Friday, December 10, 2010

Sir Quinlan by Chuck Black - REVIEWED!

About the Book: (from the publisher)

Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.

Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor, but when tragedy strikes and everyone blames Quinlan, the Swords of Valor disband, ending a legacy of heroic deeds.

Alone and despairing, Quinlan wanders the kingdom, fleeing his past. His providential encounter with Taras, a mysterious Silent Warrior and former trainer of Valor Knights, offers Quinlan a chance to redeem himself and learn the ways of the secret warriors.

The training is grueling, and just when Quinlan seems to have left his failures behind, he receives an impossible challenge from the Prince—one that will force him to face his past…and the mighty men who blame him for the tragedy that ruined them.

Can Quinlan reunite the Valor Knights in time to save the people from the Dark Knight’s evil plot to rule the Kingdom of Arrethtrae, or will the Valor Knights lose the most important battle of all?

My Thoughts: (actually my 17-year-old son's thoughts)

Once again, Chuck Black is providing young adult readers with an action-packed allegory of the Christian’s daily walk through this challenging world. The Knight’s in this story seem to represent the different kinds of Christians – those who take an active part in the spiritual battle that rages and those who sit passively by and are content to just be wearing their sword and shield. Believe me, the outcome for some knight’s engaged in the battle is far different from some!

This book is written for older youth even though it contains fantasy elements like creatures not of this world. The language and writing wouldn’t make sense for most younger kids even though they might enjoy the action. I guess if a parent was to take an active part and read and explain things then it would be okay. Anyway, there is a lot of action and the spiritual analogy is easy to understand and will make you consider what you are doing in your daily life to effectively fight for Christ.

There are discussion questions included in this book as well, and I think it would make an excellent choice for a home school English class. I like these stories, and have read all of them that my mom has received for review. Actually, I mainly review them for her!

*This entire six book series is available from Waterbrook-Multanomah. You can go here and look up Chuck Black and read samples from all the books. They would make a great gift for any young adult readers on your list this year!

About the Author:
CHUCK BLACK, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical communications engineer, is the best-selling, award-winning author of the Kingdom series and the Knights of Arrethtrae series. He has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota.

"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"

1 comment:

Kav said...

I'm always on the lookout for good YA reads so I'm adding Chuck Black to my list. Thanks!