Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King #1)
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
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
The author's d ...more
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 ...more
Karen Hancock's characters are deep in that they're constantly at war within themselves, constantly changing. When their core beliefs about thi ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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
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
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
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
I thought the characters (particularly the point of view characters) fell a bit flat; I read because the plot dragged me along, not so much because I cared what happened to them. Seems to be racist ag ...more
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