My review of Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court by Chuck Black


About the book:

  
This second installment in Chuck Black’s Knights of Arrethtrae series tells the tale of Sir Bentley, an honorable knight who abandons all to seek the truth of the Prince. Eirwyn, a mysterious young woman who brings food to the poor, teaches Bentley the power of compassion to overcome evil. Together, they save the people of Holbrook from poverty and despair.
 
Sir Bentley’s quest for the truth of the Prince finds him battling Shadow Warriors, a powerful lord, and a terrifying creature. Will greed destroy Holbrook? Or can Bentley and the mysterious Eirwyn restore prosperity to the kingdom through the compassion of the Prince?
 
My review:
 
Chuck Black really knows how to captivate the reader with his story telling. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court will please readers who enjoy action, romance, adventure, knights, sword fights, damsels in distress, a hero who fights for the people, and wicked lords who try to destroy them. Toss in a hideous beast that nearly kills the hero and heroine and you’ve got a fascinating read. I adored Sir Bentley’s story even more than the first book, which  is saying a lot, because it, too, had me riveted until I finished.

Also, readers who love the Scriptures will see many parallels between this novel and the life of Paul who also left the life he knew after helping to kill many Christians. Sir Bentley, like Paul, realized that he was on the wrong side when he listened to the voice that called out to him. Many of the things that Sir Bentley said were things that Paul also said in the New Testament, and I found that incredibly inspirational. This was an exciting, thought-provoking read. I felt the intense peril of the hero and heroine many, many times. And the theme of sacrificial love warms the heart.

I thought it was great how the book stayed in the hero’s point of view for the entire story. That perspective was fitting, just as it was in the last book. I truly felt Sir Bentley’s desperation and determination to help the people of Holbrook. I especially loved how he shared with them the story of the Prince. He told the children and the peasants about how the Prince had been murdered, but that He was alive again and that He would return someday. It gives me goosebumps. I can’t wait for the next installment.

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court was published by Multnomah and released in February 2009.

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