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Kingdom's Dawn

(Kingdom #1)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  3,082 ratings  ·  215 reviews
A Riveting Medieval Parallel to the Bible Good and evil clash. Leinad and Cedric are determined to not only survive, but claim hope and victory!
In Kingdom's Dawn , Leinad and Tess, along with all the king's people, must escape slavery by the powerful Lord Fairos. Kingdom's Hope finds them free and arriving in the Chessington Valley.
But when they forget the king, will Ker
Paperback, 160 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Multnomah (first published 2001)
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Feb 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reread: and STILL loving it
Allison Tebo
Dec 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, fsc
This was a very fun read! A clean and Christian alternative to Brian Jacques. I really appreciated how the author was able to write an exciting adventure without getting too dark or violent and I loved the allegories. I wish I had known about these books when I was a tween or young teenager...

Its nice to have a good, Christian fantasy adventure that I can recommend to younger readers without any reservations! These would be great to read aloud.

I will definitely read the rest of the series.
Carina Wood
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
I am sadly disappointed in this book. I wanted to like it--I really did.

Have you ever heard the term 'show, don't tell'? This is the perfect example of how one shouldn't do it. The whole book 'tells' us the story instead of showing us. For example, at one point Leinad expresses how close he's become to Tess, but there's no example of that. The only few scenes between the two of them before that were when he met her and watched his father interact with her, when he saved her from the cellar, and
Nov 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once again I was lost into this medieval retelling of the first few books of the Bible. I love how Chuck Black uses different things, events, and creatures to represent the happenings in the Bible.

The action doesn't stop! Lienad seems to barely escape one thing, when he is then faced with an even bigger problem. Tess makes a fun sidekick and I loved watching her grow alongside her protector, Lienad. These two did not have an easy path, yet they stayed strong to the King. The King that they'd ye
Laurel Wreath
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so good. Not even kidding, I named my dog after Tess. XD
Hannah Rodes
May 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book should have been read in a day, but I put it off because it was such a thin book. I wasn't to enthused about reading it, but I picked it up it was a really interesting book! but one thing I didn't like was that it kinda to packed in to tight like it told sort of Adam and Eve then about Noah and then Joseph and I think them they started Moses. but over all it was an very interesting book I would recommend it to anyone who likes these types of books:)
Mike (the Paladin)
Again I'm a little torn on the rating here. I like the idea of this book, the set up and the plot. Sadly as is often the case with Christian fiction, the book a story/novel is a little weak.

We get a feel for the characters in the book, but they never get filled out. The book reads a bit more like an extended outline than a finished novel.

We follow the young protagonist as he faces loss, learns lessons, grows up. He meets and cares for someone. He accepts responsibility and he finds w
Blabby Gabi
Nov 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this book!!!!! It is sooo good! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series:) I even got my dad to read it! Now he cant wait for the next book either 😂 A medieval allegorical twist of the Bible... I love this time period!!!!!
Haley S
Feb 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This book wasn't my favorite. I don't know why exactly. But I think the story her was living was too close to the Bible stories. Just not my taste. But I will probably finish the series.
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
After attending our local homeschool convention and meeting author, Chuck Black, I decided to read the books our youngest son loves, and it all begins with Kingdom's Dawn. This is a series of books written for elementary and middle grade readers, but after reading the first book of "The Kingdom Series", I have to say that I am hooked and looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series.

Kingdom's Dawn is very well written and it is a Fantasy story with knights, the world of Arrethtr
Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black is about a boy named Leinad who goes through – well, I’m not quite sure what he goes through, if I’m being completely honest, because there is so much but there is no clear plotline. It’s almost like a collection of short stories that just kind of blend into one another. But there’s a whole ton of Bible-related content in here so that’s fun.

This book, essentially, was a bunch of Bible stories, out of order, being placed into this boys’ life –he had a brother who kil
Aug 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting plotline; less than well-executed
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom's Dawn is the first of six books in the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black. The books are basically an allegory of the events found in the Bible, which is my favorite part about the books. Each book represents a portion of Biblical events. This book has characters that symbolize Adam and Eve, and their 3 sons, and The Lord and Satan.

Kingdom Dawn's main character is Leinad {which is Daniel spelled backwards is you look at it closely. He later represents Daniel, in another book in the series}
Nancy Merrow
Jan 09, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'd call Kingdom's Dawn "barely ok". If not for my kids getting into it, I would have abandoned it. And I read and enjoy a lot of "juvenile literature." Our kids found the first twenty pages very dull, as the author described characters' physical attributes in great detail. The action quickly picked up, but the story was choppy and shifted gears too quickly. Excessive use of the word "penetrating" was annoying at best, disturbing at worst. It often seemed as if the author was trying to get as ma ...more
Jul 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Jordy Leigh
Dec 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved Kingdom’s Dawn by Chuck Black. “It was amazing”—an easy 5/5 stars from me. Written for children and teens, this book is the result of a father’s desire to impart the story of the Bible to his own children. Neither is it below the level of a nineteen-year-old. Not this nineteen-year-old, anyway; I really appreciated his work.

I read Kingdom’s Dawn on a bus ride. In fact, I read the entire book in one sitting in about five hours. I thought the plot was captivating. The stakes wer
Rebecca (whenallotherlightsgoout)
I tried giving this series a second go, since I found the audio on overdrive and have been getting into middle grade audio series lately.

The characters are so flat and have no personality.

The audio made a meh story intolerable, adding weirdly calm piano music every time there was an action scene.
Rebekah Duncan
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Let me just say...this is probably one of my favorite medieval-ish book series' out there. I loved it so much, and I've read it over several times. The story line and analogies are amazing and the characters are awesome. I love the character arcs taking place in every book. Definitely would highly recommend this book!!!
Parker Hankins
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though this series was written super fast paced, I found it entirely enjoyable. The characters were relatable, and I sympathized with them. This was a wonderful book!!
Nathan Phillips
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom’s Dawn
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Review by Nathan Phillips

Kingdom’s Dawn is the first book in the Kingdom Series by Chuck Black. The story is set in another land and has a strong male protagonist named Leinad. “Leinad’s story is one of knights, swords, treachery, and love.” It is a story about a new beginning, the dawn of a new kingdom. I think Leinad is an interesting character because he demonstrates that is important to keep going even though it may be tough.
Leinad’s story is filled with action and
Reading Teen
Nov 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it'd just be another short read that I'd forget about quickly. Kingdom's Dawn is pretty much the bible in medieval times. And it's friggen' awesome. Honestly, I expected it to be a little cheesy. But, from start to finish the book is pure action. I was more then a little surprised at how much I liked it and very disappointed that I hadn't thought to get the second one at the library at the same time I got the first one. The m ...more
Nov 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
My Review

I read this book after it was recommended to me by a friend. I thought it'd just be another short read that I'd forget about quickly. Kingdom's Dawn is pretty much the bible in medieval times. And it's friggen' awesome. Honestly, I expected it to be a little cheesy. But, from start to finish the book is pure action. I was more then a little surprised at how much I liked it and very disappointed that I hadn't thought to get the second one at the library at the same time I got the first o
I made it just passed the beginning of chapter two with this book. Considering all the factors, I think that was a good effort for me. Sadly those few chapters were boring, moralistic, and loaded with long descriptions, which really drag on in an audiobook.
And this brings me to the chief reason I stopped listening so early. The narration was uneven in pace, at times steady, and at others, such as during a sword fight, too fast for my ears. And unfortunately this is more than just an audiobook,
Apr 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
Kingdom's Dawn incorporates Old Testament stories in a Medieval tale. I enjoyed the book, especially for the way it delivers important themes in a way that gets my kids' attention.

Central to my beliefs about raising children and mentoring youth is that each individual has a purpose/mission in this life. When we understand what our God-given purpose is, we are inspired to learn and prepare. When we are preparing for and fulfilling our purpose, we experience the greatest amount of satisfaction and
Anne Hamilton
Jun 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
I'm not a big fan of allegory.

While I admire what Chuck Black has done with this story, it suffers from the usual problems of the genre: characters subordinate to a plot, think and not quite credible motivations, a storyline that 'just happens' rather than is deftly patterned and cohesive. It's a straight string, rather than a woven tapestry.

Leinad is a farmboy whose father has trained him with the sword. He wonders why. He starts out as symbolic of 'Seth', morphs into 'Noah' then 'Joseph' and t
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Just flipped through this again to look at the fight scenes on a friend's recommendation. I've analyzed it a lot since first reading it because I know people who really like the series, and my conclusion after skimming it stays the same. It could have been really good. He just didn't take enough time and space to develop it properly and skipped most of his opportunities for good character development. And I think I was mostly just disappointed that I didn't get to see Tess transform from and unc ...more
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, ya
What does sword fighting have to do with farming? Well, not much, but Leinad's father knows that to remain a servant of the king, one must be disciplined and ready to fight when called upon. An uprising is coming that will test sixteen-year-old Leinad's skill, integrity, and loyalty to the king. I appreciate that Chuck Black began writing this book as a way to make references to the Old Testament more interesting for his children. He creates biblical metaphors using knights, service to an all-po ...more
Abigail Rasmussen
Set in "knights and castles and fair ladies" time period, good and evil clash as well as swords. In Kingdom's Dawn, many of the events parallel those from the Bible. Throughout the whole book, truth, courage, faithfulness to the king, honor and chivalry are fought for and defended.

With knights, swords and battles this book will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is definitely a modern classic.

The audio version is the unabridged work by Chuck Black but dramatized with different readers, sound
Oct 29, 2013 rated it liked it
My boys (13 and 16) love this series, and I can understand why. Chuck Black has turned the Bible into a medieval adventure. However, it didn't do a whole lot for me. I liked it, but the parallels were painfully obvious. We always have a Bible time at breakfast, and I often read stories of missionaries, devotions, or the Bible. The boys begged me to read this aloud to them, even though they've read the series a couple times. I thought I'd give it a try, but I won't be reading any more of the seri ...more
Kendra Ardnek
I read this because I happened to find a copy in my possession and several people had told me it was good. And, I will confess, I did like it, and I do intend to continue the series. The concept was great, and many of the stories of the Bible were well translated.

However, I felt like the author was trying to cram too much into too little space, and some of it felt forced, causing me to loose connection with the book. Also, it employed an opening method that annoys me, so that made it hard to get
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Chuck Black first wrote Kingdom’s Edge to inspire his children to read the Bible with renewed zeal. This captivating expanded parable led him to write the Old Testament allegories, Kingdom’s Dawn, Kingdom’s Hope, Kingdom’s Call, and Kingdom’s Quest. Chuck's currents works include the Knights of Arrethtrae series, Call to Arms, and his series in progress, Wars of the Realm.

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