In conjunction with the CSFF Blog Tour, I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
Series: Legends of Korac Tor #2
Genre: Fantasy/Young Adult/Christian
He was once the greatest champion in the land.
Then he disappeared.
With Nemesia’s defeat, the Barlows have helped turn the tide in the Hidden Lands. But the victory is short-lived. An even greater evil stirs in the north with a fierce new army bent on destruction. As the twins, Gabe and Garret, discover their own special powers, a thin thread of hope emerges: long ago, a fabled king was rescued from death on our world and hidden on Karac Tor. Who is he?
Each brother has their part to play. Hadyn must travel north to warn the land barons, which leaves Ewan with a bitter choice. Will he sacrifice what is most precious to discover whether Corus lives? Even more important, if Corus is alive, can he wake the Sleeping King of legend…before it’s too late?
Positive Content: Christian themes of love, bravery, courage, self-sacrifice and defeating evil are all very prevalent in the series. Good conquering evil is the biggest; and quite frankly, that’s a theme that never grows old. Also, as it is allegorical, God is also very highly viewed. Lying is frowned upon (as evidenced by the Creed’s sword).
Negative Content: The villains employ witchcraft and sometimes frightening means to draw evil (such as human sacrifices outside their homes). It sounds very dark, but it is tactfully dealt with in the book and not ‘delved into.’ Some disobedience and a bit of violence, but nothing to worry about. Also the Horned villain keeps Corus trapped in a constant state of torture which might prove disturbing for younger readers.
My Verdict: To put it simply – I enjoyd it. I love fantasy, and this was well-crafted with colorful characters I could like and relate to, and an adventure that drew me in. I thought that the mixture of Arthurian, Viking, and Celtic mythology was intriguing, if a bit blatant. (The villain was drawn from Cirnunnos, the Celtic spirit of the forest, for instance). One thing bugged me – even though I loved the character Cruedwyn – he seemed almost directly taken from Lloyd Alexandar’s beloved character, Fflewdur Fflam. Both are loveable, funny, and I adore them; but it seemed rather blatant, especially with the ‘true-telling’ objects both carry. Also in conjunction with the fact that the villain is a ‘horned lord.’ But I still found it a thoroughly enjoyable read, and want to read the first and third ones now!
There were a few mistakes: Chapter 22, page 207: Sorge snapped. He through (not threw) up his hands, exhausted.
And then there’s the already cited reference to Poplar Springs Baptist Church’s need for kettle drums on page 309.
4 out of 5 stars
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