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Publication Date: 2010
Series: Knights of Arrethtrae
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 Daltons 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 Malcos 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 plots 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
"Chuck Black is a word crafter who is able to weave Kingdom principles
into the fabric of ones 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 Blacks 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
"Not since C. S. Lewiss 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 reignsand 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. Dont miss the best part: the discussion questions at
ERIC JUDSON TIBBETS, husband, dad, and captain in the
United States Navy
"For a story with nonstop, heart-pounding excitement, you cant get a
better book than one by Chuck Black."
HEATHER (15), HEIDI (13), HOLLY (10),
and HANNAH (8) SALZMAN
From the Trade Paperback edition.