JUN
23
2014

Kingdom Series by Chuck Black

I had the pleasure of meeting an amazing author this weekend at the Rocky Mountain Super Conference! His name is Chuck Black and he has a series of books for younger readers (and honestly I loved them as well) that will blow your socks off!

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The Kingdom Series:

“Don your armor….Fasten your sword…Mount your Steed!

And get ready to embark on an epic journey of biblical significance into a kingdom of warriors, battles, swords, villains, and knightly heroes!”

The Kingdom Series books are a medieval adventure allegory of the entire bible that takes readers on an exciting journey over the course of 6 adventure packed books!

Each book also includes discussion questions and answers that you can use to help your readers make the biblical connections and character traits through out the stories.

After talking with Chuck for awhile and looking at his amazing books, I asked if I could do a review for his Kingdom Series, which I thought our kiddos would love! He agreed, and has even supplied me with the first three books in the series to giveaway to one of you as well!

 

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We received the first three books for review. My husband and I have been reading them as well and are loving them! I can’t wait to get the rest of the series to see what happens. So far the books are fairly exciting to read, and even our girls have gotten into them as well. Chuck not only has strong male characters, but also strong female leads that help engage all readers.

He was also careful not to include any questionable material such as sorcery or wizardry in his books. Though I will say there is some violence in them. Mostly in the form of sword fights, and your basic knightly duels.

 

Kingdom’s Dawn:

In his first book, Kingdom’s Dawn, Leinad and Tess encounter adversity and challenges as Leinad discovers he has been chosen by the King for an important mission only he can fulfill. The loyal Leinad chooses to follow his King’s commands no matter the consequences. Kingdom’s Dawn spans the time from Adam to Moses.

 

Kingdom’s Hope:

Kingdom’s Hope, the 2nd book in the series, spans from the time of Moses to Malachi. In this novel Lord Fairos has sentenced Leinad to death in the Banteen desert. But Leinad returns as a true Knight of the King. His skill with the sword is unmatched this side of the Great Sea and he is determined to free the people from their bondage to Lord Fairos.

 

Kingdom’s Edge:

Kingdom’s Edge, the 3rd book in the series, spans the time from Jesus to the tribulation. In this novel Cedric meets a stranger who he discovers is a master of the sword. And he soon finds himself in an epic battle between good and evil!

 

What do we think?

We’re currently reading these novels as a family to all of our children, and so far they’re begging us to keep going! Each night we read a few chapters until lights out. Today Turbo said “I can’t wait until tonight!”

When I asked him why he said, “Because we can’t wait to see what’s going to happen in the next chapter with Leinad!”

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It took a few chapters to get into it, but even the girls are excited for story time now. We’ve chosen to read them together as a family to help with some of the more difficult wording that the kids might not understand. And to help them make the biblical connections as well. Plus it’s just a fun series to go through together as a family.

Chuck recommended the books for ages 7 and up, however I think the reading would be a bit difficult for most younger children. Both Turbo (4th grade) and Strawberry Shortcake (5th grade) can handle the reading level, but like I said we’re doing it as a family so the younger ones can be involved in the stories as well.

If you were to assign these out independently, I would probably recommend them for 4th grade and up. As an adult I’m also enjoying them as well. And as a homeschooling mama I also like the discussion questions and answers in the back. It definitely helps readers make the biblical connections as well as encourage critical thinking skills in relation to the allegory and character traits weaved through out the stories.

That said, we’re absolutely loving these novels and can’t wait to move on to the next one!

 

What’s the cost?

The books retail for $8.99 each, but you can also get a discount for purchasing them in a set. Chuck also has another series, and more products on his website as well, so make sure to check it all out!

 

Want more information? Check out the links below!

 

Win it!

Chuck has graciously offered the first three books in the series to one of my readers! Just enter below to win!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

{Disclosure: I received these products free for review on my blog. The opinions expressed in this post are my own, and were not influenced by the company or free product provided.}

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Comments

  1. Juli Vrotney says:

    The raffle copter shows that the contest is over though you just put it up earlier this morning.

  2. I see the same thing – contest over – however, I just checked and my library has most of the series in written and audio form so we can check them out right away :-D I have two boys and these sound fabulous for them!

  3. This series looks awesome! My kids would love it! Will wait and hope the Rafflecopter is up and running soon! :)

  4. I am getting the same message that the contest is closed… looks like a SUPER series.

  5. We read these about 2 years ago and my sons loved them! I recommend them to my friends all the time! So glad you’re doing this review. All kids should read these!

  6. Raffle copter closed but I would love to win this series

  7. This was a favorite series of my now 21 year old! Excellent allegory!

  8. Excited about these books! The Knights series looks cool as well. So excited to have something wholesome and exciting or my boys!!

  9. All the books look great! But, of course, book 1 would be the place to start for us! :)

  10. These look great! Thank you for the review and the chance to win! :)

  11. Nicole Ellis says:

    Thanks! I’ve been dying for my boys to read the first book but our library doesn’t have. The first one looks so captivating!

  12. We would start with the first but can’t wait until the book with Jesus!…Kingdom’s Edge.

  13. This series looks great! I think my 11 and 12 year old boys will like these. Thanks!

  14. Kindgom’s Hope looked great. My son would love these!

  15. The first in the Kingdom series looks the most exciting. We’ve read (also as a family) a couple of the Knights series. These are really well done!

  16. Emily Quesenberry says:

    Kingdom’s Dawn would be the one I would most likely start with. I just like starting with the first written. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Kingdom’s Reign

  18. Michelle G says:

    Kingdom’s Edge

  19. Looking forward to this series! I am always looking for good clean books for my 11 year old son and this looks great. I like to start at the beginning so I’m looking forward to reading Kingdom’s Dawn with my son.

  20. My son would love Kingdom Dawn

  21. This series looks so interesting! I also heard Chuck speak and loved his message!

  22. Leena Albright says:

    We would start with the Kingdom Hope series then continue from there.

  23. Kingdom’s Hope looks great; I also like the Knight’s series too.

  24. Kingdom’s Hope. Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. Would start with Kingdom’s Dawn. Looks like a great series!

  26. The kingdom series looks very interesting not only for my kiddos but me as well! Lol

  27. Kingdom’s Hope. Looks great!

  28. Ra Thompson says:

    Hard to choose just one…I always start with book 1 in a series and then progress forward book by book and will wait for the books in order….all look ‘good/interesting’, but with that being said, I think the Kingdom’s Hope time frame will be very informative..:)

  29. We would love to read the Kingdom series. We just recently finished reading The Knights of Arrethrae series by Chuck Black and loved them. There are quite a few of them but we could hardly put them down, myself included. I like reading them as a family because everyone in the family loves them.

  30. Juli Vrotney says:

    I am so excited about these books. All three would be excellent, but I would want to start with the first one. I will have to ask for it for Christmas… We read pilgrims progress( kids version) so this would be a great addition to our library.

  31. All of them look amazing! The kingdom series would be what we would choose first.

  32. Definitely the Kingdom Series! My son would love to win these!

  33. We would start with the first one, of course. They might appeal to my Star Wars loving 10yo reluctant reader.

  34. I’d definitely love to read these to my son. Starting with Kingdom’s Dawn would be the best option I think.

  35. They all look great. My kids would love these as read alouds at night.

  36. Love this! My boys love adventure bible stories, and this seems to fit the bill for their likes! We would love to start the first Series. I’m going to check the library as some above have mentioned as well. Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  37. I think Kingdom’s Edge sounds most exciting.

  38. I think we would love to start with Kingdom’s Dawn! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  39. Karen from CO says:

    The first one in the Kingdom Series – Kingdom’s Dawn – sounds most intriguing to me! I want to know how it all begins!

  40. Jessica Christensen says:

    This looks like a great series for our family as well! Kingdom’s Dawn looks exciting.

  41. All of the books look great, but would love to start with book 1 in this series!

  42. With one going into 6th I am sure book 3 would benefit right now. ;-)

  43. We’d start with Kingdom Hope! These look great!

  44. We have read his other series and absolutely loved them. We also loved that they had audio books so we could listen to them on our cross country drive. Cannot wait to read this series.

  45. Heather Merwick says:

    Kingdom’s quest looks exciting!

  46. These look amazing! They all look great but the third, Kingdom’s Edge looks very interesting! Thanks for the opportunity to enter.

  47. These would be great to win! My son also really likes knights, so I think that series would especially appeal to him (and my husband).

  48. Laurie Cassano says:

    We would like to start with Kingdom Dawn and go from there!

  49. They all look awesome! But, I guess I’d say the 3rd one if I had to pick.

  50. Kingdom’s Dawn, definitely, because the series starts there. : ) My adventure-loving son would get a lot out of these.

  51. My children have fallen in love with adventure stories of any kind, so this sounds great! We would start with Kingdom’s dawn because you always have to start at the beginning and do things in order! :-)

  52. This looks like an exciting series! My kids will love it. I think the 1st book looks great! Thanks for the opportunity and for showing a great review!

  53. They all look great!

  54. Kingdom’s Edge

  55. Gabrielle says:

    Really interesting! Glad to know something like this exists. Thank you for the review on these. I hope to get to read them and to my children as well.

  56. Kingdom’s Hope looks the most interesting, but we would start at the beginning.

  57. Thanks for emailing me back. I’d love to win this for my girls. Good fiction for 4th grade and up is hard to find (without all the sorcery, magic spells, etc)

  58. The third book, Kingdom’s Edge, looks fantastic. I’m always on the look out for more books to read with my kids!

  59. Sarah Davis says:

    All three of them look like a great read! But if I had to choose one I would say the second book, Kingdom’s Hope, would be really fun to read. I have 3 boys and I can just picture their excitement when they hear there’s dragon encounters in the book! Particularly for the two older ones!

  60. My 8 yr old son devoured these books which he received for Christmas. He read three in one evening! We are looking forward to reading them as a family this summer, too.

  61. We are hoping to get the Knights series soon.

  62. My 8 year old loves this series and the Knights of Arrathtrae series by Chuck Black. The even look interesting to me. I’d like to read them myself when I have some free time.

  63. Any of them, but Kingdoms Quest looks great!

  64. I would start at the beginning with Kingdom’s Dawn

  65. the first book looks great!!!

  66. I haven’t seen enough info on this series to pick one yet, so I would just have to say the fist one!

  67. Book 2 looks super exciting, as do all of them!!

  68. My son would love to read Kingdom’s Hope! Good literature that teaches godly character traits are a great find.

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