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Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest by Chuck Black

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Cover art: Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest Reviewer: Robyn Roberts
Title: Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest - 6th in the Knights of Arrethtrae series
Author: Chuck Black
Publisher: Multnomah
ISBN-13: 978-1-60142-128-9
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: YA Inspirational Fantasy
Publisherís Age/Grade Recommendation: 12 and up
OUARís Age/Grade Recommendation: 10-16
Year/Setting: Kingdom of Arrethtrae, where Knights are still found
Overall Rating: 5.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal
Chuck's Website/Blog: www.arrethtrae.com


Sir Rowan is a young knight of the Prince when we first meet him. While training, he soon realizes he is one of the best sword fighters around. Coming from a background of poverty, lack and being from the wrong side of the tracks. He has always felt inferior, but sees his opportunity for greatness. He becomes a tournament fighter and is renown as the greatest fighter in the vicinity. This winning causes a lot of pride and the tournaments become a stumbling block for following the Prince. It always seems like there's one more fight before he can focus on the Prince and his work. When a major event occurs in his life, he finds himself helpless for the first time ever. Will he begin to see the Prince working in his life and follow Him? And when he meets Lijah, he's not sure what to think of this man who claims they need to work together. Who is right? What will become of the two of them?

I thought this book was going to be all about pride, but I was amazed at how well Chuck Black was able to translate the end times stories from the Bible into an easy to understand format using allegories. I really don't want to spoil more of the plot than I already have, but the end time events that have been fairly difficult for me to grasp as an adult were certainly very clear in the story. And the author notes at the end that it's one interpretation, but even if the exact events aren't true, we get a true glimpse of what the Bible is referring to.

I didnít really like Sir Rowan throughout much of the book, which was disconcerting at first. It turned out to be ok that I didnít like him until he could learn to change and be a better person. When his transformation began, I was skeptical if it would last, but he proved himself to be worthy and shows the power of redeeming love. The story went a totally different direction than I had expected and I couldnít believe what a powerful message the story had on me. I truly think this book should be read by anyone who has any questions about what Revelation says or what the end times might be like. While this book ends the Knights of Arrethtrae series, the story isnít completed just yet. It dovetails into the next book in Chuck Blackís Kingdom Series. Iím looking forward to reading that book as well.

Robyn

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