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The Light of Eidon

(Legends of the Guardian-King #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,747 ratings  ·  258 reviews
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 a ...more
Paperback, 432 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Bethany House (first published June 1st 2003)
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Susan Valles Yes!! But is it still a good read. I loved it! The following books in the series are better. This one starts a little slow, but worth it!

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Beanbag Love
May 17, 2010 rated it liked it
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
It was very long-winded, so I found myself skimming quite a bit. Therefore, I didn't understand the story as well as I could have. Erm. But there were some quite interesting parts, and some very heartfelt parts. I plan to read the next book in the LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING series when I get the chance.

Caution: There are two scenes that are not suitable for a younger audience. Also, some violence/frightening aspects. I would recommend to at least 18 up.
Timothy Ward
Jan 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Andrea Cox
Jul 21, 2016 rated it did not like it
I really wanted to like this story. I'd been looking forward to it for a couple of years now. Most of the fantasy books I have read have been really enjoyable. I was hoping this one would be another fun one.

But I couldn't get past the second chapter.

The religion in this one was strange. The lead was praying to both male and female deities. It wasn't clear in the first two chapters which was the most important deity.

There was also a bit of crudity (a man wet himself and then it carried over with
Gillian Bronte Adams
Feb 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
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!
Anna Mussmann
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
Karen Hancock attempts to blend epic fantasy with Christian allegory. As a fantasy, the book hits all the expected plot notes. I even rather liked the protagonist. However, as an allegory, it ends up teaching really bad theology. I suspect the problems stem from the story concept itself.

The stereotypical plot of an epic fantasy isn’t necessarily a good parallel to the Christian life. The typical epic hero must suffer for a period of time, then defeat the bad guy, and then receive the adoration
Rachel Thompson
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned, favorites
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

Jan 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
I love fantasy, but I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and I disliked the strong sensual emphasis. To me it was off-putting. Just my opinion.
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
DNF 18% 5/13/16
I'm too impatient right now to wait for the plot to pick up. It is really predictable right now.
Bethany Fehr
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Finally, a YA Christian novel - and a fantasy novel at that - that is worth reading. It's by no means a perfect book; there are a lot of things it could have done better, but there are also a lot of things this book does right where few of the books in it's genre succeed .

Things this book got right:

In my experience, most fiction labeled "Christian" does not incorporate the faith element well; often the Christian parts of these books have almost no relevance to the story. However, in this book,
Intrigue Generis
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the start of what ended up being my favorite fantasy book series. The origin story of a young man who seems weak and unimportant. But this book proves how GOD can see more in you than you ever saw in yourself. People can look at you a certain way but that does not define who you are. A very enjoyable read. Great series to get into. I recommend this book to everyone I know.
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was hooked to this book as soon as I finished the first chapter. It only took me a while to read only because I was reading book club books in between. Abramm’s journey keeps you at the edge of your seat as your explore each new world, beginning, and end with him. This is a series I highly recommend for anyone who enjoys fantasy with a side of King Arthur.
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If this book was a movie, it'd be better than Gladiator. There. I said it. Why? Because this book has purpose. The main character, Abramm (Eldrin) goes through some major life struggles. Struggles many of us could relate to. Things don't go our way, we get frustrated - we wished it had gone the way we envisioned it, but it doesn't. We keep thinking we're making the right decisions but we aren't. Who hasn't gone through that at some point? The struggles Abramm deals with are real, but they're exp ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Lisa Marie
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it
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
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Oct 30, 2013 rated it did not like it
I just can't give this book any more stars as a Christian book. Yes, it was well written and, as a fantasy novel, I would have given it 4 stars. But as a CHRISTIAN fantasy novel, it fell short. Yes, lots of talk of this book's version of God, but there was far too much magic not only on the evil side, but on the "good" side. Too many opportunities for evil to take hold, all under the guise of Christianity. I'll not be finishing the series, that is certain.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
I'm just not a fan of splicing straight Christian theology into a magic-ridden universe.
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this in high school and remember it being awesome, I definitely have to find it and read it again.
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, read-2019
This started off feeling rather Christian-inspired: we start with Eldrin, a novice of Eidon. Eidon is the god a monotheistic state religion, and he's associated with light, flames, being the defender of man, etc. Eidon stands in opposition to the Terstan religion, which marks its followers with a golden shieldmark. The religion of Eidon teaches that the Terstan adherents are associated with darkness etc.

Eldrin - known at birth as Abram - was the fifth in line to the throne; we start with him fin
Wow! Epic Christian Fantasy novel that didn't hold back...yes, please! I actually gave this book 4.5 stars. This world is complex and very well developed. The different people groups, customs and beliefs, histories and cultures are all intricate and fully developed. The plot was action packed and had me guessing more than once. The timing was great and I had know idea we would end up where we did. There were many scenes that I absolutely loved! The beauty of friendship built through trauma was f ...more
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Adults and young adults who enjoy fantasy
One of my favorite series. It's solid Christian fantasy- allegorical, but the allegory doesn't constrain or stilt the world-building and characterization. I've actually read the series more than once and enjoy it more with each read. The first book is actually about both Abramm (called Eldrin for the first couple chapters- a little confusing the first read through) and his sister Carissa, although the synopsis doesn't mention her part in the story. There's quite a bit of action, a little romance ...more
Sep 04, 2018 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed much of this book, but it was far too long, and a lot of part 2 in particular needed to be condensed or cut out entirely. I almost gave up on it, but kept going because I absolutely loved Arena by the same author. Parts 3 and 4 were what really gripped my attention, and it got really good in the end. I'd rate it higher if some of the lengthy Tolkien-esque descriptions were cut out, and if one of the secondary characters, Carissa, wasn't so thoroughly foolhardy and annoying! All ...more
Ashlee Kirschner
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I L.O.V.E. this series. Like changed my life kind of love.

It is very hard to get into as there are many ideas and fantasy world aspects that are not explained (you just slowly learn what things are as you read). For that reason, when I first read this, I put it down for months before starting again. ... But it is so worth picking back up again. The imagery and lessons behind that imagery are absolutely astounding. I cannot say enough good about this. In books that have most affected me, there is
Maegan Daugherty
Wow. Just wow.

Was introduced to Karen Hancock as an author when I read Arena. That book intrigued me. No, it did way more than that. It drew me in, made me — (sad, mad, depressed... ) — that it came to an end. It made me realize I had to find more books by Karen. Hence, a week later I finished Light of Eidon.

A book of character. Of love. Of loss. Of losing and finding yourself. Of Faith.

This book is clean but does have true life issues. Would recommend adult supervision for young teens.

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