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The previously-banished Lucius is industriously luring people away from King Eloth through lies and deceit, and he also intends to steal his the King's son's bride. The King's son, Joshua, meanwhile, bravely fights for the Kingdom of Ellioth with a general and specific benevolence-for his people and his beautiful, betrothed Llyonesse. A straightforward allegory of the love-story of the Gospel. Ages 9-12.
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Vendor: Tate Publishing
Publication Date: 2009
...his sword of power;
...a ruthless traitor bent on revenge;
...and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.
Who shall emerge as the victor in this epic struggle between good and evil to govern the lives of hapless men?
The plot is intriguing with its new setting and point of view, but it falls short in several aspects. None of the characters is ever fully developed, but instead remains somewhat flat and predictable. There are several instances where improbabilities occur, and the formatting for the entire book is rather erratic with entire paragraphs in italics and multiple exclamation marks within a single monologue. In addition, because the plot is an allegory, its ending is obvious from the start, and the storys developments are all expected.
Though The Victor effectively reflects the themes of Bible verses like John 1:11He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive himits other weaknesses may deter readers from true enjoyment of the story. But those readers who are able to look past the outward problems to the heart of the story may still gain refreshment through the familiar tale of a loving King who comes to save His people. -- Ruth Anne Burrell, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
TraceyWest Coxsackie, NYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5This book offers more than I expected & then someNovember 4, 2010TraceyWest Coxsackie, NYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I met the author, Marlayne Giron, online. I was anxious to read her book as I love books that take place in the renesance period. I found that once I started reading, I didn't want to stop. The characters were so real and I felt I could connect with them and what they were feeling. I found this to not only be a love story, but a story about family loyality, love of home and freedom, God's love and wisdom. The touches of humor in the story were welcomed by this reader making the story much more real. This book gave me hope in many ways. I hope Ms. Giron writes another book soon. I will be among the first to read it! I predict she will be the next Liz Curtis Higgs among authors.
beverly GriderOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 23, 2010beverly GriderOklahoma City, OKAge: 45-54Gender: femaleWhat a phenomenal book! When I first read the premise of this book, I knew I would enjoy it since it took place in medieval times. But what really drew my interest, was that Marlayne described it as a retelling of "the Gospel as a medieval love story." Marlayne further stated that the following verses from Amy Grants Fairytale song (Fathers Eyes album) was the inspiration behind the book, "Two princes wage the battle for eternity but The Victor has been known from the start"The book spans several years, during which the prince, Joshua, and his betrothed, Llyonesse, grow up and are separated. Llyonesse goes to live in a new country with her father, Ardon, as Steward over the new kingdom until such time as Joshua is crowned as king. Joshua stays in Ellioth, the land of his Father, King Eloth, to train as a knight in preparation for his future leadership. Evil weaves its way through the land and the lives of our hero & his beloved in the form of Baron Lucius of North Umberland. Lucius only wants to posses the King's sword of power, Ephlal, so that he may rule over all. "The Victor" is the age-old struggle of good versus evil that has plagued the world since Satan entered the Garden of Eden. Marlayne has masterfully combined this struggle with romance, action, and symbolism of the Gospel story. The book contains beautiful drawings scattered throughout that bring to life the fantastic imagery that Marlayne's words bring to mind. It is evident from the speech patterns and details written in the story that Marlayne did a great deal of research of medieval times. It helps to lend authenticity to the story-line. I thoroughly enjoyed reading "The Victor" and recommend it highly to everyone. It will be one of those books that I read more than once, and each time I expect to take something away that I missed the first time. I look forward to reading more from Marlayne in the future!
Jan MarieIndianaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5July 28, 2010Jan MarieIndianaGender: femaleThe book takes place in the medieval kingdoms of Ellioth and Shiloh. Ellioth is ruled by a kind and wise king, Eloth. He has a young son, Joshua, who will some day rule in his stead and is betrothed to the beautiful Llyonesse. All is well in the kingdom until the arrival on the scene of the villain, Lucius, who, filled with hatred and jealousy, attempts to overthrow the king. Not content to steal only the throne, Lucius also covets Joshua's intended bride. Thus begins the battle between good and evil and only one can emerge the victor. From a purely physical viewpoint, The Victor is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The cover design is absolutely gorgeous, the pages feel rich in texture, and even the first page of each chapter has a lovely decorative design. From a literary point of view, this book is a marvelous work of art. Vocabulary is marvelous and the story is sensational. The author has an obvious complete and total grasp of the material and a way of delivery that is gripping and mesmerizing. The entire story is exquisitely done and utterly riveting. The most beautiful part of the entire story is that it is an allegory of Christ's love for the church. It is chock full of symbolism and parallels to Biblical events. Yes, the conclusion was foregone; but the road to get to that final epic battle was a fascinating and enthralling journey. If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend that you waste no time in doing so. You won't be sorry!
Mary Fields5 Stars Out Of 5June 25, 2010Mary FieldsThis is a book that will get you in some trouble, once you start reading it you can NOT put it down, the house work gets put on the back burner and the family wonders why there is no dinner. You can not stop reading it. It was based on an Amy Grant song. I love it and I want to share it with everyone.
Andrea Schultz5 Stars Out Of 5March 10, 2010Andrea SchultzThe author of this book, Marlayne Giron, is a Messianic Jewish believer. I am always so excited to learn about Jewish people who realize Jesus the Messiah has already come & will come again!It took me a little while to get the feel for the book - in the middle of Chapter Two. It is not every day I read a medieval tale! But once it grabbed me, I had a hard time putting it down! Marlayne really captures the essence and the language of the time period. I felt as though I was actually there with the characters!The main characters in this book are Eloth, the king of Ellioth, Lucius, & Eloths son, crown prince Joshua. These characters can be equated to God, satan, and Jesus. It is interesting how Lucius, who returns to Shiloh in disguise & using the alias Lucan, is able to lie & deceive in order to gain what he wants. This is very instructive in the way the enemy of our souls, satan, tricks believers into doing his bidding. It is well that we remember those tricks. Both Lucius/Lucan & the biblical Lucifer (aka satan) can be charming & cunning, but their self-interest is preeminent in their actions. Lucius/Lucan is very expert at raising doubts about the sovereignty & judgment of the king & fostering a bitter heart just as the snake did with Eve in the Garden of Eden in Genesis 3:5. They come to steal, kill & destroy (John 10:10). I highly recommend this book; it is truly a masterful piece of literature. It is wonderful as a biblical allegory, but it also stands alone as an amazing piece of fiction. Marlayne weaves scripture references into the story, without referencing it exactly, but the essence is there. And the ending is very happy! I applaud Mrs. Girons first novel! This book was provided to me by Tate Publishing for review purposes.Reviewed by Andrea Schultz Ponderings by Andrea