HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Prince Warriors I
Authors: Priscilla Shirer and Gina Detwiler
Illustrator: Jon Davis
Publisher: B and H Kids, 2016
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 8 – 12
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Shirer, Priscilla, and Detwiler, Gina. The Prince Warriors (published in 2016 by B and H Publishing Group, Nashville, TN). Nine year old Evan Blake and his big brother Xavier, fourteen, have recently moved from their apartment in the city to a house in the country. The brothers are used to battling each other, but now they discover that there is a much bigger battle going on all around them, and it is not just with the bully Landon at the Rec Center. With their new friends Levi Arthur (12), Brianna Turner (11), and Manuel Santos (12), they enter a mysterious land called Ahoratos. There they meet their guide, Ruwach, who offers wisdom and direction as the kids’ initial adventure begins. They are given special armor, and each one is told to follow the light of his or her own breastplate to reach a distant castle by different ways.
However, Levi decides to set out on his own instead of following the correct path, and unfortunately there are temptation and danger from a very real enemy along the way for all the children. What will happen to Levi? Can the youngsters reach their goal? And will they ever be able to return home? Based on Ephesians 6:10–18, The Prince Warriors, which I saw advertised on a homeschool website, is obviously an allegory, and I would suggest an excellent one, of the spiritual battle between good and evil that takes place in our hearts. Ruwach tells the kids, “Ahoratos is the real world….The world you live in day to day—that world is but a shadow of the Real World. This is the world where the battles rage, where your real enemy lies.”
Intended for middle-grade children or tweens, the plot moves along quickly with lots of excitement, a perfect combination for reluctant readers. Furthermore, it illustrates a number of important principles, such as the need to resist temptation, the blessing of forgiveness when we repent after making a terrible mistake, and showing kindness to others even when they might be mean to us. Nothing truly objectionable occurs—the euphemistic term “gosh” appears once. The book is the first of an epic new fiction trilogy that was created to bring to life the invisible struggle ensuing in the spiritual realm. Book 2 is entitled The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion, and Book 3, The Prince Warriors and the Swords of Rhema, is due out in 2017.