8.01.2014

Fantastic Speculative Fiction - This is Worth Reading: Champion in the Darkness

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Champion in the Darkness


Blurb:
Clara's ready to become a master swordswoman. When she goes to meet with longtime mentor Dantor, Clara is told she's destined to become the Champion, a fabled hero who arises in time of need. Confused by this claim, Clara isn't sure she's ready to be a Champion.

Whether Clara is ready or not, the evil Kalidess has wormed her way into Septily's court.

Clara is aided by another mentor, Stelia, whose knowledge of their enemy is both a bane and a blessing. As evil threatens their land, Clara and Stelia must find the strength to overcome the darkness.

My review:
Destined to be the next Champion of Septily, Clara isn't certain she's ready for it. She's young and hasn't received the sword of a master swordswoman yet. The evil Sisterhood has gotten its claws into Septily and is about to render it to pieces. With the help of her mentors and friends, she must find the courage to fight in battle. Clara has to have faith in her Lord and herself even when darkness falls over her world.

A wonderful start to the Christian fantasy series, the Champion Trilogy. The worldbuilding is incredible. I love the peeks at the history and the inner workings of the council. There are lovely details about the land and the people, and creatures that are beautiful and horrific. I'm a fan of the people of Aerland and their griffins. I would love to be chosen by griffin to become its partner!

Clara is an admirable character with her struggles of inadequacy and faith. Though at times she seems wise for her age, she is portrayed realistically as a young woman with a grand destiny thrust upon her. My favorite character other than the griffins is Stelia. I'd love to learn more about her and his past. As for Kalidess, she is a villain you can thoroughly loathe.

I can't wait to read more from Tyrean Martinson.

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17 comments:

  1. Griffins? Be still my beating heart. Other than dragons they have top spot in my heart.
    Thank you (I think) for a review which will tempt my weak-willed self.

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    1. This book has my favorite version of griffins. It doesn't take much to tempt me to read a book either!

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  2. There are never enough griffin books out there. Can't wait to read Tyrean's book!

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    1. I really liked the griffins in this book. I can only imagine how large your TBR list is! :)

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  3. This book is definitely on my to do list.

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    1. To read list. Too many to do's going through my head.

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    2. Sometimes I meet a book so good, I'd like to do it too! ;)

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  4. Ooo! I so want to read this.

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  5. I'm searching for books to read this weekend. Will check this out! :)

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  6. Great idea and love to ride a Griffin! Very nice book review and will check this out

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  7. Clara sounds like a strong character. I've always wanted to learn how to sword fight!

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    1. Me too! But I'm as likely to fall on my own sword as I am to gain any grace in the discipline! *LOL*

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! Griffins... :D

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