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Review-Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue
Book 4 in The Knights of Arrethtrae
by Chuck Black see his website Perfect-Praise.
Multnomah Books 2010, 162 pages of story, page 163 epilogue, several pages in the back of the book for discussion including answers.
This is Young Adult Fantasy Fiction----but suitable and enjoyable for any adult.
Additional material is a music piece written by Elizabeth Black, Journey To Moorue.

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/display.pperl?isbn=9781601421272

The Knights of Arrethtrae
Book 1. Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione
Book 2. Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court
Book 3. Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart
Book 4. Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue


The opening lines of the book, "She seemed an ordinary enough girl on the outside-a quiet, plain, and simple girl-but within, Carliss was as unique and complex as the snowflakes that sometimes fell upon her father's farm when she was a child." This opening line set the stage in my mind for an anticipation of what this book would bring in the main character of Carliss, "an ordinary enough girl."
Carliss a young woman has both knowledge and wisdom, she is an expert of both sword and bow. She is a veteran of other battles. She embarkes on a mission, then must take a detour in order to help a friend named Salina.
On this mission Carliss discovers a devious plot.


The author uses old English words such as oft and happenstance, I felt this added to the atmosphere of the story.
There is good building words that crescendo a readers drawing into the story.
There is an excitement in this adventure and an enticement to continue reading.
The variety of other characters are a mix of heroic and villain, those that require patience and resilience, and
there are those that are naive and impressionable because they are young, and those that take advantage of the unsuspecting. 
There are strong hints of Christianity in this book, the sharing of the message and accepting the truth about the King and the Prince. Carliss prays to whom she calls "My Prince." 
This story was easy to follow, the author arranges--organizes the story so the reader can easily understand and keep pace.
I loved this book and am sad that I'd not read the previous 3 books in this series.
Chuck Black has an ability to write a Fantasy Fiction Novel and incorporate a Christian message that is an allegorical teaching story.

Blissful Reading!
Annette

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