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!