Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor

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by Chuck Black

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Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.

Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor,

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Two friends face the Dark Knight’s deadliest scheme, but only one knight has the courage to overcome.

Sir Quinlan leaves his boyhood friend to serve the Prince, fighting a battle darker and more intense than any he’s ever known. The mysterious Sir Baylor recruits him into the ranks of an elite unit of knights known as the Swords of Valor, but when tragedy strikes and everyone blames Quinlan, the Swords of Valor disband, ending a legacy of heroic deeds.

Alone and despairing, Quinlan wanders the kingdom, fleeing his past. His providential encounter with Taras, a mysterious Silent Warrior and former trainer of Valor Knights, offers Quinlan a chance to redeem himself and learn the ways of the secret warriors.

The training is grueling, and just when Quinlan seems to have left his failures behind, he receives an impossible challenge from the Prince—one that will force him to face his past…and the mighty men who blame him for the tragedy that ruined them.

Can Quinlan reunite the Valor Knights in time to save the people from the Dark Knight’s evil plot to rule the Kingdom of Arrethtrae, or will the Valor Knights lose the most important battle of all?

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The Crown Publishing Group
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Knights of Arrethtrae Series , #5
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9 - 12 Years

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Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor (Knights of Arrethtrae Series #5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
PlantsandPillars More than 1 year ago
Before him was the One who had died for all of Arrethtrae, who had come back to save as many as would follow Him, who would one day take His rightful place as ruler of all the kingdom. Introduction: The fifth book of the Knights of Arrethtrae is a page turner. It is so intreguing that you won't be able to stop reading! Be prepared to stay up late!! Overview: When Twitch leaves his adopted family and joins the Valor Knights, his name is forever changed to Sir Quinlan. His name and his life. Never again will his life return to how it was. Instead, Quinlan has to endure the death of his leader Sir Baylor and the disbanding of the Knights of Valor. Discouraged and sad he wanders away, carrying a special stone. Then he is found by Taras, an impressive and mysterious Silent Warrior. After meeting the Prince and enduring months of grueling training, is Quinlan ready to save those who are threatened by the Dark Knight, or will the Knights of Valor fail once again? What Was My Impression? I loved this book. It was intriguing and yet easy to read. I highly recommend this book to young men and women. The allegorical themes throughout the book is fascinating. Score ~ ????? Violence ~ (2) fights, violence, Indecency ~ None Language ~ None Age Appropriateness ~ Ages 10 and Up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can someone plz lend me this book? I have read most of these books and LOVE them
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read all books... this one is great. I encourage reading Cloak of the Light and Kingdom series.
Blessfulwritings More than 1 year ago
The fifth book in the Knights of Arrethtrae Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor continues the adventure for fans of the series.The story explores the meaning of living out your faith through an allegorical story of knights serving the Prince, son of the one true King. In this installment, Sir Quinlan wrestles with what it means to be a knight and serve the Prince as he has been called to do. He finds there are many distractions from what he is supposed to be doing. One of my son's favorite creatures was the paytha; an excellent representation of potentially harmless pursuits or interests that become too big. If you feed them a little, they stay little. Also, the cost of a paytha seemed high, as you can not buy a paytha, but you trade a piece of your "armor." In essence giving away a part of your preparedness for battle with the enemy. My son truly enjoys these stories. He said he liked "this book because it shows that God sees good in everybody and can use them for all things." Plot: Sir Quinlan finds purpose fighting in a unit known as the Swords of Valor, but tragedy follows and Quinlan is blamed. Lost and uncertain, he begins to wander the kingdom, avoiding his past. During these dark times Quinlan meets Taras, a Silent Warrior who may be able to teach him about redemption and the ways of the secret warriors. When it is time, the Prince challenges Quinlan to meet his true purpose. Will he be able to reunite the Swords of Valor? Will he allow the Prince to use him as He sees fit? Style: A character driven novel, with enough adventure thrown in to keep readers reading. Narrative interspersed with dialogue; although some sections seem slow or wordy rather than enticing adventure. Setting: Indeterminate time of knights and kingdoms ruled by Kings. Unusual creatures and uncommon places will entice younger readers. Age Recommendation: 12 and Up seems appropriate. Some themes (young romance and violence) are addressed in a way that may not be appropriate for the youngest readers. Examples: The young boys Tav and Twitch go on what amounts to a date/blind date. Violence: the Dark Knight deals harshly with his subjects as described in one instance when the Knight cuts one of his servants under the eye and down the face. This review is made possible through a free review copy acquired from Multnomah Publishing.
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Lyddz101 More than 1 year ago
Sir Quinlan was living comfortably in the quiet town of Burkfield, training to be a Knight of Arrethrae with his friend Tav, when Sir Baylor came to him with an invitation to join the Swords of Valor, an elite group of knights, and to help them. While he is with Sir Baylor and his comrades he learns about the constant war between the King's Silent Warriors and the Dark Knight's Shadow Warriors that few know of or believe in. But when disaster comes, and the Swords of Valor blame Sir Quinlan and disband, he surrenders to self doubt and despair. Then he meets Tara, a Silent Warrior who had helped Valor Knights, and begins to train. Now it is up to Sir Quinlan to set things right and foil the Dark Knight's plan. Can he overcome his past to complete the mission? Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor is actually the fifth book in the Knights of Arrethrae series. I didn't think to check to see what the sequence was in the series so when I first received it I was a little concerned about jumping in so late, but it wasn't hard. Each book in the series is about different characters and stories, as the titles show. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione, Sir Bentley and the Holbrook Court, Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart, and Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue are the books before in this series. The allegory in this book was excellent! The different groups of Silent Warriors and Shadow Warriors embodied the war between angels and demons very well. Chuck Black's symbolic story of the King and the Prince is a creative retelling of the story of Christ's quest to save all of mankind. I liked the other examples of symbolism in the book, like the paytha and the penthomoth, as well as the discussion questions in the back of the book. They make very good discussion material! Overall, I really enjoyed this light read and recommend it to middle school age kids. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.
MickMcArt More than 1 year ago
This is the second book that I've read from the Knights of Arretherae series by author Chuck Black. I must say that I am growing more and more fond of his writings with each book I read. This book is quite exceptional. The character of Quinlan is likable and the author really spends time with him to make sure that you get to identify with him as he goes out on his journey. The characters he meets along the way challenge and change him. Not only spiritually, but physically as well. Quinlan's confidence grows as his trust in God grows. I know that this book is written for teens and early adults, but I'm 41 and I found this book interesting enough that I couldn't put it down. The only complain that I have is that I wished to see more adventures with the animal sidekick Kalil. By the way, when Chuck delves into more fantastical situations, the more I like it. These situations help his books to stand out. Mick McArt Author, Tales of Wordishure
MSaff More than 1 year ago
"Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor", is a story of decisions. How often do we have to make decisions on a daily basis, such as what we are going to eat or wear for the day and so on. Most of our decisions are of a minor nature, however, some decisions are more of a life changing or life altering nature. That is what you will discover when you open and start reading this compelling and adventurous novel by Chuck Black. "Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor" is the story of a young man by the name of Twitch who is a knight in training. He along with his companion Tav, are seemingly on the path of discovery and as in life, each must make their own decisions on the pathway of life. I found this story captivating and very well written. It is sure to keep the interest of it's intended readership, that of Teens and Young Adults, but I found this story captured my attention and imagination as I believe other older adults would find this story wonderful. As you read about Twitch's adventure, or might I call it a journey, you will be amazed at the courage and determination of its main character. Twitch also learns more about himself than he could have ever dreamed possible. Follow Sir Quinlan, (Twitch) and his friends on their journey of discovery. You won't be disappointed.
Christian_Miles More than 1 year ago
Two young soldiers are called to serve the Prince, but only one has the courage to take a stand against the Dark Knight, Lucius. A mysterious knight shows up in Burkfield and recruits Sir Quinlan to a group of elite warriors called the Swords of Valor. But when a mission goes terribly wrong and Quinlan is blamed for the tragedy, he is left alone in the world to fend for himself. Rather than waste away, Sir Quinlan trains vigorously in the ways of the Silent Warriors. After a time, the Prince gives Quinlan a mission--reunite the Swords of Valor which he broke up in order to prevent a massive calamity. Can he do it, or will he shy away from becoming the man he's supposed to be? The idea of a world where Christians are represented by Knights, angels are represented by Silent Warriors, and demons are represented by Shadow Warriors is very cool. This is pure allegory, but that doesn't harm the story being told. I liked the brothers Tav and Quinlan, as well as the paythas--cute and seemingly gentle critters--and the role they played in the story. The illustrations were well-done and the cover is very cool. Boys 8-12 will enjoy this most, but girl readers would like it, too.
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Mileah Simcox More than 1 year ago
I love this book. I have read every book in the kingdom series.Chuck black creates an amazing saga of good vs evil The Prince the ultimate good duels in an epic battle vs the dark knight Lucius and legions of shadow warriors the ultimate evil! the King reigns and his Son. May the prince be with you and silent warriors of the Prince protect you.
HisChild More than 1 year ago
"Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor" is book 5 in The Knights of Arrethrae series by author Chuck Black. Sir Quinlan, more commonly known as Twitch by his friends, responds to the call given by Sir Baylor to join him and the knights known as the Swords of Valor in their fight for the Prince and His kingdom. Twitch mistakenly believes that the true call was for his friend, Tav, who is everything that Twitch wishes he could be in order to be a true Knight of the Prince. However, as is often the case, the call is not to the one who seems to be the most qualified, but rather, to the one who is most willing to serve. Tav, who enjoys the status, position, and comforts of being a Knight of the Prince, not to mention the attention of the ladies, declines the call to follow his uncle, Sir Baylor, choosing rather to stay at home and live a life of ease. The writer takes us on a journey, a journey that requires the Knights 0f Valor to battle the evil forces of the Dark Knight, Lucius, and his minions. When Sir Baylor is killed in battle, Sir Quinlan blames himself and mistakenly believes the death also signifies the demise of the Swords of Valor and returns to his childhood home and friends. Dissatisfied with his former life, he roams about the kingdom, seeking redemption. Events transpire that enable Quinlan to encounter the Silent Warrior who offers Quinlan a chance to redeem himself. Quinlan then undergoes extremely rigorous and grueling training in order to prepare himself to better serve the Prince. Then comes the day that Sir Quinlan is given a mission by the Prince Himself and he must reunite the Swords of Valor in order to succeed. I was afraid that, by not beginning with the first book of the series, I would not be able to follow the storyline. Happily, this was not the case. Each book is about a different knight of the Prince and, as such, their stories can easily stand alone. The allegory is an obvious one. The parallels between the Prince and the Dark Knight are very apparent. The stories are outstanding and I can't say enough good things about them. The books are packed full of action and suspense and closely align with the battle that Christians are fighting on a daily basis. The violence is rampant and the clashing of swords quite vividly portrays the battle that is ongoing between good and evil. The books are written for youth but are so well-written and engaging that they will appeal to readers of all ages. I highly recommend this series. On a personal level, it is my intent to procure all previous and future books in this series and make them available to young people who desperately need to see the Battle portrayed in such a convincing manner. This is a Battle in which every one of us is a soldier. The question is, on which side are we fighting? I received "Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor" for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I am under no obligation to write a positive review and opinions expressed are my true and honest sentiments. I receive no compensation, whether monetary or otherwise, for any reviews written by me.
TheStephanieLoves More than 1 year ago
As a middle-age young adult novel, I think Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black was exceptional. Kids are normally reluctant to read bible stories. However, this one didn't shove biblical references down the reader's throat and instead, used many creative gestures and characters to symbolize the ultimate figure of Christ. The reading guide at the end was extremely helpful, as it cleared up many of the connections the reader was supposed to make. In the land of Burkfield, Quinlan, nicknamed "Twitch" for the uncontrollable facial spasms he experiences, is not much a hero. In fact, the story starts off portraying him as sort of a sidekick to his longtime friend: the more confident, handsome, and warrior-like Tav. However, when Tav makes the decision not to serve the Prince (who is the Jesus Christ figure), it becomes clear that Twitch is the true fighter. I found many of the symbols fascinating. For instance, there was a scene where the knights of Burkfield were seduced by cute little critters called paythas. The creatures seemed adorable and harmless at first, but soon, Quinlan learned, that they were deadly monsters that were trying to rid the people of their belief for Him, the Prince. Rearrange the letters in "paytha" and you get "apathy", which is a state of indifference and lack of caring or concern. Thus, Black makes the point that apathy is one of the deadliest, contagious sins that makes mankind more vulnerable than anything. Another thing I liked was how action-packed this book was, but in a awing, age-appropriate way. There was mild blood and gore, but nothing you want to keep away from your kids. A couple battle scenes may be frightening for younger children, but conclusively, the knights are fighting for their love for the Prince (Christ), and good always overpowers evil. Summing the entire book up sums the Bible up too: the Knights of Valor (Christians) fight the dark knights (evil). Lucius (Satan) is the main enemy and his Shadow Warriors (demons) are the corrupt forces attempting to overthrow Arrethtrae (Earth -- Earth and Terra combined and spelled backwards). It's a good thing the Silent Warriors (angels) always come to the rescue, saving the day. The ultimate message of Black's young-adult novel through simple, youth-friendly prose, is that good will always win, as long as faith is kept strong, and love for Him is honest and eternal.
InHisName More than 1 year ago
My boys love books with swords and men fighting. I like a book to have a good moral lesson. In this book we both win. This is the 5th book in The Knights of Arrethtrae series but each book in the series seems to stand alone. We have not read any of the other books in the series and yet have not been 'lost' in the story or feel like we are missing something. This book is an allegory where characters represent figures in the bible. The two main characters are Tav and Twitch. Both characters have 'real' names but Tav and Twitch are their nicknames. When Twitch starts to follow what God is calling him to do, his name switches to his real name. It kind of reminded me of Paul / Saul - when Paul was doing God's work he was called Paul but when he was not following God's will for his life he was called Saul. The names of many of the characters are significant and mean something beyond just being a name. Bli is short for blindness and is a character that causes Tav and Twitch to be blind toward their purpose in life. Bli is leading them astray but they are too blind to realize it. This book has wonderful discussion questions found in the back at the book. It would actually make a great book for a middle school level book discussion. Great for the homeschooling crowd. Currently, I am using this book as a read aloud with my 11 and 7 year old. My 11 year old could easily read this book himself but we are enjoying reading it together - and then going through the questions at the end of each chapter. There are many scripture references listed and we take the time to look them up and read them aloud. My kids love the book. I highly recommend this book. It is just so wonderful to find a great book for middle school aged boys that also is Christ-centered. That is so rare in today's world and so appreciated. My family loves this book so much we are looking to buy the rest in the series. I am just thrilled to find a series that is intriguing to boys - it has chivalry, knights, weapons, sword fighting, a code of honor --- what wonderful appealing things for boys! Yet, it is also seeking to lead the reader to the bible and Christ. I received this book from WaterBrook Maltnomah Publishers for the sole purpose of reading and doing this review.
WriterRani More than 1 year ago
Told from the perspective of Cedric of Chessington, Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor, is filled with knights, good and evil, and mystical creatures. Quinlan, better known to his friends as Twitch (facial tic), is drawn further into the world of the Knights of the Prince, while his close friend Tav, draws away. Sir Baylor from the Swords of Valor Knights, Tav's uncle, comes and Quinlan is chosen to go with him. When tragedy strikes the knights disband and Quinlan spends time wandering the kingdom. He meets a Silent Warrior, Taras, who helps him train in hopes that the Swords of the Valor Knights can rejoin and fight against the Dark Knight and his knights. Will Quinlan succeed? Read the book! My thoughts- Would I recommend? Yes. I recommend this book to teens and also to adults, as the reader can learn about apathy through the use of allegory. Tav and Quinlan truly represent us as Christians and how we should join and be a part of the Prince's army, by not just saying we are Christians, but truly being Christians. My favorite part was when Taras tells Quinlan two lessons, "know who you are" and "know who you want to become." I thought it was also important when Taras said, "The Prince sees you for not who you think you are, but for who He knows you are" These two lessons and what the Prince sees in us are very important for those who are apathetic. I plan on acquiring the books in this series and the Kingdom Series, because I plan on using them as a teaching tool for my children. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the WaterBrook Multnomah "Blogging For Books" program.
mylordandmyking More than 1 year ago
I requested Sir Rowan and the Camerian Quest, but this one was sent to me instead. I have never read any of the Knights of Arrethtrae series but found this book to be very interesting and would definitely be something your teen would like. Told in a descriptive and flowing third-person narrative, Sir Quinlan follows the story of Quinlan and his friend Tav as they both face a decision about following the Prince. Quinlan joins the Swords of Valor, though not everyone is happy about it. But one mistake turns deadly, and Quinlan takes the blame. Ashamed and sad, he returns to his home in hopes of returning to his old life and friends, but finds that everything is changing and that he longs to return to the work the Prince has called him to. With the help of the Silent Warrior, Taras, Quinlan sets out on a journey that could turn the tide of the battles raging in Arrethtrae against the Shadow Warriors. Be sure to add Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor (and series) to your shopping list this Christmas. Blessings! ~ Nikki I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review
BabyGirlJ More than 1 year ago
As much as I enjoyed reading Lady Carliss, I think I enjoyed reading Sir Quinlan more. Like in the previous books I've read in this series and the Kingdom series, the characters are very real, and the author's writing style is captivating and easy to read. Quinlan is a great lead character, who struggles with issues that many Christians deal with today. He's accompanied by interesting supporting characters, such as the Silent Warrior Taras and the Valor Knights Baylor and Kessler, and his best friend Tav, to name a few. The theme of the book is presented right away, and weaves its way into the whole story without being overdone. This story is filled with battles between the Knights of the Prince and the Shadow Warriors, travels through the dangerous territories in Arrethtrae, and even a few spy missions! A very good read, and I recommend it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Across the sea live the King and his son the Prince, who will come once again to Arrethtrae to bring his knights home. Meanwhile, those dedicated warriors who have not been killed by the Dark Knight Lucius, fight him and his Shadow Warriors and the Vincenza a knights. In the bucolic village of Burkfield, Tav and Twitch are close friends until the latter refuses to go with the former to join the Swords of Valor led by Baylorr, in the fight against the encroaching darkness. Twitcha becomes Sir Quinlan and a member of the Swords of Valor knight. When a mission goes wrong, the survivors blame Quinlan who agrees with their accusations. Feeling self-pity and humiliation he considers quitting and going home. However, instead he is dragged back into the war when the shadow knights take the Kaslite medallion, which delineates who is a Shadow from who is a Silent Knight. The war is coming to Burkfield and after meeting with the prince, Sir Quinlan finds the sacred Sword of Valor as he and the loyal Knights with their allies prepare for battle. On a surface level, this is an action packed coming of age adventure novel filled with villains, doubters, and heroes. On a deeper level, it is also the tale of two friends who choose different paths at a pivotal point in their lives. On a profound level, the book is a powerful Christian allegory. Sir Quinlan risks his life many times, but rises to being a leader resolute in his goal of finding Lucius to end his dark reign of terror. Harriet Klausner