Return of the Guardian-King (Legends of the Guardian-King Series #4)

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The powerful finale to the Christy Award-winning novels in the LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING series

Believed dead by all but the handful of supporters who rescued him from his Mataian enemies, Abramm Kalladorne has fled his homeland to the high mountains of northern Chesedh. Traveling under a new name with a group of bitter and increasingly desperate fellow exiles, Abramm hopes to reunite with his wife in Chesedh, where he will offer his services to her father in fighting the ...

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Overview

The powerful finale to the Christy Award-winning novels in the LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING series

Believed dead by all but the handful of supporters who rescued him from his Mataian enemies, Abramm Kalladorne has fled his homeland to the high mountains of northern Chesedh. Traveling under a new name with a group of bitter and increasingly desperate fellow exiles, Abramm hopes to reunite with his wife in Chesedh, where he will offer his services to her father in fighting the invading armies of the Black Moon. But with every step he is hindered, delayed, and diverted from the direction he desires to go, and it soon becomes clear Eidon has other plans for him.

In the royal city of Fannath Rill, Maddie alone believes Abramm still lives. But since she has no proof, her friends, family, and public opinion press her to remarry. With its neighboring realms now under enemy control, Chesedh has become the last bastion of Eidon's Light. Desperately overmatched, it cannot survive on its own. Yet the rich, handsome eastern warlord who is openly courting Maddie has a vast fleet of galley ships that could turn the tide in Chesedh's favor....

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Editorial Reviews

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Hancock has written another excellent book that her fans will want to rush out to get.
—Debbie W. Wilson
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As with all great series, I hate to see this one come to an end. Even after some 1,600 pages. That's a testament to the exciting world Hancock has created. Without revealing the ending, I can say that readers will leave these shores satisfied that the story has been told in its entirety. But that doesn't mean we won't miss reading more of these captivating legends...
—Heather Hunt
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764227974
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/1/2007
  • Series: Legends of the Guardian-King Series , #4
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,231,970
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Karen Hancock's novels have received numerous awards and honors, including three Christy Awards for Arena, The Light of Eidon, and The Shadow Within. Along with writing, Karen is a watercolorist. She resides with her husband and son in Tucson, Arizona.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2014

    The journey yet continues...

    A wonderful close for the story of our humbled warrior!

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Great series

    This whole series, Legend of the Guardian-King, is great. I love how the author combines Christian values with the fiction!!

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    excellent

    A fight between good and evil. Keeps your interest and you can't put it down.

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  • Posted January 10, 2013

    The entire series is excellent! Every single book is a page-turn

    The entire series is excellent! Every single book is a page-turner! I truly enjoy the parallels between the internal and external faith struggles of Abramm because I could totally relate! Great read! Going to check out some of the author's other books.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    A great end to an amazing story!!!

    I loved this book! i wish it had ended differently than it did.... but I cant change the way the author wrote it!!!!! I still love this book! I will read it again some time. <3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2012

    Awesome end to this series!

    I loved this book! Mrs. Hancock kept you on your toes the whole way through! My favorite of the series. Loved the whole journey in these books!

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  • Posted February 4, 2011

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    Fantastic

    The final book keeps you off balance and breathless. Are all the good guys left going to make it out alive? Will Abramm win? You will be laughing, crying, and generally emotional for the entire series including this book. Very very satisfying ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2007

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    I have loved Karen Hancock's books ever since discovering The Light of Eidon. Except for The Lord of the Rings, I rarely if ever read sci/fi or fantasy, but once I opened the first page of the first of her 4-part series, I was enthralled with Abramm Kalladorne and his spiritual journey. Each book in the series has been a wonderful tale of adventure, friendship, spiritual growth and maturity, with all the things that make for good storytelling--heroism, valor, sacrifice, great secondary characters, wonderful edge-of-your-seat cliffhanger chapter endings, against-all-odds battles, romance, you name it, Hancock knows how to deliver! But the best part of all is her underlying spiritual themes. It's the 'pilgrim's progress' of an individual's coming to know the Truth and then learning how to walk in truth. I was brought to tears in so many places during her narratives as her characters went through testings and then received great rewards.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2007

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    Three years ago, I was introduced to the world of the Guardian-King, immediately taken in by the mesmerizing sites and gripping tale. After reading of Abramm's exploits in Esurh's gladiator arenas, I could barely wait to delve into the second. I did the very afternoon after finishing the first, and loved every moment of it. And then the third came along, which seemed like it should have been the conclusion until Hancock decided to extend the story with a twist ending. Fair enough, I told myself. The fourth book should be more than satisfying and end it with a bang. It turns out that I was wrong. Using the first half of the book to test Abramm's patience in exile, the reader's patience is tested as well with miniscule plot developments and sappy love spats. The metaphor well has run dry for Hancock as she starts describing the smiles as 'brighter than the sun, piercing through the clouds after a storm' and dialogue is cheapened with cliche responses and predictable situations. The action sequences would work better in film than they did in print, and the one surprising twist in the story ultimately is left unfinished at the end. Speaking of the end, it is the one moment you wait the entire book for, and it does seem to be worth the wait. At least for a while, that is. With the addition of the open ended twist mentioned beforehand involving the ultimate ending, the pacing is inconstant, the conflict fails to send your heart soaring as the first two epics in the series, and the ending should have occurred two pages sooner with elements of both the last chapter and epilogue combined. As much as I loved the previous epics, I cannot recommend the final chapter. This one confirmed my previous worries that racist criticism could have a foothold with its denouncement of peoples resembling Middle Eastern and Asian nations as the villains. What made the second and third book interesting was the fact that evil arose from within Abramm's own kingdom and people, as the shadow occasionally arose in himself. Unfortunately, whether the author was conscious of this or not, the shadow seems to become the rest of the world and anyone who disagrees with a Protestant outlook of life. It's a true shame, for I cared about these characters as I'm sure many other readers did. It's disappointing to see them placed in this dull and ill-timed novel, despite their admirable outcomes in facing temptation and doubt. Christian fiction can be so much more than this.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 5, 2007

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    The Legends of the Guardian King series comes to a end in this riviting fantasy. What a great series and what an awesome finish. I don't know how Karen Hancock does it but once again she has created an exceptional story that keeps you glued to this book until the very last page. You'll be up all night. I didn't want this book to end, but the ending is satisfying and fulfilling. One of my favorite books and series of all time. A must read.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    An exciting fantasy

    Like its neighbor nations Kiriath has fallen. The Shadow rules with an iron fist oppressing any opposition. While most of his countrymen assume he is dead, a few close advisors are fleeing with distraught Abramm Kalladorne as they are forced to take flight way from his beloved Kiriath to take temporary sanctuary in the desert. He hopes to reach his wife Maddie in Fannath Rill in the last realm of Eidon¿s Light, mountainous Chesedh. Once there he plans to assist his father-in-law fight the Black Moon legions of the Shadow. However no matter how hard he tries to reach his spouse¿s side, he stumbles until finally Abramm assumes that for whatever reason Eidon has a different fate in store for him.------------------- Meanwhile her family insist Abramm is dead having fallen nobly in combat and that to save their country from being the next and final domino to fall she must marry a suitor who can provide the realm galleys that could turn the tide in their favor. Without this aid, Chesedh will lose. Maddie tries to resist the pressure as she believes in her soul she would know if her beloved died, but saving her people and her family seems the right thing to do as the conquerors head in their direction.--------------- The fourth tale in the ¿Legends of the Guardian-King¿ (see THE LIGHT OF EIDON, SHADOW OVER KIRIATH and THE SHADOW WITHIN) continues the exciting fantasy war between the Dark Moon forces of the Shadow and that of the Light of Eidon. However in this tale the hostilities play more of a doomsday countdown backdrop to the dilemmas of Abramm and Maddie as each ponders what to do next as duty supersedes their personal relationship. Fans of Christian Armageddon sagas will enjoy the fight between the light and dark due to the quandaries confronted by the lead pair, who put human faces on the supremacy war.------------ Harriet Klausner

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