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

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Abramm Kalladorne 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 fifth son of the king of Kiriath—he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold in ...more
Kindle Edition, 433 pages
Published July 1st 2003 by Bethany House Publishers (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
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
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Robin
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shantelle
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  ·  review of another edition
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
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!
Rachel Thompson
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kaylin
Jun 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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

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Rivka Ray
May 12, 2016 marked it as judged-before-page-100
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.
Benjamin
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
Jeremy
Aug 21, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lisa Marie
Feb 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Sunny
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Kevin
May 20, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon
Oct 30, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kate
Aug 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in high school and remember it being awesome, I definitely have to find it and read it again.
Jane
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I'm just not a fan of splicing straight Christian theology into a magic-ridden universe.
Michael
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Amy
Jun 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Kate
The first book in The Legends of the Guardian-King, a trilogy of Christian allegory. I will definitely be looking up the other two. After Abramm is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery, he is filled with doubts about who Eidon is, and sometimes even doubts his existence. After many struggles he finally comes to know the truth.
(I did look up, and read, all three books that finish the series.)
Selah Raine
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
good overall but started out slow...got interesting about 100 pages till the end
Lavay Byrd
AMAZING!

Full review coming soon!
Darshan Pandya
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 brothers.

Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator. W
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Rose
Ugh, book hangover!!
This is the first in a super good fantasy quartet. It is slightly reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, but that is nearly unavoidable in fantasy. This book was not just a rewrite, however, it follows the same theme as Tolkien but more directly; faith in God and the destructive power of sin. But I won't compare the two, nothing comes out looking good compared to Tolkien, and this is pretty darn good! It has one spot where the hero behaves wrongly with the girl he loves, and I ha
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Ashley
Aug 14, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted on www.examiner.com/fantasy-media-in-nat...

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.
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Lydia
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christian fantasy tends to have one major flaw, the main character is so pious and holy that you generally have a hard time tolerating them and they usually come off as simpletons or jerks (coughthelastfourbooksofBeyondtheSummerlandcough). Hats off to Ms. Hancock, as she does not have that issue here, and in fact the whole religous structure in the book is very interesting, with good points and some great discussion topics. (view spoiler) ...more
BookMarc
Jun 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
'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
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Paige
Aug 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Josiah
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Ignore the cheesy-looking cover that screams 'bad Christian fiction,' because this might be only the second legitimately good Christian fantasy book that I've read in the past three and a half years.

Essentially, the premise of this book is a bit of a cross between the biblical story of Joseph and the movie Gladiator. It delivers rather well on both fronts. There were a couple times around the 2/3 mark where the story dragged a bit and I began to worry that the plot was going to collapse on itsel
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Amirah Mercedes-Benz
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Amirah 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
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