“Strand strong, gentlemen, and prepare for battle!” I exclaimed. I kicked my horse and commanded the rest of my men to follow. We rode north at full gallop, up the Chessington Valley, directly toward the enemy. The flow of wind across my face and the pounding of the horse’s hooves upon the ground helped to ease my growing apprehension. A hundred things could go wrong, and we were delivering ourselves into the teeth of the dragon.
Book: Kingdom's Reign (Kingdom, Book 6) by Chuck Black, Multnomah Publishers, 2007
Target Audience: Boys and Girls 11-19
Subjects: Salvation, Power, Trust in God, Rapture, Millennial Kingdom
Summary: “The years ahead will be the darkest the kingdom has ever seen.” Talea looked up at me. “We can be grateful to the King and the Prince that we are not there.” Dark days indeed. When the time of the Prince’s reign in Arrethae finally comes and the Knights of the Prince return to conquer they find much suffering and evil. Some are very hesitant to even trust anyone. And the forces of evil have no intention of surrendering the kingdom. And those who have willingly given their allegiance over to Lucius aren’t interested in a kingdom of peace ruled by the Prince.
Notes: Kingdom’s Reign is the sixth and final book in The Kingdom Series. The Kingdom series is allegory focused on retelling Bible stories in terms of knights and sword fights and castles. Each book focuses on characters learning to put their faith in the one true King and dedicate their lives to His service. The characters face struggles and doubts and failures and have to keep turning back to the King. The books shorten the time frame to days or weeks instead of years or decades or even centuries so as to cover more of the overall timeline of the Bible.
In this book Cedric represents Christians who get taken to Heaven in the rapture, experience Christ’s millennial kingdom on earth and then the final victory over Satan once and for all.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 – For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage each other with these words.