Item description for Return of the Guardian-King (Legends Of The Guardian King #4) by Karen Hancock...
Overview Three-time Christy award winner Karen Hancock completes her allegorical/fantasy series. Legends of the Guardian King book 4.
Publishers Description The powerful finale to the Christy Award-winning novels in the LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING series Believed dead by all but the handful of supporters who rescued him from his Mataian enemies, Abramm Kalladorne has fled his homeland to the high mountains of northern Chesedh. Traveling under a new name with a group of bitter and increasingly desperate fellow exiles, Abramm hopes to reunite with his wife in Chesedh, where he will offer his services to her father in fighting the invading armies of the Black Moon. But with every step he is hindered, delayed, and diverted from the direction he desires to go, and it soon becomes clear Eidon has other plans for him. In the royal city of Fannath Rill, Maddie alone believes Abramm still lives. But since she has no proof, her friends, family, and public opinion press her to remarry. With its neighboring realms now under enemy control, Chesedh has become the last bastion of Eidon's Light. Desperately overmatched, it cannot survive on its own. Yet the rich, handsome eastern warlord who is openly courting Maddie has a vast fleet of galley ships that could turn the tide in Chesedh's favor....
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Library Journal - 04/01/2007 page 74
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Studio: Bethany House
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.4" Height: 1.1" Weight: 1.4 lbs.
Release Date Apr 30, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
Series Legends Of The Guardian King
Series Number 4
ISBN 0764227971 ISBN13 9780764227974
Availability 0 units.
More About Karen Hancock
Karen Hancock won Christy Awards for each of her first four novels--Arena, The Light of Eidon, The Shadow Within, and Shadow over Kiriath. She and her husband reside in Arizona. Visit her website at www.kmhancock.com.
Karen Hancock currently resides in Tuscon, in the state of Arizona.
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A worthy conclusion to an epic adventure Jan 31, 2010
Karen Hancock brings her tremendously satisfying Guardian King series to a worthy conclusion. Return of the Guardian King gets off to a slow start, because Hancock must catch us up on everything that happened between the end of Book 3 and the beginning of Book 4. Once we are up to speed, the story proceeds apace through a dense maze of twists and turns. Some of the twists are predicable (the couple with a misunderstanding ignore the advice of their friends until it is almost--but not entirely--too late), but most are not. I especially appreciate that the heroine stands her ground in the face of tremendous opposition. Legends of the Guardian King is an epic picture of the eternal battle between darkness and light and a masterful piece of storytelling.
Great Dec 26, 2009
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Vividly Epic Fantasy woven with Spiritual Warfare Nov 24, 2009
Return of the Guardian King is the fourth and final of a vividly epic fantasy series written by a woman who knows my world, my type, and my God. Her name is Karen Hancock, and her stories have invaded my imagination permanently. I love how this series has a biblical worldview, so it's easy to know right from wrong and really enter into the struggles the characters face. And their spiritual struggles aren't superficial, which is nice for Christian fiction.
It is a book about temptation, I told a friend. Resisting in the slow way, wearied by the persistence, common days, small things. And massive temptations: to betray all you have believed in, to denounce the promises of God for the power of ruling kingdoms, to trade love in the good God and His simple gifts to the extravagant suit of the alluring devil. But the large and the small are the same.
The characters are strong against deception and temptation when they have been faithful in the daily denying of self. To live for others, in kindness and patience, prepares each person against bitterness and despair. Immersion in the truth and promises of God is comfort and hope. Even if their prayer is a single cry for help from God, bad things trun to good when people talk to their God.
The story isn't about what is happening on the outside as much as it is about whether the characters are trusting God, whether they know with all their might that He loves them and that His plans for them are good. When they are rebelling against him, they are miserable. So are those around them. So am I.
Kiriath is in the hands of the jealous and vengeful brother Gillard, possessed by a demon rhu'ema. Already they treat and ally with the archenemy, Belthe'adi, Abramm had warned them of. Abramm is known to be dead. But Abramm is also walking the mountains, chafing under the waiting in a snowed-in monastery. Maddie is back at her childhood home, a palatial life she never embraced, and her newest royal duty is to marry some rich aristocrat who can offer troops to defend the last stand of her homeland. But her dreams linked with her beloved's are back, and something tugs hope alive in her that maybe Abramm survived after all.
Shapeshifters, dragons, and the critical people who are supposed to be his friends plague Abramm on his Odyssey-like journey back to his wife and sons. Trap and Carissa mirror Abramm's struggle with pride and longing but in a quiet domestic setting. Detours take the exiled king and longed-for husband to places of faith and doubt he never would have imagined - and sometimes wishes he had never asked for.
Every character learns the power of friends: locking them against temptation, praying for their dearest concerns, teaching and challenging with the truth, dividing the attacks of dragons, delivering messages, watching with unbiased eyes, guarding against betrayal. Again Abramm learns that it is not his strength that conquers, and that God has not gifted him with leadership and military prowess to fight God's battles for Him. He is but a vessel.
Maddie meets a charming man who is attractive in all the ways Abramm never was. Tirus wants her, wants to help her. He understands her and shows her off, showers her with gifts and protects her from scorn. How long can she wait for her husband whom even her dearest friends still believe is dead? Will she believe the light-born visions and promises from God, or the technological, repeatable sight from the stone sent to her by her suitor? Will she change her mind about regal living and the purpose of marriage? The things that stood in Maddie's way when she wanted to marry Abramm, and the undeniable need they had for each other - will she forget those?
When things go from bad to worse, whose job is it to protect the ones they love? At what cost will they buy safety and love? Will the armies of the Moon, and the powers of the air - dragons winging terror across the skies - will they succeed in doing their worst, in taking everything from those faithful to God? Or will they be utterly defeated? If they cannot be defeated, what is the point in fighting and sacrificing?
And when God's people fail, bitterly weak, The Return of the Guardian King resounds with display of God's mercy. God knew we were weak when He chose us. He knew we would fail when He sent His Son to suffer for those sins. And a single prayer, sometimes the end of God's longsuffering chase, brings grace empowering His servants to do the right thing. He cannot deny Himself. His promises will be true, however faithless we are.
To God be all glory, Lisa of Longbourn
Amazing series Oct 20, 2009
Ms. Hancock did a wonderful job of bringing this world to life. This is one of my new favorite series, and even my husband read the entire series, a first in 30 years of reading Tolkein exclusively.
Not up to standard Oct 17, 2009
Although this fourth in the Guardian series does tie up loose ends, it lacks much of the touch of the author. In fact it reads as though either another romantic writer filled in much of the book, or Karen was pressured to add the romantic angst at an editor's request. This book, though rich in pages, lacks the rich detail that enables the reader to clearly see, smell, taste, and feel the setting. Too much space is devoted to romantic angst between two key characters, and it reads at time like a tired romance where the characters love one another yet are completely misunderstood. In addition, Trap is removed from Abramm's side to be replaced by a totally new character who just drifts into the story and is abandoned by the end. Even worse is an obvious error at one of the few intense moments of the book, where the White Pretender's symbol is represented, not as the diamond introduced in the first book, but as a crescent moon, the symbol of the Eshurite religious order! It just doesn't read like a Karen Hancock book at all; maybe she was on deadline after watching "Romancing the Stone" or recovering from the flu...