The Light of Eidon, Legends of the Guardian King Series #1   -     By: Karen Hancock
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The Light of Eidon, Legends of the Guardian King Series #1

Bethany House / 2003 / Paperback

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Abramm has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably separate him from the life he was born to--as Abramm Kalladorne, fifth son of the king of Kiriath--he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his brothers.

Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator. When the oppressed masses rally around his success, he discovers his suffering has molded him into something greater than he ever thought possible--to serve a purpose he never imagined.

Set in a world of swords and cloaks, of glittering palaces and mystical temples, of galley ships and ancient mist-bound cities, The Light of Eidon is the first volume of an epic series, Legends of the Guardian-King.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 400
Vendor: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2003
ISBN: 0764227947
ISBN-13: 9780764227943
Availability: In Stock
Series: Legends of the Guardian King

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Publisher's Description

Book 1 of Legends of the Guardian King which follows the life of Abramm Kalladorne in his turbulent search for truth and self--a search that will transform him from a sickly, head-in-the-clouds youth to a legendary hero of strength and courage. Set in a world of swords and cloaks, of glittering palaces and mystical temples, of galley ships and ancient, mist-bound cities, his journey illustrates how God pursues and how He uses suffering to mold His children into something greater than was ever thought possible. Written by Karen Hancock, the acclaimed author of "Arena."

Author Bio

Karen Hancock is a graduate of the University of Arizona with bachelor's degrees in Biology and Wildlife Biology. Along with writing, she is a watercolorist. She received a Christy Award for her debut novel, Arena. She and her family reside in Tuscon, Arizona.

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  1. Bird
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    I loved the story and the setting.
    October 11, 2011
    Bird
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I did something with this series that I've never done before. When I finished the last book I started at book 1 and read them all again.

    It is all about transformation and the struggles between the flesh and the spirit. It is about loyalty and perseverance. It's about choices and destiny.

    If it weren't for the steamy scene in one chapter I would recommend it for everyone. It is a great story about becoming more than one ever dreamed they could be.
  2. Lori
    Missoula, MT
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    This is an incredible book!
    April 30, 2011
    Lori
    Missoula, MT
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I had a hard time setting this book down - and the next 3- and when I did I couldn"t help thinking about it. Miss Hancock does a great job bringing our spiritual walk to life and making it more tangible. Hard to explain, but a fantastic story with something exciting always happening! I not only am recommending it to my friends but buying a copy to pass around!
  3. bookworm7
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 10, 2011
    bookworm7
    Although I thought this novel had engaging fantasy world-building and interesting spiritual themes, not only would I not compare it to Tolkien (but every fantasy publisher will, no matter what) but I agree with other reviewers--I read this a few years ago as a tween, thinking as a Christian Tolkien-esque novel it would be appropriate, but I was unpleasantly surprised by the sexual content. I only say "no, I would not recommend it to a friend" because of that element, without which it was a good read. I think the ideal situation for this book would be an adult reading it, or for young teenage fantasy fans, have a parent read it aloud.
  4. Robby Hall Jr.
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    June 19, 2010
    Robby Hall Jr.
    Three words: Fan-tas-tic. I couldn't put this book down. One of the most incredible books I've ever read. I would definitely put here in the same playing field as C. S. Lewis (though he will always be my favorite, ever!). The allegory is absolutely fantastic, and the imagery is captivating. Hancock paints a beautiful picture full of sights, sounds, smells, etc. The story is an awesome portrayel of someone's search for truth. I wouldn't reccomend it to younger readers, but someone my age (16) or older would definitely enjoy it. I recently finished this book and am currently in the middle of the sequel (which may be even better than this one). Karen Hancock is now one of my favorite authors. INCREDIBLE!!!
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    Abby Ang
    Definitely NOT for children because of the sexual content - however a wonderful fantasy book for adults. I would encourage you to read it. (I didn't like the design of the front cover but that was about it)
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Author/Artist Review

Author: Karen Hancock
Located in: Tucson, AZ
Submitted: October 01, 2003

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I love to read and write more than anything, except Bible class. While my reading habits are as eclectic as they are voracious, I have so far been called to write only in the genre of science fiction/fantasy. This is no hardship for me, since it’s long been one of my favorite genres. I also enjoy music, movies, hiking, skiing, sketching, and painting. I am fascinated by the natural world and the varied and complex life God has filled it with. I’m married to an engineer, have a son studying computer science in college (whom I homeschooled for 8 years) and we own a Redbone Coonhound who is one of the great pleasures of our lives.

    What was your motivation behind this project?  While other genres are excellent for demonstrating the way knowing Christ can affect one’s relationships and for showing the emptiness of a life without Him, it is speculative fiction that most lends itself to exploring the bigger picture of why we’re here. I believe that's to resolve the invisible supernatural conflict mentioned in Ephesians 6. The Light of Eidon was conceived decades ago as not only a way to portray this invisible conflict in more visible form, but also to explore the deceptions and distortions that blind the unbelieving to the truth. It is, in this sense, the tale of one man’s journey into Light. Like my first novel, Arena, The Light of Eidon’s allegorical elements are woven into a page-turning adventure peopled with characters who struggle with their own relationships—with each other and with their god.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  As always, I want them to have a great read, one they won’t want to put down and will be sorry to leave when it’s over. I also hope they’ll come away with a greater understanding of the workings of the unseen angelic conflict, the bigness of God’s plan, and the way He molds us into the heroes He intends us to be.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  The Bible and my understanding of it, is my first and foremost influence and source of inspiration. After that, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, Stephen Donaldson, Stephen Lawhead, Elisabeth Elliot, Dean Koontz, Kathy Tyers, C.S. Forester, Robin Hobb, Terry Brooks, Alexander Dumas, Rafael Sabatini, Baroness Orczy, Star Wars, The Man From Snowy River, Gladiator . . . the list goes on. In addition there are all the experiences of my life: the horses, the dogs, the camping and backpacking trips, the martial arts, the homeschooling . . . I invite you to check out the Light of Eidon Scrapbook section at my website for selected particulars, including photos.

    Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know:  The Light of Eidon has been a project close to my heart for decades. It is story I have cherished, nurtured, and stuck with, seeing it grow into a full and mature work, as I have grown along with it. It is in itself, a tremendous gift from the Lord to me, even more so than Arena was, and the writing of it has taught me much and blessed me more. I hope you will enjoy it and be inspired by it as much as I have been. If you’d like to receive some free bookmarks to hand out to friends (or just for yourself) or an autographed, stick-on label, please ask for them at my website (www.kmhancock.com) Thanks for reading!

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