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5 Stars Out Of 5
Fans of Tolkien and Lewis will love this series!!!
July 1, 2015
Summary of Main Character Eamon Goodman from where it leads off in the first book called the Traitors Heir where hundreds of years ago Eamons bloodline turned traitor and helped the one who is now called The Master usurp and Kill The King of Eldaran. The Master has reigned over the River Realm for 532 years now using a powerful book called The NightHolt that helps The Master Control his people and reign his terrible wrath over his Kingdom. Eamon has been Sworn to The Master by way of a Mark that he pledged an Oath of Loyalty to with a mark upon his palms that has hidden powers and secrets kept from him. All who take an Oath of Loyalty receive the mark upon their hands.
Little does Eamon know that there is another man whos Blood Line comes from the Original King and that Eamon knew of him when they played together as childhood friends. Eamon now has also pledged his alliance to the New King and his Bloodline. There is another Book that holds supreme authority stating that The land and all of the River Realm were given to and protected by the King and hid Bloodline. When Eamon swears allegiance to the new King he also realizes that he is now protected by The Kings Grace and has a mysterious Blue Light that occurs when he tries to help heal and protect others. Will Eamon swear to uphold The Kings Grace and defend the new King and all his glory? Or will he woefully be forced to serve The Master by his Oath that secretly controls his own thoughts and evokes fear and evil into his very soul! This book is Eamons fight for his very soul while he is promoted through the ranks of the Gauntlet and becomes a Quarter Hand to The Master.
This book is very suspenseful and the reader must be vigilant in focusing on the story as it can turn and twist with every page. The character development and plot twists are so often filled with extreme cunning and tension that with every move Eamon makes could be a move that gets himself or anyone of his friends or family killed at any moment. I would rate this book a 5 out of 5 Stars and Cant wait to review the 3rd Installment which I just finished call the Broken Blade. Thank you for such a wonderful, powerful, action packed and soulful ride that this book brings when you read each chapter.
I received The Kings Hand by Anna Thayer compliments of Kregel Publications for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation for a favorable review and the opinions expressed here are strictly my own. This is the second book in the Knights of Elderan series!
Anna Thayer in her new book The Kings Hand Book Two in The Knight of Eldaran series published by Lion Hudson continues the story of Eamon Goodman.
From the back cover: Every man has a destiny. His is to betray.
Eamon Goodman is faced with a desperate task. The Master-the usurper who sits enthroned over the River Realm-has threatened to slaughter every man who has ever loyally served Eamon.
To save his men, Eamon must bring the Master the head of the true Kings closest ally. Little does the Master know that Eamon once freely pledged allegiance to the King.
How can Eamon now face the King, who he has willfully betrayed?
And who will pay the price for every broken vow?
I think it takes an incredibly gifted author to create a whole world and fill it with empires and kings. That is exactly what Anna Thayer has done and she has done it spectacularly. Welcome back to The River Realm and the city of Dunthruik where the people need work, food, care and hope. However the Master promotes poverty and crime and punishes without justice. To save his men Eamon is given an impossible task that if he completes it will force him to betray the true King. Intrigue, passion and divided loyalties are just some of what awaits you within these pages. Ms. Thayer has given us a unique action adventure that will keep you on the edge of your chair as you read and flip pages as fast as possible. I recommend this book highly and look forward to the next book in this series.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lion Hudson. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
How do I describe a tale that surges with life and sings of beauty and goodness?
One that puts down roots deep into your heart and then spreads out and fills your imagination?
Well, as I said in my review of The Traitor's Heir, I do not compare fantasy books to Tolkien's.
There are so many attempts to reproduce LOTR, and none of them work.
Anna Thayer, our author, lectures on the work of C. S and JRR. She was clearly influenced by their prose and poetry, but she did not try to retell their stories. She tells her own story of a world and a hero, and she tells it with passion. And now this is my favorite fantasy series since Narnia and LOTR.
In some fantasies, the clash between good and evil is so large that the individuals are lost. Not so here.
By the end of this second volume, you will have read over 1,000 pages about Eamon Goodman. His growth as a human and as a Hand, step by step, with falling and faltering, makes you love him. The maturity he acquires and the way he grows into his role- loving the King while serving a city under throned rule- gives depth to his character. Eamon becomes a servant to become a leader.
His comrades (Anderas and Ladomer, Callum and Mr Bellis) and enemies are also well drawn. Each one, noble or evil, keeps his dignity, and his deeds speak for him.
The city of Dunthruik is a microcosm of all humanity. It teems with people, all needing work, needing food, needing care, needing hope. The systems that run the city promote poverty and crime, and they punish without justice. The Master rules by force and fear, and the city bleeds dry under his rule.
How could this captive and oppressed people not respond to news of a coming King, one who will set them free and establish peace? But how can Eamon tell them about the King, when the punishment is death?
And how can he not tell them, because there are fates worse than death and life under the throned is one of them.
Obviously, there are people who will avoid this series because it has been called an allegory.
I say this: If you recognize Christ in this book, it is because both He and the King overflow with truth, beauty, and goodness. (That's the essence of the Gospel after all, the news that a good King is coming.)
This is a fine story for anyone who wants to read it, simply because it is a story that resonates in us as real, and adventurous, and it affirms all that is right.
Thank you very much to Lion Hudson Publishing for my review copy.
It is a wonderful feeling to look at my bookshelf and see this series there, waiting for a reader to dive in.