HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Kingdom’s Dawn: The Kingdom Series, Book 1
Author: Chuck Black
Illustrator: Marcella Johnson
Publisher: Multnomah Books, 2006
Related website: http://www.kingdomseries.com (series), http://www.waterbrookmultnomah.com (publisher)
Language level: 1 (the euphemistic term “blasted,” as in “this blasted wall,” is used once)
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Reading level: For ages 8-12 and up (though some recommend it for ages 12 and up)
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Black, Chuck. Kingdom’s Dawn: The Kingdom Series, Book 1 (originally published in 2001 by Perfect Praise Publishing; republished in 2006 by Multnomah Books, 12265 Oracle Blvd., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80921). I first heard of the “Kingdom Series” by Chuck Black, a homeschooling father, and began noticing it in catalogues back as early as 2004. In Kingdom’s Dawn, the first book, Cedric of Chessington tells the story of Leinad beginning when the latter was sixteen years old. For four years, Leinad had been trained in swordsmanship by his farmer father Peyton who is a loyal servant of the unseen King. Leinad’s mother Dinan had died when he was eight. They lived in the Kingdom of Arrethtrae on a farm in the Plains of Kerr, near the town of Mankin, along the western shore of the Great Sea. After adopting a girl named Tess, Peyton is killed by the Dark Knight Lucius, his henchman Zane, who happens to be Leinad’s older brother, and their Shadow Warriors.
With the help of their friend Gabrik the blacksmith, Leinad and Tess flee. Then, after escaping the destructive Vactor Deluge, they sojourn in the Valley of Nan and work on the Stanton farm. However, Leinad is betrayed by his fellow workers and sold into slavery to Lord Fairos of Pyron Mid in the region of Nyland. Eventually, Tess is captured and brought as a slave to Pyron Mid as well. Because of his training in swordsmanship, Leinad is chosen to train Fairos’s men but after a battle with the Eminafs he protests Fairos’s treatment people of Nan and is taken out into the Banteen Desert to be killed by the Moshi Beasts. What will happen to Leinad? And the big question is, will he remain loyal to the King no matter what? The entire Kingdom Series of six books is intended as an allegory that attempts to capture the incredible true story of the Bible.
The first book covers creation, paradise, the fall, the flood, the patriarchs, and the Egyptian bondage. The second book, Kingdom’s Hope, continues this line of symbolism to the end of the Old Testament. The following books are Kingdom’s Edge, Kingdom’s Call, Kingdom’s Quest, and Kingdom’s Reign. I have not read any of the others besides the first one, but someone has said that the first three are based on the Old Testament, while the last three are based on the New Testament. I have also been told that the last two do relate to the tribulation and millennium. However, what some like about them is that they are Bible-based fantasy in a medieval type of setting with no magic, mysticism, or wizardry. There is only sword fighting, along with accurate descriptions of battle and torture, but these ar age-appropriate and not gratuitous. Some people may not like Biblical allegory, but I found Kingdom’s Dawn to be exciting reading that is full of adventure. There are discussion questions in the back of the book.