Beyond the Summerland (Binding of the Blade #1)
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Beyond the Summerland (Binding of the Blade #1)

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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...more
Paperback, 593 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by P & R Press (first published May 25th 2004)
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Magma
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...more
Amelia
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.
whitney
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. :\
Kiersten
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
Jarvis "Mclovin"
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David
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...more
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
Kim
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
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Steve Hemmeke
Intriguing.

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...more
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
Mary
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Laure
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.

A...more
Summer
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...more
MarsianMan
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...more
Lydia Shellenbarger
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Bekah
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
Jordan
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
Bradley
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
Reb
Excellent!
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.
Sarah
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Jesslyn
This is my 2nd read of the series and I'm really (really) hoping that the last book gets published in a Kindle version soon.

This is great Christian Fantasy, but like most I've read, doesn't really deal with God in our world. Concepts associated with religious beliefs are a large part of the book, but not preachy.

My only criticism of the book is that the author doesn't do well with the romance in the books, at worst they seem forced, at best awkward.
Symon
Christian Fantasy fiction at its best! 'Beyond the Summerland' is the first book in a 5 book epic called 'Binding Of The Blade'. First half was just a tad slow, but very understandable as the foundation of the series needed to be laid. The second book 'Bringer Of Storms' is said to be better than Summerland. The books look like 'teen fiction' (the covers don't do them any justice), but don't be fooled... this is no cuddly Aslan story.
Ruth
I loved it to the beats!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! it was so wonderful I loved it so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love, love, love, love, love, love, love!
Elijah7
This book is a great read and make you not want to put it down. It has a fantasy setting, awesome graphic bloody battles, and a great message. This series rivals the Ranger's Apprentice series in suspence, battles, and mysteries, pretty soon you will say "ok, next book!" Unfortunly it is very hard to find, and you might not find it at your local library, but you might..... If you can find this series it will be worth it!
Julie
Mar 12, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Christian fantasy lovers
This was an awesome book and apparently the beginning of a series that is not to be missed. Others have compared this book to the Narnia books and to the Lord of the Rings books and I have to agree. I can't wait to read the next book.
Zarakoda
This was not a favorite novel, fairly predictable and customary in plot. There were some unique ideas incorporated into the series, such as the use of visions and the sight of the falcons. Still, what I found most memorable was, strangely enough, the last few pages of the book. I have yet to read the other books in Graham's series.
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