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The Prince Warriors

(The Prince Warriors #1)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  1,336 ratings  ·  189 reviews
They heard a loud crack, and then a tree right next to them split open, its edges glowing red like embers from a roaring fire.

"Lightning!" Xavier said. They dodged out of the way as a blackened tree began to topple over, crashing to the ground in a shower of sparks. Evan felt his courage evaporate. If this was a dream, it was getting way too scary: the deadly lightning, th
Hardcover, 279 pages
Published April 27th 2016 by B&H Publishing Group
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Elizabeth Dragina
Nov 18, 2018 rated it liked it
This book (and series) is not my level . . . but I'm not it's intended audience. 😂

It's meh overall. Wonderful fantasy vibe and unique author voice. I enjoyed how she connected the spiritual with the physical. Not enough people realize how important that is.

Anyways .... I recommend to Christians who are 12 and under.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!!!!Even though Im not exactly a christian (yet but keep praying 4 me) it gave me time 2 think about my spirital life. But on the other hand i totally love, love, love, love with a capital L!!!!!!!! Thats how must i love this book and the only reason im reading it is becuz sum1 gave it to me as a gift even tho im almost 17 but i LLLOOOVVVEEE it any way.
May 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
When you come to Ahoratos, you must put on your armor quickly as possible. You cannot be here without it. You can always find it in the Cave, and you must enter the Cave through the Water; It is the only way in. Do you understand?...The world you live in day to day-that world is but a shadow of the Real World. This is the world where the battles rage, where your real enemy lies.

What a fun adventure to read with your kiddos. A read that together you can discover biblical truths that will encoura
Jan 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
DNF. IM SORRY BUT I CANT EVEN RIGHT NOW. As soon as the guy was like ‘this is The Book, it was written by The Source(?).” I was so done, I just couldn’t do it anymore.

I’m not really going to do an in-depth review, I’m just going to list some of the reasons this book got such a low rating from me. Please note, I am NOT the intended audience for this book, and don’t get offended if you loved this book.

-the storyline was rather dull and boring, it didn’t really grip me at all.

-the characters were
Tim Chavel
May 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was sent to me by the publisher to review. It is a book written for preteens/teens. It is written in a format similiar to <1>Chronicles of Narnia. The author, Priscilla Shirer is an exc ellen writer and speaker. She is well known for acting in the movie War Room, speaking at Woman rallies, speaking about prayer, and being Tony Evans daughter. I've have read a couple of her books on prayer and they are excellent. This book is no different. Even though it is written for preteen/teen boys ...more
Bethany Fehr
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book has a really cool premise, and there were a few things I liked about the story, but I felt it didn't quite deliver what it promised.

The fantasy world was pretty random and abstract: it was more of a romp through a malevolent Candyland than anything close to the Chronicles of Narnia. I actually thought the setting was pretty neat in it's own right, but if you're expecting Narnia, you might be disappointed. The kids' super-powered armor is cool, I'll say that much. And the story world i
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, scribd, 2018
Excellent story filled with spiritual truth . It's directed toward middle school grade readers but it kept 56 year old woman's attention . While reading I kept thinking it would be a great book to read together as a family. There is enough action to capture reluctant readers imaginations. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and recommending it to our Church librarian. ...more
Chase Jones
May 29, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was a good allegory of Christian spiritual warfare and it’s simplicity being perfect for its intended audience (8-12 year olds). I wouldn’t mind my children picking this up one day.
Bluerose's  Heart
There are parts of The Prince Warriors that I loved, and other parts not so much. That's pretty true of almost every allegorical type of story that I've ever read, though. I can even say the same for one of my most favorite authors of all time! There's just always theology that I disagree with hidden(sometimes not so much) within the story. This book was no exception. I didn't agree with every little thing that was implied, but I also loved so much of the examples shown out in "real life" fictio ...more
Brandi (Rambles of a SAHM)
The Prince Warriors opens with brothers Xavier and Evan being typical brothers, which means sibling rivalry on steroids. There is an age gap and personality difference in the two that makes them sometimes appear to be like oil and water. Their conflicts are an ongoing thing until one day they are mysteriously transported into the unseen world. There they must learn to not only work together but fight side-by-side using the armor that they have been equipped with.

This novel is a must read for mid
Leslie M.
Apr 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Xavier and Evan realize that there is a larger battle going on than most siblings experience. Evan is reading a book about a fierce warrior who is a prince and lives in Ahoratos, a land filled with beautiful castles and mountains. The book seems to come to life, and the brothers find themselves in Ahoratos, where they meet their guide Ruwach. He informs them that they are princes who must always be equipped with their armor, as the battle and enemy are real in Ahoratos. Cryptic messages and bibl ...more
Feb 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My 9 and 6 year old loved having me read this aloud to them. They begged for more chapters each night. I loved seeing the comparison to our real spiritual battle and making the connections for them. It led to great conversations with much depth about the battle they are in.
Ms. Yingling
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
One of my hard core fantasy readers loaned me this so I could enter a student recommendation on my bingo sheet. This was... interesting. Had an odd tone, so I investigated the "New York Times Best-Selling Author". Sure enough, an author of mainly adult nonfiction. It's a hard switch to make, so there was some awkward dialogue that didn't ring true. Not one I'll be purchasing for my library, but it was nice of my student to trust me with his copy! ...more
Mar 13, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this out loud to my kids (ages 6, 8, and 9) and they loved it; from my perspective as an adult, it was very...mediocre. The author makes a noble attempt at shaping the story around Biblical imagery and does a fair enough job, though I've seen other books (like the short stories in Peter Leithart's "Wise Words") that accomplish this much more successfully. But overall, not too bad for a kids' book. ...more
Wendi Wanders
Really, I'd shave a fraction off the 3rd star if I could, but I soppose it depends on what you are looking for.

This is Christian fiction for boys, heavy with thinly veiled analogy. The message is that real life is spiritual warfare. Plenty more 1 for 1 direct correspondence messages. Prisoners in the enemy's dungeons are reminded 'once freed, always freed.' Armor includes a belt labeled truth that holds everything together. Mysterious instructions and warnings the kids receive are Bible verses.
Gess Sevedge
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I like the way that Priscilla Shirer talks about Christians being part of the family of God and that by knowing the truth they can be set free. The Scriptures say to put on the belt of truth like the psalmist David said, "The heavens declare the glory of God the skies proclaim the works of his hands." We always have a spirit in our hearts.
The Prince Warriors talks about four young kids learning how to defeat the enemy. They find themselves in a cave where they find The Book. They travel wherever
Rhianwen the Elf-Heart
There are evil butterflies called Ents. That is terrible. The name should be copyrighted, and if you don’t know what Ents are, I won’t tell you here because you really SHOULD know. If you don’t I will be EXTREMELY frustrated!!!

Also, I am a girl and this book was written for boys (although it was by a girl) so I didn’t like it as much. It was also pretty much an elementary book, even though I think it was supposed to be middle grade.

Also, very bad writing. Also not emotional at all. Also kinda b
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
Our son loved this book, but my wife and I were so glad when we finally finished it. The story itself was good, but it had a tendency to wander and ugh the grammar was horrible. Whom ever edited this book should get put in time out. This was supposedly the best Christian adventure book out there for young boys. What’s sad is that’s probably true when you only look at those few publishers. I hope the writing improves in the next book because we got him the entire series for Christmas and last nig ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I really wanted to love this, I was so excited that Priscilla Shirer had written a fiction series...however, it fell a bit flat for me. I realize that it is written for kids and that may be part of my struggle, but as a general rule, I enjoy kids and YA books as much as anything else. The story line was repetitive and a tad over dramatic. It wasn't terrible, but I'm not inclined to finish the series. ...more
BTSYA / Teen Reader (14): The Prince Warriors is intended for children 9 to 12, but it is enjoyable for all ages. It is quite the page-turner, and I enjoyed it very much. No matter how many times I read it, it is difficult to put down. ...more
Laura Cross
Oct 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved listening to this trilogy with my children! It was a great adventure and it kept all of us on our toes! My kiddos want more - and they are hoping and praying that Ms. Shirer will write more! The love and faithfulness of God shined throughout this exciting adventure! My littles (10 and 7) were very perceptive and made connections that I did not even make. We all really enjoyed these books!
Brad Bagley
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
My almost 9 year old boy loved it, and I enjoyed reading it to him. The writing was okay enough for me to enjoy the story and all of the symbolism, but it pales in comparison to the Narnian series by CS Lewis.
Clara Kuck
Feb 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: didn-t-like
You know,over all the virtues to this book was the only thing I liked and thought was impacting.....everything else was just way to adolescent,the characters were not very strong and developed. I would recommend this book to 10-12 year olds.
Dan Mingo
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This a great book for kids. It helps give an adventure/fantasy setting to explaining our spiritual armor and all that entails. My daughter has read all 4 and enjoyed them, so I decided I wanted to see why she enjoyed it.
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I finished the book and did a double take on the author’s picture. “Hey! That’s the War Room lady!”
Jun 03, 2021 rated it liked it
My boys loved this engaging read-aloud full of adventure, and they even connected the dots spiritually. I liked the heavy-handed allegory but found the writing and storytelling mediocre.
May 05, 2021 added it
One of my favorite books
Jul 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, fantasy
Really appreciate what this is trying to do, but the problem with trying to allegorically encapsulate spiritual truth in a story like this is that you need to be a good theologian and a good story-teller. The story-telling is probably ok for it's age bracket, but theologically it leaves plenty to be desired. It appears to be arminian, it's baptistic (which is ok if you're a baptist), but most importantly it's representations of both the Holy Spirit and Holy Scripture fall far short in my mind. I ...more
Ellen Rosenberger
Feb 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I read this book out loud to my son. He enjoyed it (but he loves to be read to in general). I found the story okay but not amazing. It doesn't compare to the Chronicles of Narnia but I get what the author is trying to do with personifying the spiritual realm for kids to understand. It had its moments and was definitely entertaining but I felt like it had a bunch of false climaxes and "tried a little too hard." Overall I felt it was worth our time but not one I would return to really. ...more
Charity Tinnin
Nov 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-fiction
With a flavor that somehow hints at C.S. Lewis, The Princess Bride, Inkheart, AND Brandon Sanderson, this middle grade trilogy opener surprised me.

It's a fantastical take on spiritual warfare that's direct without spoon-feeding explanations for every piece of the allegory. I'm definitely interested to see where Shirer and Detwiler take their warriors from here.
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