Friday, April 2, 2010

The Terrestria Chronicles

Travel back to the days of noble knights and powerful warlords... daring quests and deadly dragons... the days of honor and valor and chivalry.

The 7-book Terrestria Chronicles series is a Christian fantasy and adventure series for ages 10 and up. The novels are allegorical and all focus on King Emmanuel and his kingdom of Terrestria. The books point to the truths of the Christian faith and reinforce positive character qualities.

The books are intended to be read sequentially, but since I was sent books #6 and #7 to review, I jumped right into the middle. I actually did not find them hard to follow as I had feared and the stories stood well alone.

The Golden Lamps is the story of a town, fearing attack by Argomor’s dark knights, begins to build a castle for protection. But before the construction is far underway, the townspeople start to find golden lamps hidden in the mountainside. These lamps bring enormous material wealth to the finders, but turn their hearts away from the castle building to greed and selfishness. King Emmanuel sends his adopted son, Prince Josiah, to try to put the townspeople back on the track of obedience, truth, and honor.

In The Great War, the kingdom of Terrestria is under increasing attack by the dark forces of Argomor. Many of Terrestria’s citizens are becoming apathetic and doubt-filled in their service and loyalty to King Emmanuel. This exciting conclusion to the series parallels the book of Revelation.

I found the series both entertaining and thought-provoking.  One of the points in The Great War was that God  (Emmanuel) was greater than the forces of evil and would ultimately triumph. However his victory depended on the prayers (petitions) of his children. Therefore, Argamor’s primary means of attack was to bring discouragement to Prince Josiah and others so that they would stop petitioning Emmanuel, thus limiting what Emmanuel would do in their defense. As a result of reading this book, I am pondering the effects of discouragement on my own prayer life and the need to keep focused on God, not circumstances.

Although I would have preferred reading the series chronologically, the book stood well on their own. Emily, at 9, is at the young end of the recommended age range. She enjoyed the books, but I think she will understand the plots and symbolism better in another year or two.

Each Terrestria Chronicles volume sells for $7.99.

 I received these two books free for review purposes from Cross and Crown publishing. No other compensation was provided.

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