Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione — "The Knights of Arrethtrae" Series
Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black has been reviewed by Focus on the Family’s marriage and parenting magazine. It is the first book in "The Knights of Arrethrae" series.
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Sir Kendrick and Sir Duncan (Kendrick's trainee) serve the King and his son, the Prince. When they discover evil Lord Ra is luring young people into his service, they travel to Ra's castle in the town of Bel Lione. Ra's warriors capture Duncan before the knights have time to formulate a plan, and Kendrick must seek the help of Landor, a former knight of Ra, to learn how to rescue Duncan from Ra's fortress. Landor and Kendrick help Duncan escape. Still concerned for the youths that Ra is deceiving and the prisoners he has stashed in dungeons below the castle, the knights fight against and eventually conquer Ra in the name of the King and the Prince.
This book is set up as a Christian allegory in that the characters mirror biblical people: Ra is similar to Satan, the King and the Prince represent God and Christ, and Kendrick resembles the apostle Paul, who shuns his past to follow Christ. Kendrick and Duncan often talk about the King's power, and Kendrick sees a change in Landor as Landor learns more about the Prince. The battles fought against Ra demonstrate the clashes Christians experience today between good and evil in the spiritual realm.
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Enemy guards wound Kendrick's horse, and blood wolves, which are Ra's guard animals, attack Kendrick. Readers will also find several bloody battle scenes.
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