Recommendation: Highly Recommended
I could not have been more pleasantly surprised by this powerful allegory. And while I now plan on reading the series from the beginning, I had no trouble picking up this book, the fifth in the series, and enjoying and understanding the storyline.
The story begins as the "Tale of Two Knights", best friends Tav and Twitch. Both are training to be nights of the King and will soon complete their training and be commissioned. Tav is by far the better soldier, an excellent swordsman and warrior. However it is Twitch, (whose real name is Quinlan) who proves himself a true Knight of the King.
Quinlan commits his life to serve the King while Tav becomes apathetic and enjoys a life of comfort and ease. Quinlan undergoes extensive and intense training, but he knows his life has purpose and he finds fulfillment in knowing and serving the King and His Son.
Positives: This book is filled with wonderful spiritual allegory. The Armor of God in Eph. 6 is referenced as well as the Bible being the Sword and Code of the King. The author also uses creatures to represent different aspects of the Christian life. The rich use of Scripture is evident through the entire book. I also thoroughly enjoyed the discussion questions at the end of the book. They helped to bring an even clearer understanding to the book.
Talking Points: There are discussion questions for each chapter at the end of the book (and answers for those questions as well). I would use these as a starting point as you talk with your child. Many Scriptures are given in these questions so have your Bible handy and be sure to look up the Scriptures referenced. There is one question for Chapter 11 that I feel needs clarification. The question is about Tav's apathy that turns to unbelief and they ask how this can happen to a believer. In the answer they use the parable of the sower in Matt. 13. This parable talks about the condition of the different soils (hearts) that the seeds of the gospel fall on. There is only one type of soil that reflects the heart of a believer. Can believers become apathetic? Yes. Can a believer lose their salvation? No. Read John 6:35-40. I would instead turn to Heb. 3:12 to talk about the danger of the hardening of the heart. While I believe it is clear at the end of the story that Tav was not a believer, that particular discussion question needs clarification. I would also be sure to discuss the end of the story when Tav tries to board the ship with the King. Read the similar account in Matt. 7. Talk with your child about true salvation and the reality of one day standing before the King and giving account for their life.
Age Level: 10 years old and up
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.