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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (July 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764227947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764227943
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (320 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #687,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* Hancock's intriguing Arena [BKL Ap 15 02] drew a great deal of praise for the originality and starkness of its alternative universe. In The Light of Eidon, she begins a fantasy series called Legends of the Guardian King that is more clearly a Christian allegory but is so crisscrossed with subplots and deceit that exactly where the light of Eidon shines may baffle the reader. It certainly baffles young Abramm Kalladorne, Hancock's hero. He is the little-valued fifth son of the king of Kiriath, a vivid kingdom that seems a bit like medieval England, with a bit of ancient Rome. Abramm is drawn to the religious life, but after eight years as a novitiate, he discovers that his spiritual leader is a fraud and that the true path to Eidon's light lies elsewhere. But upon leaving the monastery, he finds himself in the middle of court intrigues, and his brothers sell him into slavery in a faraway, barbarous land. For a while, Hancock's novel seems like a gladitorial epic, but then Eidon, or Jesus, makes his truths known. A great battle ensues, but victory is not complete and many questions remain. Readers will certainly return for the second installment. John Mort
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" exciting allegorical fantasy ...Hancock's writing, often eerie and suspenseful, is rich in sights, smells and sounds." -- Christian Retailing

"...the future should be bright for this promising novelist." -- Publisher's Weekly

"TOP PICK-Four and a half stars." -- Romantic Times

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This is one and I look forward to reading the next one in the series.
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Each time I would get to an end of a chapter, I couldn't put the book down and leave it for another time to read.
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As a story, it is rich in character development, plot twist, action, suspense, intrigue, and romance.
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106 of 121 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 7, 2005
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Karen Hancock is the real deal. I haven't been this excited about a relatively new author in a long time. Her debut novel, Arena, was fantastic, a stunning merger of science fiction and Christian fiction. Now, with her second book, she begins a fantasy series dubbed Legends of the Guardian-King, a storyline pitting good against evil in an otherworldly mediaeval setting. There is an element of sword and sorcery here, and I could not help but wonder just how effectively the author of Arena would deal with the grim realities of battle and bloodshed and mine the depths of evil in the hearts of men. Well, Hancock nails it - it's as simple as that. The Light of Eidon is just exquisitely rendered fantasy that keeps you turning the pages deep into the night. It's dark, grim, sometimes bloody, but ultimately imbued with an essential spirituality that places it on a far different plane than run-of-the-mill fantasy.

Hancock is a master of characterization, really taking us inside the hearts and souls of the novel's central characters and surrounding them with fascinating individuals who manage to surprise us no matter how well we think we know them. Good and evil exist on two planes, the external and the internal, and that gives this story great depth. On the face of it, this might look like one in a long line of fantasy plots - the young prince who repudiates his birthright, finds himself betrayed and sold into slavery, then fights to gain his freedom and inspire his people in the process. The framework is familiar, but the story Hancock tells goes far beyond the familiar and mundane.

For eight years, Abramm Kalladorne, the fifth son of the king of Kiriath, has dedicated himself to the service of his god Eidon.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Eric Wilson on January 20, 2004
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Fantasy and allegory are compatible shelf-mates in the world of fiction. Yet, for some reason, the Christian market has generally ignored them since the days of Tolkien and Lewis. Karen Hancock, Randall Ingermanson, and Michael Warden are leading the way to see that this changes.
Hancock's first novel, "Arena," was a wonderfully rendered allegory, full of interesting characters, landscapes, and inner struggles. "The Light of Eidon" is more fantasy than allegory, but spiritual truths abound. Again, Hancock introduces us to characters with deep doubts and allows us to witness their transformations. In this case, a religious student by the name of Abramm comes face to face with betrayal, loss of faith, and rebirth in the flames of violent struggle. He finds himself a slave, a gladiator, a pretender...But ultimately, Abramm must discover his true purpose.
Although the book has some fantastic sections and ends with a heart-pounding climax, I found myself plodding through a number of scenes. At times, I yearned for more of the colorful landscape and less of the political dealings. I'm glad I pressed on, though, because the overall result is worth it. Spiritual light is brought to bear on the ugliness of religious pretense, and Abramm's final decisions are moving and believable.
It's great to see fantasy writers rising up in the Christian market. Without Hancock's books, we would be deprived of some of the best new stuff available.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Eowyn of Rohan on March 3, 2005
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I was unable to put this book down. The writing style is completely flawless, and the character development was some of the best I've ever seen. It tells the story of Abramm Kalladorne, a Kiriathan prince who gave it all up years ago to join the strict religious group of the Mataio. When his religious mentor betrays him and he is sold into slavery by his own brothers, he is at loss for who to turn to. Does Eidon care about him anymore? And does his friend Trap Meridon, a Terstan, hold the right beliefs?

This book is dark, powerful, and strangely beautiful. I've read it four times and every time I read it something new pops out at me, every time I feel the same tingle go down my spine and the heart-clenching emotion and see the vivid imagery. It is the story of how a weak, sickly youth becomes a legend and hero...and the best book I've ever read.

Highly recommended.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Beck on September 26, 2010
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I enjoyed this book and have already purchased its sequel, which I expect to enjoy also. Previous reviewers have covered what I liked and would commend about Karen Hancock's debut novel. However, prospective readers should know two important aspects of this series.

First, by "Christian," reviewers mean fundamentalist, born-again Christian. Catholics, especially, should know that the allegory/symbolism used by Hancock represents a retelling of the historic Reformation in which the Catholic Church is unremittingly evil and its leaders are devils in disguise. I suspect that later in the series the author will more clearly mark some pope-like character as the anti-Christ.

Women might also take note that only two major (though, not main) characters are female. And both remain powerless and, indeed, hapless despite that both are royals. Otherwise, women are relegated mostly to sexual playthings. Presuming the author is female, I found this surprising. Perhaps in a subsequent book, Karen Hancock will include her Queen Elizabeth I.
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