Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Book Review: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart by Chuck Black

I really enjoyed "Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart." It is book 3 of the series "The Knights of Arrethtrae", but stands on its own without the need to read the previous books first. I enjoyed a few of the world quirks: the country of "Arrethtrae" is "Earth Terra" spelled backwards, and the Son of the King is Sejus (a scramble of Jesus). The place where the country began is "Nedehaven", which has "Eden" in the front of it and is near the river Tisgri (a scramble of Tigris River). Fun. The story is easy to read, yet not simplistic. The allegory is nicely done, and the author skillfully weaves in present action with flashbacks. This is clearly Christian fiction and delivers a clear message without being heavy handed. I think that pre-teens (and older) would really enjoy this story. Highly recommended.

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