Friday, May 6, 2011

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

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I’ve been on the look-out for books that my 11 yr. old son might enjoy. When Blogging for Books listed Sir Quinlan by Chuck Black, I jumped at the chance to review it because it looked like a book perfect for my son. (Yes, I was judging a book by its cover because the cover looked so cool!)

Book Summary:

The book documents the transformation of a young man nicknamed Twitch. He and his best friend Tav have been in training with hopes of becoming knights that serve the king. When a furry distraction comes into the camp, Twitch and Tav must choose their course, to follow the king or not.

 What I Thought:

I enjoy reading fantasy books, especially ones that are telling a truth at the same time. Chuck Black’s purpose for writing The Kingdom series is to present Biblical allegory set in medieval times. The allegory teaches Godly character with no magic, mysticism or wizardry. I appreciate that aspect of the book.

Sir Quinlan started off a bit slow but then drew me in. At time though I wanted more.  I wanted to know what certain characters were thinking (like Tav). More depth could have been developed between the characters. I did enjoy the book and it encouraged me to think about how I fight for the King here in our world. In the back of the book are a list of discussion questions by chapter. That was nice to include, especially if you didn’t catch the allegory  in the chapter the first time. I do plan on reading more in this series and feel like this series is a good option for my son.

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free to review through Blogging for Books from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group, but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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2 Comments:

Blogger Michelle Willow said...

Maureen, your blog is really adorable and now you've got an award to prove it: http://best-toys-for-toddler.blogspot.com/2011/05/really-adorable.html ;)

May 8, 2011 at 4:19 AM  
Blogger The Book Chook said...

I think we're all influenced by cover art. I know that makes me pick a book up, then I read the blurb on the back, then I skim read. The great thing is that the book bears out its promise.

May 9, 2011 at 5:25 AM  

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