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August 29, 2010

The Kingdom of Arrethtrae by Chuck Black

A recent young-teen series I've gotten into (mainly for the music but now for the message) is that of The Kingdom of Arrethtrae. So far I own 3 of 6 books in the series. I've added the synopsis's for the first three books; these synopsis's have been copied from the following site: [EDIT: The synopses given are different than the ones on the back of the book; I just checked]. Finally, I have included my opinion about the book at the end of each synopsis.

BOOK 1: SIR KENDRICK & The Castle of Bel Lione

 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 Vincero 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!

My Opinion: A great book that will captivate all audiences. I particularly like the journey Sir Kendrick takes to find the secret entrance into the castle. The intensity level is medium; mystery is medium; and tension is medium.

BOOK 2: SIR BENTLEY and Holbrook Court

A brave young knight searches for truth in a kingdom ravaged by deceptive warlords and vicious beasts. Discovering it will cost him everything!

The Noble Knights are an order of men sworn to serve the King and protect His beloved city. In their zeal to serve the King, they attempt to eradicate the Followers, a band of self-proclaimed knights that serve a fanatical man who called himself the Son of the King. 

Young Sir Bentley is the pride of Chessington...and of the Noble Knights. But when Bentley joins the mission to hunt down and destroy the elusive band of Followers, he enters a world of doubt and contradiction about his own calling as a knight. Bentley's warring heart forces him to choose between the legacy of his family honor and the small still voice that calls him to seek out Truth.

Bentley's mission leads him to the edges of the kingdom where a ruthless castle lord governs the people with an iron fist and their only hope lies in the merciful acts of a mysterious young maiden. From the treachery of a dark warlord to the jaws of a mountain leviathan, will Bentley's journey lead him to a life of true nobility?

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!

My Opinion: A charming adventure of compassion and humility. Who would have guessed a girl in rags would give so much and a knight so bold would risk his life the way he did? Intensity level is high; mystery is high; and tension is high.

BOOK 3: SIR DALTON And The Shadow Heart

Many young Knights of the Prince have mysteriously disappeared and no one knows why. Can Sir Dalton discover the truth or will he be the next victim of Evil's plot.

Sir Dalton, a knight training in service to the Prince, seems to have everything going for him. Young, popular, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, 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 gone mission.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he begins to encounter 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. Dalton comes face to face with the nightmare that had been lurking nearby all the while and must decide if he is truly committed to following the Prince. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring and bold escape with only one of two or death. Will he survive and what will become of the other hundreds of knights that he will 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. 

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!

My Opinion: This book is enchanting and fast-paced. While it contains more romance than the previous two books, it also has far more tension. With death ravens lurking around the corner and huge Shadow Warriors torturing hopeless souls, you'll be hooked till the end. Intensity level is high; mystery level is medium-high; and tension level is high-high (but not extreme).


  1. I've read all of Chuck Black's books so far and by far my favorite has to be Sir Dalton And The Shadow Heart. There's something really powerful about it's message. Unfortunately, I was quite disappointed with the next book: Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue. (Some parts were really good, other parts were quite terrible actually.) Have you read The Kingdom Series yet? Those books tell the actual, whole story of Arrethtrae.

  2. Oh, and I also suggest you pick up the audiobooks as well. They're amazing!

  3. I've read the first series before this, and I liked it, but not enough to buy it. If these are really good, then I may consider checking them out from the library once I run out of books--I have a long line right now, if only they will arrive at the library quick enough. :D

  4. @Eldra: No, I haven't read the Kingdom Series yet, but I plan to if I finish the Knights of Arrethtrae. I'd say my favourite of the three I've read so far is book 2 with Sir Bentley. It's such a heroic tale lolz

    @Jake: I haven't read the Kingdom Series yet so I wouldn't know how to compare the two, but I enjoy this series. It is a bit "kiddish", but it's actually quite refreshing after you come out of the more "intense" stuff offered by WTB and Bryan Davis.


  5. Good reviews, I look forward to reading the books!

    I was wondering if I could get the code for your blog button?

  6. Hmm. Never read any of Bryan Davis's books, but I don't exactly consider WTB's books "intense." To me, that's Ted Dekker.

  7. I read the Kingdom Series-- is a bit "kiddish", but it's actually quite refreshing after you come out of the more "intense" stuff offered by WTB and Bryan Davis.

    See, I disliked it for that very reason. I like intensity. Plus the plotline was very transparent.

  8. Hmm... those books look interesting. I started looking into the Kingdom Series a while ago, but the books just read too young for my taste and I couldn't get through them. :(

    These, though, look more advanced. I'll have to check them out. Thanks for the suggestion! :D

  9. @Noah, of course...Where you see these things [ ], just add < and >, respectively (I had to do that to make sure the code wouldn't pop up on this thing lol)

    [a href="" target="_blank" title=""]
    [img src="" height="200" width="200" /][/a]

    @Eldra, WHAT!! You've never read Bryan Davis's stuff!! You have to! If you like WTB then you'll like BD. Check out "Oracles of Fire" and "Dragons in Our Midst". The series are "together" and are a bit long but worth every minute.

    @Galadriel, yes they are a bit "kiddish" but I enjoy them because of the music and the refreshing simplicity of the plot when I come out of stuff like Ted Dekker.

    @ Star-Dreamer, since I haven't read the other series I can't say for sure, but I do know that this series is "kiddish". The plots are simple, but at least there is some what I said to Galadriel, it's refreshing for when you come out of more "crazy" stuff. Plus, if you play piano, Sir Kendrick has some awesome music.

  10. Ah, but thou forgets that I'm not a huge fantasy fan!

  11. @Eldra, oh...*pauses* drats. Well, how about I flesh it out a little bit...BD's two series I mentioned take the story of the world and puts it from the eyes of dragons. There are several children (crosses between dragon and human) who must bring the salvation of God to the dragon species. It involves a lot of Old Testament stuff and Aurthurian legends mixed with really good Christian input. There are awesome battle scenes and lots of portal transfers from Earth to the Seven Circles and other places too (e.g. Second Eden).

    Here is the site for the Dragons in Our Midst series:

    The books are like 500-600 pages long, each.

    But if you like WTB they you'll like this guy :P

  12. Hmmm, much as it sounds interesting, books about dragons really don't interest me at all. What can I say? I'm a science fiction nut, probably too much of a nut. Fantasy is a little harder for me to wrap my head around.


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