Why did it take a fictional story, not a Bible passage, to get that response? Then I realized—that is how Jesus taught! I penned the Kingdom series to help young people get excited about the supremely significant story of Jesus Christ and His mission to save mankind.
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We are experiencing technical difficulties. Please try again later. He accepts responsibility and he finds who his true enemies really are. I don't know if I'll follow it up. I hope that as he writes the author will be able to tell a fuller and satisfying tale. Feb 27, Haley S rated it liked it Shelves: This book wasn't my favorite. I don't know why exactly. But I think the story her was living was too close to the Bible stories. Just not my taste. But I will probably finish the series.
Jun 11, Kelly rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a series of books written for elementary and middle grade readers, but after reading the first book of "The Kingdom Series", I have to say that I am hooked and looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. Kingdom's Dawn is very well written and it is a Fantasy story with knights, the world of Arrethtrae, and unusual creatures. The story included plenty of action and adventure, conflicts and battles. I came to love the characters quickly and my interest was held throughout the entire book.
In addition to being a great Fantasy story, I love the fact that it's also an allegorical story that, as a Christian, pointed me to many of the truths of the Bible.
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However, if you aren't a Christian or you don't like to read Christian books, those things may not be evident to you, and the book is not preachy in any way. Therefore I believe these books would appeal to all Fantasy readers, most especially to those Fantasy readers who enjoy tales of knights, castles, and kingdoms. I look forward to reading the next book in the series and following Leinad's journey, with the hope of meeting Cedric, who tells Leinad's tale, in a future book. Also, these books do not take long to read.
I finished this first book in about six hours and our son, who is a middle grade student but reads above his grade level, finished each of these books in about a week that's reading about two hours a day. So if you're looking for a good summer read for your children, I highly recommend this book. Aug 14, Candace rated it liked it Shelves: The end of the novel felt like it was unfinished and we had only just started getting into the actual story — whatever that may be. This book is considered Young Adult because the main boy is in this book, but honestly? It reads like a middle-grade.
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In fact, the only reason I know about this book is because my class did read it in middle school. It was very simply written. However, despite all the above, I did enjoy this book. It was easy to read and light-hearted despite all the horrid things that happened , and also!!! Tess is cool and Leinad recognised that she was a strong female and they are just too cute together. I will most likely pick up the second book for the sole reason of seeing them get together officially.
So, yeah, here is my jumbled, messy review of this jumbled, messy novel that I still enjoyed somewhat? Aug 08, Lena rated it liked it Shelves: Interesting plotline; less than well-executed. Jul 17, Bethany rated it it was amazing Shelves: The books are basically an allegory of the events found in the Bible, which is my favorite part about the books. Each book represents a portion of Biblical events. His father daily trains him in the skill of swords and before he knows it, he is a very gifted swordsman; which comes in handy later on in the book when he is in many places where his skill saved his life.
But he wonders why his father isn't teaching him his trade of farming because sword fighting has nothing to do with farming. I was very pleased with this book and eagerly continued the series at my first chance after finishing Kingdom's Dawn. The only part that might be a con to some is that their are a lot of battle scenes where men fight to the death and kill each other-some portions were a bit descriptive. But other than this, I loved the book. For sure my favorite character is Tess who Leinad finds on the streets at the beginning of the book. He takes her in and she soon becomes an invaluable friend after his father's death.
Overall I loved this book and would definitely recommend it to Christians. If you like Pilgrims Progress they you will most likely like this modern version, which is very similar to Pilgrims Progress. Even though it's considered teen fiction, I enjoyed it a lot. Jan 09, Nancy Merrow rated it it was ok. I'd call Kingdom's Dawn "barely ok". If not for my kids getting into it, I would have abandoned it.
And I read and enjoy a lot of "juvenile literature. The action quickly picked up, but the story was choppy and shifted gears too quickly. Excessive use of the word "penetrating" was annoying at best, disturbing at worst. It often seemed as if the author was trying to get as ma I'd call Kingdom's Dawn "barely ok". It often seemed as if the author was trying to get as many big words in the book as possible. I wanted to like it but just couldn't.
If the kids want to read the rest of the series, they are on their own with my blessings. My word to Christian parents: There are amazing books out there that have the thread of redemption running through that are much more enjoyable to read. View all 3 comments. Jul 26, Anna rated it it was amazing. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I loved this book. It's a perfect allegory of Genesis, knight in shining armor style. May 16, Seattle Noelle awallflowerwrites rated it really liked it Shelves: Does that make me a bad reader?
My friend loaned me this book and said she read it once and loved it. I love it too. The descriptiveness of it is vibrant and clear. The batt All right. The battle scenes are absolutely top notch, and honestly: But, there was one little tick that bugged me so much, I began to fall into a reading slump.
So let me explain: Though everything was descriptive and clear; it was also being told not shown. But, reading it and being read to are two completely different things. Actually, back in middle school, I always struggled with reading in my head. I had to read out loud to understand anything going on. Back then I only ever read stuff in our library, school library, and required reading stuff. I love history just so you know But most biographies are told not shown.
And I need to be shown the story to understand it. Now getting back to my review: What about world building, the characters, and everything else? I LOVE the characters, the world building—it all!
Are you supposed to be David?? Wait I thought your dad was Adam. And that pretty much sums up our wonderful story here. But, how can one forget the beautiful writing? So, there we go. If you can make since of my review: Jun 23, Rebekah Duncan rated it it was amazing Shelves: Let me just say I loved it so much, and I've read it over several times.
The story line and analogies are amazing and the characters are awesome. I love the character arcs taking place in every book.
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Definitely would highly recommend this book!!! Sep 11, Parker rated it it was amazing. Though this series was written super fast paced, I found it entirely enjoyable. The characters were relatable, and I sympathized with them. This was a wonderful book!!
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Mar 07, Nathan Phillips rated it it was amazing. The story is set in another land and has a strong male protagonist named Leinad. I think Leinad is an interesting character because he demonstrates that is important to keep going even though it may be tough. The story always had me wondering what would happen next. I enjoyed how the action sequences played out and I found them enthralling. What I liked about the book was that it was an easy story to take in.
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Key themes in this story are loyalty, drive, hope and service. What is the promise? Gabrik walked to the opposite side of his horse and removed an object. If so, then I highly recommend this amazing series. Nov 15, Reading Teen rated it really liked it. I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it'd just be another short read that I'd forget about quickly. Kingdom's Dawn is pretty much the bible in medieval times. And it's friggen' awesome. Honestly, I expected it to be a little cheesy. But, from start to finish the book is pure action. I was more then a little surprised at how much I liked it and very disappointed that I hadn't thought to get the second one at the library at the same time I got the first one.
The m I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. The main character, Lianad, plays the roles of multiple people in the bible. Abel, Noah, Moses, and many others. Chuck Black does a very good job of converting events in the bible into a more fantasy aspect while not completely taking the story of the bible out of it. Chuck Black has a great writing style that he puts to great use in this book. The story was great. He did a great job of introducing and maturing for lack of a better term characters.
For a third-person book he really explained their personalities well. You got to know the characters well even in the shortness of the book. This is a great first part to the series. An easy read that is very epic. A lot of authors need some-odd pages to achieve this. This was pure awesomeness. Nov 30, Readingtween rated it really liked it. My Review I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I was more then a little surprised at how much I liked it and very disappointed that I hadn't thought to get the second one at the library at the same time I got the first o My Review I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend.
I made it just passed the beginning of chapter two with this book. Considering all the factors, I think that was a good effort for me. Sadly those few chapters were boring, moralistic, and loaded with long descriptions, which really drag on in an audiobook. And this brings me to the chief reason I stopped listening so early. The narration was uneven in pace, at times steady, and at others, such as during a sword fight, too fast for my ears. And unfortunately this is more than just an audiobook, I made it just passed the beginning of chapter two with this book. And unfortunately this is more than just an audiobook, this is a dramatisation.
And dramatisation equals sound effects. This is probably not an issue for the much younger target audience, but it was highly irritating to me.
The clanging and clashing of swords and blacksmithing overwhelmed both my ears and the story. I just couldn't take it. Apr 08, Jonathan rated it liked it Shelves: Kingdom's Dawn incorporates Old Testament stories in a Medieval tale. I enjoyed the book, especially for the way it delivers important themes in a way that gets my kids' attention. When we understand what our God-given purpose is, we are inspired to learn and prepare. When we are preparing for and fulfilling our purpose, we experience the greatest amount of satisfaction and Kingdom's Dawn incorporates Old Testament stories in a Medieval tale.
When we are preparing for and fulfilling our purpose, we experience the greatest amount of satisfaction and joy. We will also have the greatest impact for good on the world around us. This is one of the major themes in the book, and I enjoyed that aspect of it; however, there were a couple of things that bothered me. I don't mind incorporating Biblical stories into works of fiction. I wish more authors did just that, but often in Kingdom's Dawn it was way too obvious and even interrupted the flow of the story. The plot wasn't very fluid, and I think this may have been a cost of trying to correlate so thoroughly to Old Testament accounts.
I enjoyed the story and the characters, but I found the plot derivative to the point of being a bit distracting. Still, I enjoyed reading it, my kids like the books, and I think I'll read the rest of the series. Jun 19, Anne Hamilton rated it it was ok Shelves: I'm not a big fan of allegory.
While I admire what Chuck Black has done with this story, it suffers from the usual problems of the genre: It's a straight string, rather than a woven tapestry. Leinad is a farmboy whose father has trained him with the sword. He starts out as symbolic of 'Seth', morphs into 'Noah' then 'Joseph' and t I'm not a big fan of allegory.
He starts out as symbolic of 'Seth', morphs into 'Noah' then 'Joseph' and then 'Moses'. Sure there were some great scenes - daring rescues and ferocious swordfights - but at the end of it all, I was left wondering why. Sure some scenes were more dramatic than Scripture, but many were stripped of their richness and texture.
A straightforward fantasy, loosely based on Genesis, might have worked far more satisfactorily in terms of story structure. At least it would have for me. However, if you are a fan of allegories like Pilgrim's Progress , don't let my quibbles put you off. This is an ideal start - especially for kids.