Beyond the Summerland

Beyond the Summerland

by Lowell B. Graham

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ISBN-13: 9780875527208
Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing
Publication date: 06/28/2004
Series: Binding of the Blade Series
Pages: 600
Sales rank: 789,964
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

L. B. Graham (MDiv, Covenant Seminary) is chairman of the Bible department and teacher of English and Worldviews at Westminster Christian Academy in St. Louis. He has written several articles in IVP’s Dictionary of Biblical Imagery. He and his wife, Joanne, have two children.

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Beyond the Summerland 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
oracle-of-fire More than 1 year ago
I found this book buried deep in the library, on a bottom shelf, collecting dust. I don't usually look in places like that, but I was going on vacation, so I was looking for several good books. The cover looked awesome, that was what caught my attention. I turned it over and read the print on the back. "Forged to kill and wielded to survive, the blade has bound them all." That settled it. I tool to the beach with me and read it, and it was really good. Joraeim (?) is really just a Novanna (respected peoples) who is really good with a bow. And by the middle he meets one of the greatest ledgends in history, the prophet Valzaan, and becomes a prophet himself. Amazing, right? Halfway through the book, when I'm about to go "how is there another 150 pages," they have to go to the Forbidden Isle with Valzaan. There is a battle there with giants, wolves, and other beasts, and at the end all the women are taken. The woman Joraiem loves is with them, and he sets off with everyone else to rescue them, with the aid of a dragon. Yep. The end is kind of sad around the part where everyone says goodbye, but it doesn't seem so bad in the next book. There are 5 books in the series, and I would recommend any and all of them to everyone. Just look for books with the best covers you've ever seen.
Guest More than 1 year ago
First of all, let me say, I absolutely love this series. It has depth and originality. It is one of my favorite fantasy series. Unfortunately, I feel that this, the first book, is not as well-written as the rest. One of the biggest problems with Beyond the Summerland is the lack of good character development. In my opinion, Joraiem is a fairly shallow, slightly annoying character. On the other hand, I know many people love Joraiem. This being said, one of my favorite things about the rest of this series is the amazing character development. It gets superb in the later books. I also felt that the book dragged on in some parts, and I took a long time to finish reading it, as it just didn't grab me. If you are looking for a high action adventure story, this series is not for you. If you want an interesting, well-crafted fantasy world with history and depth, then you may enjoy this book. To conclude, PLEASE DON'T LET MY REVIEW SCARE YOU AWAY FROM THIS BOOK! I love this series, and don't like to criticize it. The author has a good story, so I don't mind some flaws in the way it is told. Please try the first book. I recommend it for teens and adults.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm surprised at how much I agree with some of the other people here. The story was overall great, but the ending shocked me and I was fuming over it for days...and days....and days...then weeks....haha....I know that sounds pathetic, but it's true. Whenever I think of how that book ended, I get angry all over again. I'm trying not to judge it too harshly, though, because there are rumors that the person who died in this book isn't really dead, or that he comes back to life, and that one of those things may be revealed in the fourth or fifth book. I hope so. If he doesn't, I'll loathe this series with all my being.
annmarie13 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
If you love Lord of the Rings then you will like this series. I have read the first 3 books in this series and this book is my favorite. The ending is surprising and sad but such a great book.Check out this new, very talented author, you will not be disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
** spoiler alert ** What can I say? I agonized greatly at the end of this book, yet I still rated it five stars. Why? I don't know, I loved it I guess... (despite the fact that the end stunned me and threw my little "reading Beyond the Summerland" world into chaos). Joraiem is a young man who travels to Summerland along with many other 18+ year-olds to train to be men and women warriors. This is a tradition of their land. They're preparing themselves for Malek's third and final attack. -Not that they're expecting it any time soon though. But Black Wolves and Malekim are on the war path. Battles might come for the people gathered in the blissful Summerland much sooner than they expected. I love Christian allegories/fantasies. So when I saw this book, I couldn't pass it up. Even though it's gigantic. (Haha). I found that it was a little slower-paced than most books I read, not something you will fly through, but still great once you get reading. I loved Joraiem and Wylla and all the others (especially the scarred man, Aljeron, and his beloved tiger). The legendary prophet, Valzaan, was also a wonderful character. The action was great. The Malekim, Black Wolves, and other Malek-created-beings were disgusting and creepy. The journey was incredible. I think the end half of the book was faster paced than the beginning. But it was so good... ...Until the last few pages. Still, I am reeling from the reality of what happened. I mean, all this horror, all this darkness, then finally a joyous reunion and blissful plans... and what happens? SOMEONE DIES!!!!! Ok, I'll make it sound more terrible: someone very beloved to all in the book dies. The book ends with the lifeless body being carried back to a village where they will break the devastating news to the family. There's a small hope amidst the mournful funeral procession. -A baby is to be born. Then the book ends. Why? Why? Why? I loved-! How can this happen? The only thing that comforts me, and perhaps allowed me to rate this book five stars, is the fact that when Allfather restores the Fountain (or whatever they say), all will be made new. Don't give up on this book because of my review. It was so good! Somehow it was just epically worth it. I will (hopefully) read the next book soon and see what happens next!
HomeSchoolBookReview More than 1 year ago
Fantasy lovers should enjoy it Twenty two year old Joraiem Andira lives with his father Monias, mother Elsora, seventeen year old sister Kyril, and twelve year old brother Brenim near the village of Dal Harat in Suthanin, one of the four regions of Kirthanin. Kirthanin had been created by Allfather and was originally ruled over by the twelve Titans, but one of them named Malek rebelled and fled to the Forbidden Isle. The Novaana are the noble families of Kirthanin who oppose him. Twice Malek has tried to conquer Kirthanin, and twice he has been repelled by the combined efforts of the Novaana, the Great Bear, and the dragons, and now he waits under the once holy mountain of Agia Muldonai with his Malekim or “Voiceless,” Back Wolves, and the Vulsutyrim giants, preparing for his third assault. Joraiem’s family is of the Novaana, and the Assembly has decreed that every seven years all the Novaana between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five must go to Sulare, known as “the Summerland,” for training. There Joraiem meets Valzaan the blind prophet and the other young Novaana, including Aljeron from Werthanin who becomes his best friend, and Wylla Someris, princess of the region of Enthanin, with whom he falls in love. While in Sulare, they are attacked by Black Wolves and see a sign in the sky which indicated that Malek had returned to the Forbidden Isle, possibly to get ready to make his next move. So they go with Valzaan to the Forbidden Isle where they are again beset by Malekim, Black Wolves, and a Vulsutyrim. The women are captured, and the men are stranded. What will happen to them? Will they ever get home? Will Joreiam and Willa be able to get married? I first heard about this book back in 2004. Then I had the opportunity earlier this year to meet the author, Lowell B. Graham, at a homeschool conference. The story is told well with a good balance of action and reflection, and it had no trouble keeping my interest up. Fantasy lovers should enjoy it, and while there are minor references to drinking ale, smoking a pipe, and dancing at a wedding festival, Graham's Christian worldview also shines through so no bad language or other objectionable elements are found. Some people may not care for the surprising nature of the rather abrupt ending. In fact, some people may not care for the ending at all, but then, he who writes the fantasy fiction gets to choose how it concludes. Bad things do happen to people. And it is really not the end, but, as book one in a five-book series, it is a cliff-hanger that prepares for the sequels which carry the story forward: Bringer of Storms: The Binding of the Blade Series #2; Shadow in the Deep: Binding of the Blade Series #3; Father of Dragons: Binding of the Blade Series #4; All My Holy Mountain: Binding of the Blade Series #5.
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This is a great book... A great start to my second favorite series. I was so surprised and amazed by what happened at the end!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Joraiem Andira is a young member of the Novaana, Kirthanin¿s ruling body. As is required by law, every seven years the Novaana between 18 and 25 met in Sulaire. When Joraiem leaves for Sulaire, there seems to be nothing particularly special about him. But that assumption is challenged by Valzaan, prophet of Allfather. He reveals that Joraiem is a prophet as well. Throughout the book, Joraiem struggles with this revelation, as well as relationships with the other Novaana. Several plots twists lead to a shocking ending that will leave readers stunned.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is very good it had romance fighting, prophecies everyhing a great fantasy book needs!The ending is a shocker and a little sad but i would definitely recommend this!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was also sad about the ending but it will not stop me from buying and reading the rest of the series!!! I really can hardly wait to get my hands on the next books.... .....and other reviewers....life isn't fair and you guys gotta look at the bigger picture....like Joreaim's son destined to be the one to help get rid of Malik.....that bigger picture... ....and I'm betting the events surrounding the son's growing up years shaped him in one way or another....... I haven't read the next books yet but I will very soon.... all in all after a day of sadness I'm pumped for the rest of the series!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
i sure don't recommend it unless you want to be boiling angry and sad at the stupidity of the ending for a day or so..it had a good story line but sort of dragged out, and the ending was pointless and stupid....yah, i dont recomned this book at all...
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was a bad book. Like everyone is saying here, it had a terrible ending, and it completely ruined the entire book for me. Picture all the worst endings in all the books you've read, squished into one book, and you'll get Beyond the Summerland's ending. Picture all your favorite characters in all your favorite books dying, and you'll get Beyond the Summerland's ending. I tried reading the second book, but couldn't enjoy it because most of it was about the guy who made Beyond the Summerland so terrible. Geeze. When I first came onto this site and saw how everyone was giving it one star and saying how terrible the ending was, I was in the middle of reading it but finished it anyway, now I totally understand why everyone hates the ending so much.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was, um, disappointed, to say the least. The ending was terrible, the rest awesome, but they better fix the ending in the third or fourth book. If they don't, I'll just go on hating this series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This series of books is fantastic. The ending was sad, made me cry, but you can see why Graham wrote that into his plot if you read the rest of the series. All in all, these are great books.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The ending was terrible. The rest was fine. But if you read this book, take this word of advice: stop reading it three chapters before it ends, unless you want to be so angry that you'll want to throw the book across the room out of the window.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Considering how terrible the ending was, this book just wasn't worth reading.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought this book looked really good and enjoyed reading most of it, but, like a few other people here have said, the ending was terrible. Even though the beginning was good, it just wasn't worth reading now that I look back and know how it ends. It seriously has the most stupid and depressing ending in the world.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay, I've gotta say that the beginning and middle were 100% worth reading, but the ending was so terrible that I bawled. It's just soooo saaad. You won't believe it. I wish I had never read this book since the ending was so disappointing and sad. I seriously (not joking) can't think of a worse way the author could have ended this book. I criiiiied it was so saaaad...
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked the book, with all the action, adventure and even romance and can't wait to find out what happens in the upcoming books. The only thing I did not like was the ending. Other than that, it was a very good book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book! The characters are masterfully portrayed, although at times frustrating. This book is very involving, and don't pick it up if you are too busy to read, as after a few chapters you will be so involved that you will have trouble putting it down!