I'm late with this review, sorry. This book deserves a lot of credit. In fact everything I've read of Chuck Black has been just amazing. A teenage girl finds herself in the service as a Knight of the King and the Prince in Arrethtrae. She really wishes to dedicate her whole life to the Prince, without the problems a relationship with men would cause. Yet as she matures her feelings for Sir Dalton begin to cause her some inner conflict. After a stint in training other young knights she sets out for a place she calls home, a place where she is sure to run into Sir Dalton, and her inner turmoil. Lady Salina joins her as they ride off, but on the way they find a nearly dead Sir Dalton. Seeking help they find that there is only one cure, and unfortunately that cure is surrounded by some rather bloodthirsty creatures. That's all I can really tell you about it other then she must make a choice about saving the people of the nearby towns or saving Sir Dalton. This is not an easy choice to make, and she goes to the Prince for guidance.
Chuck Black has this amazing way of teaching Biblical things in such an entertaining way you don't realize you are being taught. Lady Carliss, although a knight, is better with bow and arrow than with a sword, she's also quite young for a knight. She's basically the least person you'd expect to be a hero of any book, especially when placed in the situation Mr. Black places her. And yet, that is the point of the story, or one of them. "But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" (1st Cor. 1:27) comes to life in a full-blown, action-packed adventure. Just how does God use the foolish things of this world to confound the wise, or the weak things to confound the mighty? Ah, there's a story in that.
Another thing I truly enjoy about this is that you can imagine the knights of old sitting around some campfire, or perhaps Robin Hood and his men, or Iranhoe, telling this tale of heroism in the face of obstacles that seem unbeatable. You can feel them, as they tell the tale, taking comfort in the tale, and finding strength to go out and perform their own heroic deeds. There are more tales of Robin Hood and his men than people remember. Basically they were a collection of tales about different men holding onto honor and loyalty regardless of their "outlaw" status. They would have identified greatly with Lady Carliss. Only her story is even richer, more honorable, more challenging at the heart than even those stories, real or imagined. So I give you, Lady Carliss, and the Waters of Moorue. A tale worthy of the courts of kings and around the campfires of heroes. Enjoy.
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I received this book free from the publisher so I might write a review. My review is payment for this book. However, I wish to emphasize that this in no way diminishes the quality of this great work.