Series: The Knights of Arrethtrae
Author: Chuck Black
Publisher’s Synopsis: Lady Carliss faces the challenge of her life. Can she save the kingdom before it’s too late?
Determined, smart and a master of both the sword and the bow, Lady Carliss has proven herself as a veteran Knight of the Prince. Returning from a mission of aid, Carliss is plunged into adventure once again as she searches for the marauders responsible for kidnapping a friends’ family. Along the way she is reunited with Sir Dalton and discovers that the struggle in her heart is far from over. When Dalton falls to the vicious attack of a mysterious, poisonous creature, Carliss finds herself in a race against time. As Dalton clings perilously to life, she must find the antidote in the distant and strange city of Moorue.
While there, Carliss uncovers the master plot of a powerful Shadow Warrior that will soon overtake the entire Kingdom. Her faith in the Prince and her courage as a knight are tested as she faces evil Shadow Warriors and a swamp full of dreadful creatures. The lives of many, including Dalton’s, depend on Carliss. But she cannot save them all, for time is running out. She faces an impossible choice: save Dalton, or let him die so that others may live.
Lady Carliss didn’t disappoint. From poisonous lizards, to allegorical ‘drugs’, to the adventure of a lifetime, the book spins a tale that leaves you breathless with its meaning and action. I first became acquainted with this series when I was asked to review Sir Kendrick and since then, I’ve enjoyed Mr. Black’s fantasy world. The book is an allegorical fantasy, but the allegory isn’t excessively preachy. This isn’t Pilgrim’s Progress– it’s closer to Narnia.
I have little to quibble over. The book is exciting, action-packed, a little drippy at times, but all in all, I loved it. Jenna keeps eying me to see if I’ve finished yet. Well, I have.
I want to thank Multnomah for providing this copy for review, and I do apologize… this baby’s mine. Not giving it away. If you want to read it, you’ll have to snag one for yourself. Go for it. I doubt you’ll regret it.