Sixteen-year-old James is trying to navigate a world where he faces extreme bullying, the trauma of finding the girl he likes almost dead from a suicide attempt, and distant, neglectful parents. When the new school librarian tells him he isn’t a regular teenager, but rather the War-Bringer who will end the world, James starts an epic journey to face his demons and determine whether he is the force of good or evil. This fantasy novel for grades 8-11 deals with finding one’s identity, searching for one’s place in the world, and using escapism to deal with the inner struggles. Suited for a literature circle, independent reading, or class novel with teacher assistance with religious stories/myths. Log in to read the full review.