Thursday, April 19, 2007

Wrapping things up

A quick announcement. The winner of the contest (of sorts) is Momofkings! Momofkings, leave me you email address in a comment and I will contact you to find out what book you want.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour Day 3: ROTGK

Click on the image above to link to Amazon if you'd like to purchase the Return of the Guardian King. Unfortunately, I don't have the review for the Shadow Within--which was my favorite of all the books--but it was really close because I love them all. I'm stepping out of the discussion focused on ROTGK and the series to post my review of Arena from several years ago, if that's all right with you.

Also, you have until the end of today. . .oops, that's almost here. . .5 p.m. pacific time to enter the contest. I will try to announce the winner this evening or tomorrow!

Callie Hayes agrees to be a guinea pig for science and is thrown into an alien world filled with terror and destruction looming at her from every direction. Her path of choice will decide her ultimate fate. Left to her own fears and stubborn refusal to follow instructions, she must travel the arena in search of a way out, but not alone. Many others before her have left the safe road and chosen the hard way.

Callie fights to hear the voice of truth as lies are continually thrown at her. Who does she believe? All around her are those who have chosen their own path and ended up dead, tortured, or resolved to stay in the Arena with no escape. Callie continues to make mistakes and listen to her fears as she searches for the truth, the reader cheering her on to continue and breathing a sigh of relief when she finds it, only to discover the work has just begun.

During her trek through the Arena, she develops a relationship with Pierce Andrews who is also searching for the way out. The relationship adds a dynamic dimension to the story, as the characters must make choices that will not only affect themselves, but those around them.

Karen Hancock's first novel, she masterfully orchestrates the alien world creating an amazing Christian allegory that continually unfolds with conviction. The sheer enjoyment of unpredictability will keep readers glued to the book until the very satisfying ending. They will want to read it again!

Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Welcome bloggers! Scroll down to yesterday's post to read instructions for posting regarding the contest (of sorts). Of course, you're welcome to post comments unrelated to the contest (of sorts)!

As promised I'm posting a review of at least one of Karen's previous books in the series. Alas,
I 'm lamenting because I can't find my review of her first book in the series, written several years ago, Light of Eidon. This makes no sense to me because I did, in fact, review Arena, which came out before Light of Eidon. I'm hoping to post that review tomorrow. I'm also still searching for my review of The Shadow Within, also lost in cyberspace. My sincere apologies.

May I suggest Sharon Hinck's review of Light of Eidon.

In the meantime, here is my review of Karen's previous book in the series:

Shadow Over Kiriath

In Shadow Over Kiriath, Karen Hancock’s third book in her Legends of the Guardian-King series, Abramm Kalladorne finally steps into his destiny as king. Filled with doubts about his appearance after the battle with the morwhol left his face hideously scarred and his left arm useless, Abramm must once again learn to trust in Eidon’s ability to direct his life. Upon Abramm’s coronation, a great display of the Light secures his kingship and scatters the rhu’ema-filled Mataions. Yet half of the realm is of the Mataio persuasion, and the rhu’ema have their plans to overthrow him in place.

With the Shadow hovering dangerously near Kiriath, Abramm agrees to a treaty with neighboring Chesedh, which includes his marriage to the First Daughter. The rhu’ema work to destroy Abramm by bringing to light his feelings for Lady Madeleine. Only she is Second Daughter and Abramm cannot hope to marry her and keep the needed treaty. But Eidon can take all that the rhu’ema meant for destruction and turn it into fulfilled dreams
. When Abramm holds all his desires tightly in his grasp, he realizes he now has much more to lose. I enjoyed the fantasy and the romantic conflict in this novel. But because I love the characters so much, it was difficult to read through the final conflict. Still, Hancock does not disappoint because in the end, we know that Abramm will return.
(You may find this review here.)

Please don't forget to comment to be put into a drawing for your book of choice.


Sunday, April 15, 2007

CSFF Blog Tour: Return of the Guardian King

I can't tell you how pleased I am that Return of the Guardian King has finally arrived! And I thoroughly enjoyed it. . .the ending to the entire series did not disappoint--it ended as it should, with all the glory you'd expect for any "return of the king" story!

I remember after reading Arena, I couldn't wait to read Karen's next book and I even recall my elation at seeing The Light of Eidon for the first time in the bookstore. I really wanted to see more books like this in Christian bookstores.

Now here we are on book four and the conclusion of the series.
I had hoped and planned to post all of the book reviews I've written for the Legend of the Guardian King series, but the links at (where my reviews are posted) are down for now.

Still, the blog tour will be replete with many reviews. I believe Shannon McNear is posting an interview with Karen, but first, visit her original interview at Christian Fandom. As always be sure to read Becky Milller's blog, and Mirtika Schultz who are never lacking in relevant content. All of these links can be found below along with a multitude of other participants.

Hopefully, before the end of the tour, I will be able to post all of my reviews as well as a review of The Return of the Guardian King.

In the meantime, I thought it would be great fun to run a small contest (of sorts). I'd love to hear from you which of Karen's books, specifically which scene, affected you most in spiritual terms. In each of her books (including Arena) I've found that I think about the story and my perception of God in my life. Each book has spoken to me--to the specific spiritual journey that I'm traveling at the time. I'm still mulling over Return of the Guardian King and the deep messages within. So, I can't as yet comment on that. The Shadow Within affected me deeply. It seemed that during that period of my life, the Lord was speaking to me through the words of that book.

If I have time to go back through the book, I'll try to search for specific phrase and be more to the point.

Regarding the contest (of sorts) I'll choose one of the comments to win a free copy of any of Karen's books. (if they're not sold out)

Happy Touring!

Nissa Annakindt
Wayne Thomas Batson
Jim Black
Grace Bridges
Jackie Castle
Valerie Comer
Karri Compton
Frank Creed
CSFF Blog Tour
Gene Curtis
D. G. D. Davidson
Chris Deanne
Janey DeMeo
April Erwin
Kameron M. Franklin
Linda Gilmore
Beth Goddard
Marcus Goodyear
Andrea Graham
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Christopher Hopper
Heather R. Hunt
Becca Johnson
Jason Joyner
Tina Kulesa
Lost Genre Guild
Kevin Lucia and The Bookshelf Reviews 2.0 - The Compendium
Rachel Marks
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Shannon McNear
Caleb Newell
Eve Nielsen
John W. Otte
Robin Parrish
Cheryl Russel
Hanna Sandvig
Chawna Schroeder
Mirtika Schultz
James Somers
Tsaba House Authors
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith
Daniel I. Weaver

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