Yours Truly (that’s me) has a fondness for superhero books and movies, but Kim Vandel’s Under Fire series for Young Adults is far and away my favorite.
Read on to discover more about this remarkable author and the first book in her series, Into the Fire, then hurry and pick it up to get started; the third installment is scheduled to come out very soon!
Chosen by God. Hoping there’s a way out.
When Kate meets Nathan, he reveals the existence of the Guardians—men and women with God-given “superpowers.ˮ But not all Guardians honor their calling to protect innocent lives. Some choose to prey on the innocent instead.
Nathan’s touch leaves Kate with a flame-shaped mark on her wrist, the sign she’s been chosen as a Guardian. Suddenly she finds herself in the middle of a conflict that’s been burning between the Guardians and their Fallen brethren for over a thousand years.
While Kate waits for her dormant ability to emerge, she has to endure combat training with Hassan, an ex-terrorist who enjoys taking shots at her already low self-esteem. He also draws out the side of her that wants to fight back, and if Kate can find the courage to believe God is offering the life she’s always wanted, Hassan might just be the one to help her start living it.
I grew up on a steady diet of Saturday morning Justice League cartoons and Sunday school Bible stories. For some reason, those two things always went together in my head. Maybe because Bible heroes did some very superhero-type things.
Samson brought down a temple with his bare hands, but he had a weakness like all comic book superheroes have. Elijah outran Ahab’s chariot. After baptizing the Ethiopian official along the road to Gaza, Philip suddenly disappeared and reappeared twenty miles away in Azotus. (Sounds a lot like teleportation to me.)
For years the thought bounced around in my head: What if there really were superheroes chosen by God? That thought became the inspiration for Into the Fire.
My Under Fire series is about finding the courage to believe God can use an ordinary person to do something extraordinary. It’s scary when God asks us to step out of our comfort zone, and my main character Kate struggles with that.
It’s hard for Kate to let go of fear and embrace her calling. She’s a girl who doesn’t want to be a hero, but she comes to realize that she’d rather have a meaningful life than an easy one.
My hope is that Kate’s journey will inspire readers to be brave and find the courage to embrace whatever God calls them to.
I write Young Adult fiction because I love reading it. I’m drawn to coming-of-age stories where characters discover who they really are and find a purpose for their lives—characters who come through their challenges stronger and better than before.
When I read those stories, I’m inspired to face my own challenges, stay strong, and be the best version of myself that I can be. It’s a worthy goal no matter what age you are.
Find Into the Fire on Amazon!
Kim Vandel is an award-winning author, a science nerd, and a recovering overachiever. She lives in the Seattle area, where she’s learned to substitute caffeine for Vitamin D. When not writing, she spends her time reading (or watching K-dramas with her husband) while she waits for the next superhero movie to release. Find out more at http://kimvandel.com.