Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Book Review: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart
Book Three of The Knights of Arrethtrae
Written by Chuck Black

Finding family friendly literature can sometimes be a challenge. You want a book that will encourage your child, often times a son, to read, but you also want a hero who has a strong moral compass without being too preachy. Too many times Christian literature falls short. Sad, but true.

Which is why I am excited to tell you about Sir Dalton. This book has a hero with a shadow of doubt underneath his armor. He's got questions about who he is and what he believes. Just like real boys sometimes do. Sir Dalton is confronted with doubts and failure. He struggles with what he knows to be right and learns some important, and sometimes painful, lessons along the way. And of course he becomes the hero we all knew him to be!


So...What's the Story?

Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn.

But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes—life or death. But what will become of the hundreds of knights he’ll leave behind? In a kingdom of peril, Dalton thinks he is on his own, but two faithful friends have not abandoned him, and neither has a strange old hermit who seems to know much about the Prince. But can Dalton face the evil Shadow Warrior again and survive?

Young adults will be inspired to strengthen their faith along with Sir Dalton, as they follow his exciting and action-packed journey to overcome his doubts and renew his commitment to the King and the Prince in this third installment of Chuck Black’s popular Knights of Arrethtrae series.

Meet the Author

Chuck Black traveled with the Air Force as a communications engineer and F-16 fighter pilot and began a career as a product design engineer. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, homeschool their six children and have a family music ministry that travels throughout the region. He is the author of nine novels, has been published in The Old Schoolhouse e-zine, and has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. Chuck and his family live in Williston, North Dakota.

Final Thoughts

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart is a light, easy read. It is filled with medieval knights, swords, and battle all wrapped up in the form of an allegory. Mr. Black paints a strong portrait of important spiritual truths along with nice points about friendship, loyalty, and free-will. The suggested reading age is between nine and twelve-years-old, but I feel that many twelve-year-olds may not enjoy it as much as a younger boy.

Purchase this book and the others in The Knights of Arrethtrae series Here

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