Tuesday, December 22, 2009

The Lion Vrie

Late last night, around midnight or so, I finished reading one of the best books I've ever read--Christopher Hopper's The Lion Vrie, book two of The White Lion Chronicles. I sat myself down and vowed not to move again until the book was finished, as it turned out...I had no problem doing so.

The Lion Vrie, and all of TWLC for that matter, is a story rich with fantasy. Deep histories, worlds, themes, languages, characters--it's all there. And I read at least 400 pages of the book last night, nonstop reading. It's that good.

Here is my formal review;

Taking up where he left off, Christopher Hopper embarks on a tale beginning in destruction and ending in destruction. The world of Dionia is in ruins, their Kings have all fallen, and even the Most High has seemingly abandoned them. Morgui’s power is growing, his might spreading to the remotest parts of the land. The fallen one’s plan extends deep into Earth, as the Only Son prepares to lay His life down.

It is at this point, the weakest in all of the world’s time, that the Order of the White Lion—The Lion Vrie—reveal themselves.

Pick up this book, and enter another world. Christopher Hopper is by far the best world-builder since Tolkien. Matching, if not surpassing him, in languages, cultures, history, morality, characters, and more! The terror is real, the hope is powerful, and the love will bring you to tears. Laugh-out-loud-in-the-face-of-danger style humor and eloquence only the ancient world can bring.

The villains are wretchedly evil, it made me sick. And the heroes are immensely loyal, men and women of God, courageous in the site of hell itself, and broken servants of the Most High God.

Read this book, and come face to face with the true Maker of this world. Be prepared for your life to be changed. Join the Lion Vrie.

Oh yeah, and be prepared to storm Mr. Hopper’s home. He wrote one heck of a cliff hanger!
A few of my friends and I joke around in saying that we are going to raid CH's house! lol The ending truly leaves one hanging and the story is so deep it is just begging to be finished!

Dionia is such a real world, as said in the last review, it is hard to sum up. Much of the greatest story lines I cannot reveal as they are major spoilers. The entire book is a grand discovery. I guess you'll have to take my word for it--you will love this and all of Christopher Hopper's works!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Rise of the Dibor

I finished this book late last night, staying up to read by the light of my bed's Christmas lights, and I can tell you this--had there been 100 more pages to read I'd likely have stayed up into the next morning to finish the book. It was spectacular.

As always, here is my formal review (the one I will be posting on Amazon, CB, Books a Million, etc);

A world of innoceance: a perfect world, perfect leaders, perfect love, and
a perfect relationship with the Great God. A world still within the bounds of
Athera [Heaven] without any knowledge of the sin that has corrupted Earth and
the other worlds. This world is called Dionia, and is crafted by the expert pen
of Christopher Hopper.

Luik is the son of a king, just hitting his teenage years, and is
thrown into a world of chaos, tempting fears, and evil. He willingly enters all
of this, stepping out into a select group of warriors, defenders, brothers,
known as the Dibor [DIE-bor]. After making this decision to serve the Most High
God as one of the Dibor, Luik is sent hurtling through battles (physical and
spiritual), training, and the destruction of all he holds dear.

There is so much in this story to sum up in only one review. Dionia is
truely a complete world. This is not some trivial fantasy, not even close,
Dionia is the most real fantasy world I've ever seen written second only to
Middle-Earth. Though Dionia may always win my heart. The language of the people
is beautiful, their innoceance and faith riveting...how does one describe a
reality? Dionia is not fiction. Mr. Hopper has convinced me of its reality.

Rise of the Dibor is an excellently penned story of love, loyalty, courage,
good versus evil, and mankind's ability (or lack thereof) to resist temptation.
ROTD teaches that with faith all things are possible, even should the hordes of
Hell assail you. Wretchedly twisted villians, truthfully honorable and fearless
heroes--this is the story of a lifetime.

Step into Dionia and be forever changed, I have changed after reading
this--and for the better.

That review, as I said, does not compare to the book. The story is a true one, or reads as such. It is so believable I'm not sure the review does it justice.

I hope you all go out and buy this book, or at least get your hands on a copy and read it. And have The Lion Vrie handy, you'll want to pick up it.

Cliff hanger ending!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Hey guys! Well as you know I've had a lot of reading to catch up on and after my school books came Marlayne Giron's debut The Victor. Mrs. Giron has so graciously offered to allow me to give away one copy to a lucky commenter on this post! So buckle your seat belts and brace for a review by me.

Check it out;

“What care I for thy judgment, O King? I swear to thee this oath: Thou shalt rue this day in great bitterness and mourn that Thou didst not destroy me when it lay within Thy power!” Eloth regarded his former steward and once most trusted servant with an impassive face, but in his gray eyes was an unfathomable pain that only two in the entire court filled with people could behold: Lucius and Eloth’s son, Joshua. “I know,” was Eloth’s silent reply. (Page 36)

And so begins Marlayne Giron’s beautiful novel, The Victor.

I had the honor of receiving this book as a gift, but it is more than worth its retail price. The story is wonderful!

Ellioth is a perfect kingdom. Ruled by a perfect King in perfect love. All is how it should be, with loving stewards, knights, squires, and honest merchants. Things could never be better.

It is at this moment that the Baron Lucius of Northumberland, favorite of King Eloth, lashes out in arrogance, gathering an army to challenge the King’s seraphim. The rebels of the Baron do not stand a chance against the expertly trained elite of Eloth and so Lucius is driven back. But not before the largest amount of innocent blood in all of history is spilled.

Eloth is furious but, in following of His character, shows the Baron mercy in hopes that he may yet be redeemed. Lucius wants none of this mercy and finds such grace more painful than death. And it is then that he fires the words listed above.

“Thou shalt rue this day…”

And in sorrow Eloth whispers two prophetic words, “I know.”

The Victor is the story of how this came to be. It is the riveting and romantic tale of Eloth’s one and only son, Joshua, as he is trained as an ordinary knight and prepared to take the throne of Shiloh—an honor that is rightfully his.

The Victor is the story of the hate-filled Lucius and how he acts on his blood-lust and obsessive desire for vengeance.

The Victor is a tale of the love of Llyonesse for Joshua, and his great love for her and how that love was demonstrated and how Llyonesse was set free.

The Victor is the story of our world. It is the history of mankind penned in a poetic and fantastical way.

Giron writes with eloquence an allegorical tale from the betrayal of Satan to the end of time. With tension that is sure to keep you glued to your seat, characters that make you want to laugh and weep aloud, and powerful inspiration that made me wish to draw sword and charge the strongholds of Hell this is a book you do not want to skip.

Mrs. Giron had me hooked from the first page to the last, leaving me wishing there was more left to read. It truly is a work of art, funny, suspenseful, romantic, and action packed.

I recommend this book for teens thirteen years and older, and I do believe that all fantasy loving readers will thoroughly enjoy this. I certainly did. The book is set in medieval times and Marlayne Giron stays true to the times in the language of the people. The excerpt quoted above is a good example. The book uses “thee” and “thou” and “thy” a good bit, but it never caused a distraction to me. To be quite honest the wordage added to the story.

All of that to say that The Victor is a must-read for all. I loved it, and I believe that you will too.
That's my "formal" review. And not too elaborate too much, but I really really liked it.

There are lots of cool connections in there to the Bible and the Gospel message, which are always fun to read, though it could very very easily be read as a straight fantasy.

To me, the best thing about it was the characters. The Victor is most definitely a character driven story and Mrs. Giron did an excellent job in drawing these characters for me. I saw them, laughed with them, cried with them, it was very well written. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.

(As you can tell I'm new to book giveaways so this post will end rather abruptly)

How to Enter the Drawing;

Comment on my Whispered Roars post and leave a valid email (I'll contact you for your snail mail if you win. Only in the "inner" US please)
Sign up as a follower of this/WR (only one counts)
Post about this giveaway on your blog (give me the link too ;) )

And well, that's it.

Whoever wins this is seriously in for a treat. The book very much exceeded my expectations. You'll love it; I promise.

Check out Marlayne Giron's website here!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Curse of the Spider King

Hey bloggers! Here's my formal review of the book;

Heed the prophecies all you readers out there. I'm sure by now you've scanned reviews and heard the echoes of the impact this book is making. I am 15 years old and devour all kinds of fantasy, secular and Christian, adult and teen works. To start, this book proved itself worthy to sit on the number one spot of my "Best Modern Fantasy" list. At least until its sequel is released.

COTSK is about 7 teenagers, each from varying backgrounds (a variety enough for any reader to resonate with at least one), who are thrust into strange and confusing circumstances wrought with danger and mystery. COTSK is the story of another world, Allyra, and how the noblest of all races in that world was nearly destroyed. COTSK is the story of how 7 teens are revealed as Elven lords prophesied to save a dying land.

Now don't leave me yet. Curse of the Spider King is NOT your average "two worlds" novel. This isn't the type of story where children wander into another world and are instantly filled with unlikely courage and save the day. Quite the contrary. This is the story where realistic teens with hurting and burdensome hearts are faced with an impossible task (yes, quite impossible) and learn two words--Endurance and Victory.

Be prepared when you read this book for a large cast of characters, characters with distinct personalities and histories, deep characters, and be prepared to fall in love with them. Be prepared to read this book and forget about everything else save it. I have never felt the sensation of "not being able to put a book down" until I read this book. And I have read everything from Eragon to Shannara to Dragons In Our Midst. This book easily tops them all. And better yet, it lays the groundwork for an exciting series to come.

The world of Allyra is a world you do not want to forget, and you do not want to miss out on.

Wayne Batson and Christopher Hopper have successfully combined their voices into one and written a beautiful book. Honorable adults, courageous characters, a loving almighty God. Hair raising battle scenes and repulsing spiders. Evil villians and mystery wrought within. And one insanely intriguing story-line, I'm still putting pieces together. And I'm loving it!

You will love this book.

And I really really liked it. All the different creatures the authors made, all the histories and flashbacks and stuff. It was great :D

Get your own copy here! You will love it!

Monday, October 19, 2009

The Door Within Review - Blog Kickoff!

There are a lot of great authors out there....and there are a lot of great stories penned by such authors. I have had the pleasure of reading both great, and awful, books in my short time here on earth.

And after becoming well associated with Blogger I decided I'd start a book reviews blog.

Thus Books for the Kingdom

To start I thought I'd post my review for The Door Within Book one of the trilogy bearing its name.

I was first introduced to TDW by a friend, who doesn't particularly like me...but was kind enough to lead me to these books. To be honest it was the cover art for the third book, The Final Storm, that helped draw me into the books. And from there, it was the master storytelling of Mr. Wayne Thomas Batson.

Listen to an excerpt from the beginning of the book. Just a few pages in;

There are passages and doors
And realms that lie unseen
There are roads both wide and narrow
And no avenue between
Doors remain closed for those
Who in sad vanity yet hide
Yet when belief is chosen
The key appears inside
What is lived now will soon pass
And what is not will come to be
The Door Within must open for one to truly see
Do you see?
Believe and enter

Tell me that doesn't draw you in? It certainly drew me!

The story continues telling the tale of Aidan Thomas, who is forced to move halfway across the country his will, in his parents' attempt to support his aging grandfather. Aidan isn't your average hero, which makes him so awesome. He's nothing special. Just a non-athletic, c-average, kid.

But when three scrolls hiding in his grandfather's basement beckon Aidan into a new and dangerous world the boy has no choice other than to take a step of faith and enter.

Now, in a new and mysterious world, Aidan sets out as the Twelfth Knight of an elite unit with one simple mission--defeat the forces of darkness and set all eyes to the King.

And that's the gist of it. It's just AMAZING. It's intense, hilarious, soothing, and filled with truth. Did I mention that it's just a plain fun read too?

Mr. Batson has a CS Lewis-style writing voice--one that sounds like he's actually there...telling you the story. But not only is he telling, he's brought along to the campfire a windscreen TV with virtual reality capabilities. AKA, you feel like you're IN the story.

The Door Within is a great allegory to the Gospel and as with any such story is an excellent way to spread the Word in a nonthreatening manner.

So, ship the book off to a friend in need that likes awesome Fantasy, or just read the book yourself!

It's well worth the read!

Happy reading guys! Look for more posts like this in the future. Whether people read this or not I'll be posting :D

Maybe a giveaway every once in a while ;)

Next week ::hint hint:: lol