The Squire and the Blacksmith

Sunday, September 7, 2014
Garrett gazed at the door. Somewhere on the other side of it was his dad and the life he had always known, a hard life, but one they shared. Here in this little room stood the King’s men, pointing him to the promise of a new life, but a new life without the only family he had. The choice was a stark one, black and white with no shades of gray. There could be no compromises, no middle ground. He had seen the King, whatever his dad might think. He had been in both the light and the darkness, and he knew which was good and which was not. Knowing that, he also knew which choice he had to make. Yet that choice hurt more than any physical pain he had ever known.

Book: The Squire and the Blacksmith, Book of Squires #2 by Randall R. Adams, OakTara 900905: The Squire and the Blacksmith, Book of Squires #2

Publishers, 2009
Genre: Allegory
Target Audience: Boys 10+
Subjects: Salvation, Truth, Trust in God, Family Relationships
Summary: Save his dad and lose all he dreamed of or gain all he dreamed of and lose his dad? How is a boy supposed to choose between decisions like that? Garrett is only a day away from completing his training and being officially declared one of the King’s squires. But someone brings him word of his missing father and the report that no one is looking for him. Soon Garrett is engaged in a battle, not just for the life and soul of his father, but for the very Kingdom and the King Himself! Garrett’s father was just a pawn in the plan to destroy the King and His kingdom and Garrett is caught right in the middle of all of it.
Notes: This is the second in the Book of Squires series, a series about a young boy trying to follow the King when all threatens his faith and his very life. It is mostly written as if it were taking place during medieval times but contains the allegorical elements of an all-powerful King, enemies who wish him dead, a book of ultimate authority and people who serve or reject the King. The chosen children undergo squire training that teaches lessons such as teamwork, trust in the King, faithfulness, and commitment to family and friends as well as how to use their weapons and other physical skills. In this second book Garrett faces difficult decisions and recognizes how much he has to give up in order to follow the King.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 5/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Psalm 9:10 – Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.


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