E.E. McGill does a superb job of piecing together her action-packed moments with heart and poignancy, which for me, is rare to find in a fantasy book!... I have read many fantasy books, but none have hit me quite as hard as The Antarctic Circle: Arcania.
As a child, I romanticized about ancient Egypt, explored the legends of Atlantis, and studied Genesis 1-11 over and over. I yearned to know what the world was like in times past. At the same time, I found myself swept away by the characters and world-building prowess of authors like J. K. Rowling. From the age of eight, I knew I wanted to write a giant book full of adventure and ancient mysteries. However, by seventeen, I noticed something missing from many of the beautiful stories I'd read---Christ.
Over the past couple decades, Christian media has battled to re-establish itself after much of the Western World has turned away from Biblical foundations in favor of secular, evolutionary ones. When our peoples exchanged the Flood for billions of years, we also exchanged our trust in God's Scriptures for submission to whatever popular science seems to indicate this year or the next. This necessarily means that we have also exchanged the authority of God's Word in respect to ethics for the lawlessness that evolution implies.
This may not seem so bad. If science always indicates truth, then what have we to fear by lifting science above God's Word? As a chemist and pharmacist, my father brought me up with critical attitude toward "studies." From what I've learned after listening to many of my father's critiques of modern drugs, science isn't always just science. Many times, "science" is really just marketing. Researchers may frame their studies or overlook troublesome sample groups in order that they may reach conclusions more pleasant to their ears.
Studying origins is far more complex than studying chemical reactions, because we can't actually go back in time and observe anything. We can only observe how things work currently, and make educated guesses about the past. Our worldviews, whether Biblical or secular, will cause us to interpret data differently because our assumptions about the origin of space, time, and matter are different.
The assertions of popular science are constantly changing, as they have been since the time of the Greeks and before. But for about 1500 years, Western civilization viewed God's Word as authoritative truth, unchanging. This changed once we reinterpreted Genesis 1-11 as myth. Reinterpreting Genesis this way turns the Bible into a stretchable, bendable ruler, incapable of objectively measuring anything---rendering it useless and irrelevant to reality.
So, it's no surprise that most of the literature I read as a teen excluded Christ. Why bother including Someone who is irrelevant? It would add nothing to the story.
My house, my writing, is built on Flood rock. The rock that God uncovered when he sent wind on the Earth to help it dry after it had been submerged for a year. Knowing that changes my stories. Whether my characters know their Creator or not, they walk on Flood rock. They walk on snow laid down in the Ice Age set off by the warm oceans left after the volcanic and tectonic activity of the Flood. They befriend and marry their cousins through Noah. They speak one of the 70 language families that came about as a result of God scattering people from Babel.
Some of my stories are science-fiction, meaning that I try to make the stories plausible as possible. Others are fantasy, but still anchored to the Creator.
I pray you find these tales both thrilling and profitable.
Don’t let anyone get between you and a good story!