Sir Quinlan is recruited to an elite unit of knights serving the Prince–the Swords of Valor. When Quinlan is blamed for a tragic event that leads the group to disband, Quinlan finds himself alone in the world.

Rather than do something destructive or faithless, Quinlan decides to fulfill his destiny, meeting Taras and eventually being trained by the mysterious warrior. Taras is full of secrets, but had trained the Swords of Valor in the past. Going through massive bouts of training, Quinlan is given a task by his Prince…Quinlan must reunite the Swords of Valor in order to preserve the Kingdom of Arrethtrae.

Though this was my first foray into the series, it was a well written book and could certainly stand on it’s own. It had an easy to follow storyline, and the illustrations, though few, were really well done and enjoyable. I did think, however, that I would want to read previous novels in the series, just because I’m normally a ‘read in the order they come’ kinda girl.

There were discussion questions as well as the sheet music for a song in the back of the book.  The discussion questions also had an answer guide, complete with scripture and passages with the answers–which is very helpful if you are in a discussion featuring this book!

The novel, and the series, is a good choice for young adults and adults of all ages–it’s something that could definitely be read quickly and then discussed for a group setting.

I received a copy of this book from the Blogging for Books program from Walter Brook Multnomah in exchange for a review… THANK YOU, Walter Brook Multnomah!

The Knights of Arrethtrae #5: Sir Quinlan and the Swords of Valor by Chuck Black
194 pages; Multnomah
Paperback: October 2010 Retail: $9.99