Review: Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

Sir Dalton and the Shadow HeartSir Dalton, a knight in training, seems to have everything going for him. Young, well-liked, and a natural leader, he has earned the respect and admiration of his fellow knights, and especially the beautiful Lady Brynn.

But something is amiss at the training camp. Their new trainer is popular but lacks the passion to inspire them to true service to the King and the Prince. Besides this, the knights are too busy enjoying a season of good times to be concerned with a disturbing report that many of their fellow Knights have mysteriously vanished.

When Sir Dalton is sent on a mission, he encounters strange attacks, especially when he is alone. As his commitment wanes, the attacks grow in intensity until he is captured by Lord Drox, a massive Shadow Warrior. Bruised and beaten, Dalton refuses to submit to evil and initiates a daring escape with only one of two outcomes—life or death. But what will become of the hundreds of knights he’ll leave behind? In a kingdom of peril, Dalton thinks he is on his own, but two faithful friends have not abandoned him, and neither has a strange old hermit who seems to know much about the Prince. But can Dalton face the evil Shadow Warrior again and survive?

Sir Dalton is Book 3 of a series called “The Knights of Arrethtrae.” Having never read any of the series I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to follow or fairly review this book. However, the beginning chapters give you enough background to understand the world of Arrethtrae.

Sir Dalton is a character anyone can understand. He struggles with what he believes and why he believes it. He knows he once felt a passion for the Prince – the Christ character – but can’t understand why his zeal looks small compared to older more experienced knights. Book 3 chronicles his physical and spiritual battles that teach him what it means to be a follower of the Prince.

“The Knights of Arrethtrae” are marketed to young adults, but a younger heavy reader could find the series entertaining and easy to read as well. I plan on recommending the series to my pastor’s middle school age son. I truly love that at the end there is a section of discussion questions. A parent could use this book (possibly the series, but I cannot speak to that having only read this one) as a discussion tool to learn where their child stands spiritually. It could potentially be fun activity to share.

I recommend Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart for serious readers in the middle school age range or as a light read for high school and young adults.

Chuck Black traveled with the Air Force as a communications engineer and F-16 fighter pilot and Chuck Blackbegan a career as a product design engineer. Chuck and his wife, Andrea, homeschool their six children and have a family music ministry that travels throughout the region. He is the author of nine novels, has been published in The Old Schoolhouse e-zine, and has received praise from parents across the country for his unique approach to telling biblical truths. Chuck and his family live in Williston, North Dakota.

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