Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest – Chuck Black

© 2010 Multnomah Books, Colorado Springs

Chuck Black has entered another in the annals of the Knights of Arrethtrae series (apparently the last), and it’s another story well worth reading.

Mixing the popular end times stories loosely based on the book of Revelation from the Bible and his own medieval tales of swordplay and honor, Black gives another astounding, challenging, and entertaining story.

Rowan is an orphan living in Laos (part of the Kingdom of Arrethtrae located in Cameria) where he finds work and lodging as a stableboy. Rowan studies the valiant knights as they participate in the tournaments that have become famous throughout Cameria. A chance meeting with Sir Aldwyn places Rowan on the road to becoming a true Knight of the Prince—committed to the King, His Son, and the Code.

But fame and fortune lure the young knight into the arena of the tournament. And there he finds his niche—although Aldwyn had hoped for better for him.

Captured, bound and left for dead, Rowan realizes too late his mistake and calls out to the Prince. Rescued by an improbable benefactor, Rowan joins the Resolutes in the hills outside of Laos, all the while a mysterious knight in dark armor beckons him to a higher mission.

In closing the series that selects a few of the tales of the Knights of Arrethtrae, Black delivers drama, love, heartache, triumph, regret and triumph again. Here is another thought-filled allegory to add to your reading list. Four out of five reading glasses.

—Benjamin Potter, July 3, 2011

[Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.]

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