Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue, Knights of Arrethae Series #4   -     By: Chuck Black
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Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue, Knights of Arrethae Series #4

Random House, Inc / 2010 / Paperback

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Lady Carliss has proven herself as a knight, being a master of both the sword and the bow. Now she finds herself racing against time to save two things she holds dear: Sir Dalton, who has been attacked by a poisonous creature, and the entire Kingdom, from a takeover plot devised by a powerful Shadow Warrior. But will she have enough time to rescue both Dalton and the Kingdom, or will she be forced to make a terrible choice?

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 176
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601421273
ISBN-13: 9781601421272
UPC: 5338$m885$m
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Ages: 12-16
Series: Knights of Arrethtrae

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Publisher's Description

Lady Carliss faces the challenge of her life. Can she save the kingdom before it’s too late?

Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for kidnapping a friends’ family. Along the way she is reunited with Sir Dalton and discovers that the struggle in her heart is far from over. When Dalton falls to the vicious attack of a mysterious, poisonous creature, Carliss finds herself in a race against time. As Dalton clings perilously to life, she must find the antidote in the distant and strange city of Moorue.
 
While there, Carliss uncovers the master plot of a powerful Shadow Warrior that will soon overtake the entire Kingdom. Her faith in the Prince and her courage as a knight are tested as she faces evil Shadow Warriors and a swamp full of dreadful creatures. The lives of many, including Dalton’s, depend on Carliss. But she cannot save them all, for time is running out.  She faces an impossible choice: save Dalton, or let him die so that others may live.

Author Bio

Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical communications engineer, is the author of ten novels, including the popular Kingdom series. He has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota.

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Chuck Black's fourth installment in the Knights of Arrethtrae, Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue, features a young female knight on a quest she believes she cannot accomplish. As she hunts for answers, she learns the dangers of escapism and the value of trusting herself and her king.

Lady Carliss has just agreed to help a fellow knight find the friend's kidnapped family when another friend, Sir Dalton, is poisoned by a mysterious lizard. With the help of an absent-minded alchemist and a slow yet friendly beggar, Carliss travels to Moorue to find a cure growing in the lizard's nest before Dalton dies. Soon, Carliss realizes Dalton’s illness must wait. Lord Malco, a prominent figure with a guarded castle, has been extracting the poison and distilling it to produce a mind-numbing pleasure trip when drunk with water. The addiction is so severe that some people in Moorue do nothing but drink it and remain in the pleasing dreams all day. Carliss must not only save Dalton, but she must also stop Lord Malco’s schemes.

Carliss faces many internal battles during her quest. Though Dalton is intended for another woman, Carliss struggles with a romantic interest in him. She feels confused and even angry when she sees him. She also questions why the king chose her and not a stronger knight to defeat the lizards.

The Knights of Arrethtrae series is a Christian allegory, and this can overpower Carliss’ unique story sometimes. Some conversations between characters obviously intend to teach the dangers of addiction in a creative, fictional way. Black handles this well; only a few small sections sound preachy.

The book begins slowly. Black makes readers wade through an introduction and a prologue about the spiritual background of Arrethtrae, and the narrator describes Carliss’ history from a distance for a chapter before showing her thoughts and emotions. After this, however, Black introduces quirky characters and increases the plot’s tension to keep readers interested.

Though the fighting scenes are slightly graphic, Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue provides an entertaining yet discerning moral application that teens, both male and female, should enjoy. – Alexandra Mellen, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue

"Chuck Black is a word crafter who is able to weave Kingdom principles
into the fabric of one’s moral imagination. The characters he has created
and the passions they exude will motivate readers to follow their examples,
which have now been etched into their awakened conscience."
—MARK HAMBY, founder and president of Cornerstone
Family Ministries and Lamplighter Publishing

"Chuck Black is the John Bunyan for our times! Chuck Black’s writing
energizes and revives my passion to serve our Lord, making me examine
myself so I am ready for His imminent return."
—IACI FLANDERS, Messianic speaker, inductive Bible study
teacher, and homeschool wife and mom

"Chuck Black is a master storyteller."
—JENNIFER IGARASHI, freelance writer, homeschool-resource
reviewer, and mother of an eleven-year-old Kingdom
Series fanatic

"Not since C. S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia have any fictional books
boosted my faith so much. They make me cry with joy for what the
King and the Prince do. They let me see our world through new eyes.
The King reigns—and His Son!"
—SOPHIA, an avid reader

"As Christ taught in parables, you can use this powerful allegory to convey
biblical truth, doctrine, virtues, and vices. Combat trained, Chuck
Black makes warfare real without gratuitous violence but rather with a
message of honor. Don’t miss the best part: the discussion questions at
the end!"
—ERIC JUDSON TIBBETS, husband, dad, and captain in the
United States Navy


"For a story with nonstop, heart-pounding excitement, you can’t get a
better book than one by Chuck Black."
—HEATHER (15), HEIDI (13), HOLLY (10),
and HANNAH (8) SALZMAN

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  1. St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    interesting tale which has lessons 4 young people
    May 28, 2011
    Bob Hayton
    St. Paul, MN
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: male
    The appeal of fantasy fiction is wrapped up in its other-worldliness. On film, Peter Jackson captured this well in his Lord of the Rings trilogy. Of course, the books themselves are more effective at transporting the reader to another time and place.

    In the "Knights of Arrethtrae" series, Chuck Black takes the grand Biblical story of redemption and crafts an allegorical, fictitious world to match it. Following John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress legacy, Black interweaves Christian themes into his fantasy tale.

    The series is based on his earlier 6 part Kingdom series, and offers vignettes of followers of the King across the Sea. "The King reigns and his Son!" is the rallying cry of the Prince's Knights in the Kingdom of Arrethtrae. Shadow Warriors and evil knights battle Silent Warriors and the Prince's knights, in a battle for the souls of men.

    In "Lady Carliss", we find a fascinating tale of treachery, deceit, a dark plot and mystery. Carliss battles more than just the dark forces, as she must master her heart and its attraction to her brother's best friend Lord Dalton. Along the way, she faces the dreadful choice of saving the life of one she can't help but love, or saving the lives of friends who count on her.

    At the end of the book, a discussion guide is included with pointed questions about the allegory and the story, chapter by chapter. The peril of a pleasure-inducing substance that sends people into an alternate reality provides a platform for addressing the problem of escapism in today's world. The questions also come with answers and make this book, and the others in the "Knights of Arrethtrae" series, ideal for parents to read with their teens, or for youth groups to read together in a church-based book club.

    The story moves along at a fast clip and includes surprising twists and turns. The style is straightforward and action-oriented, suitable for teen-age readers and a shorter sized fantasy book. The allegory is at times very direct, and detailed descriptions of the meaning are included at the end. Still the story stands on its own right, and entering the world Black creates is both enjoyable and instructive.

    The meta-narrative or grand story of the Bible is indeed alluring. We need to remind ourselves that an alternate reality has nothing on the redemptive plan of our Savior. We, like Carliss, need to learn to trust the Prince and follow him in spite of our feelings and uncertainties. And our Lord will prove True and Faithful, every time.

    Disclaimer: This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah publishers for review. I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.
  2. Age: Under 18
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 21, 2011
    MORGAN
    Age: Under 18
    Quality: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I got this book for my fifteenth birthday and finished it by the next day. If you love action and adventure you have to read this book!

    Morgan 15
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Even Better than the Kingdom Series
    November 2, 2010
    ChrisC
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The books in the Knights of Arrethtrae Series are the best I've ever read. Chuck Black is an amazing story teller. Lady Carliss was my favorite. They are so exciting; I can't put them down. I can't wait until the next ones come out!

    ~Amy Joy (13)~
  4. Toronto, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Book
    October 31, 2010
    lrsgk35
    Toronto, Canada
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    We have been reading this series (minus book 3) and each one just got better and better. Lady Carliss was no exception. Although I think I was let down a little by the ending of the book which seemed too easy for the character while she seemed to be breaking too much.
  5. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Family Read Aloud
    October 17, 2010
    Jennifer @ Quiverfullfamily.com
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Though I've never read Chuck Black's allegorical Kingdom Series, our families has truly enjoyed his sequel series The Knights of Arrethtrae. This series is an allegorical fantasy complete with noble knights, dangerous creatures, and temptations to be defeated. It is set in the period following the Prince's departure from Arrethtrae, leaving his Knights to fight the good fight and spread the news of the Prince's imminent return (the age of the church.)

    Each title in this series stands more-or-less alone, and Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue (#4) is no exception. Though it builds upon the events of Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart (#3), our family read it first (we're about to go back and read #3.)

    Lady Carliss is a particularly loveable character for our family filled with girls (I have three daughters.) While a warrior and true Knight, Carliss also struggles with a heart that longs for one who is not rightfully hers. She nobly resists, but when Sir Dalton's life is in danger and she is the only one who has a fair chance of finding the antidote to a poisonous bite, her heart is surely tested.

    Filled with intense action sequences, clear parallels to the Christian life, and realistic temptations and victories, Lady Carliss was greatly enjoyed by our entire family. My seven-year-old is always asking me to read it again despite my initial misgivings that it might be too dramatic for her.

    The discussion questions at the book's end are perfect for leading teens to consider the consequences of escapism and the excessive use of diversionary pleasures as presented in the novel.

    Black's work makes excellent family reading material - parents can discuss parallels between the story and the Christian life. Tweens and teens can also benefit from reading the book independently, and are very likely to do so considering the engaging content!
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