The Light of Eidon (Legends of the Guardian-King #1)
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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
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.
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 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
The author's d ...more
(I did look up, and read, all three books that finish the series.)
Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator. W ...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
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
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
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 ...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
Karen Hancock's characters are deep in that they're constantly at war within themselves, constantly changing. When their core beliefs about thi ...more
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