“This is one of my new favorites. It is in the same vein as Lord of the Rings. There is a strong Judeo-Christian allegory but you have to be pretty familiar with the Bible to pick out the Biblical quotations.
Hancock is a gifted story teller. The pace of the story keeps you reading well into the middle of the night when you should be asleep. From one scene to another you pulled along, laughing, crying, hurting, and winning with the main characters. The characters themselves are well developed, the scenery is vivid yet she doesn't waste our time with too much descriptive narrative. She builds characters and a world that really could exist.
This is not your typical Christian fiction in the sense that all the characters are morally black and white. Even God in this book is scene through skeptical eyes. To me this is much more powerful as Christian fiction than the happy, bland run of the mill Christian authors try to pass as real bodies of work.
I recommend this work even if you aren't a Christian. It is a fantasy after all and the god Eidon in this story, while runs parallel with the Christian God, this is a book of magic, fantasy, intrigue. It is a story of a great friendship and great love. It is very powerful!”
“I was wary of this book at first, thinking it slightly cheesy. It took me awhile to get into, but I have to admit that about halfway through I was really drawn into the story, the characters and the beauty of the redemption story portrayed. Can't wait to read the next one!”Astoryfan wrote this review Thursday, June 17, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Starts very slow and at times I was getting a little weary of the Abramm feeling sorry for himself. But after the first part, the story took off and kept me enthralled until the very end.”Abby G wrote this review Monday, June 14, 2010. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Light of Eidon, where to start... This is the first in a series of four books that details the life of a man named Abramm Kalladorne. I can't do this book justice no matter how long I take to write this review, but suffice to say, it is the best fantasy book I have ever read, and it is heavily Christian. The author goes very deep into the characters, and the struggles that face them are very applicable to our lives also. However, this isn't one of your run-of-the-mill preacher books disguised as a fantasy story - This book could stand alone without the Christian content and still be great. The plot is excellent, it keeps you turning the pages into the late hours of the night. I'm a sucker for a good fantasy novel, and this one exceeded all expectation and delivered a superb and spellbinding story that I will treasure for the rest of my life.
P.S. don't let the picture on the cover drive you away. It really turns me off to a book when the cover is done poorly - and this one is plain hideous. But I'm so glad I read it now :) as the saying goes "Don't judge a book by its cover. even when the cover STINKS STINKS STINKS."”
“I loved it. There were somethings that made me cry (for about an hour), but as a whole the story was excellent. Abramm's fears about trusting Eidon were so real, and exactly what is happening today. He was so sure that what he believed and trusted in was true, that when he found out it wasn't, he was completely devastated. He was afraid to trust again, but he finally realizes the truth, and gives his trust the the only One who will never let him down.”ContinuousDelights wrote this review Sunday, September 27, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took a while for me to really get into this book. Once I did, it had a good, solid plot riddled with action. Very like the movie 'Gladiator'. I found the Christian aspects to be confusing, I never did figure out what the author was trying to say. I have hope for the series.”Kat wrote this review Thursday, March 12, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best christian fiction I've ever read. Hands down.”Claire R. wrote this review Friday, January 30, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It took me three tries before I could force myself to read this entire book.”Richard J wrote this review Saturday, December 8, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“One of my favorite books. I've read it at least 4 times. I love the store of how a weak prince is sold as a slave, becomes a gladiatore, and eventually exscapes slavery. It is a facinating story that I couldn't put down when I first started reading it.”Krear wrote this review Wednesday, September 19, 2007. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No