This book dropped me into a battle field… one that I am reminded as I read this that we continue to fight daily… ~Sheila
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?
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.
I am coming into this read not having read the first or second book. Truly written in a good VS. evil style right from the early pages I felt as though I was playing catch up on a story that had begun two books ago. While this book does stand on its own, if I were to have had time, I would have started with book 1 and went from there working my way to this book in order to just pick up on the flow of Chuck Black’s writing style. I have to say that the introduction in the book to the Knights of Arrethtrae was very helpful!)
In this book Sir Dalton is in training to be a knight and when he is sent on a mission he finds when he is alone he is being attacked. (I really love this metaphor in the book and actually paused a bit to think how true this can be… we are more easily attacked when we are separated from others.)
A likable YA read, I think Sir Dalton makes a wonderful character that kids (I am thinking boys ages 7-13) will relate to. The book covers great Christian subject matter in a way that reads like the story of knighthood and at the same time great questions are wove into the words… Sir Dalton
Why should we believe?
What do we do with doubt?
Who can save him?
Sir Dalton continues his training through the book and again I am thinking if my boys were younger they would have enjoyed these books. A quick read for me…. I was excited to get a bit of a CS Lewis feel to this read. I think this book would be a great discussion book to review with your child about the power of good and evil and the wonders of a strong spirit.
I received this book to review from Publicist KellyBlewett
UPDATE: thank you Karoline from Okbo Lover who asked what the first two books in this series are. I meant to add these and had forgotten! Appreciate this reminder.