Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn.

But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. ...
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Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #3)

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Overview

Sir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn.

But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes–life or death. But what will become of the hundreds of knights he’ll leave behind? In a kingdom of peril, Dalton thinks he is on his own, but two faithful friends have not abandoned him, and neither has a strange old hermit who seems to know much about the Prince. But can Dalton face the evil Shadow Warrior again and survive?

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"My son, Nathan, loved the first book in this series and he said the second was even better. In my son’s own words, ‘Mom, it was exciting and full of mystery. It compelled me to read more. I couldn’t put it down.’”
—Tricia Goyer, homeschooling mom & author of eighteen books, including, Generation NeXt Parenting.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601422385
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/5/2009
  • Series: Knights of Arrethtrae Series , #3
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 328,326
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Chuck Black traveled with the Air Force as a communications engineer and F-16 fighter pilot before beginning a career as a product design engineer. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, homeschool their six children and have a family music ministry that travels regionally. He is the author of nine novels, has been published in The Old Schoolhouse e-zine, and has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling stories with biblical truths. Chuck and his family live in Williston, North Dakota.

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Some tales tell of gallant deeds done by men and women of might. Some tell of great battles fought to free the innocent from the tyranny of wicked men. But some tales tell of the journey of the heart, and such a one is this.

I am Cedric of Chessington, Knight of the Prince. I have taken upon myself the duty of chronicling the stories of many of my fellow knights… those living now and those who came before. Please do not think me over bold if I should implore you to pause in your own life’s journey and sit with me these few moments. I have learned that pondering the life of another oft reveals both strengths and weaknesses in my own devotion to the King and his great Son. Such ponderings can beckon hearts to a nobler call and thus are worth every moment spent upon them.

Sir Dalton discovered an enemy lurking in the shadows of his heart—an enemy we must all face at some point. The Prince called one of his mightiest knights “greatest among all,” and yet he too faced this enemy. Therefore judge not Sir Dalton, but glean from his tale the wisdom and the courage to let the light of the Prince so illumine your whole being until your heart holds no shadows at all.

Sir Dalton dared to look into the shadow of his heart…Shall we?

Dalton dared not close his eyes, but he wanted to. He thought that perhaps if he closed them long enough he would awaken from this nightmare. His heart quickened, and his palms began to sweat. He tried to swallow, but his throat was so tight that the motion of his tongue stopped at the roof of his mouth and would not allow it.

“You fool!” The condescending words came from a dark, evil voice. “Did you really think you could escape me?”

Dalton stood before a true monster of a warrior. Lord Drox was a tower of muscle clad in black chain mail and gleaming black armor. He wung his gruesome blade from side to side as if to taunt Dalton. The warrior stood over seven-and-a-half feet tall, but to Dalton he seemed twice his own height. Dalton was facing a giant of evil and there was nowhere to run.

Dalton quickly loosened the dressing that bound his wounded left arm to his side. He gripped his sword tightly as Lord Drox swung his blade in an arced slice. The swords collided, and Dalton nearly lost his grip. Stunned by the power of Drox’s cut, he fought the paralyzing fear that rose up within him.

Surely this will be the end of me.

He gripped his sword tighter and made a diagonal cut toward the hulking form in front of him, but Drox’s blade easily met his blow. Dalton’s sword vibrated as though he had struck a brick wall instead of an opposing sword.
Dalton recovered his position once more and held his sword before him. Drox actually lowered his sword and began to laugh. The warrior’s deep chortles reverberated off the granite walls of the box-canyon arena where they fought. The canyon’s walls rose high around them, and though Dalton had searched for an exit, he had found none.He thought of ducking into the trees or maneuvering behind some of the jagged granite outcroppings nearby, but such moves would be futile. There was no place to run.

Drox finished enjoying his moment of mirth and fixed Dalton with a look of leering hatred.

“Oh how I love to kill the incompetent Knights of the Prince!” He raised his sword and attacked again.

Dalton tried to stand firm and brought his sword to meet the first few cuts, but he quickly found himself in retreat. Drox’s blade seemed to pound into Dalton’s blade like the blows of a war hammer, and he could not sustain his defense. Drox brought a powerful two-handed horizontal cut from Dalton’s right side.

Dalton gripped his own sword with both hands, hoping to withstand the impact, but the force of Drox’s weapon sheared Dalton’s sword in two and sent him stumbling backward. He flailed for a handhold to keep from falling, but there was nothing to grasp. Time seemed to slow as he fell to the ground and watched the upper portion of his blade fly end over end away from him. It landed in the dirt of the box-canyon floor just as his back hit the ground with a thud.

Dalton closed his eyes and hoped against reality that he would awaken from this nightmare.He saw the dark shadow over him through his closed eyelids and opened his eyes to see the evil form of Drox looming over him.

“Now you know who is truly lord of your life, knave. It is he who has the power to kill you.” Drox’s face twisted with utter loathing as he raised the hilt of his sword high above his head, the tip pointing downward toward Dalton.With both hands, Drox plunged the blade through Dalton’s armored abdomen and deep into the ground beneath.

Dalton screamed against the steely invasion of his body as the fear of his imminent death fully gripped him. He released his grip on the worthless hilt of his broken sword and grasped the blade of Drox’s weapon, convulsing in unbearable pain.

He wondered briefly why Drox had not pierced his heart instead. Then he understood. This warrior was so vile that he would draw even greater pleasure from executing a slow, painful death rather than a quick one.

Drox loosed his grip on the sword and knelt down beside Dalton. He looked into Dalton’s eyes, clearly enjoying the fear, pain, and hopelessness he saw in them. His thin lips twisted into an evil grin.

“My pets prefer their meat fresh.” Drox lifted his hand into the air, and a large raven with two wings on each side of its body landed on his wrist.

Caw! The eerie bird screeched as it looked down at Dalton with impenetrable black eyes.

“When you are too weak to fight them off, they will come,” Drox said as he stood. “Knight of the Prince”—Drox spat—“He never cared about you, fool! You’re just a dispensable pawn.” He turned and walked away.

Pain saturated Dalton’s body.The slightest movement amplified the agony tenfold.The sky above him filled with twenty hungry ravens, each one calling for others to join in the final torture. One of the birds landed on the handle of Drox’s sword, and the movement from its landing nearly sent Dalton into unconsciousness.

He screamed at the double-winged bird, but it showed no fear. Its feathers were sleek and glistening, its eyes as dark and evil as its master’s.

Dalton knew he had but one faint chance—to lift the sword from the ground through his stomach and free himself. He grasped the blade tightly with both hands and took as deep a breath as he could, then pushed up against the embedded steel with all of his remaining strength.

The avalanche of pain crushed him into a semiconscious state, where his mind wallowed between the worlds of reality, memory, and dreams.The vision of a beautiful young woman filled his mind as he was taken back two years earlier.

“Lady Brynn…,” he whispered, and reached to touch her…but she was not there.

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

    more from this reviewer

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    knights + allegory = deep stories

    Sir Dalton's life is going very well. He is young and handsome, respected among his fellow knights and admired by the beautiful Lady Brynn. But a shadow of doubt grows in his heart. Is that enough to destroy him? The powerful Lord Drox seems to be intent on killing Sir Dalton at all costs. Is there nothing Sir Dalton can do to escape the evil lord?

    This book was clever. I like the way Chuck Black uses knights and allegory to write deep stories. Having not read the first two books in the series, it took a bit to grasp the storyworld and what the knights were all about. I read this one to my seven-year-old son and he liked it, though it wasn't one of his favorites. I'd like to read the other books in the series, especially the next one, as this book left us hanging a bit! Recommended for readers 8 and up who love medieval knights.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

    Good vs. evil

    Chuck Black transports the reader back to a time of sword battles, chivalry, knights in armor and good versus evil. The Knights of Arrethtrae series continues with Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart. While this novel stands alone I strongly suggest the reader begin with book 1 and read the whole series. This series focus is young readers however; we older fans will enjoy it too. There are strong Christian symbolism throughout this series.

    Sir Dalton's faith was not as strong as his peers. He was captured by Shadow Warrior Sir Prox and imprisoned. Prox's goal is to turn Dalton to the other side. Dalton manages to escape and meets Master Sejus who talked with him and explains things to him. Young Dalton's heart was so filled with passion and faith that he wants to return to the prison and free the captives.

    This story is a fast paced, easy read. The message is easy to pick up and to understand. I have read the whole series and can hardly wait for the next installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 23, 2009

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    This allegory of good vs. evil is a strong tale that young adult readers and many of us older in the audience will appreciate

    In the Kingdom across the sea, Lucius and one third of the warriors loyal to him rebelled and were tossed out of their homes. These beings are Shadow Warriors, who tempt mortals away from the Prince and King. Lucius and his minion travel to Arrethtree to gain loyal followers while the Knights of Arrethtree counter by spreading the Word of the King and Prince.-------------------

    Sir Dalton is a knight of Arrethtree in training, but lacks the heart and passion of his peers. When the Shadow Warrior Sir Prox captures Sir Dalton, he locks him away in a prison no one escapes from. He plans to break Sir Dalton into disavowing the Word, the Prince and the King andwhen he succeeds he will have another loyal member added to his shadowy minion. Sir Dalton does the impossible as he breaks out. He meets Master Sejus who explains to him about the Code, the King and the Prince until the young knight in training feels the passion in his heart and becomes one of their most loyal supporters. He knows he must challenge Sir Prox in order to liberate the prisoners as he now believes hecan win with the Prince in his soul.------------

    This allegory of good vs. evil is a strong tale that young adult readers and many of us older in the audience will appreciate and understand the symbolic religious significance. Sir Dalton is a doubting Thomas until his escape from the demonic shadow warrior and encounter with a true believer. He finally accepts on faith the Word and is willing to test his belief in battle. Though somewhat similar in tone to the sagas of Sir Bentley and Sir Holbrook, fans will enjoy this engaging parable.-----------

    Harriet Klausner

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2012

    Fhbkhkbghd

    I need to speak with the medicen cat i think i might be expecting kits!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Brightmoon

    Touches her nose to the tree. A few minutes later she wakes up screaming "NO NO NO!!! You shall never take over my body Brightshadow! I dont care i dont-" Suddenly her voice is different. "Thats better. My sister with the same name will never know. She is good. I am evil. She is Starclan. I am Dark Forest."

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Echowind

    She touched a leaf with her nose. Immediatly Echowind drifted into a deep sleep. A pound of mewling kits came in view again. "No no no! Not here again!" she screamed in her head as she saw the view. Then it faded away. A bloody war came into view, many cats fighting. A cat lay dead on the ground. It was Autumnstar! In the distance a voice echoed, "2 will become 1, 1 will become the strongest, Shadowy Echos, Hurricane Leaves, One Cat Shall Fade Away." She immediatly woke up aand ran to camp to tell their leader. -Echowind :3

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Streakpaw

    The young apprentice quickly swipes one fallen leaf. Hidden in bushes, he touches his nose to the leaf and opens his eyes to see two cats arguing. Sort of. One seems familiar, and as he stares, he realizes that it's Featherstorm. What was she doing here? Suddenly he senses something behind him, and he whips around to see a cat with yellow fur. Not gold, yellow. The cat gives a small laugh and says,"Hey. Name's Sunsting. 'Sup?" The apprentice can see that the cat is young, but undoubtedly in StarClan. His questioning look must be enough, because the cat, Sunsting, says,"A little after my sister became a warrior, my leader decided I was too strong and killed me. Then my sister left and made her own Clan, which she's currently attempting to rebuild." The apprentice asks,"What was your former Clan called?" Sunsting answers,"Nasty place called DeathClan. Led by a guy called Killstar. Listen, I have to tell you something important. A kit's gonna be born in your Clan. It's going to be nearly as powerful as StarClan, with the ability to either destroy the forest or save it. You will recognize the kit by a mark on its neck. The mark is a distinctive blue spiral. Okay?" The apprentice finally finds words and asks,"Why are you telling me and not a medicine cat?" Sunsting smiles and answers,"Guess, O Socially Awkward One." The apprentice suddenly wakes up. Sunsting is gone. He takes the leaf and hurries back to the apprentice's den, keeping the leaf in case it can be used later. —$ + ¿ € @ |< ¿ @ \^/

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Featherstorm.....

    Blackstar: I said.... FIND A WAY! *he began to pad towards her threateningly* Your kit by the way.... Name it Spiralkit.... once youre expecting. Youll know why soon... *he muttered under his breath* blue spiral..... Featherstorm: GET AWAY! *she snarls. A wind rustle their fur. Blackstar glared at her* Blackstar: *leaps at featherstorm and slashes her side* Featherstorm: *slashes back, but her claws go straight through blackstar*

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2012

    Moontree

    This glowing silver tree can be used as a connection to Starclan. Those who touch their noses to a fallen leaf will dream with their ancestors, without having to go all the way to the Moonpool. Leaders and Medicine cats could find it very useful...

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    AWSOME

    I read this book and I loved it. Sir Dalton gets captured by lord drox and his is in a wierd cell he takes a fast ecape and he would've died and... I wont tell you the rest.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Dalton

    Great for all

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2012

    B

    B

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2012

    My second favorite in this series!

    My second favorite in this series!

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  • Posted June 15, 2009

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    Good vs. Evil... and a pretty decent read.

    I'm not really into tales of knights and such, but I ended up liking this one anyway :-)

    The story is about Sir Dalton who is a Knight of the Prince. The story deals with the basic struggles of good and evil. The Knights of the Prince fight in honor of the King and his son the Prince. Lord Drox is a fallen knight, who now fights against the Knights of the Prince and tries to gain allegiance from Knights of the Prince who falter in their loyalty.

    The story is fast paced, and it is also a quick read. The writing is decent, and the inner turmoil that faces Sir Dalton is easy to relate with. At the beginning I feared that the message of the story may get lost, but it doesn't it's there in everything Sir Dalton goes through. I would say that the story does a good job of keeping the reader attached to what is going on and even though I'm not a fan of Knights I was inclined to keep reading.

    Overall it was decent. I wasn't enthralled by it, but it kept me interested and I felt connected to Sir Dalton. Good YA read, and teaches a valuable lesson.

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    Posted December 25, 2011

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    Posted February 28, 2012

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