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Based in part on prophecy from the Book of Isaiah, this first title of the Binding of the Blade series for middle-grade readers by L.B. Graham introduces Joraiem and the young Novaana, who are training in the Summerland to rule Kirthanin and to defend it against the evil schemes of Malek, Master of the Forge who controls the Holy Mountain.

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Home School Book Review, July 27, 2013 (view all comments by Home School Book Review)
Twenty two year old Joraiem Andira lives with his father Monias, mother Elsora, seventeen year old sister Kyril, and twelve year old brother Brenim near the village of Dal Harat in Suthanin, one of the four regions of Kirthanin. Kirthanin had been created by Allfather and was originally ruled over by the twelve Titans, but one of them named Malek rebelled and fled to the Forbidden Isle. The Novaana are the noble families of Kirthanin who oppose him. Twice Malek has tried to conquer Kirthanin, and twice he has been repelled by the combined efforts of the Novaana, the Great Bear, and the dragons, and now he waits under the once holy mountain of Agia Muldonai with his Malekim or “Voiceless,” Back Wolves, and the Vulsutyrim giants, preparing for his third assault.

Joraiem’s family is of the Novaana, and the Assembly has decreed that every seven years all the Novaana between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five must go to Sulare, known as “the Summerland,” for training. There Joraiem meets Valzaan the blind prophet and the other young Novaana, including Aljeron from Werthanin who becomes his best friend, and Wylla Someris, princess of the region of Enthanin, with whom he falls in love. While in Sulare, they are attacked by Black Wolves and see a sign in the sky which indicated that Malek had returned to the Forbidden Isle, possibly to get ready to make his next move. So they go with Valzaan to the Forbidden Isle where they are again beset by Malekim, Black Wolves, and a Vulsutyrim. The women are captured, and the men are stranded. What will happen to them? Will they ever get home? Will Joreiam and Willa be able to get married?

I first heard about this book back in 2004. Then I had the opportunity earlier this year to meet the author, Lowell B. Graham, at a homeschool conference. The story is told well with a good balance of action and reflection, and it had no trouble keeping my interest up. Fantasy lovers should enjoy it, and while there are minor references to drinking ale, smoking a pipe, and dancing at a wedding festival, Graham's Christian worldview also shines through so no bad language or other objectionable elements are found. Some people may not care for the surprising nature of the rather abrupt ending. In fact, some people may not care for the ending at all, but then, he who writes the fantasy fiction gets to choose how it concludes. Bad things do happen to people. And it is really not the end, but, as book one in a five-book series, it is a cliff-hanger that prepares for the sequels which carry the story forward: Bringer of Storms: The Binding of the Blade Series #2; Shadow in the Deep: Binding of the Blade Series #3; Father of Dragons: Binding of the Blade Series #4; All My Holy Mountain: Binding of the Blade Series #5.
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GaladrielTwo, August 26, 2008 (view all comments by GaladrielTwo)
This book starts off as a rather normal fantasy, complete with the "average young man who discovers he’s got a destiny" main character. But the author skillfully builds the story into a gripping fantasy with a touch of romance. Joraiem’s struggles are believable and relatable for fantasy fans of both genders. Tense battle scenes are balanced with emotional struggles.
The only problem for first time readers is the shocking plot twist at the end. Those who preserve through the entire series will come to understand it, even if they never are satisfied with the ending. My only other recommendation is to check the entire series out at one go. Once you read the first one, you won’t be able to sleep until everything is resolved in the fifth book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780875527208
Author:
Graham, L B
Publisher:
P & R Publishing
Author:
Graham, L. B.
Location:
Phillipsburg, N.J.
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Children's 9-12 - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Fantasy - Epic
Subject:
Juvenile fiction
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Series:
Binding of the Blade
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20040631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Elementary and junior high
Language:
English
Pages:
593
Dimensions:
9.00x6.10x1.25 in. 1.75 lbs.
Age Level:
08-12

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