Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue

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by Chuck Black

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Lady Carliss faces the challenge of her life. Can she save the kingdom before it’s too late?

Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for…  See more details below


Lady Carliss faces the challenge of her life. Can she save the kingdom before it’s too late?

Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for kidnapping a friends’ family. Along the way she is reunited with Sir Dalton and discovers that the struggle in her heart is far from over. When Dalton falls to the vicious attack of a mysterious, poisonous creature, Carliss finds herself in a race against time. As Dalton clings perilously to life, she must find the antidote in the distant and strange city of Moorue.
While there, Carliss uncovers the master plot of a powerful Shadow Warrior that will soon overtake the entire Kingdom. Her faith in the Prince and her courage as a knight are tested as she faces evil Shadow Warriors and a swamp full of dreadful creatures. The lives of many, including Dalton’s, depend on Carliss. But she cannot save them all, for time is running out.  She faces an impossible choice: save Dalton, or let him die so that others may live.

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Knights of Arrethtrae Series , #4
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Lady Carliss
She seemed an ordinary enough girl on the outside—a quiet, plain, and simple girl—but within, Carliss was as unique and complex as the snowflakes that sometimes fell upon her father’s farm when she was a child. On those special days, Carliss would take a dark cloth outside and catch the intricate flakes so she could gaze upon them and marvel at their perfection and beauty. She would close her eyes before they melted and try to hold each exquisite detail in her memory for as long as possible.
As she grew out of the delightful and carefree world of a child and into the reality of the kingdom, Carliss began to realize that just as the beauty of her perfect flakes had melted away, so had the perfection of the kingdom where she lived. In her spirit, she knew something was amiss, and this is what made Carliss so unusual. She ached for something she knew did not exist and yet believed it should.
This yearning was something she could not quench, and it stole away the silliness of youth before her time.Those who knew her thought her a bit peculiar, a bit too intense and serious—certainly not like the other girls. But then, Carliss had never aspired to be like the other girls. What she did aspire to was something she couldn’t quite name—until the day her world changed.
It happened when Carliss was fifteen. A man dressed in the garb of a knight arrived at their farm. He was quite short and unimpressive in appearance. He asked for room and board for a night, and he offered to pay a good price in exchange.
Carliss’s father hesitated, for he had learned to be wary of all men in a kingdom where treachery was as likely as a good deed. Carliss knew her father was concerned for the safety of her mother and the five children, but she sensed something noble in this man’s peculiarity.
When her father denied the knight’s request, Carliss felt the ache in her spirit swell to the size of a chasm that seemed to swallow her. She watched the fellow turn and leave the farm. But when he was a short distance away, Carliss could not contain herself. She ran after the man, ignoring the warning calls from her father and mother.
“Who are you, sir,” she panted when she reached him, “and why did you come here?”
The knight gazed down at Carliss from his steed and seemed to know the ache that called her to him. “I am Sir Orland, a Knight of the Prince, and I come to share His truth with you. Would you like to hear it?”
That was the day Sir Orland shared the great story of the King and the Prince with Carliss and her family. By evening, another family had been added to the Prince’s cause, and  Carliss felt the ache in her spirit fade away. She closed her eyes and envisioned her perfect snowflakes in a perfect kingdom with a perfect King. Joy filled her heart, and so did her zeal for service to the Prince.
On that day, Carliss became Lady Carliss, noble daughter of the King. She and her family donned robes of a nobility that far transcended the caste nobility of the kingdom. Sir Orland also opened their eyes to realities both glorious and potentially frightening. For as the King and His Son transformed in their minds from myth and legend to reality, so did the King’s enemy, Lucius, and the ongoing battle for the kingdom…a battle in which they now had a significant role.
Over the course of the next two years, Sir Orland found many opportunities to come and train the family in the ways of the Prince and in the sword. Then, when Carliss was   nearly seventeen, she and her brother Koen began training at a nearby haven for the Knights of the Prince. Carliss was commissioned a year after Koen, and her father  arranged to have her mentored for a time under Sir Orland.
Now, at the age of twenty, Carliss was truly a knight of great skill by her own right. By the kingdom’s standard, she was still a quiet, plain, and simple girl. On matters of the King and the Prince, however, a fiery spirit rose up strong within her. It is what drove her to defend the meek and help the hurting and battle with all her might against the servants of the Dark Knight.
Her mettle as a Knight of the Prince had been tested just weeks before, when she helped Koen and his friend Sir Dalton defeat the evil Lord Drox. Together they had fought the terrifying four-winged death ravens and the ravenous hounds of despair and had freed many knights from Drox’s horrific prison. The three of them had grown close on that mission, and it was then that Carliss began to struggle with feelings for Dalton.
This was what troubled her on a brilliant summer day as she rode her horse, Rindy, along the road to Salisburg.
How was it possible, she wondered, to want so much to see someone…and yet dread it at the same time?
And why did it all have to be so complicated?
“Lady Carliss,” a voice called out from behind.
Carliss turned about on Rindy to see a young woman galloping to catch her. Carliss reined in her horse and waited. She had only been on the road a short time, having just left the haven at Varlaken.
Carliss had come to Varlaken with a contingent of fellow knights to help retrain those who had been imprisoned by Lord Drox. She had worked tirelessly for the past two-and-a-half weeks to reestablish the hearts and hone the skills of those men and women recently freed from Drox’s dreadful cave prison.The immensity of the daily tasks at Varlaken had kept her mind occupied, and the weariness of each day had pulled at her limbs and mind at sundown. In the quietness of the evenings, however, she had been unable to avoid the honest tugging of her heart in a direction she desperately sought to avoid.
So now she was headed for home…and Sir Dalton. Her thoughts of him confused her, and she welcomed the interruption of her ride.
The young woman slowed her horse and smiled broadly at Carliss as she approached. Carliss recognized the short, dark hair. It was a young knight named Salina.
“May I ride with you for a distance?” she asked.
Although Lady Salina was a couple of years older, Carliss had mentored and befriended her while at Varlaken. She was a beautiful woman who had fallen prey to the same deceptions of Lord Drox that so many other knights had.When Carliss, Koen, and Sir Dalton, along with the help of Sir Orland, freed Drox’s prisoners, Salina had immediately attached herself to Carliss.
Carliss, who didn’t have many female friends, had liked Salina from the beginning. She seemed like a strong knight, and Carliss was impressed with how quickly she recovered from life in Drox’s prison. Her warm brown eyes often seemed to reflect a mind that was deep in thought.
“I’m glad for the company,” Carliss told her now with a smile. “I didn’t realize you were leaving Varlaken just yet.”
Salina matched her horse’s gait to Carliss’s. “Once you left I didn’t see much need to stay,” she replied. “I think I’m ready to move on.”
Carliss nodded. “I think so too. You did very well at sword practice yesterday.”
“Not as well as you did at archery,” Salina answered. “You’re incredibly skilled with a bow, aren’t you?”
Carliss flashed a quick smile. “I guess I have a knack for it. I hunted a lot on our farm when I was growing up.” Salina tilted her head. “It’s more than just a knack. I was in Drox’s prison, remember. I saw how you used your bow against those awful hounds—it was almost as if you knew where they were going to be before they got there. You’re quite a knight for one so young.”
“I only hope to serve my King.” Carliss ducked her head. “So, you are going home now?” she asked, anxious to change the subject. Salina shrugged. “For a while, I guess, though I hope to receive another assignment soon. You’re heading back to Salisburg?”
Carliss nodded. “My family is there. My parents and my siblings.”
Salina gave her a teasing smile. “Isn’t that where Sir Dalton is from as well?”
“Yes…yes he is,” Carliss replied, feeling her face flush slightly. She turned to adjust her saddle pack. “Sir Dalton’s a courageous knight,” she answered carefully. “He’s a good friend, especially to my brother, Koen.”
Salina tilted her head toward Carliss. “That’s all? I thought perhaps you and he—”
“That’s all,” Carliss worked to keep her voice even. “Sir Dalton has an…understanding with Lady Brynn.We were all in training together.”
“Hmm.” Salina nodded thoughtfully as they picked up their pace to pass a precariously loaded cart. Once they were safely past, she glanced over at Carliss.
“Listen, do you remember when my brother visited me at the haven last week?” she asked.
Carliss raised her eyebrows. “Yes, I think so.”
“Well, he was so grateful for how you were helping me, and he didn’t get a chance to thank you in person.”
Salina gave Carliss another meaningful glance, and Carliss shifted in her saddle, wondering where this was leading. Sir Alston had arrived at a time when Carliss was feeling overwhelmed with her duties. He had only stayed a day, and she had seen him a few times with Salina but never actually talked with him. Carliss was perfectly fine with that, for he was a handsome fellow, and such men tended to make her feel uneasy…as Dalton had.
“What I’m saying is…I would love for you to come to my home and meet my family.”
“Oh, I don’t think—”
“It’s not far, Carliss, just a short ride north of here near Pembrook,” Salina continued. “I owe you so much, and I know that Alston and my parents would love to have an opportunity to thank you properly.”
Carliss pretended to consider the request out of courtesy, fully intending to decline. But Salina persisted.
“Please, Carliss. It would mean so much to me. At least come and share a meal with us.”
Carliss looked at Salina and couldn’t think of any reasonable excuse. Her family wasn’t expecting her on any particular day. Besides, truth be told, she had been dreading her return home, for she knew she would have to face her own emotional dilemma at the haven there. Perhaps this diversion would help clear her mind.
“All right, Salina. I’ll come,” Carliss said with a smile. “But only for a little while. Thank you for the invitation.”
“Wonderful!” Salina exclaimed. “They will all be so excited to meet you.”
Carliss ducked her head again, embarrassed at Salina’s exuberant response.
“It’s off toward Pembrook then,” she said, wondering if she had just committed to something she might later regret.

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Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #4) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
mylordandmyking More than 1 year ago
This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. Having read the first 3 books in the Kingdom series, and none of the Knights of Arrethtrae series before, I have to say that this book is very easy to pick up, even if you haven't read any of the others. The author fills in some of the events of the previous book, helping to identify some of the characters and to tie in with the other books. The locations, events and characters are very well-described as well. The book doesn't take long to get into the story, and is well-written, easy to read, and I enjoyed it. If you like stories of bravery and battle, then you will probably enjoy this book too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read it in like 3 hours and I am only 11!! The King reigns and His Son!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Chuck Black has completely enticed me into his books they are so good. The kingdom series is a favvorite. DrewDog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All i have read is the sampple but so far it is great!
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dontfaint More than 1 year ago
New to the work of Chuck Black I was unsure of what to expect as I began reading Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue. I was immediately drawn in by this well written allegory and found myself in a medieval land complete with knights, sword fights, and dragons. Traveling with Lady Carliss, a knight of The Prince, there were encounters with "shadow spirits" and other forces of evil intent on drawing humanity away into a life of foolishness that would ultimately lead to ruin. Drawing strength from Spirit, the inner powers of The Prince, "shadow warriors" and others who had pledged allegiance to The Kingdom she ultimately experiences victory in her battles freeing those imprisoned by Lucius and saving the lives and restoring order to The Kingdom. As I read the book it was not difficult for me to draw parallels between the storyline and today's society. The author chose to use allegory to "depict the dangers of letting escapism overtake one's life." This is something that he's done quite well. We live in a time when books, movies, video games, and role-playing are a common means of entertainment. As a past time these things are harmless but if allowed to become a stronghold they are fully capable of bringing ruin: physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I see books like Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue as being tools to reach young people who have a love for fantasy with the message of Jesus Christ. Perfect for a Sunday School class or small group setting, the book includes discussion questions for each chapter. It would be of particular interest to young people, although I personally loved it, and is very capable of conveying Biblical truths regarding spiritual warfare and what it means to be a fully committed Christian. I highly recommend adding Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue to your children's or youth ministry curriculum lists. I'd venture to say that all of the books in The Kingdom series would be wonderful teaching tools. Simple yet profound these allegoric writings have the power to capture young minds and hearts for the kingdom of Christ.
christian_chick6 More than 1 year ago
Lady Carliss is the fourth book in Black's The Knights of Arrethtrae series. Marketed as youth/teen fiction, I'd say it's suitable for ages 7 and up, though it would probably be okay for younger children who don't scare easily, as well. Lady Carliss, a Knight of the Prince, is returning home from a mission when she learns that a friend's family has been taken captive by followers of the Dark Knight. Then her friend Dalton is poisoned by a mysterious lizard-like creature, and Carliss must race against time--both to rescue her friend's family and to find a cure for Dalton. Black's series is an allegory for Christianity, similar to C.S. Lewis's The Chronicles of Narnia. However, based on Lady Carliss, I'd guess that these books more closely parallel biblical narrative than Lewis's did. Parents could easily discuss the themes present in this book with their kids and draw out applications to their lives. Black seems to have intended this, based on the author's note at the end and the discussion questions that follow. I am certain that my 8-year-old self, the girl who read everything she could get her hands on and even used a flashlight under the covers to read late into the night, would absolutely love Lady Carliss. Oh, who am I kidding? My 28-year-old self loves it, too! This is the kind of book you could read with your elementary-aged kids and enjoy just as much as they do. Besides the previously-mentioned discussion questions, the book also includes sheet music for a song called "Journey to Moorue." I banged it out the best I could, and even in my feeble attempt could tell that it's a hauntingly beautiful piece. Should you read it? Yes, yes, yes! This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
Gretchen_Geyer More than 1 year ago
Who doesn't like reading about a girl who is a warrior? This is Joan of Arc meets fantasy. The dialogue is fluidly beautiful. I did want Lady Carliss to sit Selena down and tell her to stop being so impulsive before she repeatedly rushes headlong into trouble (c'mon Lady Carliss!) - and I do wish that the author had written a little more and showed us more often what he told us instead (and trusted the reader to figure out things through body language and tone of voice instead of spelling it all out at times). That being said, I loved the strong allegorical aspects in this fantasy world and the story is touching and powerful - and creative!all in all, I think it's a good story and worth checking out to decide for yourself! This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group...but I provided my own opinions. ;)
quilldancer More than 1 year ago
This is an edge of your seat read. In Lady Charliss and the Waters of Moorue, Chuck Black, former fighter pilot and communications engineer, has written an outstanding allegory for youth of any age. I loved this book. I didn't care it that was smack in the middle of a series from which I'd read nothing else. It was a complete story on it's own from beginning to end. If you like fantasy, coming of age, and/or quest novels, you will like this book. The vocabulary is best suited for 9-12 year-olds, but the story will span all ages. The story includes action, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, and a tiny touch of romance. It is also packed full of Christian principals and models wise decision-making skills, yet it does not come across as sappy or preachy. I received this book free from Multnomah Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
Julie12 More than 1 year ago
I'm having to rethink my "not that keen on fantasy-fiction" thinking. This book really pulled me in. I loved the honor shown by the the main character and how she struggled with having to make difficult decisions. She was always guided with her sense of what was right and I really admired that. This was another book that was hard for me to put down! This book is part of "The Knights of Arrethtrae" Series and although I had not read the previous books in the series, it didn't matter. The story stood alone and I didn't have to be acquainted with the characters previously to understand who they are or how they fit into the story line. Again, this shows me what a great book it is because that's not always true of series books. This book would also be great for your young reader; pre-teen and teenager. An excellent book to pull into your homeschooling curriculum as it shows honor, loyalty and faith. I enjoyed the book, though, too, so don't discount reading it yourself, parents! My son would have loved reading this (and still intends to) with me as part of our schooling. I highly recommend this book! You'll love it!
scentednights2002 More than 1 year ago
Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue is a teen/youth fantasy fiction that takes place in medieval times. It is the fourth book in the Knights of Arrethtrae series and I haven't had the opportunity to read the first three. It's a tale of the struggle between good and evil with a Christian focus. Lady Carliss is a Knight with a mission. She needs to help find a friend's family that has been kidnapped. On her journey she uncovers a plot by an evil Shadow Warrior to take over the kingdom. She has to choose to save a friend or let him die so that other people can live. All in all this was a good book. If you're not fond of Christian fiction, you may want to skip this one but as a Christian fantasy book, it's very well done.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
A ruler of great power, justice and mercy, this King, sought to establish His rule in the land of Arrethtrae. All was well in Arrethtrae until the rebellion.for there came a time when the King's first and most powerful Silent Warrior, Lucius by name drew a third of the warriors with him in an attempt to overthrow the Kingdom Across the Sea. A great battle raged until finally the King's forces prevailed. Cast out of the kingdom and consumed with hatred and revenge, Lucius now brought rebellion to the land of Arrethtrae and bringing great turmoil to the land. There are many warriors in this land of Arrethtrae, many knights who serve many masters. But the knights of whom I write are my brothers and sisters, the Knights of the Prince. The Knights of the Prince are called to rescue countless souls, not only from the danger of sword and knife but also from those who would poison the mind and soul. It takes an extraordinary knight to take up the cause of the Prince and face such danger. Come and hear the tale of one who was willing.the valiant Lady Carliss! If you want to hear this tale, you will definitely want to pick up this great Christian fiction story from WaterBrook Multnomah as was provided as a complimentary copy for me to review. If you like books like The Chronicles of Narnia or Lord of the Rings, then I would highly recommend this book. I absolutely loved it! For more information on how to obtain a copy of this book please click on the link below: Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages On Sale: March 16, 2010 Price: $9.99 ISBN: 978-1-60142-127-2 (1-60142-127-3)
Renee90 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy reading fantasy and fiction so this book was right up my alley. Mr. Black did a wonderful job! The story was engaging, full of suspense and I couldn't put the book down. This book is being promoted for young adults but I also recommend it for any adults out there who love fantasy and Christian fiction. One of my favorite parts of the book was the discussion questions and the scriptural references in this section of the book. They were thoughtful, insightful and clearly showed how this allegorical tale is based from the Bible.
Sorghumgrass More than 1 year ago
In Chuck Black's fantasy world of Arrethtrae the Christians are Followers of the King and many train to fight the good fight as knights and ladies (that is to say lady knights). His heroes and heroines are brave, valiant, strong, and physically and mentally equipped to serve the King and His Son. In the notes, the author states that he wanted to write books that would inspire his children to live for and serve Jesus. There is an extensive study guide so this book can be used with youth groups. There is even sheet music include for a song inspired by this book - "Journey to Moorue", written by Emily Elizabeth Black. I always appreciate a map, glossary, and cast of characters. This publisher provided a map, but no glossary or cast of characters. The discussion guide more than makes up for this as it includes all kinds of notes and explanations. If we ignore all the extras included in this affordable softbound book ($9.99), we still have a great story. Truehearted Lady Carliss is a young knight returning home on furlough. As in the cliffhanger films of yesteryear, however, our heroine can not stay out of trouble for very long. She doesn't even reach home before trouble finds her. The village of her companion has been raided and her fellow knight's family has been taken. To add to her trouble, Carliss's maybe-boyfriend has been bitten by a vicious lizard and is in a coma! This all happens in the first few pages, which sets the tone for this action adventure fantasy story. Carliss is constantly having to make decisions about how to act. Will she take the high road or settle for being ordinary? Will she opt to save one or many? She acts with vision and courage as she befriends the friendless, fights against evil drug dealers, and struggles with her own wishes for her future. Black does not leave us with a one-dimensional view of the heroine, however. He does admit that she has doubts and selfish thoughts. In the end, we know she will do what is right. I am sick and tired of "flawed heroes". Why do modern comic books and movies think that they have to change our heroes into complicated, struggling beings? I like my Superman to be Super and my Wonder Woman to be Wonderful. Good guys should wear white hats. Knights should be noble. I agree with Black that we need to be inspired by our heroes. Lady Carliss is someone to aspire to be. -- This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group. This is available for purchase at and many other fine locations.
CelticLadyWI More than 1 year ago
This, the 4th volume in the Lady Carliss Series is introduced by Cedric of Chessington, who is a humble servant to the Prince, who represents Jesus Christ. It is a story of Lady Carliss, a young girl who is a Knight of the Prince and how she must save a friends family from Lord Malco's evil machinations. Along the way she meets up with numerous characters, some good ,some evil. This story is an allegory that convey's biblical truth, good vs. evil. This was a relatively short novel (208 pages) that was easy to read. I am not a fan of the fantasy genre, but was able to read this book with no difficulties except for the fact that this was the fourth in the series and I had not read the previous three. I found the story interesting and an enjoyable read. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys this Christian Fantasy genre. This book was provided for review by the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.I was not compensated monetarily for my honest review.
harstan More than 1 year ago
When Lucius rebelled against the King and his Son Across the Sea, he and his Shadow Lords were defeated; but fled to Arrethetrae to continue their rebellion with an absolute determination that the King would never rule there. However after the Son came and gained followers before he was killed, resurrected and returned home, he obtained loyal faithful Knights of Arrethetrae. One of the most devoted Knights to the Prince is Lady Carliss who heads home after a dangerous mission including imprisonment in one of the Shadow Warrior's dungeons. She and her companion Lady Salina stop at the latter's house, but nobody is to be found anywhere. Marauders are hunting them and other captives to give to Shadow Lord Malco, who needs them to use as part of his nefarious plot to destroy Arrethetrae. On their way to get help, the two women run into Sir Dalton, the love of Lady Carliss' life. Before they can exchange words, an esca lizard bites him. She has ten days to find the lily in the poisonous deadly swampland of Moorue abutting Malco's castle that can save her beloved's life. Lady Carliss obtains allies on her quest, but a traitor brings the wrath of Malco on her and her cohorts making her to choose between who lives or dies as time runs out. Good and evil clash physically and metaphysically numerous times in this exhilarating young adult inspirational thriller. Carliss is a warrior Knight of the Prince as gender does not matter when it comes to combat. She makes the tale as she must make life and death choices no one should have to do, but it happens (as President Obama said at the Nobel Prize ceremony). Chuck Black provides his readers with a powerful message to believe for the solace gained helps even when the free will preferences are overwhelming emotionally troubling. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absulutly love these books the suspence,action,and the drama but most of all the prince and the kingdom across the sea