Sir Rowan and the Camerian Conquest is Book 6 in Chuck
Black's novel series The Knights of Arrethtrae. The series is an
allegory of the spiritual warfare that we are constantly engaged
in as Christians. In the land of Arrethtrae, there are two types
of knights--Dark Knights and the Knights of the Prince. Working
in the background, often unbeknownst to the knights, are Shadow
Warriors (on the side of the Dark Knights) and Silent Warriors
(on the side of the Knights of the Prince). Thus the stage is set
in the land of Arrethtrae for the battles that are waged for the
souls of the people.
Rowan is a renowned tournament fighter in the land of Cameria.
His rise to this position is a rags-to-riches story that rings
of Providence and Destiny. However, pride and arrogance are his
downfall, and he is left for dead in a dreadful cave while his
captors try to capitalize on his disappearance. He is eventually
nursed back to health by a young widow who has her own story of
tragedy. They fall in love and find a mutual cause, fighting for
the honor of their beloved country, Cameria, which has fallen into
the clutches of the Dark Knights.
Another warrior, Lijah, enters the picture, and over time, Rowan
and Lijah discover that they are brothers, both destined to be
warriors for such a time as this. They work to free their country
from the grip of Lord Chessington and his evil minions.
The allegorical novel dramatically tells several stories. It follows
the downfall of chosen saints who've fallen by their own sin and
rebellion, and the restoration that can be theirs. It also chronicles
the last days and the battles predicted in the book of Revelation.
Both story lines are powerful and gripping, drawing the reader
ever deeper into the issues and symbolism presented.
While Chuck Black's setting for these books is one of knights
and castles and warriors, the story line will appeal equally to
girls as well as boys. While children of almost any age would enjoy
the story, those in middle and high school would get the most out
of the allegorical meanings within the novels. I highly recommend
these books, which come with a study guide, for any family wanting
to explore these deep issues in a relevant and meaningful context.