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About the Author

Jerry B. Jenkins, former Vice President for Publishing and currently Writer-at-Large for the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, is the author of more than 150 books, including the best-selling Left Behind series. Sixteen of his books have reached the New York Times best-seller list (seven in the number one spot) and have also appeared on the USA Today, Publisher's Weekly and Wall Street Journal best-seller lists.

Chris Fabry has written more than 50 books for adults and children, including the Red Rock Mysteries series with Jerry B. Jenkins and the Left Behind: The Kids series with Jerry B. Jenkins and Dr. Tim LaHaye.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (September 24, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414301553
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414301556
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #478,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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63 of 68 people found the following review helpful By Big Dog on March 27, 2008
Format: Paperback
Trying to add to the church library, I was curious about this series of books. We have found ourselves in a two party camp of those who love Harry Potter and see nothing wrong with the fantasy novels and the others who feel that magic and Christianity don't have a place together.

As the Youth Director I would love to have something to offer my kids and feel good about the options. The Book of the Kings does have some mythical creatures and mysterious people who are not of our human world. There is clear symbolism of The Book of Kings and the Bible and the more the hero reads and knows the stronger he becomes.

The true test came from the kids. They were excited to read and want more novels as soon as I can get them. The parents were happy to see the kids interest in something other than HP. The hero, Owen Reeder, is a loveable character who feels alien in his everday life. Isn't that how every kid feels? It was nice to have a Christian novel to be able to offer to our church kids.

The book holds your interest and is a fun light read. It's nice to have alternatives. If this was a food I would say it was a nice Sugar Free substitute. I will be reading the rest of the series to see what happens to Owen.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By P. Creeden on August 14, 2011
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As a homeschooling Mom, I'm always looking for books for my son, who reads about as avidly as I do. When I found this book, I bought the whole series for my son for Christmas 2 years ago. I read them myself right away, and found them a bit weak in the writing, but the story was fairly good. (No Harry Potter, to be sure)

But then this summer, my son, now 11 read them. HE LOVED THEM! He read the whole series straight through in about a week. He couldn't get enough of them, liking them better than Harry Potter.

Well, there's no accounting for taste, but it is what it is.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By G. Silvers on September 6, 2008
Format: Paperback
The book was slow in the beginning but it was necessary to set the story. It was awesome and very hard to put it down. It is a must read for anyone who loves heroes and loves to see good win over evil. I read the first three books in one weekend. I gave it to my daughter (age 11) to read and she loved them. It is also a mystery that you cant wait to see unravel. I definitely recommend this to anyone who loves fantasy and mystery.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 4, 2012
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To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this book. I love the Left Behind series, and I've read and devoured some of The Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins, but this book was different than anything else I'd ever read by him. The mix of fantasy, history and Bible fascinated me, and I couldn't read it fast enough.

Owen Reeder is a boy with a destiny. The only problem is he has no idea of that destiny. As far as he knows, he's just a simple boy with an uncaring father, an unknown mother, and a store full of old books as his only friends. Small and unpopular, Owen has problems at school and finds comfort within the pages of his books. That is, until one day, he's introduced to a book like none he's ever seen. Compelled by its message, Owen takes the book and unknowingly unlocks the mystery of his destiny. A far-away world. Peril at every turn. Can Owen conquer his own fears in order to complete the quest set before him?

Unfortunately, this book won't answer that question. Since it is the first in the series, the book leaves the reader with many unanswered questions and even more theories. To find out more, you must read the rest of the series, so if you're looking for a quick read, this may not be the book for you. For I promise you, once you began this quest with Owen, you'll not want to turn back until all is revealed.

Now if you'll excuse me, I have some more reading to do!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By The King's Academy on January 25, 2008
Format: Paperback
The Book of the King is an amazing book. It is about a young boy's struggle as an outcast who discovers a past he never knew about. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves fantasy with a biblical twist. It is a thriller and you will never be able to put it down.

Emily Loomis (The King's Academy)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By 4kidsathome on April 23, 2013
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My 11 year old daughter and I both enjoyed this first book of a series. I would caution parents that it has more "spirit world" elements that I was comfortable having her read, especially at bedtime. Read it for yourself first, then decide. I felt that the evil wasn't magnified, and it didn't dwell on it extensively, but was necessary for the mystical type book that it is. Evil vs. good, and the good will win.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kikenei on May 15, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I purchased this book at a book sale a couple years ago. When I saw that it was available for the kindle, I thought "Omigosh! I have got to have this!" Jerry B. Jenkins and Chris Fabry are two of my favorite authors. This a perfect book for ages 11 and up as well as for those who've read the Left Behind series. The book is a great mixture of Christian fiction and adventure/action stories. However, it can be a little long-winded. The next books in the series are more exciting in my opinion. All in all, it was a very good book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Michelle on May 9, 2012
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I was smitten when this book started out quoting Wesley in The Princess Bride. "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something."

The delightful narration in the beginning is leading, prodding, warning us. It had the feel of an old storyteller revealing the story bits at a time just when they're needed.

We meet young Owen Reeder who is discovering that life is not all that it seems. Secret tunnels, beasts, hints of other worlds, and THE book will change his course for better or for worse.

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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