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Once We Were Kings: Book I of the Sojourner Saga Hardcover – Illustrated, March 1, 2011
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- Winner of the 2012 International Book Award
- Award-Winning Finalist in the SciFi/Fantasy category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards
- Award-Winning Finalist in the Young Adult Fiction category of The USA "Best Books 2011" Awards
- Award Winner in the 2011 Forward National Literature Awards in the Teen/Young Adult category
"...an unforgettable journey like no other.
"...amazing imagery, emotion and distinctiveness like none other I had ever read before."
"A true classic in the making." --Cafe of Dreams Book Reviews
"Joshua Graham transitions from suspense to the fantasy as Ian Alexander with flying colors."
"invokes awe in the reader that I've only felt with J.R.R. Tolkien, David Eddings and before them both, C.S. Lewis."
--The Top Shelf
"...right out of the Golden Age of fantasy..."
"...page-turning epic fantasy..."
"...elements of Tolkien..the Belgariad, the 'Adept' trilogy by Piers Anthony, and C.S. Lewis." --Michael Bellomo, Amazon Bestselling Author
"...parallels some of our own socio-political climates, in regards to terrorism, racial and cultural biases, religious biases..."
"...many pleasant surprises..."
"...You won't be disappointed." --Rhodes Review
"...sets new standards for epic fantasy."
"... a true master of the written word."
"...leaves the reader breathless and wanting more.
--Susan Wingate, author of DROWNING and the award-winning BOBBY'S DINER series
- Hardcover : 490 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0984452613
- ISBN-13 : 978-0984452613
- Item Weight : 1.92 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 1.25 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Dawn Treader Press; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2011)
- Language: : English
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If you're a fan of Tolkien, you'll see elements of the Silmarillion in the world's origins, even in the entire plot - I could make ties between Feanor's quest for the Silmarils and his acts against Melkor, but do not be dismayed, this is in and of itself an original story..
Of course, you could go beyond the LotR allusions to the ideas of Origins and Fall that even Tolkien hinted at - The great creator and his world-creation. A powerful creation of the creator rebelling, seeking power and rulership over the world.
Now, I haven't finished the book yet, but I would be pleasantly delighted to see elements of a self-sacrifice involved in the completion of the story itself.
Strong recommendation from a fan of Tolkien, Kay, Rothfuss, Sanderson, Donaldson, Jordan, Lewis, and many other great fantasy authors.
One of my pet peeves is Christians who use King James English to express current religious thought. King James English was a version of English that was current for a specific time in history. God, Himself, did not speak King James English, when He inspired the various authors of the Bible. The Koine Greek of the New Testament was the common, current language of the civilized world when it became the language of the New Testament.
My beef is that, to many people, Christianity seems ancient, out of date, and therefore irrelevant when we insist on using King James English to convey our concept of God. God’s Word is living and powerful and sharp as a sword. It was never couched in an antique, “reverent,” language. Although its message may always not be palatable to us, our translations should reflect its freshness and relevance to all types of people in our culture.
Otherwise, a great book. I could see teens identifying with the heroes and heroine of the book, who are teens.