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The Hunter and the Valley of DeathTitle: “The Hunter and the Valley of Death”

Author: Brennan S. McPherson

Release Date: July 2nd 2018

Publisher: McPherson Publishing

Purchase Links: Amazon|Barnes and Noble|Good Reads






Psalm 23
A psalm of David.
1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.
2     He makes me lie down in green pastures,
he leads me beside quiet waters,
3     he refreshes my soul.
He guides me along the right paths
for his name’s sake.
4 Even though I walk
through the darkest valley,[a]
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff,
they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me
in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me
all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord

Welcome to the first review of The Psalm Series Book 1: “The Hunter and the Valley of Death” by Brennan S. McPherson.

I was asked to review this book for an open honest review and received no compensation for my review.  So without further ado here are my thoughts.

Mr. McPherson took Psalm 23 and turned it into a work of fantasy fiction, this in turn makes it more relatable to our generation and those who have trouble understanding the bible text. Included in the back of the book is a Bible Study of Psalm 23, The Story’s Symbolism Explained, and Ways to Engage Deeper into Psalm 23.

As most of you should know by now fantasy works are a big interest of mine with “The Hunter and the Valley of Death” it took on a new spin for me.  This book didn’t just touch on my love for fantasy but also my love and longing to go deeper into scripture. The story introduces us to The Hunter fighting in the valley of death to win back his love, with the aid of a mysterious little boy the journey begins to find Death himself and kill him.  It’s a compelling read because you want to learn more, how does the little boy fit into the picture and why is he helping the hunter? Also will the hunter win in his endeavors and bring his love back from the depths of death?

As the story grows we learn about the king and how he took in the hunter’s love and the hunter making them his children when they were just little orphans on the side of the road.  The king is almighty and his son (the hunter) doesn’t understand why he (the king) can’t save his love (the daughter).  The hunter loves the daughter so much that he ends up turning away from the king in search of other help, where does he find this help? You’ll have to read to learn more.

Why won’t the King heal his daughter if he has the power? How far is the son willing to turn away from the king in order to heal his love?  All these answers are found and spread through the scripture and Mr. McPherson did a fantastic job breaking down the Psalm into a higher learning and growth for those lost in the Psalms.

I know I for one have trouble with scripture but thanks to Mr. McPherson I have learned a great deal on my quest to knowledge by reading “The Hunter and the Valley of Death”.

Overall I give this work a 4/5 star review as at some points I feel I needed more clarity but I was overall very impressed by this work.  Thank you Mr. McPherson for the work you’ve done in transforming the Psalm into an easier understanding with your fiction. I can’t wait to read the other works in The Psalm Series.

About the Author:

Brennan McPherson 2018Brennan McPherson writes thought-provoking, heart-pounding fantasy based on the Bible. With mind-bending plots and lyrical prose, McPherson crafts a different sort of biblical fiction for readers who like to be challenged to think. Visit him at to download a free short story.

I hope you all have enjoyed my review of “The Hunter and the Valley of Death”.  People I would recommend it to are those looking to dig deeper into the scripture in a fun new way.

Happy Sunday and happy reading y’all!


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