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Abramm Kalladorne has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably separate him from the life he was born to—as fifth son of the king of Kiriath—he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold inAbramm Kalladorne has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably separate him from the life he was born to—as fifth son of the king of Kiriath—he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his brothers.Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete in the gladiatorial games of his new masters. When the oppressed masses rally around his successes, he discovers his suffering has molded him into something greater than he ever thought possible—to serve a purpose he never imagined....

Title : Light Of Eidon
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ISBN : 12938270
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Light Of Eidon Reviews

  • Beanbag Love
    2019-03-02 21:32

    I guess this is a 3.5 for me. I found myself very annoyed at a couple of the main characters and, while I knew their TSTL impulsiveness/stubbornness was necessary for the arc of the story it went on through 90% of the book. A bit much.Particularly Carissa, the hero's sister. I kept hoping she would meet her doom and she just never did. But then her utter ineptitude and arrogance pretty much created every obstacle poor Abramm and Trap had to overcome so I see the point of her existence, but she really had zero likability for me. Even after a heroic act of her own she went back to being a monkey wrench. Yes, a monkey wrench divinely implemented, but still...Abramm himself was pretty darn tiresome at times. And that's why I can't muster four stars. He just took too long to get to the point. I did like other characters though. Trap, Cooper and Philip were not only competent, they were extremely likable. It's not a bad book. It was a Kindle freebie and those who like sword and sorcerer fantasy with some religiousity thrown in (think LotR, Narnia) should like it pretty well. I'm not compelled to continue the series though, so take that as you will.

  • Robin
    2019-03-06 20:15

    This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. The story is compelling, the characters engaging, the plot continually twisting and turning, both physically and emotionally. I had a hard time putting this one down. The tale seems to flow almost effortlessly, each plot point encouraging the reader to discover the next. And I say 'almost' because there are some minor bumps in the road: grammatical errors, word repetition… Thankfully, these are few. There is one character, Katahn, who doesn't seem to stay true to his established pattern of behavior, and it is not clear to me why he made the surprising choices he did later in the story. The hero, however, is so very believable and so very appealing as he makes his way from purpose to despair to hope. The settings are colorful and spectacularly developed, as are the political, religious, and cultural aspects. I thoroughly enjoyed the weaving of fantasy and religion, and what a delight to read a story that tells about wicked, depraved characters without using vile language and gratuitous sex and gore! I look forward to reading more from this author!

  • Shantelle
    2019-03-14 23:23

    It was very long-winded, so I found myself skimming quite a bit. Therefore, I didn't understand the story as well as I could have. Erm. But there were some quite interesting parts, and some very heartfelt parts. I plan to read the next book in the LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING series when I get the chance.Caution: There are two scenes that are not suitable for a younger audience. Also, some violence/frightening aspects. I would recommend to at least 18 up.

  • Timothy Ward
    2019-02-28 23:10

    Karen Hancock has made a significant contribution to the genre of Christian Fantasy with her novel, Light of Eidon. Her allegories are illuminating, accurate to biblical truth and very creative. I enjoyed her characters and how they came from so many viewpoints; they were all true to themselves and left a lasting impression. Her crisp prose never settled for boring description and in doing so kept this world alive. I was glad that she kept me guessing, and even more at how many times I guessed wrong. Karen also does a great job keeping you emotionally involved. Her main character, Abramm is a strong protagonist that is well worth being the focal point of a series. On top of all this, I loved her action scenes. This world has a gladiator type system of fighting that makes for great battles, not to mention her unique magic system and monster creations.For anyone writing Christian Fiction, this book provides a great lesson in how to write quality fiction that embraces spiritual truths we all battle. Her characters have depth to their reasoning and in doing so Karen addresses the many concerns people have with embracing a God of grace. I did not find this book preachy — in part because she does not dismiss challenges to biblical faith. Some people accept that gift and others don’t, plain and simple. She is not writing this book to make converts, but rather to show how real the struggle can be and that people can go either way and still be real. You don’t know coming in who will and who won’t, so there is plenty of drama to keep you till the end.The world Karen created is a fantastic example of carrying truths from our world to a fantasy, while using those allegories to express truths in ways you’ll never forget. The golden shield of the Tertsan is an idea I wish I came up with, but I won’t tell you why. The Gospel and how to be saved are both creative and truthful. The opposing religions are complex and not at all straw men or two dimensional in any way. You can really feel what it would be like to live within their religious system and in providing these examples we get a better understanding of the faiths around us. I’m excited to see what adventures are in store for Abramm as he battles against the many enemies left to face in future books.I would have paid for this, but because it was not only free but a very good book, I’ll definitely be buying more of her work in the future.

  • Gillian Bronte Adams
    2019-02-25 21:33

    This book had me a bit confused at first. I couldn't tell where the author was going with certain elements of the plot ... which was actually refreshing, since a lot of the time I can figure things out before they're revealed! It didn't take me long to be completely hooked by the storyline and by the characters. It's a fascinating fantasy with an intriguing storyworld, so I'm definitely planning on picking up the next book in the series!

  • Andrea Cox
    2019-03-11 02:27

    I really wanted to like this story. I'd been looking forward to it for a couple of years now. Most of the fantasy books I have read have been really enjoyable. I was hoping this one would be another fun one.But I couldn't get past the second chapter.The religion in this one was strange. The lead was praying to both male and female deities. It wasn't clear in the first two chapters which was the most important deity.There was also a bit of crudity (a man wet himself and then it carried over with the focus directed to his tunic being damp). This bit was awkward and made me feel uncomfortable.The Terstans were inconsistent. Some were zombie-like and had gross illnesses that led to death, while others seemed to be strong and manipulative with no sign of the gross illness and eventual death that was stated to claim all Terstans.I only made it through two chapters of this book before feeling so uncomfortable and awkward about it that I couldn't continue reading it.I was not compensated for my honest review.

  • Rachel Thompson
    2019-03-07 03:29

    I downloaded this book for free for my Sony e-reader.This is a wonderful book that maintained my interest all the way through. It has everything you could want: action, romance, political intrigue. I was a bit shocked and a little upset to find that this book is considered to have heavy Christian overtones. This is a fantasy book, and many fantasy characters believe in a god or gods, so I guess that's why it was more palatable to me than a strictly Christian book. The religious aspects of it didn't bother me for that very reason.Abramm is about to take his priestly vows, forsaking his claim to the throne forever, but fate, or his god Eidon, has other plans. Gripped with madness his brother and the current king forces him into exile, which leads Abramm into slavery. He is not strong enough to interest the Gamers, but someone buys him for his talents as a scribe. Unfortunately, he has attracted the interest of one Gamer, and ends up as a gladiator anyway. While this story is about the struggle Abramm must endure to survive, it is also about his struggle with his faith as he travels from devout believer to cynical skeptic.As a fantasy book, this is one of the best I've read in a longtime, so I went ahead and bought the second in the series.

  • Kaylin
    2019-03-01 03:17

    As a big fan of Christian fantasy, this book was pleasantly surprising. It's definitely not the YA high-action, low-dialogue fantasy that I was expecting. It's actually a lot deeper and meant for an older audience. The main character, Eldrin (renamed Abramm later on), is the fifth son of the king of Kiriath. As a child, he didn't excel in fencing, like his younger brother Gillard, because his love was in religion and history. He joined the religious group known as the Matatio at a young age, giving up his rights as a prince.At the beginning of the book, Eldrin is twenty-one and just about to take his final vows to become a full Brother and leave his past life behind him forever. When he gets to Kiriath, he discovers that the throne isn't so far away from him as it used to be, and his life turns upside-down. I'd recommend this to anyone 16+ who's looking for a good, epic Christian fantasy fix. This book stands pretty well on its own, and anyone who wants more can read the next three in the series as well.

  • Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
    2019-03-11 19:20

    DNF 18% 5/13/16I'm too impatient right now to wait for the plot to pick up. It is really predictable right now.

  • Jill
    2019-03-12 01:30

    I love fantasy, but I couldn't connect with any of the characters, and I disliked the strong sensual emphasis. To me it was off-putting. Just my opinion.

  • Bethany Fehr
    2019-03-18 21:10

    Finally, a YA Christian novel - and a fantasy novel at that - that is worth reading. It's by no means a perfect book; there are a lot of things it could have done better, but there are also a lot of things this book does right where few of the books in it's genre succeed . Things this book got right:In my experience, most fiction labeled "Christian" does not incorporate the faith element well; often the Christian parts of these books have almost no relevance to the story. However, in this book, the main character's spiritual journey is not just a nice subplot, it's necessary to the plot. The story literally would not work without the faith element. This book has one of the best fictional conversion scenes I've read. I was pleasantly surprised at how God-centered the whole message of the book was, especially in that scene. I've found that often the gospel message in Christian fiction is all about what God can do for the characters, and salvation comes across looking cheap as a result. This novel makes it clear that the characters fit into God's plan - not vice versa. On that note, I think the author does an awesome job pulling off that theme without creating a deus ex machina ending. The characters can't make it without God, yet their obedience still plays an essential part in the outcome of the conflict. I also really appreciate that the character's journey toward conversion is realistically led up to. It's not a straight upward climb; there's a lot of backtracking, and the journey takes the length of the book - the story spans around two years - rather than just a chapter or two where everything randomly clicks for the character.The allegory is particularly well done. I appreciated that it wasn't just an obvious retelling of the redemption story. In the timeline of the novel, the story of the cross has already happened, and the allegory focuses on how we can come to know God in our time. The allegory is not super obvious, especially at the beginning. I was expecting the story to be about the main character's spiritual journey, but the author keeps the reader in suspense as to how the character is going to get to the end of that journey. By about the 75% mark, it's pretty clear what's going on, but up to that point, I found I didn't know much that the main character didn't know. The author did quite a good job letting the reader experience the main character's doubts and disillusion along with him, without the answer being obvious. I didn't find myself just waiting around for the character to just hurry up, see the light, and make the obvious decision, because I wasn't sure what form the answer would take myself.After reading a book that deals so well with the character's initial conversion, I'm expecting big things from the next book in the series. From what I've seen of the summary, the next book looks like it'll continue to focus on the spiritual journey started in the first book. I'm looking forward to the rest of the story.I'm also quite impressed with the setting. It's definitely not your stock castles and dragons fantasy land. Actually, this is one of the most realistic fantasy settings I've ever read. The different cultures of the story world are grounded in actual history and human nature. The author chose not to completely reinvent the flora and fauna of her world, and instead incorporated the fantasy element into the details that were relevant to the story. The fantasy element is centered entirely on the spiritual element, which makes the story world more realistic and easier to process than if everything about the world were foreign.Things I thought could have been done better:There were a couple of scenes that deal with the main character having some lustful thoughts that made me uncomfortable. I think that was the intended effect, and while the scenes weren't graphic, for a Christian book, they could have gotten away with less detail. Those scenes are pretty much restricted to two chapters in the middle that aren't essential to the plot.There was one secondary character who was pretty whiny. I pitied her, but her generally caustic attitude made her hard to root for. There are several chapters from her perspective, so it was sometimes a bit painful to be around her for too long.I found the dialogue to be a little on the weak side; it wasn't too bad, but the characters do tend to sound pretty similar. I felt the dialogue wasn't as realistic as it could have been.I often found the setting descriptions a bit hard to follow. There was one action scene where the landscape was important to the characters' plan. I had a really hard time visualizing the surroundings based on the description offered, so I didn't really get what was going on. All the other action scenes made sense, though.There were a bunch of compound adjectives that should have been hyphenated and were instead written as one word (e.g. bluestriped), and I found a few sentences that ended with this punctuation!? I'd like a word with the editor on that one. :)

  • Benjamin
    2019-03-22 00:21

    I had a hard time caring about the main character. It's clear that his Ben Hur story arc and his macho transformation are supposed to be the stuff of epic page turners, but the guy is just really, really bland. The book climaxes with the epiphany that his greatest obstacle is pride and self-reliance and that everything he's accomplished is actually his deity acting through him; the character's own actions only ever get in the way. I doubt it was the intention, but this plot point turns the cliche fated-to-be-great trope of typical fantasy on its head by making the character's very blandness into the inborn talent that allows him to fulfill destiny. This interpretation significantly improved my enjoyment of an otherwise forgettable novel.Apropos of nothing, there are a fair number of specific elements in the book that I am familiar with only from the Wheel of Time series. These include the word shadowspawn, using the phrase "wool-headed" to indicate stupidity, dragon brands on arms, a strong-willed female character who expresses anger by spitting, and a couple others that passed by before I started keeping a favorite quote: "Instinct whirled him faster than thought."

  • Jeremy
    2019-03-02 02:08

    I was about a third of the way into this one before I decided it was a pseudo-Christian allegory; I realize now that that was the whole point, but if you start out thinking you're just in for some basic run-of-the-mill fantasy, it'll be a kind of surprise. Change a few proper nouns and some minor details, and you've got yourself a world beset by evil where Christian faith is all but outlawed but is really the only right answer. The main difference between being a Terstan and being a Christian is that Terstans get magic powers; I'm sure churches in our own world would be much more popular if that little bonus was included in membership.The story itself borrowed quite a bit from other stories, not least of all the movie Gladiator. If you forgive that fact, it's enjoyable enough, but still somewhat contrived and heavy-handed with its religious message. Great if you like that, just OK if you don't mind it.

  • Lisa Marie
    2019-02-24 19:29

    At first, although I was drawn into the story unfolding as Abramm prepares for his vows and the conflict that is approaching, I was confused. New terminology, relating to the complexities of the faith systems introduced to us and of the different cultures mentioned. I felt like I'd jumped headfirst into a new world, smiling and nodding, without really knowing what people were talking about. I settled into understanding after a while and the book started getting really interesting. The author's descriptions were rich and colourful, especially as she details the struggle of understanding and accepting faith, the challenges of combat, and the fear of facing the enemy. As the story unfolded, the characters were easy to grab onto, relate to, feel with. I enjoyed this book, and now that I know there are 3 more that continue the story, I am excited to read them too - to follow the life of Abramm Kalladorne as he struggles to become the man he's destined to be.

  • Sunny
    2019-02-27 00:13

    I had to get past my frustration with the main character. I understand Karen Hancock may have wanted to show his struggle to the way of the Light. However, it was irritating to read the thoughts of the character as he came off as a prideful idiot. Even when it was obvious, he kept sticking his head in the sand. Now this would have been fine if it had only lasted about 10 - 20% of the book. No, this lasted for about 75 - 80% of the book. And the main character's sister was just as bad. Neither were very likable characters. What kept me going were the supporting characters as they had more life than those two. This book showed the turmoil one can encounter when everything they had once believed in has been torn asunder. It demonstrated how one has to pick of the pieces after everything has been blown apart. The book was not entertaining enough for me to want to read any more from the series.

  • K.M. Weiland
    2019-03-17 20:10

    I honestly didn't go into this book with high expectations. I basically quit reading "faith-based" fiction years ago because I always ended up being disappointed. This one surprised me though. After a slow and occasionally rambling start, it presents a magnificent fantasy world, decent characters, and one of the best conversion scenes I've ever read. Hancock dips and darts around in her lengthy timeline, smoothly sailing over bobbles that would have tripped up most authors. I have to commend her for her faith-based fantasy world as well. Instead of the usual allegory-ridden tale we get from most Christian-based speculative fiction, she's created a realistic, plausible, in-depth, and entirely relatable and thought-provoking religious society. I'll be reading the sequel.

  • Kevin
    2019-02-19 20:10

    A decent, if predictable, adventure story. There was definitely a strong 'been there, read that' factor throughout the book which led to the predictability. My biggest complaint though is that the religious overtones and parallels to Christianity are as subtle as a nuclear explosion. I like nice, subtle religous parallel or overtone that makes one think and re-think and dig deep. What I don't like (and what this book delivered) were religous parallels that were weilded like a sledgehammer and continually used to beat the reader about the head and shoulders. I like the author's overall writing style but her unweildy use of the religon hammer turned me off.I may read more if she tones it down a great deal.

  • Shannon
    2019-03-07 22:22

    I just can't give this book any more stars as a Christian book. Yes, it was well written and, as a fantasy novel, I would have given it 4 stars. But as a CHRISTIAN fantasy novel, it fell short. Yes, lots of talk of this book's version of God, but there was far too much magic not only on the evil side, but on the "good" side. Too many opportunities for evil to take hold, all under the guise of Christianity. I'll not be finishing the series, that is certain.

  • Kate
    2019-02-25 00:10

    I read this in high school and remember it being awesome, I definitely have to find it and read it again.

  • Jane
    2019-03-17 19:19

    I'm just not a fan of splicing straight Christian theology into a magic-ridden universe.

  • Michael
    2019-02-26 23:38

    If this book was a movie, it'd be better than Gladiator. There. I said it. Why? Because this book has purpose. The main character, Abramm (Eldrin) goes through some major life struggles. Struggles many of us could relate to. Things don't go our way, we get frustrated - we wished it had gone the way we envisioned it, but it doesn't. We keep thinking we're making the right decisions but we aren't. Who hasn't gone through that at some point? The struggles Abramm deals with are real, but they're expertly woven into a story involving kings, slaves, gladiators, foreign lands, and hope. Most of all, hope.This is the second book I've read by Karen Hancock and I'm constantly amazed at the way she vividly describes things in such a way as to make it pleasing to read. The text flows so well that if you're not looking for it, you might miss it. One such example, "The courtiers postured and bowed and fluttered, the men directed here and there by the women, tripping and reeling exaggeratedly as they slopped wine down the fronts of their doublets." And there is action, lots of action. Swordplay, daggers, giant evil birds, epic battles, and more. As with the first book I read by Hancock, Arena, the beginning is quite slow, building up the characters to be memorable, but picks up later on. She definitely knows how to create a climax to a book, and as this one builds, it's really hard to put down. While this is the first book in the Light of Eidon series, there is a definite resolution to the story. Again - so many books or movies nowadays just cut off in the middle of things promising the resolution in part two or three, so it's a pleasant surprise when there is finalization to the plot you've been reading for 400 pages.Finally, while this is a Christian book series, you're not beat over the head with Christianity. If you're a Christian, you'll understand all of the parallels, but if you're not, you'll more than likely just enjoy a great book.

  • Amy
    2019-03-20 21:25

    One of my favorite series. It's solid Christian fantasy- allegorical, but the allegory doesn't constrain or stilt the world-building and characterization. I've actually read the series more than once and enjoy it more with each read. The first book is actually about both Abramm (called Eldrin for the first couple chapters- a little confusing the first read through) and his sister Carissa, although the synopsis doesn't mention her part in the story. There's quite a bit of action, a little romance, and a believable journey for both main characters. I've yet to find anything else in the Christian-fantasy category that quite compares.

  • Kate
    2019-02-28 01:16

    The first book in The Legends of the Guardian-King, a trilogy of Christian allegory. I will definitely be looking up the other two. After Abramm is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery, he is filled with doubts about who Eidon is, and sometimes even doubts his existence. After many struggles he finally comes to know the truth.(I did look up, and read, all three books that finish the series.)

  • Joan Campbell
    2019-03-14 19:33

    The second reading of my all-time favourite Christian fantasy book and it was AS good the 2nd time around. This was the book that made me want to write Christian fantasy myself. I was rather delighted to discover that I couldn't remember all the details of the plot, so it was like reading a new book. The writing is wonderful and vivid. The characters are strong and believable and the world is vast and imaginative.

  • Lois
    2019-03-13 00:31

    Very differentI was not sure about reading this but got caught up in it and couldn't put it down. The different 'God's referred was confusing but it finally became clearer in the story that it was talking about the one true God of Heaven and earth and about his son who paid the price for our salvation that is freely given to those who seek it.

  • Loren
    2019-03-13 02:32

    It's been a number of years since I last read this series, and I'm thoroughly enjoying them all over again. Hancock can get a bit heavy-handed with her analogies, but I still enjoy the characters, plot, and setting, and really, even her analogies are ones I needed to be reminded of.

  • Selah Raine
    2019-02-25 03:33

    good overall but started out interesting about 100 pages till the end

  • Lavay Byrd
    2019-03-23 00:10

    AMAZING!Full review coming soon!

  • Darshan Pandya
    2019-02-22 02:14

    Abramm has dedicated the last eight years of his life to becoming worthy to touch and tend the Sacred Flames of Eidon, and he expects to be blessed for his devotion and sacrifice. But on the eve of taking the vows that will irrevocably separate him from the life he was born to--as Abramm Kalladorne, fifth son of the king of Kiriath--he is betrayed by his spiritual mentor and sold into slavery by his brothers.Swept along by the winds of a new destiny, Abramm is forced to compete as a gladiator. When the oppressed masses rally around his success, he discovers his suffering has molded him into something greater than he ever though possible--to serve a purpose he never imagined.Set in a world of swords and cloaks, of glittering palaces and mystical temples, of galley ships and ancient mist-bound cities, The Light of Eidon is the first volume of an epic series, LEGENDS OF THE GUARDIAN-KING.

  • Rose
    2019-03-18 01:26

    Ugh, book hangover!! This is the first in a super good fantasy quartet. It is slightly reminiscent of Lord of the Rings, but that is nearly unavoidable in fantasy. This book was not just a rewrite, however, it follows the same theme as Tolkien but more directly; faith in God and the destructive power of sin. But I won't compare the two, nothing comes out looking good compared to Tolkien, and this is pretty darn good! It has one spot where the hero behaves wrongly with the girl he loves, and I have removed a star for that. Although he repents, that was a huge disappointment, and a terrible place to have it, because his character was supposed to be building rather than deteriorating.This first book follows Abramm from his questionable monastery to slavery, to his struggles with religious questions, his victories as a gladiator, his escape, and his final facedown with the enemy.