The Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King #1)
Eldrin is a royal heir way down the succession line, and has chosen to enter the Eidonnite priesthood. It's his coming of age when we find out the royal situation is nowhere as stable as he thought, nor the Eidonnite religion, nor even the love his family has for him. Life is about to get very bad for Eldrin, but maybe there's a light at the end of the tunnel in the revelation of a true faith he can be...more
Particularly Carissa, the hero's sister. I kept hoping she would meet her doom and she just never did. But then her utter ineptitude and arrogance pretty much created every obstacle poor Abramm and Trap had to overcome so I see the point of her existence, but she r...more
The main character, Eldrin (renamed Abramm later on), is the fifth son of the king of Kiriath. As a child, he didn't excel in fencing, like his younger brother Gillard, because his love was in religion and history. He joined the religious group known as the Matatio at a young age, giv...more
The author's d...more
What I found in the story was a compelling tale of redemption an...more
The plot of Light of Eidon by Karen Hancock keeps the reader turning pages, but lacks originality. It's a typical allegory, with the lines between black and white stark for the reader, but often blurred for Abramm.
Brother Eldrin is ready to make the final journey towards becoming a guardian in the Mataio. But trouble is brewing in his country. Eldrin, formerly prince Abramm, is fifth in line to inherit the Kiriathan throne. Or he was....more
This is a wonderful book that maintained my interest all the way through. It has everything you could want: action, romance, political intrigue. I was a bit shocked and a little upset to find that this book is considered to have heavy Christian overtones. This is a fantasy book, and many fantasy characters believe in a god or gods, so I guess that's why it was more palatable to me than a strictly Christian book. The religious aspects of it did...more
Beyond that, this book stands on it...more
A young prince with no knack for battle joins a religious order since he's unlikely to ever see the throne. Years pass, and just before he takes his final vows he discovers that the order has been killing off the line of succession and expects him to be their puppet king. He escapes, but is then betrayed by his f...more
It was actually better than I had expected. It was pretty slow in the beginning and I almost put it down after 80 pages or so. I ended up liking the story, but I really loved the religious overtones. The author found a way to stick basic christianity into a fantasy novel...and I liked it! That's surprising mostly because I HATE reading churchy stuff when I'm not expecting it. I know that sounds stupid, but it's true. I can't tell you how many times I've been blind-sided by born again Ch...more
The story centers around Abramm Kalladorne who is banished from his country by his brother, the king, and ends up sold into slavery. From there he becomes a gladiator known as the White Pretender and ultimately ends up battling the ultimate evil. As his life unfolds his faith, and what he believes i...more
Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator....more
I've found it to be enjoyable, thus far, and am nearly three-quarters of the way through it. So enjoyable, in fact, that it bumped the WW2 novel I had started previously.
It's the first book in a a series by the author, and unless my enjoyment drastically changes, I imagine I'll pony up for the remaining three books.
Added after completing:
Yes, I will most assuredly finish the series, once I work...more
Wow. Intense read. I had a hard time putting it down.
Parts of this book reminded me of the TV show "24" because there was so much action (although not in 24 hours) and it was hard to tell who the good guys & bad guys were! Completely different genre though. The genre is Christian Fantasy. There's a God "Eidon" and a Savior "Tersius" that parallel Christian beliefs. This book is about Prince Abramm's search for Eidon and how he comes to recogniz...more
I remember I was fourteen when I first saw this book but at the time I hadn’t gotten around to reading it and honestly I’m glad I waited.
The beginning of the novel had me confused. I was confused for the first four chapters. I knew what was going on but could make no sense of it all. The terms and religious sects were difficult to comprehend without an explanation of who were the good guys and who were the bad guys. Truth was hard to separate from the lies and I felt extremely lost. I...more