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Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart (The Knights of Arrethtrae) Paperback – May 5, 2009
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– Douglas Bond, author of HOLD FAST In a Broken World, and Guns of the Lion
“Chuck Black is a word crafter who is able to weave Kingdom principles into the fabric of one’s moral imagination. The characters he has created and the passions they exude, will motivate readers to follow their examples, which have now been etched into their awakened conscience.”
– Mark Hamby, Founder and President of Cornerstone Family Ministries and Lamplighter Publishing
“Chuck Black is the John Bunyan for our times! Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione is a reminder of the origins of the spiritual warfare we are to fight daily.”
–Iaci Flanders, inductive Bible study teacher and homeschool mom
“Not since C.S. Lewis’s Chronicles of Narnia have any fictional books boosted my faith so much. They make me cry with joy for what the King and the Prince do. They let me see our world through new eyes. I can’t wait to read the Knights of Arrethtrae series and experience more. The King reigns–and His Son!”
–Sophia, an avid reader
“I was so caught up in the books I would not do anything but read them. They were amazing…full of action, a little romance, and most of all, a love for the King and His Son. They made me feel as though I was truly traveling with the main character on his noble quest to spread the word of the King and His Son and standing in the middle of the Great Kingdom Across the Sea. I plan on reading the books over and over again. I loved the series so much!”
–Ethan, an avid reader
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Sir Dalton is a knight of Arrethtree in training, but lacks the heart and passion of his peers. When the Shadow Warrior Sir Prox captures Sir Dalton, he locks him away in a prison no one escapes from. He plans to break Sir Dalton into disavowing the Word, the Prince and the King and when he succeeds he will have another loyal member added to his shadowy minion. Sir Dalton does the impossible as he breaks out. He meets Master Sejus who explains to him about the Code, the King and the Prince until the young knight in training feels the passion in his heart and becomes one of their most loyal supporters. He knows he must challenge Sir Prox in order to liberate the prisoners as he now believes hecan win with the Prince in his soul.
This allegory of good vs. evil is a strong tale that young adult readers and many of us older in the audience will appreciate and understand the symbolic religious significance. Sir Dalton is a doubting Thomas until his escape from the demonic shadow warrior and encounter with a true believer. He finally accepts on faith the Word and is willing to test his belief in battle. Though somewhat similar in tone to the sagas of Sir Bentley and Sir Holbrook, fans will enjoy this engaging parable.
This was the third book in the Knights of Arrethtrae series and was as engaging as the first two. I liked how Chuck Black started the book off at the middle of the story and then did a flashback. This technique worked really well by grabbing my interest right off the bat. The theme of the book was helpful and thought provoking. When I was younger, I remember having problems with what the theme addresses and really wish I had read this book then. I also like the mysterious mountain hermit that helps Sir Dalton. I would recommend this book to teens and older kids who have trouble with doubt in their lives. I know this book will encourage and teach you to be a stronger Christian.
This book is the third in THE KNIGHTS OF ARRETHTRAE series, which follows the KINGDOM'S DAWN series. The first series is an allegorical journey spanning Genesis to Revelation (or so I hear). And the second series follows individual knights and struggles. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart centers on doubt, and how it cripples Dalton in his most dire battles.
I loved the spiritual tone of this book. Such a beautiful allegory ... such a grand fantasy world, filled with impacting adventures. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart is the first book I've read by Chuck Black, but I'm so excited to read about all the other knights and their stories! And also the KINGDOM'S DAWN series! As I mentioned above, my older brother and I both really liked this book, and my teen sisters and eleven-year-old brother are planning on reading it too. It's a meaningful Christian book for the family!
That being said, there are some violent/gruesome parts and dark scenes. I thought it was all pretty tastefully done, and drove the point home. But it'd definitely be a bit scary for younger children. So yes, I think 11+ is a good audience! *smiles*
The end of the book left me happy and satisfied to a certain extent, yet so wanting to get my hands on the next book and start Lady Carliss's journey! These characters have found their ways into my heart. ^_^
I don't know what else to say. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart was a quick but deep tale. I loved it! If you want a poignant and adventurous fantasy/allegorical story, then pick up these books. I highly recommend!
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This is also a gift, but knowing my grandson, he will just love it. Many thanksPublished 11 months ago by Annie
I especially loved this book because it really focused on the heart of someone who serves the Prince. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thought it was very good.
It taught me to trust in God to get over my fears.
I did not know what to expect from Chuck Black book. Biblical allegories are often lame and you get the feeling the author is trying too hard to make a point. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John3v36
Loved the overlap that occurs between Sir Dalton's and Lady Carlis's stories. Wonderful story for each! Best two series I have ever read!Published on May 1, 2014 by horse lover
My son started reading the Kingdom Series in 4th grade and has really loved this series even more. He finished the first 3 books in the series in 3 weeks. Read morePublished on January 20, 2014 by Gina Platt
My 15 year old son loves these books. He is reading at every opportunity and reports all the exciting details along the way. Read morePublished on January 10, 2014 by shawn stokes
This book is one of the best books that I have ever read. It is full of suspense and adventure. It really keeps you on your toes.Published on September 10, 2013 by emily
This is a great series to help discuss very important lessons in life. God is central in these series. Great for the family.Published on June 1, 2013 by Jack Skiles III