Of the themes presented in Venom and Song, the one I noticed most was an emphasis on the importance of understanding the love and pleasure of God and how, with that understanding, we gain the capacity to love and walk in unity with others. But it starts with knowing the love of God and his delight in us.
The elf lords’ Vexbane training begins with instruction on this–not only instruction, but also encounter with the living reality. It doesn’t change them overnight, but it provides the spark to the transformative process they undergo from self-centered individuals to those who love each other in a powerful and sacrificial way. They love because they understand they are loved. This takes them beyond the hurts of their pasts, their own insecurities, and even their own pride.
The message of love and identity is woven through the book, sometimes implied and sometimes directly stated. I’ll leave you with a quote from Grimwarden, trainer of the young elf lords, that illustrates this point:
“From the distant stars, to the roots of the mountains, and beyond, to the very heart of this world—it is all a testament to Ellos. He created, he sustains, and he renews. And why? For his good pleasure. You too, young Elves, are his pleasure. …This is no small detail. You are the joy of he who created everything, and so you have a reason for being alive. All power flows from him. Without him, we have nothing…are nothing. In him, we have all we will ever need and are all we were meant to be.”
Visit the other tour links for more discussion on Venom and Song:
Morgan L. Busse
CSFF Blog Tour
D. G. D. Davidson
Rebecca LuElla Miller
John W. Otte
Donita K. Paul
Rachel Starr Thomson
Wayne and Christopher share their thoughts about the tour at their blogs: