Sunday, December 22, 2013

Book Review: Kingdom's Dawn

Title: Kingdom's Dawn: Book 1 in the Kingdom series
Author: Chuck Black
Elinor's Rating: 4/5
Marianne's Rating: 5/5
Age Recommendation: 10+
Plot: Leinad believes that he is destined to be nothing more than a farmer, so he wonders why his father is teaching him advanced swordsmanship. All too quickly, he learns that he is destined for much more than he thinks. He has been called to serve the King in a very special way, that even he feels is nearly impossible. With new responsibilities to serve the King and to protect his young friend, Tess, Leinad struggles to begin what will be a very long and exhausting journey.
This book was the intro to The Kingdom Series, and we really enjoyed it! There were many chapters that represented stories in the Bible such as Adam and Eve, Noah, Joseph, and Moses. We loved how the writer portrayed each of these people in a very captivating way, and staying true to their story in the Bible. The whole series is set in a medieval-like setting with castles, knights, swordfights, and villages. We will definitely be reading the rest of this series!
Characters: The characters in this book were very easy to get attached to; and there was quite a bit of character development in this book, it being the intro to the series. Our favorite character was Leinad, which can probably be expected.
Emotion: There was quite a bit of emotion that we could relate to, and the excitement of the battles was really something to keep you reading. The writer did very well in describing battles and feelings without dragging them on forever.
Elinor's Thoughts: I loved this book! The only reason that I would not have given it 5/5 is because I felt like the beginning was a little bit slow-going. Whenever I first picked up the book, I was expecting the battles that came later in the story. And while it was definitely worth reading through the first few chapters, there were a couple times that I thought that somebody who wasn't particularly interested would quit reading it because there was nothing really exciting happening until about chapter 4.
Favorite Quote:
 'Though His eyes seemed to burn like fire, compassion accompanied his gaze ... There was nothing Leinad could hide from the King, and he knew it.'
Marianne's Thoughts: This book was amazing! As expressed above, I loved the Bible references in it! I agree with my sister that the beginning was a bit slower than expected, but that's not really a problem for me since I tend to enjoy slower books anyway. I have nothing negative to say about this book, and would recommend it to anyone! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Favorite Quote:
'Was anything he believed in still anchored and unchanged? He asked himself and searched. He found one unmovable truth... the King was!'

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