Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
“Why didn’t you talk to me about your plans?” “I …I guess I thought you would object.” Duncan replied. “Your suspicions of my intent are not enough to risk your life for!”

Book: Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione by Chuck Black, Multnomah Books, 2008
Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione (The Knights of Arrethtrae)
Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Boys and girls 13 and up
Subjects: Forgiveness, wisdom/respect for elders’ wisdom, deception/peer pressure/temptation
Summary: Sir Kendric and the much younger Sir Duncan are in search of the Vincero Knights. What they find is quite scary: a man in a castle is luring young people in with the promise of games and entertainment and excitement. Then the most promising of them are invited to become knights for him – Vincero Knights. When Duncan is taken in, Sir Kendric has to attempt to find someone who can give him answers. In the process he risks both his life, Duncan’s life and his character and witness.
Notes: This powerful story teaches an amazing lesson about forgiveness and respect for the wisdom of those who are older and more experienced. Duncan looks on Kendric as boring and too cautious – insanely so. But in the end Duncan learns valuable lessons and learns to look on Sir Kendric with the respect he should. Sir Kendric has an opportunity to destroy his most hated enemy and turns and offers forgiveness instead. I highly recommend this one for readers of all ages, not just teens.
Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

1 Timothy 5:17 – The elders who direct the affairs of the church well are worthy of double honor, especially those whose work is preaching and teaching.


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