Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #1)

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A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory!

As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized.

Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to ...

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Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #1)

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Overview

A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory!

As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized.

Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to discover the identity and origin of a secretive new order known as the Conquistero Knights. They travel to the city of Bel Lione where Lord Ra has been enticing young people in the kingdom to join his festivals, after which many choose not to return home. Their families keep quiet for fear of repercussion.

When Sir Duncan disappears while trying to discover the truth of Lord Ra’s castle, Sir Kendrick attempts to find and enlist the help of a mysterious warrior. Time is short for he must save Duncan and call upon the knights of Chessington to join in the battle against the evil Lord Ra.

Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are…the Knights of Arrethtrae!

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"Chuck Black is a fantastic storyteller who knows how to get his message across in an exhilarating tale without preaching."
-Midwest Book Review for Kingdom's Call

"In the grand tradition of The Chronicles of Narnia, Chuck Black's Arrethtrae saga tells the story of valiant knights in a far-off kingdom within a thinly veiled Christian metaphor. Intended for youth, the story has a straightforward theme of good versus evil. Megalomaniac Lord Ra is luring young people into his ranks of evil knights through decadent parties. Only a band of noble knights—outnumbered but blessed by "The Prince"—can stop him. Bringing life to this recording are multiple voices, dashing sound effects, and adventuresome music. Battle scenes are exciting without being overly violent, and the story's tender moments balance out the fighting. For families looking for fantasy tales with a solid moral message, the Arrethtrae series is a good choice." 
F.G. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601421241
  • Publisher: The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Series: Knights of Arrethtrae Series , #1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 620,979
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.97 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

Chuck Black spent eight years in the Air Force traveling the world as an F-16 fighter pilot and a communications engineer. Today, Chuck is the author of seven novels and a product-design engineer. He has invented or coinvented eleven patented construction products now being sold internationally. His passion in life is to serve the Lord Jesus Christ and to love his wife, Andrea, and their six children. He lives with his family in North Dakota.

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Kingdom’s Heart
An Introduction to the Knights of Arrethtrae

Like raindrops on a still summer’s eve, the words of a story can oft fall grayly upon the ears of a disinterested soul. I am Cedric of Chessington, humble servant of the Prince, and should my inadequate telling of the tales of these brave knights e’er sound as such, know that it is I who have failed and not the gallant hearts of those of whom I write, for their journeys into darkened lands to save the lives of hopeless people deserve a legacy I could never aspire to pen with appropriate skill.

These men and women of princely mettle risked their very lives and endured the pounding of countless battles to deliver the message of hope and life to the far reaches of the kingdom of Arrethtrae…even to those regions over which Lucius, the Dark Knight, had gained complete dominion through the strongholds of his Shadow Warriors.

What is this hope they bring? To tell it requires another story, much of it chronicled upon previous parchments, yet worthy of much retelling. Listen then, to the tale of a great King who ruled the Kingdom Across the Sea, along with His Son and their gallant and mighty force of Silent Warriors.

A ruler of great power, justice, and mercy, this King sought to establish His rule in the land of Arrethtrae. To this end He chose a pure young man named Peyton and his wife, Dinan, to govern the land. 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 in the kingdom until finally the King’s forces prevailed. Cast out of the kingdom…and consumed with hatred and revenge…Lucius, known also as the Dark Knight now brought his rebellion to the land of Arrethtrae, overthrowing Peyton and Dinan and bringing great turmoil to the land.

But the King did not forget His people in Arrethtrae. He established the order of the Noble Knights to protect them until the day they would be delivered from the clutches of the Dark Knight. The great city of
Chessington served as a tower of promise and hope in the darkened lands of Arrethtrae.

For many years and through great adversity, the Noble Knights persevered, waiting for the King’s promised Deliverer. Even the noblest of hearts can be corrupted, however, and long waiting can dim the brightest hope. Thus, through the years, the Noble Knights grew selfish and greedy. Worse, they forgot the very nature of their charge.

For when the King sent His only Son, the Prince, to prepare His people for battle against Lucius—the Noble Knights knew Him not, nor did they heed His call to arms. When He condemned their selfish ways, they mocked and disregarded Him. When He began to train a force of commoners—for He was a true master of the sword—they plotted against Him.

Then the Noble Knights, claiming to act in the great King’s name, captured and killed His very own Son. What a dark day that was! Lucius and his evil minions—Shadow Warriors—reveled in this apparent victory.

But all was not lost. For when the hope of the kingdom seemed to vanish and the hearts of the humble despaired, the King used the power of the Life Spice to raise His Son from the dead.

This is a mysterious tale, indeed, but a true one. For the Prince was seen by many before He returned to His Father across the Great Sea. And to those who loved and followed Him—myself among them—He left a promise and a charge.

Here then is the promise: the Prince will come again to take all who believe in Him home to the Kingdom Across the Sea. And this is the charge: those who love Him must travel to the far reaches of the kingdom of Arrethtrae, tell all people of Him and His imminent return, and wage war against Lucius and his Shadow Warriors.

Thus we wait in expectation. And while we wait, we fight against evil and battle to save the souls of many from darkness. We are the knights who live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. Though not perfect in our call to royal duty, we know the power of the Prince resonates in our swords, and the rubble of a thousand strongholds testifies to our strength of heart and soul.

There are many warriors in this land of Arrethtrae, many knights who serve many masters. But the knights of which I write are my brethren, the Knights of the Prince. They are mighty because they serve a mighty King and His Son. They are…the Knights of Arrethtrae!

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    Excellent Book on Loyalty and Obedience

    This story is about 2 knights who are on a mission to discover where a major stronghold is located. They set out to discover the latest threat to the kingdom that belongs to the King and his son the Prince. It is a wonderful story that discusses loyalty, the importance of obedience, and the willingness to lay down your life for those of others. I highly recommend this book for youth who are seeking more understanding of the ways of God and the call he has given to all true Christians. At the end of the book, there is a wonderful section of discussion questions. I intend to use this when discussing the book with my daughter. It is well worth reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2012

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    This is an EPIC book series I am.recommending it to ALL my friends!!!!! THANK U MALARKI!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    Read it love it

    I love this series so much. It puts the bible in a knighthood perspective. I have rea it 2 times.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2012

    Awsome I love it!!!

    Im going to write books like this!!!!!!!

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Impossible to put down! Very well done!

    Sir Kendrick and the Castle at Bel Lione is thoroughly engaging. I think the author is a genius with an amazing gift of showing through fiction what the heart of man is truly like. I was enthralled with the story and am amazed that the genre is categorized as teen fiction. Adults who love Medieval stories will enjoy this, too. The only thing that tipped me off was the lack of descriptive violence. When someone got killed they 'ran into the blade' but that was as descriptive as it got. Even the sickest scene in the dungeon/torture chambers was easy to stomach despite the cat o nine tails being used on someone. I am a bit of a wuss when it comes to gore, so this book was perfect for me. At any rate, I enjoyed Chuck's lyrical style of writing so much I read several portions out loud to my husband. The author has an amazing 'voice' for writing medieval fiction with castles and knights and I felt as if I were watching a movie as I read. What made this story unique was the allegory to the New Testament ministry of Paul. Sir Kendrick reminded me of Paul and Duncan was a lot like Timothy. I loved the clear parallel to scripture and the emphasis on good versus evil, minus the witches and dragons and other mystical themes that are often found in fantasy novels. The story did contain some pretty scary wolves, though. I felt the terror from the attacks of evil. The moral lessons were fabulously knitted into the fabric of the story, and I was moved to tears several times over themes of forgiveness. It really isn't about what we say we believe, but it's about how we actually apply our faith in Christ to our lives. The author demonstrates this theme with perfection. You can't help being inspired by reading this book.

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    Posted August 2, 2014

    20 stars

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  • Posted October 21, 2013

    enjoyable Bible based fantasy The Kingdom of Arrethtrae is rule

    enjoyable Bible based fantasy

    The Kingdom of Arrethtrae is ruled over by a King and His Son, the Prince, but there is an evil enemy Lucius who is trying to take over. Lucius has many servants, such as his Shadow Warriors, the new order of Vincero Knights, and Lord Ra of Bel Leone Castle who has been enticing young people in the kingdom to join his festivals, after which many choose not to return home. However, the King and the Prince have their servants as well, including the Silent Warriors and the Knights of the Prince. Two of the latter, Sir Kendrick and his young charge Sir Duncan, are sent to Bel Leone to discover the identity and origin of this secretive new order. However, when Duncan disappears while trying to discover the truth of Lord Ra’s castle, what will Kendrick do? And how will his own mysterious past affect his actions?

    Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione is Book 1 of The Knights of Arrethtrae Series which is the sequel series to author Chuck Black’s six-book Kingdom Series. The Kingdom Series is an allegory where characters and events are based on people and events taken directly from the Scripture. The Knights of Arrethtrae Series presents Biblical principles allegorically. Each book teaches about virtues and vices found in God’s word. In Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione the particular vices are rebellion and impulsiveness or foolishness, and the chief virtues are loyalty and forgiveness. The plot is very exciting and will especially appeal to teens and even adults who enjoy medieval fantasy. There are discussion questions with answers at the end. The other books in the series include Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court, Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart, Lady Carliss and the Waters of the Moorue, Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor, and Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Enjoyed this book very much

    Enjoyed this book very much

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 13, 2008

    Christian fantasy at its finest¿

    It is always exciting to find a new series that you really like. When I began reading my copy of Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione, I knew this one was a winner. While this is fantasy, it is easy to see the Christian slant. Just as C.S. Lewis told the story of Christ in his Chronicles of Narnia, Black tells the same story of salvation with a medieval twist. The lead characters each have a strong voice. Kendrick is deeply dedicated to the Prince. He is a changed man. Duncan is young, impulsive, and energetic. He supports the Prince but wants adventure. The supporting characters bring depth to the story. This is an appropriate read for middle schoolers, high schoolers, and adults. What better way to introduce youth to the King of Kings? Cedric of Chessington, a servant of the Prince, narrates the story. The setting is the Kingdom of Arrethtrae. The King of the Kingdom Across the Sea and His son were kind rulers. They wished to spread their rule to the Kingdom of Arrethtrae they established the Noble Knights to protect the kingdom. The Dark Knight, Lucius, was evil and fought the Noble Knights for control of the kingdom. When the good King sent his son to the Noble Knights, they did not recognize him. They imprisoned him, tortured him, and murdered him. Not all was lost. The good King¿s son conquered death and lived again. He went back to his father with the promise that he would return. When he returns, he promised he would take all his followers back with him. So begins the story. The Knights of the Prince have a mission. ¿They are to spread the good news of the Prince to the entire Kingdom and recruit as many as possible.¿ The Dark Knight and the Shadow Warriors were training selected knights to stop the Knights of the Prince. Sir Kendrick and Sir Duncan were commissioned by the Council to discover who the knights are and what they are planning. To tell more of this story would spoil it for the reader. There are great discussion questions at the end of the book. There are strong Christian lessons taught in this story. You do not want to miss Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione. Knights, tournaments, good versus evil, this book has it all.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    Entertains without preaching

    Lucius the first Silent Warrior and a horde of his men sought to overthrow the King and Prince, but were defeated in battle. They retreated to the realm of Arrethtrae to spread their rebellion among the citizens, but hope blossomed when the Prince arrived. The people killed him, but the Father resurrected him and he gave the people the message that he would return. In the meantime, they should tell all the inhabitants of the realm about the Prince and wage war against Lucius and his Silent Warriors.--------------- Rumors spread that a new kind of knight has arisen men with evil in their hearts and souls withered to nothingness. Their liege allegedly a shadow warrior demands they spread discord across the land. Sir Kendrick and a young knight Sir Duncan he is mentoring learn that a Shadow Warrior is causing unrest at Bel Lione. A former Shadow Knight of Ra who defected helps Kendrick sneak into the castle to seek Sir Duncan, chained and tortured in the dungeon. There are other prisoners there also Kendrick vows to return to liberate them, but first he must contend with the Shadow Warrior believing in his Prince he expects to vanquish his foe.-------------- In a feudal world the battle for the souls between the King and the Prince and the Shadow Warriors (obvious metaphors) takes place. The prince has just left Arrethtrae while his loyal followers spread his word. Teenagers will enjoy this inspirational parable that entertains without preaching.--------------- Harriet Klausner

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