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The Victor

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A benevolent King;

...his sword of power;

...a ruthless traitor bent on revenge;

...and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.

Who shall emerge as the victor in this epic struggle between good and evil to govern the lives of hapless men?

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Overview

A benevolent King;

...his sword of power;

...a ruthless traitor bent on revenge;

...and the faithful son who stands in his way with the woman destined to share his throne.

Who shall emerge as the victor in this epic struggle between good and evil to govern the lives of hapless men?

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781607991847
  • Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
  • Publication date: 4/14/2009
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,163,485
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 1060L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.62 (d)

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  • Posted January 14, 2010

    wonderful story filled with twists and turns and a bit of romance

    Filled with language fit to the time period of the book as well as action a bit of romance and adventure, The Victor by Marlayne Giron is a wonderful story about growing up as well as good versus evil.

    Joshua and Llyonesse have known each other since they were small children. Separated by her father's duty to serve the King, Joshua and Llyonesse finish their adolescent years apart.
    Ardon and his wife Zarabeth take their daughter Llyonesse to a new land (Shiloh) to establish a new kingdom for their King.
    Meanwhile, Lucius, a traitor to the King, is shown mercy and allowed to leave the King's kingdom of Ellioth.
    All of their stories intertwine with each other in the struggle to rule the throne and the people.
    With twists and turns, The Victor will keep you guessing as to who will win the throne and thus the power!

    I truly enjoyed reading the Victor. It took me until the end of the 1st chapter to really start to get involved in the characters lives. Afterwards the book became hard to put down! I enjoyed not knowing exactly what would happen and who would win the throne.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 4, 2010

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    Loved It!!

    Since I'm not a fan of medieval fantasy, it took me about 3 chapters to get into in the book, but once I did, I was hooked. This is a story about the battle between good and evil. It's full of action, fighting, adventure, love, hate, betrayal, loyalty and is the best allegory based on the Bible that I've ever read. The cover is beautiful and the first page of each chapter is illustrated beautifully also.
    The characters were amazingly well written as is the story and I found myself being drawn into what I was reading as if I was with them on their adventures. As I sit here writing this review, I am thinking about the book and how much I loved it. I can't believe it, I not only read a medieval fantasy, but actually loved it!!! Although I may still not be a fan of medieval fantasy, I am if it is written by Marlayne Giron. She has a wonderful gift when it comes to writing and I hope this is the first in a long line of books from her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2009

    The Victor is terrific fantasy and nail-biting adventure

    This medieval fantasy is a battle between good and evil combining adventure, action, historical parallels and romance at its best. The author exhibits a command of the period with authentic language, bloody manners of battle, sumptuous royal feasts, clothing details and so much more. But she also masterfully creates imaginative visions of things which seem impossible.

    The main characters are fleshed out not only in physical description but also their deepest emotions, honorable intentions and dastardly deeds. The reader becomes invested in the trials and resolutions of the heroes and heroine against the absolute evil of the villain.

    For those who are familiar with the Bible's Gospel message, there is a clear parable in the characters and storyline. For those who are not, this is still a story not to be missed. It's a real page turner. Move over, Christopher Paolini and J.K. Rowling. If Marlayne Giron writes more of these, you'll get a run for your money.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

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    Exciting Adventure, Absorbing Allegory

    The action and adventure starts with page one of The Victor and doesn't slack off until the last word of the last page. Ms. Giron puts heart and soul in the Medieval tale of King Eloth, Prince Ardon, and Prince Joshua, the kingdoms of Ellioth and Shiloh, and of course the beautiful Princess Llyonesse.

    Baron Lucius leads a rebellion against King Eloth and the Kingdom of Ellioth. He fails and is banished-forever. Many years later, Prince Ardon is tasked to build up the kingdom of Shiloh for King Eloth's heir, Prince Joshua. Prince Joshua is espoused to the Princess Llyonesse, the daughter of Prince Ardon. Little do they know, Baron Lucius is within the kingdom of Shiloh, and he wants revenge. He wants revenge along with the king's sword Ephlal, and he determines to use Llyonesse to get it.

    This tale of love and romance, of adventure and daring-do continues with breathtaking excitement and heart rending tragedy as The Victor plays out on the canvas of Ms. Giron's beautiful and vivid writing.

    The Victor is a great novel for those who love a great adventure, romance, or inspiration.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2009

    Curl up and Enjoy

    You will find this romantic, compelling allegory an indulgence you will anticipate and feel good about. Marlayne Giron crafts her story with beautiful use of language. Refreshing, funny, heartwarming, keeps you turning the pages. I cared about the characters right away, and couldn't wait to continue reading their story.
    Michele Fritzler

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  • Posted April 15, 2009

    A fresh new voice in Christian fiction

    The Victor: A Tale of Betrayal, Love, and Sacrifice from fresh new author Marlayne Giron, is a riveting and romantic tale that will keep you on the edge of your seat and the overlap of eternity from start to finish. As lovely as it is meaningful, The Victor is a book you'll want to read more than once-and buy copies as gifts for others.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2014

    "WOW" what a gifted writer you are ..very creative an

    "WOW" what a gifted writer you are ..very creative and beyond gifted..
    Victor is such a beautiful inspiration of a great love story between a man and a woman but more so between a father and a son which, because of their great genuine love, conquer hatred, revenge, envy and betrayal!!
    I love how you transformed the greatest love story ever told to a beautiful novel!!.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    Now that was an amazing read. I really hated to put the book do

    Now that was an amazing read. I really hated to put the book down and completed couldn't wait to pick it back up and continue to read this story. It really grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Congrads to Marlayne Giron on writing such a wonderful tale of love and betrayal. Look forward to reading he next book - which I am praying there will be another one soon.

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  • Posted April 20, 2011

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    Recommended

    "Two princes wage the battle for eternity... but the Victor has been known from the start."

    The land of Ellioth is ruled by the mighty king Eloth, and will one day be ruled by his son, Joshua. Baron Lucius knows and loathes this fact, but his jealous attempts to seize the throne have all gone awry. Banished from Eloth, he bides his time in the desert, waiting for his chance to strike a blow to the king's heart.

    Llyonesse is betrothed to Prince Joshua, but when her father is crowned steward she goes to live in Shiloh, which is across the sea from Ellioth and, more importantly, Joshua. Will their love for each other blossom or fall apart?

    Unthinkable tragedy strikes when Lucius comes back onto the scene, setting into motion plans he's spent many bitter years conceiving. Will he emerge the victor in this struggle to govern mankind?

    The Victor by Marlayne Giron is quickly becoming one of my favorite medieval allegories. It's normally hard for me to connect with characters in books written from the omniscient point of view, but Joshua, Llyonesse, and the knights in this story are hard not to like. Despite the prologue, I thought The Victor had an unnecessary charm to it, but a quarter of the way into things the plot thickened and the happiness of the earlier pages became a foggy memory as the characters began to fight back against Lucius. Recommended to those who love tales of betrayal, love, and sacrifice.

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  • Posted September 18, 2010

    Excellent historical Christian Fiction

    You know what I just don't understand?

    How excellent Christian historical fiction like The Victor can exist, as good as it is, and not get more attention? I'm thinking about certain New York Times bestsellers that aren't nearly as good, and the unfairness of it makes me mad.

    Historical fiction is my favorite genre, with Christian fiction close behind, so this book was a perfect fit for me. I have to admit that I started it and put it down for about a month (I know, I'm very embarrassed about that, but hey, I was sick) but when I picked it back up I finished the entire book in two sittings.

    The Victor is an allegorical novel. The book starts with a knight and his followers leading an uprising against the king and being cast out of the kingdom, much like Lucifer being cast out of heaven. But, the evil knight Lucius is determined to rule the kingdom and does not let his banishment stop his plans for total control. I'm going to stop here with my plot point summary so I don't give anything away.

    Giron writes with an attention to detail that made the story compelling and emotional. The romance was so pure and tender---I loved it! You will feel the emotions the characters feel: hope, despair, love, betrayal, hate, sacrifice...all of it, due to the way this book is written.

    I would recommend this book to anyone, but fans of both historical and Christian fiction will especially love it.

    Just One Gripe:
    It took me a while to get used to the feel of this book. The book is set in medieval times, and adjusting to the language patterns took some time. About 60 pages in, everything clicked and I could not put the book down.

    The Best Thing About This Book:
    The sweet romance was perfect, but I think my favorite thing was the allegory and the depiction of the relationships between God, Jesus, and the church.

    Appropriate for a younger audience:
    There is some violence. Parents should read it first and then decide.

    Score:
    Characters: 5/5
    Plot: 4/5
    Setting/Imagery: 5/5
    Originality: 5/5
    Ending: 5/5
    Total Score: 24/25

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  • Posted July 28, 2010

    A Victory for The Victor!

    The book takes place in the medieval kingdoms of Ellioth and Shiloh. Ellioth is ruled by a kind and wise king, Eloth. He has a young son, Joshua, who will some day rule in his stead and is betrothed to the beautiful Llyonesse. All is well in the kingdom until the arrival on the scene of the villain, Lucius, who, filled with hatred and jealousy, attempts to overthrow the king. Not content to steal only the throne, Lucius also covets Joshua's intended bride. Thus begins the battle between good and evil and only one can emerge the victor.

    From a purely physical viewpoint, The Victor is one of the most beautiful books I have ever seen. The cover design is absolutely gorgeous, the pages feel rich in texture, and even the first page of each chapter has a lovely decorative design.

    From a literary point of view, this book is a marvelous work of art. Vocabulary is marvelous and the story is sensational. The author has an obvious complete and total grasp of the material and a way of delivery that is gripping and mesmerizing. The entire story is exquisitely done and utterly riveting. The most beautiful part of the entire story is that it is an allegory of Christ's love for the church. It is chock full of symbolism and parallels to Biblical events. Yes, the conclusion was foregone; but the road to get to that final epic battle was a fascinating and enthralling journey.

    If you haven't yet read this book, I highly recommend that you waste no time in doing so. You won't be sorry!

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