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Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King, Book 1) Paperback – July 1, 2003
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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.Read more ›
My problems with it are much different. I got this book (the Kindle version) specifically because it is supposed to be Christian fantasy. My son loves fantasy, we love Christ, so I read the book to see if it would be interesting and appropriate for him. Boy, am I glad I didn't just hand it to him!
The first section that put me off was when the main character Eldrin prays to God (called Eidon in the book's world), "Please. Touch me with your goodness." In my Bible God says that when we seek him we will find him. This is what happens in this book:
"Gooseflesh prickled the back of his neck, and he squirmed, feeling suddenly, horribly like a fly in a spider's web, about to be cocooned in silk. Coldness seeped into his skin. He gritted his teeth as the ethereal embrace tightened. Rising fear and revulsion banged his heart against his chest, rapid-fire beats that powered the blood into throat and temples. His breath quickened; his hands clenched the railing.
"Then he flinched, crying out as a cold tongue of inhuman awareness slid into his soul, and terrified aversion erupted like molten rock.
"The tendril withdrew as swiftly as it had entered and the cold pressure on his skin vanished with it, leaving him sick and shuddering. Head swimming, he sagged forward, bracing his brow against the rail as he gasped back his breath and fought the rising gorge in his throat.
"Gradually his pulse slowed and the nausea in his gut subsided."
SERIOUSLY??Read more ›
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.
I was most disturbed by the sexual content in the book. When the characters regretted it later, it seemed forced and not a natural change of heart, like it had been imposed on the story. I just wasn't buying that part of the story.
This was just not my thing. I don't think I'll be reading the rest of the series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Describes the journey through our world to Him! I can not wait to read the other books in this series!Published 1 month ago by Glenna Davis
I read the first book in the series because it was free. Then I had to read the remaining 3 books. I couldn't put them down. I read all four books in just over two weeks. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Diana Hermann
I read this book for the first time last year, and was enthralled from the first page. I was deeply impressed by Karen Hancock's world building skills, and her character and it... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Sheila R. Cone
A friend suggested this series and after the first I gobbled them up. The characters are well fleshed out, interesting and their struggles are genuine. Plot moves along. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. Applebee
I tried to overlook the violence (lots of it), but had to quit reading when, about halfway through the novel, the "hero" has out-of-wedlock sex. Read morePublished 2 months ago by JeremyCJ
This series is one of my favourite and I've read it twice - very engaging.Published 3 months ago by Matthew
I was under the impression this was a Christian YA book. So I unwittingly passed it on to my teenage son. (I read all non-Christian books before my kids. Read morePublished 6 months ago by B. Lasater
I hate to be harsh on any book or any author, but I'm afraid I must be honest. The book is, frankly, a so-so attempt at allegory accompanied by a story that is almost regretful. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer