The Empowered


Just when a mysterious death in Washington, DC, appears to have voodoo connections rooted in New Orleans, Trevor Black also receives an invitation to speak at the national ABA convention in the city.

He knows he’ll be in enemy territory, both as a disbarred attorney and as a follower of Jesus, but he determines to travel there and confront the supernatural element. Right after a grisly murder in his hotel room puts him on the suspect list, his daughter disappears, leaving a note that suggests a connection to the local cult religion. Now Trevor must not only crack the case but try to protect Heather from forces of darkness clutching at her soul as well. And just as he discovers that his ability to sniff out the supernatural has its limitations, Trevor learns that this web of evil extends far beyond isolated murders, enslaving scores of innocent children, with its head perhaps linked to the highest seats of power.


I really am all over the place with Craig Parshall’s newest book The Empowered.

This is the first time I have read anything by Parshall. I think I should have started with a different book. The Empowered is the second book in the Trevor Black series and while it is said to be able to stand alone…….I really felt in reading this that I needed to read the  first book to understand more of the background content that was being referred to.

Don’t misunderstand, yes you can read this book as a stand alone, but for me personally I think I need to go back and read the first book. There were heavy topics discussed in this book from murder to sex trafficking, but there should be a light shed on these dark topics.

There were many things I liked about this book. Quick moving plot, the characters, the way Parshall didn’t shy away from truly dark things in this world. But there were a couple things that left me….thinking.

While Parshall has a technically well written book, that was just it, it felt technical. Like all the right pieces and components were there but I just felt something was missing. Again don’t get me wrong, well written book, just the style is unique.

Overall though I do want to go back and read the first in the Trevor Black Series and will read any more in the series if they publish more.


  • Series: A Trevor Black Novel
  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (January 9, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496411374
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496411372


I received this book from Tyndale Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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