Item description for Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (The Knights of Arrethtrae) by Chuck Black...
Overview Accompanied by the young and inexperienced Sir Duncan, whom he is mentoring, Sir Kendrick reluctantly sets off to the tournament at Attenbury on an important mission that holds the future of the kingdom in balance.
Publishers Description A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized. Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to discover the identity and origin of a secretive new order known as the Conquistero Knights. They travel to the city of Bel Lione where Lord Ra has been enticing young people in the kingdom to join his festivals, after which many choose not to return home. Their families keep quiet for fear of repercussion. When Sir Duncan disappears while trying to discover the truth of Lord Ra's castle, Sir Kendrick attempts to find and enlist the help of a mysterious warrior. Time is short for he must save Duncan and call upon the knights of Chessington to join in the battle against the evil Lord Ra. Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are...the Knights of Arrethtrae
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Studio: Multnomah Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.8" Width: 5.1" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Jun 17, 2008
Publisher Multnomah Books
Series Knights Of Arrethtrae
Series Number 1
ISBN 1601421249 ISBN13 9781601421241
Availability 0 units.
More About Chuck Black
Chuck Black is the author of more than a dozen novels, including the popular Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arrethtrae series. As a design engineer, he's invented or co-invented 11 patented construction products and spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as a tactical combat communications engineer and an F-16 fighter pilot. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, have six children and live in North Dakota.
Chuck Black currently resides in Williston.
Chuck Black has published or released items in the following series...
Reviews - What do customers think about Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (The Knights of Arrethtrae)?
Strong Fantasy Jul 11, 2008
Sir Kendrick has a hard job training young knights to serve the Prince. One of his biggest challenges is Duncan, who is brash, outspoken, and a royal pain in the neck. The young man has a certain measure of charm, and a great deal of potential, but he's way too impulsive. Sir Kendrick and Duncan arrive in Chessington for a council of the knights, where they see a silver medallion engraved with an image of a sword held by a guantleted hand. Beside the sword is an image of a dragon suspended over the Kingdom of Arrenthtrae, with the words I Will Conquer printed below it. Everyone believes the medallion has something to do with Lucius, the Dark Knight. Sir Kendrick and Duncan are ordered to go to Attenbury and take part in a tournament, trying to identify the mystery knight. I really enjoyed this book. The characters are intriguing and deftly drawn and the reader is quickly pulled into a battle between the forces of good and evil. A strong fantasy story with a great faith message.
Loved this story and I'm way past my teen years! Jun 25, 2008
Sir Kendrick and the Castle at Bel Lione is thoroughly engaging. I think the author is a genius with an amazing gift of showing through fiction what the heart of man is truly like. I was enthralled with the story and am amazed that the genre is categorized as teen fiction. Adults who love Medieval stories will enjoy this, too. The only thing that tipped me off was the lack of descriptive violence. When someone got killed they "ran into the blade" but that was as descriptive as it got. Even the sickest scene in the dungeon/torture chambers was easy to stomach despite the cat o nine tails being used on someone. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to gore, so this book was perfect for me. At any rate, I enjoyed Chuck's lyrical style of writing so much I read several portions out loud to my husband. The author has an amazing "voice" for writing medieval fiction with castles and knights and I felt as if I were watching a movie as I read.
What made this story unique was the allegory to the New Testament ministry of Paul. Sir Kendrick reminded me of Paul and Duncan was a lot like Timothy. I loved the clear parallel to scripture and the emphasis on good versus evil, minus the witches and dragons and other mystical themes that are often found in fantasy novels. The story did contain some pretty scary wolves, though. I felt the terror from the attacks of evil. The moral lessons were fabulously knitted into the fabric of the story, and I was moved to tears several times over themes of forgiveness. It really isn't about what we say we believe, but it's about how we actually apply our faith in Christ to our lives. The author demonstrates this theme with perfection. You can't help being inspired by reading this book.
Great family read aloud book! Jun 23, 2008
I was blown away by how much I loved this book! It looks like a great start to a fantastic series. This is a book that would be a great read aloud to your family and would keep everyone entertained while giving you good discussion of spiritual truths and ideas. The characters are great and the settings are vivid with imagery that will take you right into the castles and countrysides as the characters go there. This is a series that I will be collecting for my family and I would strongly suggest that you do as well!
inspirational parable Jun 21, 2008
Lucius the first Silent Warrior and a horde of his men sought to overthrow the King and Prince, but were defeated in battle. They retreated to the realm of Arrethtrae to spread their rebellion among the citizens, but hope blossomed when the Prince arrived. The people killed him, but the Father resurrected him and he gave the people the message that he would return. In the meantime, they should tell all the inhabitants of the realm about the Prince and wage war against Lucius and his Silent Warriors.
Rumors spread that a new kind of knight has arisen; men with evil in their hearts and souls withered to nothingness. Their liege allegedly a shadow warrior demands they spread discord across the land. Sir Kendrick and a young knight Sir Duncan he is mentoring learn that a Shadow Warrior is causing unrest at Bel Lione. A former Shadow Knight of Ra who defected helps Kendrick sneak into the castle to seek Sir Duncan, chained and tortured in the dungeon. There are other prisoners there also; Kendrick vows to return to liberate them, but first he must contend with the Shadow Warrior; believing in his Prince he expects to vanquish his foe.
In a feudal world the battle for the souls between the King and the Prince and the Shadow Warriors (obvious metaphors) takes place. The prince has just left Arrethtrae while his loyal followers spread his word. Teenagers will enjoy this inspirational parable that entertains without preaching.
Written to please boys age 8-12 Jun 17, 2008
(The Knights of Arrethtrae, Book 1)
A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory! (from the back cover)
While waiting for their Prince to return to Arrethtrae, Sir Kendrick and Sir Duncan are sent on a mission to learn about a secretive new order known as the Conquistero Knights. Sir Kendrick and Sir Duncan need to travel to Bel Lione. There they discover that Lord Ra has been enticing Arrethtrae's young people to join his festivities, and many of the young are deciding not to return home, choosing instead to stay in Lord Ra's kingdom.
When Sir Duncan disappears, Sir Kendrick learns that he must find and enlist the help of a warrior, but time is running out! Will Sir Kendrick be able to save Sir Duncan?
Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione is a fantastical allegory, strongly mirroring certain aspects of the Christian religion. The writing is impeccable, and the story is sure to hold the interest of any who love to read fantasy.
The characterization is strong, each character has a distinctive voice, and the author's voice is fresh and original. Even though the author has written previous books, Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione is the first book I've read by him.
Neither fantasy or allegory are things I like to read, so I did struggle a bit to get started in this book. However, once I understood exactly what was going on, I read the remaining pages with interest, hoping that things would work out for Sir Kendrick and his mission.
I think that Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione would appeal to tweener boys (ages 8 to 12) very well.