Often the best allegories are books which aren't meant to be allegories at all. I don't know if Anna Thayer intended her series- The Knight of Eldaran- to be allegorical, but with every book I've been strengthened and encouraged in my faith as I've noticed parallels between the hero- Eamon- and the path I walk as a Christian living in the world, waiting always for Christ to return and make all things new.
I recently reviewed book 2 in this series- The King's Hand. The entire fantasy series features Eamon Goodman who chooses from his youth to become a member of The Gauntlet, the famed military might in the lands ruled by one that some call Master and some call the throned- a usurper. The series follows Eamon's rise to power, his dedication to a new King he recognizes as the rightful ruler of the land, and the struggles he faces as he attempts to live in the king's name while still outwardly living to serve the Master.
The Broken Blade is the final book in the series, and, while this one didn't have me sobbing at the end as The King's Hand did, I did love this one as well. From the book's description:
Eamon Goodman is now the Master’s Right Hand. But despite being the second-in-command to the ruler of the River Realm, Eamon becomes the victim of vengeful plots engineered by the other Quarter Hands. Eamon finds himself powerless to stop them and the people he cares for are under threat.
Eamon then discovers that the Nightholt―the book he long ago delivered to the Master’s Hands―holds the key to the Master’s power, which will become absolute upon the death of the King.
Thus the stage for the final battle is set. Eamon rides out at the head of the Master’s army and must finally decide where his true allegiance lies. His choice will determine the fate of the River Realm . . .
As in the previous books, the characters throughout the story are very well-developed. There are favorites from the previous books as well as a few new characters who are introduced. The action moves along well, not lingering too long or rushing through what needs to take some time.
The books is long- as are the others. It's about 588 pages. I love a thick, wonderful book that I can hold and submerse myself within. Because it's lengthy, there is time to develop the host of characters- There are many.- and the story that has been taking the reader ever onward to the return of the King.
The book is published by a Christian publisher, Kregel. Although it never mentions God or anything at all about Christianity, I can say that this series has been a great source of inspiration to me in my Christian walk. As I mentioned above, I'm not sure the series is intended to be allegorical at all, but great books encourage great thoughts and can motivate the reader to great deeds. The Knight of Eldaran series are truly great books. I'm sad to be finished with the series, but I'm made better by having read them.
I give The Broken Blade 5 strong stars. The book has some great violence and bloodshed, so I'm giving it a PG-13 rating. You can find The Broken Blade on Amazon here.
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