Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Review of Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black
Kingdom's Dawn by Chuck Black is the first book in the allegorical Kingdom Series. It is 160 pages full of excitement, truth, and adventure. The main character, Leinad, is a boy who learns of his family's true history and embarks on an adventure as a follower of the King.
In the beginning of this story, we see a young teen who has his whole life ahead of him. He and his father are farmers, but they do one thingy regularly that most who work the earth do not do. They practice swordsmanship, and Leinad begins to wonder why.
A girl named Tess is rescued by Leinad's father, Peyton, and Peyton reveals the secret of his past.
Leinad barely has time to react before disaster strikes, and Leinad and Tess are swept into a whirlwind of events. They must keep their faith for the King strong, and sharpen their swords.
I was drawn to this book from the moment I laid eyes on it at a local Christian bookstore. The covers themselves are intriguing and very attractive! Since this is an allegory, I could find several parallels between Kingdom's Dawn and the Bible. The author has skillfully crafted Kingdom's Dawn in a way that children, teens, and adults will all enjoy, by using the medeival theme. There is a discussion portion in the back that is great for families wanting to read the book together. However, the story does seem very short and rushed due to the number of pages and fast pace of it. I also wish there was more conversation and describing more than just the appearances of things. I would have liked to have gotten more acqauinted with some of the characters, so I could feel more like I was in the story, not just an outsider watching.
All in all, I do recommend this book. it is full of truths. Though the story line and pace could use a bit of work, I will definately be on the lookout for the rest of the series!
Out of a scale from 1 to 10, I give Kingdom's Dawn a 8.5.