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"Nothing special" is the best way to describe Owen Reeder--at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: His and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Recommended for ages 10 to 14.
Number of Pages: 250
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2007
Dimensions: 7.25 X 5.25 (inches)
Author Jerry Jenkinsnoted for the Left Behind series, his work with Moody magazine, and the creator of the Gil Thorpe sports comic stripcollaborates with Chris Fabry, writer, broadcaster, and radio playwright. They enthrall their audience with graphic detail; an intimate, secret-sharing style; grand, widely scoped adventures happening in convincing, other-worldly ways; intrigue; and a taste for various unusual animals.
Many Christian themes appear in The Book of the King that flow naturally throughout the story, growing in compass as the characters grow in personality. In a chatty, clarify-the-situation style, the authors now and then point out a moral. These themes include: evil in mankind; treachery from friends; lies vs. truth; various kinds of courage from forthright to knowing when to run; as well as recognizing both the dangerous and the helpful. Savvy mentors will find that discussion flows easily from these ideas. Further themes are only beginning to be seen in this first story, and they surely will gain form in future books.
The Book of the King closes on a fascinating note, but does not end. Readers are left saying, Hurry up with the next installment! Although a wholly-modern tale with fear, danger, and imminent violence abounding, the writing style is reminiscent of the nineteenth-century Christian classic author Charles Kingsley (most noted for Water Babies). The reader needs only a slight twist of imagination to inwardly hear the authors Jenkins and Fabry narrating this tale. This facility makes The Book of the King a splendid read out-loud volume for families and other groups. Donna Eggett, Christian Book Previews.com
NanaWyWyoming5 Stars Out Of 5The series is age appropriateJanuary 3, 2014NanaWyWyomingI bought the entire series for my 13yr old granddaughter for Christmas. Couldn't get her to stop reading. She finished the first 3 books of the series in one week!
Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Odd style of writing, but good storyJuly 29, 2012Debbie from ChristFocusHarrison, ARAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5"The Book of the King" is a middle grade/juvenile Christian fantasy novel. The authors would occasionally say things like, "...sulfurous breath--which means..." for words I think most middle schoolers would know, yet they also sometimes used words that some adults might not know with the meaning only implied by context.
The story was also told in an odd way. It's like you and the story teller are hovering above the scene and he points things out in present tense using "you" and "we" as if talking directly to the reader, then it'd slid back into past tense but it's like you're watching a movie. You never get inside the characters' heads, though you're sometimes told what they are thinking or feeling.
This gave the book a somewhat distant feel, but it still came across as an engaging story told by a (hovering) storyteller. There's plenty of fast-paced action and high suspense due to physical danger (though the distant feel made it so the really scary things weren't too scary). I'm not sure this story would really appeal to adults, but I do think kids of the right age would enjoy it. I liked its mood and subtle lessons better than I like a lot of Christian fantasy.
This book was the first in a series and it did end somewhat abruptly, but it's not left at a cliff-hanger. There was no bad language and no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel to children.
Rod Man of GodConcord NCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5June 30, 2012Rod Man of GodConcord NCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Great book. Loved every minute of the book couldn't put it down.
WilkieAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5WowJune 15, 2012WilkieAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Greatly impressed. Not what I envisioned at all. I can't wait to get to the next one.
Elizabeth Howard5 Stars Out Of 5April 15, 2010Elizabeth HowardEnjoyed reading all 5 books of the series, lots of adventure. The short chapters were great when you just had a few minutes to read. I have given them to my 10 year old grandson to read.