Kingdom Series | Pt. 1

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Kingdom Series | Pt. 1

Chuck Black

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Kingdom's Dawn (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

Sixteen-year-old Leinad thought he was a common farmer’s son, nothing more.  He wondered why his father had trained him for years to master the sword – not exactly the tool of the trade for farmers.

Only then does he begin to understand his calling – a calling no other man in the entire kingdom of Arrethtrae can fulfill – a calling given by the King Himself.

Teamed with a young slave girl, Leinad is thrust into adversity and danger  – for the Dark Knight and his vicious Shadow Warriors will stop at nothing to thwart the King’s plan to restore the kingdom.  Leinad will need more than a sharp blade and a swift hand to fulfill his mission and survive the evil plots of the King’s sworn enemies!          

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil – and the future of a kingdom lies in the hands of a young man.

#2

Kingdom's Hope (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

Fairos thought he had sentenced Leinad to death in the Banteen desert.  But Leinad returns – a true Knight of the King.  His skill with the sword is unmatched this side of the Great Sea and he is determined to free the people from their bondage to Lord Fairos.

Leinad quest takes him from the chains of slavery, near the jaws of dragons, and close to the arms of love. And when the rest of the kingdom turns away from the King and the Code, Leinad turns to his most faithful ally, Tess. With her help, Leinad struggles to conquor his own doubt.  But he must do so soon, for the King’s archenemy, the Dark Knight, is about to unleash his entire evil force and only Leinad can stop them…

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil; where the future of the kingdom is at the threshold of either victory or defeat – and one man holds the key.

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Kingdom's Edge (Kingdom Series) by [Black, Chuck]

For Cedric of Chessington, every day is the same: full of poverty and despair.  He knows that it will never change.  Or so he thinks.

Then, a stranger comes to the city.  Drawn to the man’s mysterious ways, Cedric discovers the stranger’s humility belies great strength and wisdom.  That’s when an astounding truth becomes clear – the stranger is a Master of the Sword, and He is there to train Cedric.

Suddenly propelled into a desperate battle against evil, Cedric must rely on the Master’s training if he is going to survive.  But the ultimate battle is yet to come, for the Dark Knight is at work, implementing his plan to take over the kingdom.  Will Cedric be ready to stand in the face of pure evil?

Journey to Arrethtrae, where the King and His Son implement a bold plan to save their kingdom; where courage, faith, and loyalty stand tall in the face of opposition; where good will not bow to evil; and where hope and compassion are as powerful weapons as the sword.

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 5, a few scenes with details of battles/battle wounds.

Magic – 0

First off, the names are really cool!  Leinad is Daniel spelled backwards.  Arrethtrae is terra earth spelled backwards (terra is Latin for earth.)

The Kingdom Series starts in Kingdom’s Dawn with the story of Leinad. Leinad represents the Old Testament people from Seth, Adam’s son, to Malachi.

Second is Kingdom’s Hope, which continues the story of Leinad, including the captivities.

Third, and last for the day, Kingdom’s Edge is where Leinad is left behind and Cedric comes into the picture.  And that starts the New Testament stories.

The fighting scenes are very well portrayed, which is great!  (Those scenes are really hard to write well.)  And these books, though allegories, are very biblically accurate!

On Amazon Kingdom’s Dawn,  Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Edge.

And I almost forgot: there are audio books too!  The narrator is really good;  there are also sound effects. 🙂

Audio: Kingdom’s Dawn, Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Edge.

See you all next week!

~Molly

 

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The Hobbit

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The Hobbit: or There and Back Again

by J.R.R. Tolkien

 

Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.

 

 

Stars!

 

Strong language – 0, I think

Romance – 0

Graphic Details – 4

Magic – 5, yes it has magic, but it’s not dominating.  Similar to Narnia.

 

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.

So starts the prequel to J.R.R. Tolkien’s famous work, The Lord of the Rings.

Hobbits, known for their hairy feet and complete lack of height, generally stay at home and quite away from adventures.  Bilbo Baggins is not exception.

But when visited by a wizard named Gandalf and a whole troop of dwarves, that’s about to change.

The Hobbit is a fun story (with a bit of suspense mixed in) that the whole family will enjoy!  Bilbo is a great main character.  He’s funny.  He’s a poet.  And, of course, a great burglar. 😉   Definitely a great read!

Find The Hobbit on Amazon HERE!

~ Molly ~

 

 

(P.S.  I read The Lord of the Rings before I read The Hobbit.  Well, that was a bit of a mistake.  Though do-able, The Hobbit has a lot of information that makes the plot in The Lord of the Rings more clear.)

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Announcement!

Today I have an announcement! *Drum roll*

asparkleoflight.wordpress.com has officially become….

sparkle

Which means all those annoying advertisements won’t be around any more. 🙂

What do you think?

I’m super excited for this and I hope it will work out well!

Look for another book review on Friday!

~ Molly

 

 

Photography

Hi!

I’ve been trying for a while to do a photography post and haven’t gotten around to it.  But, finally, here it is!  Enjoy!

 

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A butterfly on some Russian sage.

 

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Camping. ❤

 

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And last of all, a blackbird hanging out on a rock.  I wonder what he’s thinking?

 

Which picture is your favorite?

TTYL!

Molly

The Lord of the Rings

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The Lord of the Rings

by J.R.R. Tolkein

 

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

Stars!

Strong language – 0, I think

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 5

Magic – 5, yes it has magic, but it’s not dominating.  Similar to Narnia.

Do you like stories of adventure? Journeys to free lands from an evil, tyrannical overlord?  When up to the very last moment you’re wondering what will happen next?

Congratulations, you’ve found a new favorite.

Frodo is a normal hobbit.  But even when you’re ordinary, extraordinary things can happen.

Kingdoms are at stake.

Will Frodo fulfill the quest in time?

(Frodo also has a not-so-normal cousin named Bilbo, whose adventures you can read about in The Hobbit. (Actually, I would recommend reading The  Hobbit first; The Lord of the Rings is a sequel to it.))

Lord of the Rings, an incredibly crafted story.  Sure to be a favorite.  (That is, if you read it!)

Lord of the Rings is on Amazon Here!

Well, that’s all for today!

~Molly

 

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The Star Under the City

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The Star Under the City

by Maggie Joy

(Maggie blogs HERE)

When Ellen is suddenly orphaned and dropped alone into a strange city under tight Nazi control, she struggles to survive from day to day. Her life takes an unexpected turn when she finds a mysterious, metal six-point star that is slightly different from the ‘Star of David’ all Jews are forced to wear. Not only does the star feel like a sign of hope, but it sets her on a mission to find out what it really means. As she begins to wonder if she’ll ever find answers, she meets Lenz, and her life is flung into a whirlwind of danger and hardship, new friends and new enemies, and opportunities to learn trust and true sacrifice. As she attempts to find her place in the conflict, she discovers she is a part of something so much bigger than she could ever imagine.

 

Stars!

Strong language – 0

Romance – 1 Derick and Amelia ❤

Graphic Details – I’ll say 4, ages 10 and up

Magic – 0

I first found out about Maggie on Noble Novels, a young writers’ site I am a part of.  I was very impressed with her writing; soon I found her blog.  In 2016-17 she talked a lot about her novel that she’d written in NaNoWriMo, and that she was then editing.

When it finally came out, I was so excited! I pulled weeds in the yard to earn a copy. 😉

Then I read it in less than 24 hours.  Let me tell you why.

THIS BOOK IS INCREDIBLE!!! I mean, I loved it!!! The characters are real and relatable.  The plot is excellent.  The emotion is amazing.

Tytus is so funny!  Lenz and Willie just about tie for favorite character.  Ellen is so relatable.  I just want to sob along with her when *ahem* bad things happen!

All that said, please read this book!  Find your copy here.

Talk to you all later!

Molly

NOTE: I have done a review on The Star under the City before, but I decided to re-do it with the new system.

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Wars of the Realm

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Wars of the Realm trilogy: Cloak of the Light

 

Drew is caught in a world of light – just inches away from the dark

What if…there was a world beyond our vision, a world just fingertips beyond our reach? What if…our world wasn’t beyond their influence?

Tragedy and heartache seem to be waiting for Drew Carter at every turn, but college offers Drew a chance to start over—until an accident during a physics experiment leaves him blind and his genius friend, Benjamin Berg, missing.

As his sight miraculously returns, Drew discovers that the accident has heightened his neuron activity, giving him skills and sight beyond the normal man. When he begins to observe fierce invaders that no one else can see, he questions his own sanity, and so do others. But is he insane or do the invaders truly exist?

With help from Sydney Carlyle, a mysterious and elusive girl who offers encouragement through her faith, Drew searches for his missing friend, Ben, who seems to hold the key to unlocking this

mystery. As the dark invaders close in, will he find the truth in time?

Rated…

 

Stars!

Wars of the Realm trilogy: Rise of the Fallen

A six thousand year war rages and now the demonic Fallen are coming for him—the one man shrouded in mystery. Only Validus stands in their way.

Validus is the last and least of God’s angels, but he’s seen much across the millennia since his creation. Empires have risen and fallen as angelic and demonic forces battle in a raging war that will determine humanity’s fate – and the fate of his defeated brothers.

Eventually called to be an earth-bound warrior, Validus rises to a position of power and respect, commanding legions of angels through impossible battles and overwhelming odds. But when orders arrive from the Creator’s most elite Messenger, he finds himself suddenly demoted to a task of apparent insignificance considering the fierce war they are waging against the demonic Fallen – the covert protection of one unbelieving man.

Validus soon finds himself on a mission that will push him beyond his abilities as he battles to protect Drew Carter, for the Fallen are coming for him. Legions of them.

As Validus races against time to discover why Drew is so important to humanity’s survival, can he stand between Drew and all who would destroy him?

Rated…

Stars! - Copy

 

Wars of the Realm trilogy: Light of the Last

 

To Fight What Others Can’t You Must See What Others Don’t

After an accident left him temporarily blind, Drew Carter didn’t just regain his sight. He now sees what others can’t imagine–an entire spiritual realm of mighty beings at war.
 
Forget the gift, Drew just wants his life back. Part of that involves Sydney Carlyle, a woman he is inexplicably drawn to. When he’s offered the chance to become a CIA agent, it seems the way to redeem his past. The only problem–his visions of the supernatural realm are increasing in frequency.
 
It’s up to the warrior angel Validus and his hand-picked team of heavenly agents to protect the unbelieving Drew. Validus now knows that the young man is at the epicenter of a global spiritual war, and the angels must use a millennia of battle experience keep Drew alive, for the Fallen want him dead.

Surrounded by spiritual warriors and targeted by demons, Drew’s faced with an impossible decision that will forever alter the destiny of America…and his own soul.

Rated…

Stars!

 

Strong language – 0

Romance – 3

Graphic Details – 5

Magic – 0 (there is spiritual warfare.)

I can’t say enough good things about this book.  In fact, if you were to ask my favorite book, I’d say this one plus it’s two sequels, Rise of the Fallen and Light of the Last.

One of the best things about this series is the emotion.  You can feel for Drew so totally.  the time in the third one when {MAJOR SPOILER!} *when he gets told that he can’t be with the CIA anymore… Heartbreaking!!! I feel so bad for him!

#1 – Five stars because it’s totally amazing.  When I got done I had to have the next one!

#2 – I was a bit disappointed.   The point of view switches to the main angel.  It goes to the beginning of time and tells about the fall of the angels and doesn’t get back to the story where Cloak of the Light leaves you at a cliffhanger.  However, it is necessary to understanding the third book, so you have to read it.

#3 – My favorite!  You finally find out what happens to Drew that the second one didn’t tell you so that made me happy :).  The plot thickens further… and the chapter titled American Annihilation… yeah. 😉

So that’s the Wars of the Realms trilogy! Have you read these incredible books? (If not, please do!!)

They’re here on Amazon: Cloak of the Light, Rise of the Fallen, and Light of the Last. 

See you all next week!

Molly

 

*If you have read these books and want to read the spoiler, I’ll let you in on the secret.  I wrote the spoiler in white, so you have to highlight it with your mouse in order to see it.

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Grace Triumphant

 

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Welcome to the first Book Rating!

Profligate London, 1788. Slave ships haunt the seas, bearing human cargoes to further the wealth of the rich and destroy the souls of the slave traffickers. Russell Lawrence is an avid skeptic. Captain of the slave ship Barbados, wealthy, and a respected leader, he views religion as a crutch for the weak. But when the debauchery of the slave trade begins to destroy his good morals, his battle becomes more than fighting pirates and mutineers. What if there really is a God? Impressed as a cabin boy, Jack Dunbar sees his forced service on the Barbados as a God-given opportunity to witness Christ to the crew. But his efforts to influence the hardened slavers seems to be doing little good. How is it possible to live as a Christian on the sin-ravaged seas? Can his light shine bright in Africa’s dark interior? Back in Grosvenor Square, Elizabeth Grey battles opposition from society and her self-seeking fiancé. Her work with John Newton to end the slave trade is being harshly attacked. She faces life branded as a jilter and radical if she stands up for what she believes in. Will she ever glean the strength to call sin by its rightful name? A tale of adventure on the high seas, redemption, and faith. Sin abounds. Is grace enough to conquer doubt and triumph over evil?

Stars! Five+ Stars!

Strong language – Maybe 2

Romance – 2

Graphic Details – 6

Magic – 0

What I liked about this book:

So, I’m feeling at a loss of what to say because the descriptions says it all.  But I’ll give it a try!

This era is fascinating.  England is torn between the slave trade and abolition.  Despite the horrors of the trade, people still seemed to think it all right.

But it IS all right, isn’t it?

That’s what Russel Lawrence, captain of the slave ship Barbados wants to convince himself.  And what his cabin boy, Jack, wants to make sure he isn’t convinced of.

While Jack fights the good fight on the ocean, back in London Elizabeth Grey is fighting a battle of her own.  Will they stand strong?

My favorite characters are Isaac Rey and William Jones.  *Sobs*  They are both really good. 🙂

This book has emotion, drama, adventure, and humor all packed together, and ranges from pirates to masked intruders.  I would definitely recommend it to anyone!

(You can find it HERE on Amazon!)

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For now, Adios!

Molly

 

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Book Rating System

Hi everyone!

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I’m just popping in to tell you all about my new book rating system!  I am going to be doing one book review per week on my blog.  Check out an idea of how I will be doing this by clicking HERE.

See you soon!

Molly