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Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King #1)

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  2,632 ratings  ·  186 reviews
This fantasy series follows one man's quest for truth in an unforgettable and extraordinary world. Legends of the Guardian King, Book 1.
ebook, 458 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (first published June 1st 2003)
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Beanbag Love
I guess this is a 3.5 for me. I found myself very annoyed at a couple of the main characters and, while I knew their TSTL impulsiveness/stubbornness was necessary for the arc of the story it went on through 90% of the book. A bit much.

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
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The story is compelling, the characters engaging, the plot continually twisting and turning, both physically and emotionally. I had a hard time putting this one down. The tale seems to flow almost effortlessly, each plot point encouraging the reader to discover the next. And I say 'almost' because there are some minor bumps in the road: grammatical errors, word repetition… Thankfully, these are few. There is one character, Katahn, who doesn ...more
Gillian Bronte Adams
This book had me a bit confused at first. I couldn't tell where the author was going with certain elements of the plot ... which was actually refreshing, since a lot of the time I can figure things out before they're revealed! It didn't take me long to be completely hooked by the storyline and by the characters. It's a fascinating fantasy with an intriguing storyworld, so I'm definitely planning on picking up the next book in the series!
Timothy Ward
Karen Hancock has made a significant contribution to the genre of Christian Fantasy with her novel, Light of Eidon. Her allegories are illuminating, accurate to biblical truth and very creative. I enjoyed her characters and how they came from so many viewpoints; they were all true to themselves and left a lasting impression. Her crisp prose never settled for boring description and in doing so kept this world alive. I was glad that she kept me guessing, and even more at how many times I guessed w ...more
As a big fan of Christian fantasy, this book was pleasantly surprising. It's definitely not the YA high-action, low-dialogue fantasy that I was expecting. It's actually a lot deeper and meant for an older audience.

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

I had a hard time caring about the main character. It's clear that his Ben Hur story arc and his macho transformation are supposed to be the stuff of epic page turners, but the guy is just really, really bland. The book climaxes with the epiphany that his greatest obstacle is pride and self-reliance and that everything he's accomplished is actually his deity acting through him; the character's own actions only ever get in the way. I doubt it was the intention, but this plot point turns the clich ...more
Rachel Thompson
I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.

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
Lisa Marie
At first, although I was drawn into the story unfolding as Abramm prepares for his vows and the conflict that is approaching, I was confused. New terminology, relating to the complexities of the faith systems introduced to us and of the different cultures mentioned. I felt like I'd jumped headfirst into a new world, smiling and nodding, without really knowing what people were talking about. I settled into understanding after a while and the book started getting really interesting.

The author's d
I was about a third of the way into this one before I decided it was a pseudo-Christian allegory; I realize now that that was the whole point, but if you start out thinking you're just in for some basic run-of-the-mill fantasy, it'll be a kind of surprise. Change a few proper nouns and some minor details, and you've got yourself a world beset by evil where Christian faith is all but outlawed but is really the only right answer. The main difference between being a Terstan and being a Christian is ...more
I had to get past my frustration with the main character. I understand Karen Hancock may have wanted to show his struggle to the way of the Light. However, it was irritating to read the thoughts of the character as he came off as a prideful idiot. Even when it was obvious, he kept sticking his head in the sand. Now this would have been fine if it had only lasted about 10 - 20% of the book. No, this lasted for about 75 - 80% of the book. And the main character's sister was just as bad. Neither we ...more
K.M. Weiland
I honestly didn't go into this book with high expectations. I basically quit reading "faith-based" fiction years ago because I always ended up being disappointed. This one surprised me though. After a slow and occasionally rambling start, it presents a magnificent fantasy world, decent characters, and one of the best conversion scenes I've ever read. Hancock dips and darts around in her lengthy timeline, smoothly sailing over bobbles that would have tripped up most authors. I have to commend her ...more
A decent, if predictable, adventure story. There was definitely a strong 'been there, read that' factor throughout the book which led to the predictability. My biggest complaint though is that the religious overtones and parallels to Christianity are as subtle as a nuclear explosion. I like nice, subtle religous parallel or overtone that makes one think and re-think and dig deep. What I don't like (and what this book delivered) were religous parallels that were weilded like a sledgehammer and co ...more
Prince Abramm Kalladorne has relinquish any claim to the Kiriathian crown as he’s chosen to follow a high call. But it would seem those forces of the high powers have other plans for young Abramm before he can take his vows in the holy order of the Mataio. He’s kidnaped and sold into slavery by his own brother, not to mention the duplicity of the very high priests of Abramm’s order. Accompanied into slavery with the captain of the king’s guard, Abramm survives his captivity under the banner of t ...more
I read this in high school and remember it being awesome, I definitely have to find it and read it again.
I'm just not a fan of splicing straight Christian theology into a magic-ridden universe.
Kathryn Lang
I truly appreciated the way that Karen Hancock crafted her story to reflect the Scripture. The characters were real to me and made me want to join them on their journey.

I confess that I originally purchased the book in the hopes of getting something more "good, positive and uplifting" for my older boys (both avid readers). I fell in love with the storyline myself and the other books will be purchased for my own benefit . . . although they can still read those as well.

I recommend this to those t
Roger Royer
I was a little worried when I saw that this book was tagged as a religious fantasy because most of the books that fall into that area tend to be overly symbolic and not very faith based. This book is nothing like that. Not only is the story very well thought out and planned to a decent point to end the first book it also has some of the best character development I have seen in a fantasy setting in a long time. The action is well written and the settings are not only unique but well described th ...more
Brittany Fichter
The first in the Legends of the Guardian King series, this book almost felt like a slow start, and yet, I just couldn't put it down. I tried to ignore it, but only lasted half a day before reading the entire free sample from NOOK. Although I had to work the next day, I had the book read in two days. It was one of the best page turners I've ever picked up.

Karen Hancock's characters are deep in that they're constantly at war within themselves, constantly changing. When their core beliefs about thi
I was in the mood for fantasy. Classic fantasy- unique worlds, peoples, and languages thrown in with a little bit of magic, some violence, and the age-old conflict of good vs evil.

Not being too terribly experienced in this area, and having already loved Karen Hancock's Arena, I was pretty optimistic not only about discovering this book but learning that it was part of a series.
I read the book, and it was really good. It was. But there were a couple of things that turned me off.

The first was eve
This book was free one day when I was perusing the books in the Kobo bookshop, and I recognized the author's name (she's somewhat big in the circles my mom is part of) so I downloaded it. Now I'm going to have to buy the rest of the books in the series.

Hancock has a well-developed world here. There are a few different cultures and while there are parallels with some of our own cultures, they are different from each other and I didn't feel that there was any treatment of the cultures that was dis
'Light of Eidon' is a fantasy novel filled with magic, mystery and suspense. It also happens to be a Christian novel which I didn't know when I started reading it and I'll get more into that in a few.
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
I read this book based on the recommendation of Goodreads and I am glad I did. I know better than to judge a book by it's cover, but I hate the cover and based on the cover I thought this might be very juvenile. That it is not. It was an exciting adventure that I am glad that I went on. Some writers either give too much of a description of people or places and others seem to write mainly dialog. Karen Hancock does a great job in this area. I had vivid descriptions swirling in my head especially ...more
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Jun 02, 2011 Em rated it 3 of 5 stars
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I have to admit, I liked the book. In some ways, the religious overtones in the book were much stronger than in most books with a Christian theme, and in some ways they were much weaker. They're constantly talking about converting, and the nature of their god, and things like that, throughout the book, but it's their god, and their religion, which are very different from Christianity and God. Christians don't have gold shields magically appear over their hearts, can't do magic, and don't go craz ...more
Dana Rongione
Abramm has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably separate him from the life he was born to—as Abramm Kalladorne, fifth son of the king of Kiriath, he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his own family.

Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator.
CJ Bowen
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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.
Apr 23, 2013 Mercedes-Benz rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Mercedes-Benz by: Amazon
My Thoughts

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
This is one of those books I read because the kindle version was cheap or free. It's a great story, and while I picked up on the obvious parallels the worlds religion has with christianity, I didn't realize till after the second book that this was considered "christian fantasy". I didn't know such a thing existed, it seems like a contradiction in terms...weren't the christians the ones gathering their pitch forks and screaming for Harry Potter to burn at the stake? Ok, ok, I know it's not really ...more
D.M. Dutcher
A christian fantasy with unlikable characters and a fair amount of genre twisting and tweaking.

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
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