Apr 092010
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The Terrestria Chronicles is a series of Christian allegories by Ed Dunlop.  The setting is Terrestria, a land of knights and castles.

Book Four: The Crown of Kuros

In book four, Josiah, in his impatience to get to the archery tournament, fails to lock the vault that contains the Crown of Kuros. Morphina, an evil enchantress, takes advantage of this opportunity and steals the Crown while disguised as Sir Faithful. When they learn of the Crowns disappearance, Prince Josiah and the other men of the Castle of Faith set out to find Morphina before she is able to give the Crown of Kuros to Argamor. While on the quest to find the crown, Prince Josiah must decide if he is going to give his heart fully and surrender his will completely to the King…

With character names like Sir Wisdom and Sir Faithful, I’m reminded a little of Pilgrim’s Progress. However, the allegory is much simpler. In fact, some of it, like the spell-a-vision and stone music, I do not consider allegorical at all, more of a play on words. But the simplicity can be an asset. For example, my oldest son (11 years old) has trouble grasping things like symbolism and parables, but this allegory was on a level that he seemed to understand. It provided a good introduction to recognizing symbolism.

The book, though not an example of great literature in my opinion, did contain decent descriptions, dialogue, and plot. Even more importantly, it definitely made me think about my own Christian walk. That is, I believe, the author’s main intent. It could definitely lead kids and parents into good spiritual discussions together.

The books are available at Tales of Castles.com and are $7.99 each. The entire set (7 books) is available for $39.99.

Disclosure: This product was provided to our family for free as members of the 2009-2010 Old Schoolhouse Magazine Homeschool Crew. Reviews and opinions expressed in this blog are our own.

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