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Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart by Chuck Black


Cover art:A Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart - 3rd in the Knights of Arrethtrae series
Author: Chuck Black
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN-13: 978-1-60142-126-5
Release Date: May 2009
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational Fantasy
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 10-16
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: Ages 10-16
Year/Setting: Arrethtrae, where Knights are still found
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Chucks's Website: www.perfect-praise.com

Sir Dalton is a knight in training who seems to be everything a knight should ever be. However, he hides doubts in his heart and manages to push the doubts aside when a new trainer comes to his camp. As he moves higher as a knight, he becomes more infatuated with the beautiful Lady Brynn. Sir Dalton hopes to wed her after his first adventures.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, Lord Drox, a Shadow Warrior, captures him. Lord Drox is capturing knights who are not fully committed to the Prince and working to get them to renounce the Prince. Dalton knows he must escape before his mind is poisoned against the Prince. In a daring escape, he finds himself in the fight for his own life. Can anyone save him? What will become of the Knights of the Prince? Will Dalton live long enough to see Lady Brynn one more time? Only the Prince and the King know.

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart is a book everyone should read. Itís a timeless book for young readers as well as mature readers. Doubt can be the biggest stumbling block that a person faces. This story is a wonderful look into the ways to keep doubt from taking over your life. Told in a classic style with knights and battles with swords, it is engaging and captivates the readerís imagination.

Sir Dalton faces problems we could never imagine. Yet, many of the solutions are ones available to us today. I loved Dalton and his friends. I really felt like Dalton was a member of my family By far, this book captured my heart more than the previous stories in this series. Sir Dalton is so close to me and his thoughts mirror my own, I wept as he found his way back to the Knights of the Prince!


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