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Studio: P & R Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9" Width: 6.1" Height: 1.25" Weight: 1.75 lbs.
Release Date Jun 1, 2004
Publisher P & R PUBLISHING #97
Series Binding Of The Blade
Series Number 1
ISBN 0875527205 ISBN13 9780875527208
Availability 0 units.
More About L. B. Graham
L.B. Graham writes contemporary adult fiction and fantasy/sci-fi. His novel "Beyond the Summerland" was a finalist for a Christy Award in 2005. Check out his website, www.lbgraham.com for more information on his previously published works and his forthcoming titles.
L. B. Graham currently resides in St. Louis, in the state of Missouri. L. B. Graham was born in 1971.
Reviews - What do customers think about Beyond the Summerland (The Binding of the Blade, Book 1)?
Good story but disappointing ending Mar 7, 2007
Beyond the summerland was an interesting book.I enjoyed reading most of it .However,the ending really retracted from the rest of the book. If you are looking for a feel good book with a happy ending do not go beyond the summerland.
If you like Christian fantasy Jan 29, 2007
A very good book! I'm more a fan of the classic fantasy (Lewis, Tolkien)which is why I gave this 4, not 5 stars, but as far as modern fantasy goes, this is probably my favorite. The allegory was simple and clean, not overpowering; after the prologue, it disappeared almost entirely. The story captivated easily, and I'm very glad to find where the characters act and speak sensibly by modern standards, not another Shakespeare wanna-be whose dialogue you cannot follow. If you've gone through the Lewis and Tolkien (that I so adore!) I would definately reccommend this!
Beautifully-woven world and very good first offering Aug 2, 2006
I ordered this book from this site after looking for books comparable to those of Lawhead.
Initially, I was a little dismayed at the simplicity of the characters' dialogues and the constant re-reviewing of the history of Kirthanin. I also agree that the exchanges between characters seemed a bit modern given their level of civilization. As for character development, the main character was quite flawless and his progression was mostly in the form of increased self-awareness. I personally thought the love triangles were excessive intially, but, by the end, they seemed appropriate.
With that said, I could hardly put the book down (much to my wife's chagrine). The storytelling was masterful, inflected with colorful foreshadowing and ironic conversations. The background of Kirthanin is convoluted and yet symmetric enough to create a workable construct in which the main characters can interact and explain the different attitudes and behaviors of the various races/species of friends and foes. One of Joraiem's abilities was truly inspired (torrim redara)... I had hoped for more strategic use of it, but perhaps we'll see more of it in the future...
When I finished the book last night, I couldn't sleep for a couple of hours with thoughts of Joraiem, Wylla, Rulalin, Aljeron, Valzaan and others swirling in my head...it was nice to get caught up in a story again and to feel joy, grief, solace. I guess you never get too old to get lost in a good book.
I must also address one more item: the monotheistic worldview of Kirthanin. The parallels between Malek's fall (and Andunin's) and Lucifer's (and Adam's) was bordering on copyright infringement, but at least there was no snake. Though the slaying of the lamb by Andunin was also pushing it. As a Christian (and a parent), I did not feel like the author was trying to assert a unique theological perspective on an otherwise unsuspecting, naive audience, nor were there any gratuitous scenes of affection (or particularly graphic violence), and thus this book could even be read to mature children at bedtime.
Caveat emptor, there is no catharsis at the end of book one. But it is wholly worthwhile nonetheless. Slainte!
Finally, another good Christian Fantasy series! May 11, 2006
This novel is adept at good characterization and world-building. It is a coming-of-age story for a group of future leaders of Kirthanin. It involves dragons, Great Bear, giants, dark wolves, Malekim, an ancient prophet, Titans, and many other impressive fantasy creatures and people. It is a strong Christian allegory in the tradition of Lewis, though the characters representing angels are presented in a style representative of powerful men of ancient myth. This adds to the fantasy flavor. From Allfather to the powerful, twisted Malek, the story is filled with many imaginative protagonists and antagonists. The adventures are equally impressive and help develop the main characters well.
The controversial ending was hinted at throughout the story, and since I have read the second book, I can say that it was necessary in light of the continuing story.
The only small fault is that some of the dialogue seems a bit too modern in places and not "medieval" enough. That was very minor and doesn't hurt the story as a whole. This is an excellent book and I recommend picking it up!
D. Shane Burton, author of the Orianus Creation Series.
Good first book Feb 23, 2006
Very strong first book from new author. Character development is good, and gets much better in sequel. Very surprising ending. Good read overall.