Tuesday, January 15, 2008
Title: Kingdom's Dawn (Kingdom, Book 1)
Author: Chuck Black
Primary Audience/age group: 9-13
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
# Of Pages: 140
Year of Release: 2006
Part of a Series? Yes, 1 of 6
Description: Sixteen-year-old Leinad thought he was a common farmer's son, nothing more. He wondered why his father had trained him for years to master the sword--not exactly a tool of the trade for farmers--but one tragic event initiates a world of revelation.
Only then does he understand his true calling--a calling no other man in the entire kingdom of Arrethtrae can fulfill--a calling given him by the King Himself.
Teamed with a young slave girl, Leinad is thrust into adversity and danger--for the Dank Knight and his vicious Shadow Warriors will stop a nothing to thwart the Kings plan to restore the kingdom. Leinad will need more than a sharp blade and a swift hand to fulfill his mission and survive the evil plots of the King's sworn enemies!
Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil--and the future of a kingdom lies in the hands of a young man. Exciting fiction for teens.
Review: I enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. The story was exciting and fast paced and the characters are likable.
Positive: Leinad's father was an excellent role model. He taught him the ways of the "King" and told him of his journey to follow Him. The father was kind to people, admitted his imperfections, and did his best to prepare his son for the life the "King" has planned for him.
Spiritual Elements: Kingdom's Dawn is the "most Christian" fiction teen book I've read yet. All the characters and story lines have parallel's in the Bible. There is a section at the end of the book that asks a couple questions on each chapter and another section that gives the answer. I liked that section - I generally read it before I read the chapter. Then I could see how this person's journey was similar to Moses's and the event in the book represented another from the Bible. I think it's also helpful to teens in helping to relate the people and the events to their own lives and situations.
Language: No bad language
Sexual Content: None
Other: I wish the books were longer, perhaps making it a series of 3 books rather than 6.
Rating: 5 - There is nothing inappropriate in this book.
Recommendation: I highly recommend this book. I am anxious to read the rest of the series.