Review by Christian Miles.
Two young soldiers are called to serve the Prince, but only one has the courage to take a stand against the Dark Knight, Lucius.
A mysterious knight shows up in Burkfield and recruits Sir Quinlan to a group of elite warriors called the Swords of Valor. But when a mission goes terribly wrong and Quinlan is blamed for the tragedy, he is left alone in the world to fend for himself. Rather than waste away, Sir Quinlan trains vigorously in the ways of the Silent Warriors. After a time, the Prince gives Quinlan a mission—reunite the Swords of Valor which he broke up in order to prevent a massive calamity. Can he do it, or will he shy away from becoming the man he’s supposed to be?
The idea of a world where Christians are represented by Knights, angels are represented by Silent Warriors, and demons are represented by Shadow Warriors is very cool. This is pure allegory, but that doesn’t harm the story being told. I liked the brothers Tav and Quinlan, as well as the paythas—cute and seemingly gentle critters—and the role they played in the story. The illustrations were well-done and very cool. Boys 8-12 will enjoy this most, but girl readers would like it, too.
Age Range: 8 and up
Genre: Medieval Allegory
Part of a Series: Yes, but stands alone
Publisher: Multnomah Books
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