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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Review and GIVEAWAY: Chuck Black’s Knights of Arrethtrae---CLOSED

Chuck BlackWhen former F-16 fighter pilot Chuck Black started writing fiction, his goal was to create a rich world filled with Biblical symbolism to teach his kiddos how to live the faith. His current series is called The Knights of Arrethtrae and follows the trials and glories of the knights in the service to the Prince against Lucius, leader of the Shadow Warriors.

The Knights books are allegorical, not as a direct representation of Biblical events, but in a more general sense, as the main character of each book endures a trial by fire of sorts that will test their faith and lead them on a spiritual journey closer to God. Think of each book as an extended parable.

Chuck Black

In Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor (Book 5), Tav and Twitch are like brothers and have known each other all their lives. Tav is the accomplished swordsman who shows promise and everyone expects him to go into service for the Prince. Twitch lacks confidence and is a bit of a misfit that no one expects to amount to anything. But Twitch makes a choice that Tav is not willing to make, a struggle we all seem to have in our lives…

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest (Book 6) is a brave knight who finds his world turned upside down after he’s attacked and left for dead. Is his destiny here, in trying to pick up the pieces of his home land, shrouded under the cloud of the Dark Knight…or does it lie elsewhere? Again, there are choices to be made and lessons to be learned…

Chuck Black

And what did we think of the books? It’s a little hard for me to place an age on these. Mr. Black’s tactical training comes through in his descriptions of the attacks and battles…boys in the 10 and up age group will find them rivetingly realistic, I think. The books are fun to read and he doesn’t beat you over the head with symbolism. They are not great literature, by any means, but definitely not twaddle.

But, the books are a bit more adult in places. There’s more than a little violence…after all, they are about the battle between good and evil. If you are adverse to your child reading about sword fights to the death, literally (but there’s also resurrection), you probably want to skip these. There’s also an element of romance between characters, nothing heavy, but it’s there, and something you may want to talk over with your child if he’s not quite there yet. Overall, I’d probably put the age range at 12-15 or so. An older child might find it too easy.

Each book has a series of thoughtful discussion questions at the end to help to bring the lessons home.

Now for the giveaway! Waterbrook Multnomah has been generous enough to send me an extra copy of Book 5 and Book 6 to giveaway to one of my readers!

Open to US residents only, please.

Mandatory to enter: Leave me a comment before Midnight EST on Wed., Oct. 27th.

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This is a Mama Buzz review. The product was provided by: Waterbrook Multnomah.

9 comments:

  1. Would LOVE to win these for ds14!!! Love Chuck Black books!

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  2. I'm now following you with GFC...surprised I wasn't already!

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  3. We love his writing and would thrilled to win these!

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  4. I follow you in google friend!

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  5. We would love to read this book for our family read aloud time.
    lcmpm7@msn.com

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  6. I follow! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. My grandson would enjoy this book

    tiramisu392 (at) yahoo.com

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