Rise of The Dibor: First in the White Lion Chronicles

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What if Adam and Eve never sinned? Would Satan be back?

A perfect world untouched by evil and ignorant of death is secretly invaded by an ancient enemy that threatens to destroy their way of life forever. At first any signs of Morgui's vile presence are subtle, but slowly even Creation itself heralds the impending doom that awaits as the summers grow cold and certain of Dionia's inhabitants go missing.

As more and more people are strangely ...

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Overview

What if Adam and Eve never sinned? Would Satan be back?

A perfect world untouched by evil and ignorant of death is secretly invaded by an ancient enemy that threatens to destroy their way of life forever. At first any signs of Morgui's vile presence are subtle, but slowly even Creation itself heralds the impending doom that awaits as the summers grow cold and certain of Dionia's inhabitants go missing.

As more and more people are strangely taken, the Kings of Dionia decide take precautionary measures. Luik son of Lair is summoned to join an elite group of warriors known as the Dibor, sworn to protect their Kingdom against invading foes. But when a sinister plot to dethrone the Kings and flatten the capital city of Adriel is discovered, the Dibor are summoned along with the rest of the men of Dionia to defend her walls. It is here that Luik and his army face Morgui's Prince as well as the unending ranks of the demon war-host known as the Dairne-Reih, engaging in an epic saga to keep their world from following the same fate of one that has gone before it; earth.

What some think will destroy them all, others believe will be the birth of a legend. Join a stunning cast of characters as they rally together in an inspiring story of courage, brotherhood, and sacrifice as Dionia becomes the epicenter for a war of historic proportions.

With this first installment of The White Lion Chronicles, The Rise of The Dibor spans issues of friendship, love, loyalty and dives into some of the most essential questions of faith, including humanity’s struggle to resist temptation and mankind's ultimate need for a Deliverer.

Will Adriel fall to the Dairne-Reih? Will Luik ever see find his family again? Will Morgui succeed in deceiving yet another world?

Read the story that turned children into warriors, and warriors into heroes.

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Editorial Reviews

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“[This is] for fantasy fans who enjoy “Narnia-style” adventures filled with new worlds, a host of unusual characters, invented dialects, and epic battles.”
•Aspiring Retail

"If the legend of King Arthur were ever to meet with Lord of the Rings then the title would be Rise of The Dibor…A gripping allegory for all ages."
•Graham P. Taylor; New York Times best selling author of Shadowmancer and Wormwood ]

“…a new and different realm, taking readers into places most imaginations have never even thought to enter.”
•Fort Drum Blizzard, New York

“...a phenomenal debut novel. Sparks of creative genius: everywhere! Mr. Hopper's worldbuilding skills are wonderful. A story worth hearing… This is not light fantasy. It is multilayered TRUE fantasy.”
•Wayne Thomas Batson, Bestselling Author of The Door Within Trilogy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780972548601
  • Publisher: Tsaba House
  • Publication date: 7/19/2006
  • Series: White Lion Chronicles Series
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 1,453,439
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 2.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Hopper is an internationally acclaimed conference speaker, worship leader, record producer and recording artist with eight albums released worldwide and hundreds of other titles to his credit. He is the president of Quest Productions and also the Director of Awakening, a national youth revival conference. A three-time ordained minister, he travels extensively around the globe appearing before thousands of people each year, ministering the Good News of Jesus Christ.

He and his wife, Jennifer, and their two children, reside in the 1,000 Islands Region of northern New York.

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  • Posted December 13, 2010

    Rise of the Dibor

    What if Adam had never sinned? this is the main premise of The Rise of the Dibor. Christopher Hopper takes us on a tour of a world where mankind rejected the temptation offered by Satan, but will he just accept defeat? Find out in The White Lion Chronicles, Rise of the Dibor!

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Dark Comes to the Pure Land of Athera...

    Luik, a young boy in a pure world, has never seen evil. That is about to change, for strange things are happening, and more and more are leaving the Creator's presence.
    Rise of the Dibor was a very heartfelt and thrilling book. I loved how the characters walked with the Creator, as if he was right beside them, and it set an example for me. I highly recommend this book to all of you, whether you're eight or eighty.
    --Vrenith

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  • Posted June 4, 2010

    Rise of the Dibor

    This book spins a tale on the question, "What if Adam and Eve had never sinned? What if mankind knew no wrong? Would we still have an enemy?"

    Luik, son of Lair, is born into a land of no sin, but it is not to stay that way. Odd things have been happening, people have been changing, who knows who will disappear next. When evil threatens this pristine realm, the "Dibor" is chosen, a group of young men destined to be trained for the defense of their land. Luik is one of the one chosen. What evils lay ahead no one knows, but courage remains.

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  • Posted March 5, 2010

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    Loved it

    I could not put the book down, it was just so good! The whole story spring out of a question a lot of us have asked but never really dwelled on. What would earth be like if Adam and Eve had not sinned? Mr. Hopper did a great job of really thinking it through.

    When I first picked up this book and started to read, I became worried that I would get frustrated by the slower story line and heaps of description. I was however, greatly surprised when I found the things that usually annoy me in books, actually made me enjoy this book all the more.

    The beginning was not as fast paced as many books I have previously read, but it entertaining none the less. In these slower parts we are given a bunch of background information of the world, customs, insight on the characters etc. It gave me an understanding of the main characters and helped me begin to care for them.

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  • Posted February 24, 2010

    A Great Read

    The Rise of the Dibor is a great book! Christopher Hopper has done an excellent job creating a tale deep with meaning and he leaves you wanting more. I recommend it for anyone who loves a story that has great depth and a greater meaning tucked within the pages.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Interesting Adventure

    This is a unique book that took a while to draw me in but had an epic ending.

    Hopper seemed to have much potential for a good style. There were frequent well-constructed phrases and clever metaphors, but the story was bogged down with many, many typographical errors and frequent confusing sentences.

    Plot-wise, there were pros and cons. As I stated before, it took me a long time to get drawn into the book; it was nearly the end before I was truly enjoying it. In many ways the plot or characters were annoyingly predictable, but there were a few unique, dramatic moments, moods, and ideas. The ending was unexpected, clever, and emotional. I didn't care much for this book but shall still read the sequel.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    Amazing Book!!

    In The Rise of The Dibor by Christopher Hopper, you are placed in the fantastical realm of Dionia. There, it would be the exact same as earth, but for the fact that Adam and Eve (here called Ad and Eva) never sinned. In Rise of The Dibor, the serpent (Mordui) is back with a vengeance. The dwarves who also live in Dionia know this, one dwarf taking the seven kings' sons (one of whom is the main character, Luik) and training them to become The Dibor, a band of warrior princes dedicated to wiping out the Dairn-Reih (hoards of demons) another dwarf training Luik's friend as a wizard of sorts, a third dwarf taking Luik's love and chum, a princess from a different kingdom. All trained by dwarves are taught from their belief in God. The Dairn-Raih, with Mordui at their head, conquers parts of Dionia with The Dibor the princess and the wizard all must free Dionia, joined by hoards of men. However, the men are easily tempted to join the Fallen, sinners and traitors to the race of men.

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  • Posted January 18, 2010

    Rise of the Dibor

    This book by Christopher Hopper kept me enthralled for the time i read it! It has a wonderful plot and it is simply awesome

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    An Epic Tale

    Dionia is paradise - peaceful, secure, and without sin, resting in the presence of the Most High.
    But an evil threatens this perfect world. Morgui. Thwarted once, he has returned with strength and deeper deception. His only goal - to destroy Dionia both by devastating war and by leading the will of men out of the presence of the Most High and into eternal separation.
    This truly epic tale follows the sons of Dionia's kings as they become warriors and wage war against the evil that assails their world.
    Rise of the Dibor is well written and carefully thought out. It combines a stunning plot with rich, deep theological truths and vibrant characters. Sadly, the book has several typos, mainly homonyms, but the storyline is so intense that only grammatical martinets will notice.
    The description is colorful and tangible. The battle scenes are realistically depicted and genuinely impressive. You can hear the swords clash and you can feel the blood and sweat trickling down the faces of the young warriors. Your adrenaline pulses as your eyes jerk across the page, feeling like you are truly in the midst of the action.
    The characters are drawn with vivid color, and they seem to breathe. They have real emotional struggles; they feel real pain.
    Rise of the Dibor has serious moments as it faces many deep issues - death, sin, reconciliation amongst them. Nevertheless, the book is also laced with wit and the wry humor of life.
    Rise of the Dibor - the book where boys become men and wage epic battles against impossible odds and reckless hate.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    Amazingly Awesome

    This book is seriously one of the most astounding books of our time. I was reading it, and couldn't put it down! Sometimes, I would realize I was holding my breath, or had my mouth hanging open! lol. And, sometimes, I even gasped (really loud) in reaction to what I was reading. So, definitely, and engaging read. And the plot is great too! Sometimes, the names get confusing, but that's OK. And the writing style is great too. Very engaging!

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  • Posted January 7, 2010

    Rise of the Dibor

    This book spins a tale on the question,"What if Adam and Eve had never sinned? What if mankind knew no wrong? Would we still have an enemy?"

    Luik, son of Lair, is born into a land of no sin, but it is not to stay that way. Odd things have been happening, people have been changing, who knows who will disappear next. When evil threatens this pristine realm, the "Dibor" is chosen, a group of young men destined to be trained for the defense of their land. Luik is one of the one chosen. What evils lay ahead no one knows, but courage remains.

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  • Posted January 5, 2010

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    What if Adam and Eve had never sinned?

    Luik, son of Lair, has been chosen for a special mission. Along with several fellows of him, and a seemingly grouchy mentor, and being pursued my evil demons, Luik travels to an island where he will train for the next few years. Beside physical training, Luik and his equals will receive training on how to work and think together and as one. But even with the years of training, the numbers of the enemy, Morgui, are great. Will Luik and his friends be able to fend off the ranks of Morgui?

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  • Posted December 31, 2009

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    The Rise of Dibor

    The Rise of Dibor is a skillfully written novel. It contains wonderful vocabulary! This book will be enjoyed by fans of Donita K. Paul, JR. Tolkien, Wayne Thomas Batson and C.S. Lewis. It is aimed for teens but this book will be loved by young and old alike

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  • Posted December 20, 2009

    A Different Kind of Allegory

    Christopher Hopper writes the story as if it were a song, penning descriptive words into his paragraphs. I found it to be a very unique way of writing.
    The pure realm of Dionia is threatened by an ancient evil and eighteen young men are chosen to be trained to combat the terrible enemy. This book follows one of those young men, Luik, on his journey from an innocent child to a strong warrior. Physically, emotionally, and spiritually, the chosen men, the Dibor, are tried as they fight for the freedom of Dionia and the freedom of their own spirits. They face a crafty opponent; all odds are against them. Can they save the kingdom? This book will not end as you expect.
    An original and thought-provoking fantasy. Definitely not your typical allegory.

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  • Posted December 7, 2009

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    Wonderfully Original

    A world of innoceance: a perfect world, perfect leaders, perfect love, and
    a perfect relationship with the Great God. A world still within the bounds of
    Athera [Heaven] without any knowledge of the sin that has corrupted Earth and
    the other worlds. This world is called Dionia, and is crafted by the expert pen
    of Christopher Hopper.

    Luik is the son of a king, just hitting his teenage years, and is
    thrown into a world of chaos, tempting fears, and evil. He willingly enters all
    of this, stepping out into a select group of warriors, defenders, brothers,
    known as the Dibor [DIE-bor]. After making this decision to serve the Most High
    God as one of the Dibor, Luik is sent hurtling through battles (physical and
    spiritual), training, and the destruction of all he holds dear.

    There is so much in this story to sum up in only one review. Dionia is
    truely a complete world. This is not some trivial fantasy, not even close,
    Dionia is the most real fantasy world I've ever seen written second only to
    Middle-Earth. Though Dionia may always win my heart. The language of the people
    is beautiful, their innoceance and faith riveting...how does one describe a
    reality? Dionia is not fiction. Mr. Hopper has convinced me of its reality.

    Rise of the Dibor is an excellently penned story of love, loyalty, courage,
    good versus evil, and mankind's ability (or lack thereof) to resist temptation.
    ROTD teaches that with faith all things are possible, even should the hordes of
    Hell assail you. Wretchedly twisted villians, truthfully honorable and fearless
    heroes--this is the story of a lifetime.

    Step into Dionia and be forever changed, I have changed after reading
    this--and for the better.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    Rise of the Dibor

    Rise of the Dibor, by Christopher Hopper is an allegorical christian fantasy in which many moral themes are present. The plot line in a couple sentences would be, "What if Adam and Eve had never sinned? What if mankind knew no wrong? Would we still have an enemy?" The answer is a very strong yes!
    Luik, son of king Lair, has been selected along with others to be trained by a seasoned fighter for special combat against the evil being Morgui, who is bent on destroying all that is good. This group, the Dibor, has been chosen to defend Dionia, and it's people.
    Rise of the Dibor is a long and slow book at first. There are many words in the Dionian language, and footnotes must repeatedly be sought each time one is repeated. The editing is also poor, as the spell-checker was relied on a bit heavily, as most of the typos were homophones. The cover could have been a little more interesting, in the sense of drawing in the reader, but the layout of the book was effective. The writing was weak near the beginning, but improved enough near the middle; some characters were not followed through very well also.
    Despite the criticism, most of the characters were well developed, his scenes were great, and there was great focus on spiritual warfare, and how we need, and cannot do anything without, Jesus Christ.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The Best Epic Fantasy I've Read

    In a completely sin-free and innocent world, Luik is a happy kid with a great family and friends. He's the star rokla player, and his dad is one the seven kings. What more could you want?

    But, of course, that doesn't last.

    Evil comes to his perfect world. And soon he's off to Kirstell to be one of the 18 elite warriors called the Dibor. Trained physically, mentally and spiritually to the extreme, they're basically Dionia's version of the Navy Seals.

    To put it simply, you won't want to put it down. It's fast-paced, incredibly deep and the writing is amazing for a first time author.

    But be careful. The cliffhanger ending is the best of any epic fantasy I've read. You'll want the next book, The Lion Vrie, right away.

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  • Posted October 27, 2008

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    Magestic

    Following in the style of Stephen Lawhead's Song of Albion trilogy, Hopper painted a stunning portrait of a world untainted by sin, whose Adam and Eve never fell, and over which a sinister shade was coming. Thought it was very much reminiscent of Lawhead, only one well versed in his style would be able to recognize the nuances dotting Hopper's novel. Hopper's wit gives the peice a light feel, even through the dark nights that close the novel. <BR/><BR/>Mangificent job, Mr. Hopper. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2008

    Everyone should read this book!

    If you like fantasy, read this book and the sequel!

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  • Posted October 14, 2008

    A Good Start

    This story is a supposal of what life might have been like in a world where Adam and Eve did not sin, where many and creation remained perfect. I found the premise behind the story interesting ¿ man can still choose to rebel but is innately good rather than innately bad. However, sometimes the frequent homonym confusion irritated me and made it difficult to stay wrapped up in the story. Despite its flaws, ¿Rise of the Dibor¿ a pleasant story and look forward to discovering the end of the tale.

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