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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Knights of Arrethtrae
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; Original edition (October 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 160142129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601421296
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #650,994 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Chuck Black, a former F-16 fighter pilot and tactical communications engineer, is the best-selling, award-winning author of the Kingdom Series and the Knights of Arrethtrae series. He has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota.

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Chuck Black is the author of nine novels including the popular Kingdom Series and The Knights of Arrethtrae series. He spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as a communications engineer and an F-16 fighter pilot. Today, Chuck is a product design engineer and has invented or coinvented eleven patented construction products now being sold internationally. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. The Blacks take their family music ministry on the road, singing Christian gospel, contemporary, and traditional songs. Chuck and his family live in North Dakota.

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Chuck Black is a master story teller of Good vs. Evil.
Evan Money
All in all, the last book in the Knights of Arrethtrae series is my favorite of all of Black's books and a thought-provoking book.
The Bullers
I highly, highly recommend this book for the teens in your life - and encourage you to read them before gifting them!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew K. Comings on February 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Allegory can be a powerful literary tool. John Bunyan and C.S. Lewis (to name just two) have written allegories that are now indispensable classics of Christian literature. Yet allegory is not easy. It takes a special gift to make the story come alive, while at the same time remaining true to the larger truth one is seeking to allegorize.

In Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest (Multnomah, paperback, 182 pages) author Chuck Black sometimes succeeds in making the story of the wayward Sir Rowan soar above the allegory. For the most part, however, the storyline sticks like Velcro (tm) to the biblical narrative it is trying to illustrate.

Not that there is anything wrong per se with the message being transmitted. In the story a young Sir Rowan, having become a Knight of the King, is sidetracked by the glory of the professional arena. Unbeknown to him, his beloved land of Cameria is being destroyed around him. After being captured by bandits and left for dead Sir Rowan realizes that his mission is much more than jousting. At first he joins a desperate attempt to save Cameria. Failing at that, he joins with a mysterious knight in a bold attempt to confront the invaders of the nearby kingdom of Chessington.

Part of the "fun" of allegory is the using of the imagination to see the truth behind the story. In Sir Rowan no imagination is necessary. Chessington is very obviously Israel, and Cameria is...well...just put the beginning "c" after the "i". The land of Cameria even has cities like Kroywen and Eltteas (hint: read them backwards).

And when the names aren't thinly-veiled references to actual places, they are simply random. No attempt is made at a consistent linguistic pattern for this fantasy kingdom. One knight even has a horse named "Algonquin".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chris Kolmorgen on January 7, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fifteen year-old Rowan is an orphan who's always dreamed of becoming a knight. This dream comes true when Sir Aldwyn takes him on and teaches him the ways of the blade, as well as the message of the Prince. As time goes on, Sir Rowan becomes a tourney champion, and gradually his pride in his abilities takes over his desire to serve the Prince. While traveling to a tournament, Sir Rowan is attacked, held for ransom, then left for dead. Thankfully a woman finds him and cares for him, and after he has healed a humbled Sir Rowan rededicates himself to the Prince's cause... then sets out to do battle with the Shadow Warriors and retake the land claimed by the Dark Knight.

This is the sixth and final book of The Knights of Arrethtrae series, though each book stands on its own. Chuck Black is at the top of his game this time around, spinning an action-packed allegory chock-full of meaning. I liked watching Sir Rowan slowly realize that he'd been given his gifts for a reason, and that he was expected to use them wisely. Though there were times when the overly simplistic writing frustrated me, all in all the book sucked me in. At the end we're left with the knowledge that the Prince and his Father will ultimately be victorious, and that's a truth well-worth being reminded of.
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Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest is the last book in the The Knights of Arrethtrae series, and being the last book, I expected it to end in a bit more of a "bang".

The story has good morals and teachings straight from the Bible. Throughout the book (and the series) it's clear that the author intends to point readers to Christ. All of the "good" characters serve the King and his Son the Prince, referencing God and Jesus. The main character, Sir Rowan, gets caught up in his own pride when he becomes the most famous knight in all of Cameria, and is so enraptured with himself that he no longer burns with a passion to serve the King and the Prince. Eventually (after being kidnapped and held hostage by thugs) he realizes that amassing earthly possessions and having fame no longer matters; what truly matters is serving the King (Christ).

But while the book is wholesome, I felt as if the book, being the last in a six part series, should have been a bit longer in order to wrap up untied strings and unanswered questions from the previous books (not to mention the fact that there were far too many intrusive time skips almost every two chapters, ranging from a couple of hours to months and years). In addition, I found the characters to be dry and dull - and sometimes quite irritating in their "perfect" behavior. It felt as if they were blandly reading off of a set script.

Chuck Black does an excellent job describing the characters descriptively showing their emotions and recounting their actions. His battle scenes however lack action and energy. I felt this was a weakness in the text. I would love to see him write a novel in the fantasy genre as I think he would be great in that arena.

Regrettably, the book left no lasting impression.
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By MaBee on February 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
Stable-hand to Knight. Knight to Champion. Champion to Captive. Captive to Hero. Set in a land where Knights battle for power and you live and die by the sword. Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black is sixth in his second series "The Knights of Arrethtrae". A Christen allegory of Revelation 11 and set after the departure of the Prince in The Kingdom Series.

Sir Rowan was trained as a knight of the Prince but uses his sword for personal gain. He was raised a stable-hand in Laos. An avid fan of the tournaments Rowan soon memorized all the sword fighting techniques but does not get to hold a real sword until he offered to buy the chance from a knight. Sir Aldwyn then took Rowan to a haven of the Prince to teach him the sword and the ways of the Prince. After four years of training Rowan decided to fulfill his dream of competing in a tournament even though advised against it. After losing in the first round, Rowan promised himself that he would work and become the champion. After eighteen months, he finally completed his promise becoming the champion of Cameria and recognized as the best swordsman. Even though his mentor, Sir Aldwyn told him that he is not following the ways of the Prince anymore, Rowan still decided to go to the Grand Tournament of Laos. On the way a knight stopped him at a bridge and defeated him in a fight and soon after he was ambushed by some marauders. For the next year Rowan was kept for ransom in the marauders' cave. When no one paid, they left him to die. He was saved by a woman who brought him back to the way of the Prince. During his months in recovery, Rowan reaffirmed his pledge to the King and his son the Prince.
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