Leinad is sixteen years old – the son of a farmer. He has spent his life working the land, and practicing sword fighting with his father. He eventually learns that the sword fighting was not just to pass the time. Leinad has been called to serve the King. He sets out on his journey with a young girl named Tess, facing many hardships as they find themselves the enemy of the Dark Knight and his Shadow Warriors who want nothing more than to ruin the plans of the King.
Kingdom’s Dawn is book one in the Kingdom Series, and it’s a great start. The book is written as Youth fiction, but I think it makes a pretty good light read for adults as well. There is a lot of symbolism and representation of Bible stories and figures, from the rebellion of Lucifer to Moses and the burning bush. Based on this book alone, I would expect the series to take us through the most important moments of the Bible all the way through Revelations and Jesus’ return to establish His Kingdom. The symbolism is pretty easy to grasp if you know the Bible, but just in case you miss some things there is a discussion guide with answers in the back of the book. The only problem I had with the book actually came in the first few chapters with regard to the writing style. It was loaded with adjectives. For example, “The night breeze chills my moist face as I gaze across the rhythmic mass and see the outline of hundreds of other galant ships.” The almost poetic feel goes on for a bit as the narrator fills us in about himself before he start telling us about Leinad. It does, however, lessen after the story gets going.
1) Overall Plot = 4.5
2) Characters = 4.5
3) Flow/Pace of the story = 4.5
4) Is the story easy to follow? = 5
5) Overall Enjoyability = 4.5
Average of score 4.6
Overall grade = B
This was book 51 in my 52 Books in 52 Weeks challenge.