by H.B. Moore
Covenant, 2011. 288 pgs. Fiction
With the fire of newfound testimony, Ammon and his brethren leave Zarahemla to preach the gospel in Lamanite lands. 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 renown 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 he finds that even becoming the king’s closest confidant does not ensure his safety.
This is the fourth book in a series that Moore has written based on stories from the Book of Mormon. Although I was already quite familiar with the story, this book was hard to put down. Moore adds so many details to the story and explores some of the unanswered questions from the source material in novel ways. This book has a little bit of everything: action, adventure, romance, and spiritual experiences.