Monday, February 28, 2011

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor Review

A thoroughly enjoyable adventure with a message!
I had a great time reading this book and really identified with the main character. Yes, even though he was a young man; we all have something in us that wants to be brave, courageous and true to our cause, and for those of us whose cause is Christ, this really stirs things up! Inspiring!
Chuck Black is a skilled story teller and he weaves character lessons and biblical allegory with thrilling and engaging results. His writing reminds me of C.S. Lewis. Homeschool moms like me will love the fact that in the back of the book are discussion questions and better yet, an answer section, which not all books have. The questions could really get your family going at the dinner table. Food for thought is an understatement. This was good stuff, not fluff at all.This book lends itself to reading aloud with the family all gathered; there's something for everyone.  The fact that some of the knights are female put a smile on my face. Very appropriate since "the Prince" calls men and women to fight for the Kingdom!

I got caught up in the mystery of the paytha creatures. Chuck Black was clever! I didn't guess.
 This book is #5 in The Knights of Arrethrae series, the second of Mr. Black's series. I am certainly going to read the others now!
My two oldest sons have been reading Mr. Black since his books first came out, when we had to order them right from him directly. I remember, years ago, calling his home phone and speaking with him. He was gracious and asked questions about the son I was purchasing the first series for, and personalized each book he sent. Warm fuzzies for mom! It's always nice to know a favorite author is kind.
*I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*

Below is my 12 year old son's review of the book:
(he is an avid reader)
Sir Quinland is a newly recruited knight for the Swords of Valor. He is desperately trying to fit in, but he is the least of them. When someone close to the Swords of Valor dies, they disband. Quinlan runs from his past, only to have it catch up to him. Then he realizes he must rejoin the band to stop the evil forces of Lucius!
This book is two thumbs up for me! It has a great message and a lot of action! But in my opinion, Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart was my favorite so far. I think the moral for Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor was if you don't believe in the Lord with all your heart truly, your life will be empty. I give this book 5 stars!
This is a highly recommended book if you love to read about knights, castles, and chivalry.
Ben W.

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