by Heather B. Moore
Genre: LDS Historical Fiction
Publication Date: June 2011
Pages: 288 (softcover)
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Ammon was the first book I'd read by author, Heather B. Moore. I'd also never read an LDS historical novel based on a real Book of Mormon hero. I'd like to thank Heather for a wonderful experience and for introducing me to this genre and a new love of historical literature.
While I'm familiar with the story of Ammon as written in the scriptures, I found reading Moore's fictional account of his conversion and experiences as a missionary to be refreshing and very realistic. I felt as if I were transported back in time and had a front row seat to the events that transpired there. The detail to Ammon's surroundings and the culture of the area seemed spot on and well researched. The characters were well fleshed out and believable. The story had plenty of twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat. All in all, it was a fantastic read and very enjoyable.
With the fire of newfound testimony, Ammon and his brethren leave Zarahemla to preach the gospel in Lamanite lands, carrying nothing but hunting weapons and the promises of God. Spotted by an enemy scout, they part ways in the dense jungle with hopes of reuniting at the close of their harvest. Ammon follows the Spirit to the borders of Ishmael, where he’s ambushed just seconds after spotting Elena, a fair-skinned woman who captures his interest.
As Ammon gains reknown in the kingdom, he defends Elena from the advances of Gad, the loathsome widower she’ll soon be required to marry. Then swearing allegiance to the Lamanite king and trusting in the Lord, Ammon further proves his strength and devotion by sparing King Lamoni’s flocks from plunderers. The amazed king and his court are converted to the gospel through Ammon’s powerful teachings and the miraculous events that follow, but each action Ammon takes causes more and more disruption throughout the kingdom. And when Elena is abducted by her own brother and hidden away in an unspeakable place, Ammon faces his greatest struggle yet: not just the outward challenge of lethal combat but also the inward challenge of loving one’s enemy.
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I received a free copy of this book from the author. This in no way influenced my review.