Mindfire presents a fascinating story. Retired superheroes? Good vs. evil and still fighting? Their children inherit superpowers? Steadham presents a well thought out premise. Leia discovers she can move things with her mind. Unfortunately, she can also cause things to burst into flame—a problem because her temper runs wild on occasion. And she starts hearing a voice in her mind. And the voice converses with her.
As the story progresses, we meet the superheroes, some of whom, like Black Fox, still patrol. And we discover Leia’s heritage, which leads to discoveries about her parents and other relatives. Her mother, one of the bad superpowers, watched over and guarded her daughter as Leia grew up. Once the powers are discovered, chaos ensues. Trust, distrust, hurt feelings, accidents, prejudice erupt. All the evils of today come into play. I enjoyed learning about the characters and came to care for Leia and her friends.
A speculative book with Christian overtones, Mindfire weaves in the concepts of prayer and forgiveness and redemption through the characters’ dialogue. Although violent at times, the book shows the necessity, and the characters agonize over their actions or actions forced upon them.
If you like spec fiction, I can recommend Mindfire as a very different but very enjoyable read. Four stars.
Allen Steadham previously created comic books and webcomics before he started writing novels. Married to Angel, they have two sons and a daughter. Allen and his wife are also singers, songwriters, and musicians. They live in Central Texas.
The author gave me a copy of Mindfire, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.