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The Lion Vrie (The White Lion Chronicles, Book 2) Paperback – June 15, 2007
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“[This is] for fantasy fans who enjoy “Narnia-style” adventures filled with new worlds, a host of unusual characters, invented dialects, and epic battles.” -Aspiring Retail “…a new and different realm, taking readers into places most imaginations have never even thought to enter.” -Fort Drum Blizzard, New York "...With this second book in "The White Lion Chronicles," Christopher Hopper should be considered a major contender when it comes to Christian fantasy. He has built a believable world that will hold it's own against Narnia and Middle Earth. Hopper's rich blend of intrigue and subtle nuances will bring the reader into a lavish world filled with vivid images. Christopher Hopper is a good storyteller. A good image maker and a writer who strongly believes in what he writes. All good qualities one would expect. This is a grand tale, a spectacular saga that will capture the hearts of readers for years to come. Expect more great things out of Christopher Hopper, I am." -Yellow30scifi.com
"If the legend of King Arthur were ever to meet with Lord of the Rings then the title would be Rise of The Dibor. This is a cataclysmic page turner of eternal proportions; an ancient tale of good versus evil that becomes a story for our present age. If you like your villains really wicked and your heroes truly valiant then this is the book for you―a gripping allegory for all ages." -Graham P. Taylor; New York Times best selling author of Shadowmancer, Wormwood, and Tersias “Christopher Hopper has tapped into the spirit of J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis to bring a parable of life vs. death. How insidious the deception! Rise of The Dibor reveals that the enemy is “like” a lion but ultimately toothless when faced by the White Lion of Truth.” -Scott Ross; Host/Producer of CBN’s “700 Club”
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The White Lion Chronicles is definitely intense. I read through the last third of the book pretty quickly, encouraged to read more by the great action.
One strange thing about Christopher Hopper's writing style is that he sometimes ends a chapter with a great revelation, and then begins the next chapter as if it never happened. However, it does get talked over after a time. Also, his style is to write with more detail and explanations, which can make for a slower pace at times; but still create a deep and moving book!
I loved the whole scene of Luik asking for a certain young woman's hand in marriage! It was so sweet and deeply profound. A wonderful message displayed there! Also, always enjoy the dolphin parts!! Those scenes, island, dolphins and all, captivate me.
I'm really excited to see what happens in Athera's Dawn; how this all concludes. Thus far, its been pretty sad, so much death! Horrible battles! But still light, fun, and sweet moments in between. Also deep and thought-provoking moments. This series is getting more interesting. I only hope that the last book in this series ends happy with battles concluded--unlike the first two books!
Intense and emotional, gruesome yet beautiful.
If you can ignore the editor's shortcomings with the grammatical errors, you'll find the writing to be incredible as well. So basically, if you're a fan of epic fantasies, you're missing out, and if you're not, well, just make sure you've got three months to read it in. I'm eagerly awaiting book three: Athera's Dawn. I hear it's even longer.
Perhaps if I'd read Book 1 I'd enjoy it more, but there's way too much, "Hail, hail, the gang's all here", well into the book. Even without all the not-so-heart-touching reunions, I just can't make myself care about any of the characters, and the storytelling method jumps around in a manner which creates confusion rather than suspense. For example, one chapter ends with Luik finding a door ajar and walking into the shadows . . . Then the story moves to other matters and not until months (and pages, and assorted other adventures) later do we learn what he discovered behind the door. This kind of jumping around occurs far too often.
Luik himself, for all his goodness, sweetness, and righteousness, is a totally flat character. He doesn't develop. He changes a bit, but does not grow. I can't ever quite figure out his relationship with Anorra. She often seems more a sister than a beloved, though the author hints that I should see her as the latter.
Too much gets explained that doesn't need explanation, and then the reverse is also true: things that need more explanation are left hanging.
The book often echoes both Tolkien and the Narnia chhronicles, but clumsily, and the long quotations or reiterations of Bible passages do not progress the story line. Even the Great, Almighty God seems disembodied and without much character. Beautiful and compassionate, we're told, yet vague and remote.
I feel sorry for the dwarves, who seem more like drudgung slaves than divinely appointed servants, and I have few feelings at sll about the other kings or warriors. The athor keeps telling me what I should feel, without causing me to feel it.
The book does have some passages of great beauty, like some of the nature descriptions and the Tree of Life. And the playing in the snow, while totally irrelevant to anything, does sound like fun.
All in all, I can't recommend this book. It won't attract non-believers, and it contains too little to encourage believers. I feel very disappointed.
Hopper seemed to have much potential for a good style. There were frequent well-constructed phrases and clever metaphors, but the story was bogged down with many, many typographical errors and frequent confusing sentences.
Plot-wise, there were pros and cons. As I stated before, it took me a long time to get drawn into the book; it was nearly the end before I was truly enjoying it. In many ways the plot or characters were annoyingly predictable, but there were a few unique, dramatic moments, moods, and ideas. The ending was unexpected and very intense. I enjoyed this book more than its prequel and I eagerly await the series' final book, Athera's Dawn.