifice and the horrible suffering He went through... and all for me. How could I complain about my own petty state when reminded of such love? I can't even begin to recommend this book highly enough; if you have not read it, you need to, and that's all I can say.

Advisory: The narrating girl talks about some of the tortures that the enslaved characters go through (nothing terribly graphic), and there is a small amount of violence in a sword fight. While older readers might feel more targeted towards this book, Ransomed is a tale of truth for all ages.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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