Kidnapped by Celtic Druids in 433, Patrick and Beth are headed to certain death when followers of a former Irish Slave (Saint Patrick, called Patritius in this book) save them. The cousins find themselves in the midst of a power struggle between Ireland’s King Logaire, Patritius, and the leader of the Druids, Lochru. A spiritual showdown begins on the Hill of Slane when Patritius builds a fire, challenging the King’s authority. Will Patritius prove to the king that the God of the Bible is the true God? Or will the king take sides with the Druids? The Emerald Isle holds many tales and legends, but this story of truth and standing strong for God is not one to be missed.
I love the way young readers can learn about Saint Patrick and the difference between the beliefs of the time in Ireland and Saint Patrick’s teachings about the true God. Again, the Imagination Station series gives readers an age appropriate look into history through the lens of Biblical truths.
There is enough action and suspense in this book to keep independent readers interested as well as parents using it as a read-aloud. This fictional book is a great supplement to a history curriculum for younger children.
As always, this series offers a Biblical alternative to the magic and wizardry of the Magic Treehouse Series. The books do not need to be read in order, which is a big plus in a series. The chapters are the perfect length for beginning chapter readers and the illustrations keep non-readers interested as they are listening to the story. A great addition to any library.