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Beyond the Summerland (Binding of the Blade #1)

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  1,028 ratings  ·  60 reviews
Joraiem and the young Novaana train in the Summerland to rule Kirthanin and to defend it against the evil schemes of Malek.

The Binding of the Blade is an original fantasy series based in part on prophecy from the book of Isaiah. Book 1, Beyond the Summerland, is where the adventure begins for a band of young Novaana, eager to serve and rule the four regions of the world of
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Published June 1st 2004 by P & R Publishing (first published May 25th 2004)
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Dec 17, 2007 Magma rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: LoTR/Narnia/fantasy fans
It's a wonderful book.
when I first tried to read it I wasn't feeling well and couldn't finish the prologue...
...but when I picked it up again I finished the end of the prologue and it really started to pick up after the prologue.

A warning is there is alot of foreshadowing in the book and it all becomes clear in the last 5-10 pages.
You might hate the very ending....I was sad for the whole next day, but I bought books2&3 and read them and I can tell you that what happened at the end of book1
Sep 25, 2008 Amelia rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone
Recommended to Amelia by: Sariah Bunker
If you get into fantasy, pick this one up and begin the journey of the Binding of the Blade. My sister Sariah got me into this series and I just finished the fifth and final book in the series.
It is written by a Christian author and is the best thing since the Chronicles of Narnia. I love that it isn't sorcery, but the people believe in one God. It is gripping once you get past the slow prologue (so just skim that if you have to and go back later for the info). Definetly recommend.
That surprise at the ending...just wasn't my kind of surprise. Pooey. But probably it's really a good book - my brothers seem to like it...for some reason. :\
Excellent. I've read the entire series twice over and this is still my favorite of the five novels. It packs an intricate storyline and brilliant, solidly developed characters. Graham really does a good job of developing the setting, too—it has a very broad, epic feel. And talk about a shocking ending to the first book! Although it frustrated me emotionally, and a little disappointment lingered throughout the following books, I think it made for a good plot device to compel the reader to finish ...more
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Jarvis "Mclovin"
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The Prologue - in the nature of a prequel ages prior to the main story - was confusing, especially since the end of the prequel is given first and it is hard to tell when the author is jumping back and forth in time.

However, the main part of the story was much more engaging. The character's are mostly young people (say 16 to 21?) which which would probably define the target audience, however it would be good for adults who want a clean and positive fantasy story. There are also dragons, bears, a
Camilla Sofia
"Beyond the Summerland" is a work of beauty and innovation. L.B. Graham's strength is his characters, who are real and flawed and live and breathe and are multi-faceted. But Graham's world never seems to link with his character: he seems to be imitating Tolkien's Middle Earth but filling it with characters that act and speak like modern Americans. One other beef I had was that I constantly had to refer to his pronunciation guide to pronounce his characters' bizarre names (Benjiah? Joraiem? Pedra ...more
Oops! This is NOT the book I was supposed to read for the Mana book club. That was Summerland by Chabon. No wonder it wasn't the light hearted story I had expected when Kit talked about it. My bad!

This was quite violent, too boring for the first 250 pages, and a tiny bit more interesting the last 500 pages. Nevermind the ending rather much sucked. And it's supposed to be a trilogy? I won't be reading further.
Denae Christine
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I enjoyed this one. Good pacing as it never got boring. A few different viewpoints that were switched between. A high adventure, with moderate depth. The lead-in mini chapter seems adequate for setting some of the stage of ancient history, but it was rather a disconcerting jump to find that it had been a _long_ time in the past, with not much reason given for the "close-up".

The only thing that somewhat got to me , and I consider this barely more than nit-picking, is what I would call "the ivory
Steve Hemmeke

Written for middle school age from a Christian worldview, Graham mimics Tolkien in creating a fantasy world. Unity among men and other races against the bad guy is essential to victory.

This is the first of five, and I've only read this one, yet. They are lengthy and a bit wordy. Universe creation, character development, and plot motion are tricky to pull off all at once, and Graham leans toward the second. This creates the needed suspense of plot action, but there isn't much hinting a
Aaron Kline
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Wayne S.
Twenty two year old Joraiem Andira lives with his father Monias, mother Elsora, seventeen year old sister Kyril, and twelve year old brother Brenim near the village of Dal Harat in Suthanin, one of the four regions of Kirthanin. Kirthanin had been created by Allfather and was originally ruled over by the twelve Titans, but one of them named Malek rebelled and fled to the Forbidden Isle. The Novaana are the noble families of Kirthanin who oppose him. Twice Malek has tried to conquer Kirthanin, an ...more
Bob Hayton
Faerie tales and adventure stories have long held our imagination. Tales of far off lands with exotic beauty, of hair-raising dangers and evil warlords, of bravery and skill in the face of overwhelming odds -- such tales awaken our spiritual thirst for meaning and fulfillment in life. We've been blessed with fantasy authors steeped in a Christian worldview, great men such as J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis have bequeathed a rich heritage of inspiring tales that Christians can embrace. Others have ...more
The Binding of the Blade series consists of five books and delivers a complex story set in a vivid fantasy world. Not only that, all five novels have already been published, so they can all be read with hardly a breath or potty break. This obsessive reading is certainly not required (or recommended), but to have the option is bliss. I read all the novels of the series one after the other: Beyond the Summerland, Bringer of Storms, Shadow in the Deep, Father of Dragons, and All My Holy Mountain.

I thought this book was great! It was kind of like an old timey feel, not a lot of technology which i like in a fantasy book.
Joraiem was a good main character although i felt like he could fall in love with anyone, very suddenly but i get as a fellow writer (obviously not a famous one though) that it is sometimes hard to build romance.
He spent half his time avoiding you-know-who (people that have read) just to all of a sudden realize that he loves her?? Confusing. Anyway good plot and good fig
The story of a young man's (Jorieam) journey to Summerland where the youths are supposed to attend a gathering that occurs every 7 years. It is to create a bond and trust between his people that transcends boundaries.

On the way he runs into a prophet, Valzaan, who hints to him that he might also be a prophet. The gathering gets side tracked as their are forced to go investigate the works of a dark and terrible enemy.

I had trouble with getting into this book until I skipped the prologue which is
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This book is amazing! It is a wonderful read! The ending is shocking but please read the next book in the series because it explains the ending! I am so glad I read the next book instead of giving up.
4.5 stars. A powerful story that doubtlessly sets the stage for the rest of the series. I really enjoyed it. L. B. Graham is doubtlessly a master story teller, and the way he managed to weave the personal struggles alongside the epic struggle captivated me. There's also a host of wonderful characters that are flawed, lovable, realistic, and absolutely intriguing. My only less than positive comment is, though it was never a complete bore, being the first installment in a series, the story did dra ...more
Cathrine Bonham
Epic! This is a true epic fantasy. Like Eragon and The Lord of the Rings, much of the story is Character development and World building but you don't notice because there is always something happening.

Joraiem is one of the Novanna. Every seven years the new adults of their race meet in the Summerland to essentially learn how to be Novanna. The first half of the book is Joraiem traveling to the Summerland. He meets new friends ect. . .

Even if it feels slow stick it out because when you get to t
This book was very different from most. First of all, we go through the story no matter what happens. The author didn't skip over parts that most authors would skip over- it gave us nearly every detail of their journey. If they took a shower, we knew about it. Ok, I'm overexaggerating... but still, it was a little like this. That contributed to the story though, it was interesting reading a story done like that. And the story itself was sort of predictable- but then the end was still a shock. I ...more
I've read this series twice and couldn't wait to download. A series I can recommend to anyone who enjoys fantasy.
A slow crawl of a series. The mystery of the "sear" who appears in every book is not resolved until book 5. Really this could have been 2 books. A back story is told slowly, snippets here and there, based on a passing reference in Isaiah: 11:9 and 56:11. Not really believable. A prophecy is to be fulfilled. There is no real transformation of characters. Our hero who is extremely good, dies in the first book. The descriptions of the characters and their surroundings are not that captivating. All ...more
Mary Lara
Good fantasy but sometimes hard to follow
Adam Thompson
Binding Of The Blade is my favorite fantasy series. Yes, I like this series even more than CS Lewis or Tolkien.

The characters are good and the action exciting, but what I love most is the rich, beautiful Christian allegory.

Beyond the Summerland is an excellent start to this series. By the end, I wanted to be Joraiem, I wanted to marry Wylla, and I definitely wanted to visit Sulare. Although the last few pages will make you hate the author, it's a integral setup for the rest of the series.
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