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Beyond the Summerland (The Binding of the Blade, Book 1) Paperback – June 1, 2004
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"A staggering accomplishment. The vibrancy and scope of L.B. Grahams world-building deserves highest praise. Add in well-rounded and memorable characters, thematic richness, and high adventure, and you have an unbeatable formula for success. Ranks right up there with Tolkien and Lawhead as among the best Christian novels of the fantastic ever written." --Jan P. Dennis, discoverer of Frank Peretti, Stephen R. Lawhead, and Ted Dekker
"L. B. Graham is a marvelous storyteller: His words are vivid and powerful, his imagination unbound. Best of all, he uses a breathtaking array of thought candyhigh adventure, tragedy, romance, heroism, suspense, danger. A lot of fantasy novels claim to be in the tradition of Lord of the RingsBeyond the Summerland truly lives up to this praise." --Robert Liparulo, contributing editor of New Man magazine and author of the novel Comes a Horseman
"L. B. Grahams first book in The Binding of the Blade series takes hold of the reader, building one compelling event upon another, and races toward an utterly surprising conclusion." --Dr. Kent Gramm, Pulitzer prize nominated author of November: Lincolns Elegy at Gettysburg
About the Author
L. B. Graham (BA Literature, Wheaton College; MDiv, Covenant Seminary) is chairman of the Bible department and teacher of English and Worldviews at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. He has written several articles in IVPs Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children.
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I was surprised. For the first time, I have found a fantasy work that actually reminds me of Tolkien's style. Modernized, yes; room for improvement, yes; but a worthy attempt nonetheless. Graham's world-building is original and imaginative, his narratives of history long but informative. This is not the first fantasy I've read that is initially confusing and difficult to get into; without the dry opening chapters, I feel that this story would have been lacking some key background information.
The one gaping hole in this book lies in relationships. The friendships feel shallow, romances awkward--even downright unbelievable. At times, too much text was spent on descriptions of history and scenery when it could have been used to develop characterization and relationships.
Despite its faults, "Beyond the Summerland" drew me in and kept me reading avidly until the final (shocking) page. I look forward to continuing with the series and finding out how the author follows this book's ending plot twist.
However, there are some minor flaws that creep in through the work. Graham's dialog is a little bit rough and awkward-sounding, especially in the earlier parts of the book. Many pieces of dialog feel more formal or more casual in tone than they should be. There's also a nagging feeling that the book started somewhat earlier than it should have in order to make sure that you have all the background that the author thinks you should have. And the analogy that is woven through the book feels too close to its source in some places and uncomfortably strained in others.
This is not to say that the book isn't enjoyable. Once the book hits its stride, it does a good job of keeping the action moving and the reader interested in what happens to the characters. The author works well within his created world, and still spins an engaging tale.
One of the biggest problems with Beyond the Summerland is the lack of good character development. In my opinion, Joraiem is a fairly shallow, slightly annoying character. On the other hand, I know many people love Joraiem. This being said, one of my favorite things about the rest of this series is the amazing character development. It gets superb in the later books.
I also felt that the book dragged on in some parts, and I took a long time to finish reading it, as it just didn't grab me. If you are looking for a high action adventure story, this series is not for you. However, if you want an interesting, well-crafted fantasy world with history and depth, then you may enjoy this book.
To conclude, PLEASE DON"T LET MY REVIEW SCARE YOU AWAY FROM THIS BOOK! I love this series, and don't like to criticize it. The author has a good story, so I don't mind some flaws in the way it is told. Please try the first book. I recommend it for teens and adults.
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