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Abramm, the fifth son of the king of Kiriath, is kidnapped by his brother and sold into slavery where he is forced to fight as a gladiator. Having become the best of the best, he regains his freedom and returns to Kiriath to claim the crown.
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His younger brother Gillard, who is now the king, is of course unwilling to give up the throne, even after the Council of Lords decides to give it to Abramm. Gillard gathers support and starts a war. Gillard is not the only one who hates Abramm; Abramm's old enemy, a religious leader of the “holy brotherhood” of Mataio, has vowed to destroy him as well.

The review of this Book prepared by Laura Southcombe

Bethany House, August 2004, 12.99. 400 pp.
ISBN 0764227955

After renouncing the Holy Brotherhood of the Matis, Abramm the Prince of Kiraith was sold into slavery by his brother Gillard who wanted the throne for himself. At Abramm's lowest point he reached out to the god Eidon who accepted him as one of his own. He proudly wears the shield that every true believer of Eidon has. It has been six long years since he has been to Kiraith but he returns to take the crown he never wanted because Gillard is leading his country to ruin. His return is a dramatic one as he kills a spawn in a ferocious sea battle with the help of the Light of Eidon.

He openly challenges the council for the throne, not showing them he wears the shield of Eidon. The members of the council are so impressed by the man he has become that he becomes the ruler of Kiraith leaving Gillard aonly the heir-apparent. He knows war is coming from many kingdoms who think Kiraith is weak and open for a takeover but before he can deal with that problem, he must come to terms with his younger brother Gillard who would rather plunge the country into civil war than see his brother rule.   Abramm must battle religious fanatics, creatures of the shadow and the duplicity of some men if he wants to keep the kingship.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 15%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 25%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 35%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 25% Tone of book    -   sensitive (sigh....)    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Political power play    -   Yes Political plotlets    -   factions fight within govt for control Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Religious overtones?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   general past    -   during "Tolkien" (fairytime) times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment    -   moderately detailed references to deaths How much dialogue?    -   significantly more dialog than descript    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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