Honor the King with your life. Swear allegiance to Him and to Him only, serve the King in truth, justice, and honor. Offer compassion to the weak, the destitute, the widowed, and the poor. Live for the King serve others without cause for personal gain. Never adandon a fellow Knight in battle or in peril. Equip, train, and prepare for battle against the forces of the Dark Knight. Serve the King and faint not in the day of battle. Use not the sword for personal gain, but rather to execute justice and the will of the King. Be merciful, loyal, courageous, faithful, nobel, but above all, be ye humble before the King and before men. Let your words be always spoken in truth. - The Code Sir Dalton And The Shadow Heart

Friday, March 19, 2010

Check Out my Goodreads account!

Hey everyone! To tide you over till I'm able to read another book (I'm in the process of several) You can go HERE and check out my book shelf! It is set to private, so ask for friend invite! If you can, say something with the invite, like " I read your blog" or something. Have a great day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Complete works of Jane Austen

Collected together in one volume, The Complete Novels show the development of Austen as a writer and social commentator. From the early optimism and youthful energy of Northanger Abbey to the quiet and subtle art of Persuasion, this collection reveals the breadth of one of the best loved novelists of all time.

Rating 4/5
All of the novels (except one in my opinion) are well written, the romance is "Jane Austen" : ) Theres never anything too descriptive. This one may depend on your personal convictions, but I think its appropriate. It is a pretty hard read, I would reccomend it for 14+. In order to fully understand the book, you will need to give it your full attention. It isn't the kind of book you can put down and pick up every other page it has to be read chapter by chapter (again my opinion) The only book that was questionable was the Mansfield Park. Some may not be thrilled with the play in the book. Its supposed to be morally and ethically wrong. She does refuse to take part in it, and the play plot is never "really" stated, its only a vauge idea. But I've seen one of the movie adaptions, and it was pretty bad! It was NOT like that in the book! The purpose of the play-I think- was to show that she had a good moral compass. Overall, the books are good and clean. I didn't care for the last book, "Lady Susan" it was letters written back and forth between two people, and quite dull to me. Jane Austen's books are one of the those classic books that you "must" read before you die.

Interesting fact: The photo (above) is the only portrait we have of Jane Austen! Oh, and just so you know, I would NEVER reccomend reading the complete collection in one volumn! Its VERY overwhelming! But I do reccomend reading them seperatley!

Mozart's Sister-Nancy Moser

Mozart's Sister-By Nancy Moser
Nannerl Mozart's early days seem to be the stuff of fairy tales-traveling far and wide, performing piano concerts with her younger brother, Wolfgang, before the crowned heads of Europe. But behind the glamour lurk dark difficulties--the hardship of travel, agonizing bouts of illness, and the constant concern over money. Their father, Leopold, is driven by a desire to bring his son's genius to the attention of the world. But what about Nannerl? Is she not just as talented? In a world where women's choices are limited, what hope does she have of ever realizing her own dreams? In this lovingly crafted novel, author Nancy Moser brings to life one of history's hidden heroines.

Rating 5/5
This book is well written, "Jane Austen" on the romance scale (there is a few refferences to the cultural "misstresses" but it isn't descriptive)

This is an amazing book! I would reccommend it to anyone! The way Nancy Moser mixes fact, emotion and fiction together is wonderful. You can tell she really put her heart into this book, and actually put herself in Nannerl's heart. It follows her life from her early childhood, to her death. Its a great way to read "history" without it being painfull. I don't care for the "this person did this, this and this" type of history book (althought I do read them!) This is a much better way to drink in history without a headahce! I have never heard much about "Mozart's Sister", and now I feel like I know her! Nancy had me almost crying by the end of the book. Supurb book!

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court-Knights of Arrethtrae series-Book 2 By Chuck Black

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court-Knights of Arrethtrae series-Book 2
Sir Bentley, an honorable young knight, abandons his calling in order to seek the truth of the Prince. Choosing to live as the Prince did, he forsakes his former lifestyle and wealth to live as a pauper. His travels take him to Holbrook, where the townsfolk live in poverty, paying high taxes to support the lavish lifestyle of Lord Kingsley and his court. But something even darker is lurking in the shadows of the beautiful castle.

Bentley soon befriends Eirwyn, a mysterious but compassionate young woman who often distributes food among the poor. When Eirwyn is kidnapped by a ruthless tribe to serve as a sacrifice, Bentley battles a vicious mountain creature to save her life. But when he discovers who is really behind Holbrook’s downfall, he’s faced with an even bigger challenge–battling the Dark Knight’s most evil commander and his Shadow Warriors as they attack the castle.

Will greed destroy the kingdom the way it destroyed Lord Kingsley? Or can Sir Bentley and Eirwyn work together to restore order and prosperity to the kingdom through the compassion and grace of the Prince?

Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are…the Knights of Arrethtrae!

Rating: 5/5
The second book in this series, I don't believe they need to be read in order. Every book follows a certain amount of time with each charcter, and moves on to another in the next book. Which to me is slightly dissapointing, but I understand not having enough material to do more with the same character.

The book is well written, there is a bit of romance, which is "Jane Austen" on the romance scale. It never gets graphic, its only a "dude, shes pretty." Type of thing, and he never dwells on it. There is a surprising twist towards the end....shhhh!!! I do reccomend that you read the book series with other books read in between. Again, highly reccomended!

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione -The Knights of Arrethtrae series-By:Chuck Black

Knights Of Arrethtrae-Book 1 Sir Kendrick and the castle of Bel Lione

From the back: ___________________________________________________________________________________
A dangerous new order threatens the mission of the Knights of Arrethtrae. Only loyalty to the King can bring victory!

As the Knights of the Prince await His triumphant return, they are steadfast in their mission to take His story into the kingdom and recruit as many as are willing. But when a new and dangerous threat is revealed, their mission is jeopardized.

Sir Kendrick and his young charge, the impetuous Sir Duncan, are sent on a mission to discover the identity and origin of a secretive new order known as the Conquistero Knights. They travel to the city of Bel Lione where Lord Ra has been enticing young people in the kingdom to join his festivals, after which many choose not to return home. Their families keep quiet for fear of repercussion.

When Sir Duncan disappears while trying to discover the truth of Lord Ra’s castle, Sir Kendrick attempts to find and enlist the help of a mysterious warrior. Time is short for he must save Duncan and call upon the knights of Chessington to join in the battle against the evil Lord Ra.

Journey to Arrethtrae, where these knights of noble heart live and die in loyal service to the King and the Prince. These knights are mighty, for they serve a mighty King. They are…the Knights of Arrethtrae!


** spoiler alert ** This book was AMAZING! Mr. Black weaves fiction and Biblical truths in a way that is easily understood! I stayed up till the wee hours of the night to finish it, I was not dissapointed! Sir Kendrick and Duncan will be forever etched in my mind. You could tell by the end of the book that Duncan had matured quite alot. He was left with a respect toward Sir Kendrick, and a bit less of a hot head! :) I look forward to the next book in this series, Sir Bentley and the Holbrook Court.
Although I do have to admit, I wonder if Mr. Black will do anything more with Elise and Teara. Do I see a marriege on the horizon? hmmmmm....

This book was clean, the romance was minimal, there was a bit of violence, but nothing disturbing. Overall it is a great book! Its written well, and a rare read of modern day books. Deffentily a must read!