Book Tour for Lady Carliss and Raven’s Ladder
*I’d like to begin by saying, it would not have been possible for me to review this book ahead of schedule if it wasn’t for Waterbrook Multnomah press. They provided me with the book to give an honest review.
Chuck Black, author of the amazing Kingdom series, has written a true fantasy adventure filled with allegorical connections to the bible, dragon-like lizards, and budding romance. Sometimes it is difficult to tell how a good a story is without giving away too much, so with great effort here is what the story is about in a nutshell.
Lady Carliss has been training since she was a little girl, to become Knight for the Prince. Now, at twenty, she spends her days rescuing others from the dreadful Shadow Warrior’s clutches. In her haste to get away from the mission field for a bit, she is thrown back into a journey as she realizes her friend’s family has been kidnapped, and in the midst Lady Carliss must wrestle with her confusing feelings for the handsome Sir Dalton.
What makes this book worth turning a page, is its unique setting and less than confusing world. Some fantasy novels whether they are biblical or not, tend to be very difficult to follow or have too many characters involved. Although this book is full of symbols relating to God, Jesus, Satan, and those on the spiritual battlefield, the message in this book is very simple and applicable. The author has taken the time to explore the message further by including discussion questions in the back complete with answers; scriptures are found in the back as well for healthy reading and further study(read more about Lady Carliss).
But when Cal-raven is waylaid by fortune hunters, his people become vulnerable to a danger more powerful than the prowling beastmen––House Bel Amica. In this oceanside kingdom of wealth, enchantment, and beauty, deceitful Seers are all too eager to ensnare House Abascar’s wandering throng.
Even worse, the Bel Amicans have discovered Auralia’s colors, and are twisting a language of faith into a lie of corruption and control.
If there is any hope for the people of Abascar, it lies in the courage of Cyndere, daughter of Bel Amica’s queen; the strength of Jordam the beastman; and the fiery gifts of the ale boy, who is devising a rescue for prisoners of the savage Cent Regus beastmen.
As his faith suffers one devastating blow after another, Cal-raven’s journey is a perilous climb from despair to a faint gleam of hope––the vision he sees in Auralia’s colors.